Capacity Building & Education

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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Event: World Soil Day 2013 [viewed]

Recognizing the importance of soils, the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, agreed on a resolution proposing that the 5th of December be celebrated as World Soil Day. This day celebrates the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human wellbeing. Under the leadership of Thailand and within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has supported the formal establishment of a global awareness raising platform such as the World Soil Day. The FAO Conference in June 2013 unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested the 68th UN General Assembly to have it officially adopted. The 38th meeting of the FAO Conference, following consideration of proposals endorsed by the FAO Council at its 145th and 146th sessions to observe 5 December as World Soil Day and to declare 2015 as International Year of Soils with the objective of raising awareness of the importance of soils for food security, essential eco-system functions and sustainable development, adopted resolutions 4/2013 and 5/2013 endorsing the events.  

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Bioversity International Organizes Training Workshops [viewed]

Bioversity International22 October 2013: In an effort to build research capacity on the conservation of neglected and underutilized species (NUS) of domestic and wild food species, Bioversity International has organized a series of training workshops in Africa.

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Event: Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers [viewed]

The Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers is co-organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the island of Jeju. The course aims to deepen the understanding of biosphere reserve managers regarding the concept and vision of biosphere reserves, raise their awareness of the vulnerability of island and coastal biosphere reserves to climate change, and transfer technical knowledge. Created in 2009, the World Network of Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves aims to study, implement and disseminate island and coastal strategies to preserve biodiversity and heritage, promote sustainable development, and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.  

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