Biodiversity for Development

Brazil Joins GBIF as Associate Participant [viewed]

30 October 2012: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) annnounced that Brazil has joined GBIF. 

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UNDP Launches 2012-2020 Global Framework on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNDP18 October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a global strategy to protect biodiversity and manage ecosystems. The 2012-2020 framework represents a shift in focus to recognizing the opportunities provided by biodiversity and ecosystems as a catalyst for sustainable development, while also recognizing the value of biodiversity and ecosystems to society and promoting innovation.

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UNDP's Kjørven Highlights New UNDP Biodiversity and Ecosystems Global Framework [viewed]

UNDP15 October 2012: In an “Our Perspective” piece, Olav Kjørven, Director of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Bureau for Development Policy, highlights the organization's new Biodiversity and Ecosystems Global Framework, which is being launched at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India.

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COFO 21 Considers Implications of Rio+20 Outcomes [viewed]

COFO 2128 September 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) convened the 21st meeting of the Committee of Forestry (COFO 21) as well as the third World Forest Week, from 24-28 September 2012, in Rome, Italy. The meeting, chaired by Feliciano Kilahama from Tanzania, addressed a number of issues related to the implementation of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) outcomes relevant to forests and the forest sector.

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CBD COP 11 Opens with Focus on Strategic Plan Implementation, Climate and Marine Issues [viewed]

8 October 2012: The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on 8 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, directly following the sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The two-week meeting will address a series of cross-cutting and ecosystem-related issues, as well as financial, administrative and implementation-related topics.

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European Fisheries Commissioner Highlights Commission's Sustainable Fisheries Initiatives [viewed]

3 October 2012: At a seminar on “Future Fisheries,” Maria Damanaki, the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, noted that, although the European Union is lagging behind the rest of the world with regard to the sustainable management of fisheries resources, some progress is being made through the introduction of new management initiatives, such as new rules against illegal fishing.

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Event: Caribbean Regional Consultation Workshop on the Development of International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries [viewed]

The overall objective of the workshop is to support the development of the International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines) by providing inputs and advice, both with regard to good policies and practices in the region and in respect of overall principles and contents and to provide comments on the current Zero Draft of the SSF Guidelines. Discussions at the workshop will be forward looking and address implementation issues. The SSF Guidelines are intended to become an integral part of ongoing governance and development processes in support of small-scale fisheries. Accordingly, the workshop will promote cross-linkages between the SSF Guidelines and the policies and actions required in the Caribbean region.  

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European Commissioner for the Environment Highlights Natura 2000 Programme [viewed]

25 September 2012: During the “Three for the Tree – Investing in Natura 2000 for Future Prosperity and Well-Being,” event organized by WWF, IUCN and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik celebrated the 20th anniversary of the EU Habitats Directive and Natura 2000 network.

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FAO's State of the World's Forests 2012 Highlights the Contribution of Forests to a Sustainable Future [viewed]

FAO23 September 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the full report on "The State of the World's Forests 2012" (SOFO 2012), which reveals that forest loss and degradation over the past ten years are estimated to have cost the global economy as much as US$4.5 trillion per year.

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UNESCO Reports on the Addition of Four Sites to the Global Geoparks Network [viewed]

UNESCO21 September 2012: During the 11th European Geoparks Conference, the Global Geoparks Network Bureau added four new sites in China, Indonesia, Hungary and Spain. The Global Geoparks Network links geological heritage sites of international importance, rarity or beauty that are also used to promote sustainable development for local communities.

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