Capacity Building & Education

Event: Joint CBD, UNCCD Workshop on NBSAPs - NAP Synergies [viewed]

The Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) are jointly organizing a workshop on synergies for the design, development and implementation of CBD National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and UNCCD National Action Programmes (NAPs). Participants will be selected to attend through a nomination process and will include those directly responsible for the development, updating and/or implementation of the CBD NBSAPs and the UNCCD NAPs. Nominations should be submitted no later than 10 October 2014. This meeting will convene immediately after the North Africa Regional Workshop of the UN-Water Initiative, titled ‘Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies,' which is taking place from 17-20 November 2014.  

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Samoa, UNDP Sign Agreement on Implementing Rio Conventions [viewed]

samoa-unep17 September 2014: The Government of Samoa and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) signed a project agreement on ‘Capacity for Implementing Rio Conventions in Samoa.' The project aims to accelerate Samoa's efforts to meet its international obligations on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

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Event: Stakeholder Day Prior to IPBES-3 [viewed]

A stakeholder day will be held prior to the beginning of the third meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3).  

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CITES Protections Come into Effect for Sharks and Manta Rays [viewed]

CITES14 September 2014: Stronger shark and manta rays protections have come into force. International trade in specimens of five shark species and all manta ray species, including their meat, gills and fins, will need to be accompanied by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) permits and certificates confirming that they have been harvested sustainably and legally.

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Land Use a Focus at 7th ESP Conference [viewed]

esp12 September 2014: In his opening address to the 7th Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) Conference, the Minister of Environment of Costa Rica, Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, said that understanding ecosystem services is critical for enhancing resilience.

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Coffee Gene Sequencing Project Supports Climate Adaptation [viewed]

idb-fontagro11 September 2014: The complete sequence of the coffee genome has been released into the public domain in an attempt to accelerate plant variety selection in the face of climate change and to meet growers' specific needs. The genetic information of the Coffea arabica and Coffea eugenioides species, containing the location and characterization of more than 30,000 genes, was presented during the Conference of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC), held 8-13 September in Armenia, Colombia.

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SPREP to Host Regional Protected Areas and Biodiversity Hub [viewed]

sprep.biopama10 September 2014: The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme has announced a partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Through the partnership, SPREP will serve as the host of the Regional Observatory for Protected Areas and Biodiversity in the Pacific Islands region.

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Event: CBD Capacity-Building Workshop on the ABS Clearing-House [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) back-to-back with the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 1) to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS), this workshop aims to launch the operational phase of the ABS Clearing-House and improve understanding of the role of the ABS Clearing-House for supporting implementation of the Protocol. It will also include a hands-on training on registering and retrieving information through the ABS Clearing-House for publishing authorities and national authorized users.  

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Event: Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

DIVERSITAS, the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Council for Science's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ICSU ROLAC) will hold a side event at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD, on the topic 'Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) in Latin America and the Caribbean: A science-policy dialogue for academic research'. This side event will introduce the relevance of article 8.a of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) for facilitated access for academic research, and highlight the importance of a science-policy dialogue to implement ABS and the benefits derived from research.  

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MIDORI Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

cbd-midori8 September 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced the winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014. Established in 2012, the MIDORI Prize is an international prize honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

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