Capacity Building & Education

FAO Examines Role of Biotechnology in Small-Scale Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Systems [viewed]

FAO29 October 2013: Covering 19 case studies where biotechnology has been used to serve the needs of smallholders in developing countries, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a publication titled, 'Biotechnologies at Work for Smallholders.' 

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IUCN Revises Guidelines on Protected Area Management Categories [viewed]

IUCN2 October 2013: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has published a revised version of its 'Guidelines for Applying Protected Area Management Categories,' which is meant to support the consistency of reporting by international bodies and national governments on protected areas across a variety of indicators.

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Event: 2014 International Day for Biological Diversity [viewed]

To coincide with the designation by the UN General Assembly of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2014 will be 'Island Biodiversity'.  

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CMS Convenes CSAB Meeting to Discuss Science Conservation Linkages [viewed]

CMS25 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) has concluded a series of meetings that discussed collaboration among related conventions and addressed the linkages between science and migratory species conservation. 

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CBD Secretariat Circulates Guidance on Incorporating Biodiversity-Related Conventions into Revised NBSAPs [viewed]

CBD18 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification containing a compilation of pertinent resolutions and associated tools developed under the biodiversity-related conventions, to be used by CBD parties in the process of revising and updating their national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).

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Global Snow Leopard Forum Adopts Declaration, International Day [viewed]

global-snow-leopard23 October 2013: The Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum closed with the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, calling on the twelve range States to intensify snow leopard conservation efforts. The forum saw the adoption of a declaration as well as a day to recognize snow leopard conservation.

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ICRAF Launches Search Engine for Agroforestry Species [viewed]

cgiar-icraf23 October 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has announced the launch of the Agroforestry Species Switchboard, which is designed to facilitate improved internet searches on agroforestry species, based on the limitation of sources to thirteen trusted sites.

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Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook Framework Launched [viewed]

biodiversityinformatics22 October 2013: Initiated by the Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference (GBIC), an international scientific collaboration launched in July 2012 to use information technology to support decisions around biodiversity, has released its framework document.

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CBD SBSTTA 17 Identifies Key Scientific and Technical Needs for Implementation of the Strategic Plan [viewed]

CBD21 October 2013: Convened from 14-18 October 2013, in Montreal, Canada, the seventeenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 17) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) featured a new format aiming to enhance its scientific and technical focus. SBSTTA 17 focused on the scientific and technical needs related to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi targets, and its contribution to the intersessional process of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

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Expert Workshop Focuses on Enhancing Biodiversity Data and Observing Systems [viewed]

CBD12 October 2013: Held prior to 17th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), in Montreal, Canada, the expert workshop on enhancing biodiversity data and observing systems in support of the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 addressed ways in which the collection of, access to and the use of biodiversity data and observations can be enhanced to support evidence-based decision making and planning, with a view to achieving the Aichi biodiversity targets and corresponding national targets.

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