National Action

Event: Regional Workshop for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regions on Updating NBSAPs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will assist countries from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia in revising and updating their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) in line with the framework of the CBD Strategic Plan. The workshop will also address: the use of indicators to monitor biodiversity at national and regional levels for monitoring progress towards the global Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and the use of ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation that include conservation and restoration of ecosystems, as part of an overall adaptation strategy to reduce direct pressures on and promote sustainable use of biodiversity.  

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Event: Regional Workshop for Caribbean Region on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will assist countries from the Caribbean Region in revising and updating their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) in line with the framework of the CBD Strategic Plan.  

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CTI Paper Outlines Strategic Links With Rio+20 Themes [viewed]

4 July 2012: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) has produced a white paper arguing that strategies to achieve CTI objectives also have been effective in achieving commitments from the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, or Rio Earth Summit), and now offer an opportunity to deliver on new emerging priorities from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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ECLAC, UN-Water Release Report on Water and Green Economy in LAC [viewed]

21 June 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and UN-Water have released a report on water and the green economy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The report draws on presentations and discussions held during the LAC sessions of the International Conference "Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20," held from 3-5 October 2011, in Zaragoza, Spain.

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Brazil's Amazon Fund to Extend Anti-Deforestation Support to ACTO Countries [viewed]

ACTO2o June 2012: At the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Government of Brazil and the Secretariat of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) announced plans to share the US$102.6 million of  Brazil's Amazon Fund with the other seven ACTO member States (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela) to combat deforestation in the Amazon.

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CEC Films Highlight Role of North America's Marine Protected Areas [viewed]

8 June 2012: The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) celebrated World Oceans Day by releasing a series of short films showing how the nearly 2,000 marine protected areas (MPAs) of Canada, Mexico and the US benefit both marine life and nearby communities.

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Event: Regional Workshop (Middle East and North Africa) on Updating NBSAPs [viewed]

Organized by Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD ), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme - Regional Office of West Asia (UNEP-ROWA), the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, the League of Arab States, and the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership, the Regional Workshop for the Middle East and North Africa on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) will assist countries from the Middle East and North Africa in revising and updating their NBSAPs in line with the framework of the CBD Strategic Plan. The workshop will focus on: target setting, stakeholder engagement and the development of country-specific plans for mobilizing financial resources for the implementation of NBSAPs; and the use of biodiversity indicators to monitor biodiversity at national and regional levels in the context of monitoring progress towards the global Aichi Biodiversity Targets.  

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UNESCO Launches Appeal for Okapi Wildlife Reserve [viewed]

UNESCO4 July 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the NGO Fauna and Flora International launched an emergency appeal to support the staff and rebuild the headquarters of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in Epulu, in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), after a raid by ivory poachers. The Reserve, which is a World Heritage Site, hosts the DRC's largest remaining population of forest elephants, as well as okapi and threatened species of primates and birds.

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UNESCO Committee Inscribes Five Natural World Heritage Sites [viewed]

2 July 2012: During its 36th session, the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed five natural World Heritage Sites: Lakes of Ounianga (Chad); Sangha Trinational (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo); Chengjiang Fossil Site (China); Western Ghats (India); and Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russian Federation). In addition, Rock Islands Southern Lagoon (Palau) was inscribed as a mixed natural and cultural site.

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World Bank Issues Recommendations on Biosafety Regulation in Developing Countries [viewed]

World BankJune 2012: The World Bank released a report on the Status and Impact of Biosafety Regulation in Developing Economies since Ratification of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The report recommends that developing countries harmonize risk assessment requirements, and ensure that development priorities such as agricultural productivity, food security and rural development are considered in biosafety decision-making along with environmental concerns.

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