Capacity Building & Education

Event: 7th Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

The Working Group was established by the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture at its Seventh Session in May 1997, in line with Conference Resolution 3/95. The Thirteenth Regular Session of the Commission in 2011 decided that the Working Group should meet prior to the next Regular Session of the Commission. Issues to be addressed by the Seventh Session of the Working Group include: review of the progress made in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources; implementation and review of the Funding Strategy for the implementation of the Global Plan of Action; preparation of the Second Report on the State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; and indicators to measure progress made in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action, and the further development of the headline indicator of the Convention on Biological Diversity for trends in genetic diversity of domesticated animal species of major socio-economic importance.  

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CBD COP/MOP 6 Opens, Will Discuss International Cooperation in Safe LMO Use [viewed]

1 October 2012: The sixth meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 6 ) has opened in Hyderabad, India. The meeting will discuss revised guidance for risk assessment and risk management regarding the use of living modified organisms (LMOs), and capacity-building for research and information-sharing regarding socio-economic considerations.

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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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CBD Biosafety Series Compiles Materials on Liability and Redress [viewed]

CBDSeptember 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a compilation of materials prepared during the negotiation of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Supplementary Protocol). The compilation is issued as part of the CBD Biosafety Technical Series.

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Andean Community Workshop Examines Wildlife Management, Priority Species [viewed]

26 September 2012: The Andean Community (CAN) convened wildlife officials and managers from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru and invited regional experts to discuss wildlife management in CAN's Amazonian regions, focused on "priority species." The 24-26 September 2012 workshop held in Lima, Peru was coordinated by the Wildlife Conservation Society with guidance from CAN's biodiversity program, BioCAN.

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Event: CBD Subregional Capacity-Building Workshop to Address IAS and Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 9 in the Arab Region [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Western Asia, and the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) with financial support from Japan, this workshop will review the existing capacity to address invasive alien species in the region, and consider the need for updating national invasive species strategies and action plans, and national biodiversity strategies and action plans in line with relevant international regulatory frameworks. The workshop has been postponed and the new dates will be announced soon.  

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BCIE, UNDP Share Lessons Learned Supporting Green Businesses in Central America [viewed]

4 September 2012: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) and the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean organized a symposium on "Sharing Lessons of Green Business for Biodiversity, Renewable Energy and Climate Change," from 23-24 August 2012, in the City of Knowledge, Panama City, Panama.

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GEF, FAO Support Transboundary Protected Areas in Ghana and Ivory Coast [viewed]

GEF10 September 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is providing support for a project, implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), to implement a transboundary management agreement for the long-term sustainable management of protected areas and their buffer zones in the Bia-Diambarakro area, at the frontier between Ghana and Cote D'Ivoire.

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Event: Biosafety CEPA Fair [viewed]

Organized jointly by the CBD Secretariat and the Government of India, this Fair will provide an opportunity for parties of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to share information and experience gained in the Protocol's implementation, such as: national level implementation of the Protocol's Strategic Plan for 2010-2020; development and implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks (NBFs); design and implementation of biosafety capacity-building activities; use of the Biosafety Clearing-House; and implementation of the programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) for 2011-2015. The Fair will be held on the sidelines of the sixth meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 6). The participating governments and organizations will be able to present their activities and outputs in a variety of formats, including: posters, printed materials and CD-ROMs, videos and/or PowerPoint presentations.  

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Brief on ABS Protocol Implementation [viewed]

CBD21 September 2012: The first policy brief in a series of new communication materials developed by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been published on the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS).

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