Capacity Building & Education

CBD Launches Online Forum on LMO Transfer, Handling and Use [viewed]

CBD23 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched an Online Forum on Public Awareness, Education and Participation Concerning the Safe Transfer, Handling and Use of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs). The first discussion groups will focus on public access to biosafety information.

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“Small Islands, Big Difference” Campaign Launched at SBSTTA 16 [viewed]

22 May 2012:  The NGO Island Conservation has launched a global campaign called “Small Islands, Big Difference.” The campaign aims to prevent the extinction of vulnerable native species and support human livelihoods on islands by removing invasive alien vertebrates. Island Conservation hopes the campaign will increase financial support for island nations and nations with islands to eradicate invasive alien species. The campaign was launched in Montreal, Canada, in May 2012.

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InforMEA Expands to Include New Tools and Members [viewed]

24 May 2012:  The Information Portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (InforMEA), which was launched in 2011, has expanded its platform to include new tools as well as new members.

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St. Kitts and Nevis Joins UNESCO's MAB Programme [viewed]

UNESCO23 May 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that Saint Kitts and Nevis has become the first English Caribbean country to launch its Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme. The MAB Programme is dedicated to the sustainable development and management of an area of significant biodiversity and cultural conservation, sustainable development capacity building and information sharing.

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UNCTAD Reports on BioTrade Experience in Latin America [viewed]

May 2012: The UN Conference on Trade and Sustainable Development (UNCTAD) has published a report on trade and biodiversity in Latin America, focusing on experiences under the UNCTAD BioTrade framework. BioTrade includes principles and criteria to promote trade and investment in biological resources to further sustainable development, in line with the three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The paper makes recommendations for upscaling BioTrade in Latin America.

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International Biodiversity Day 2012 Celebrates Marine Biodiversity [viewed]

22 May 2012: Celebrated on 22 May 2012, the theme for this year's International Day for Biological Diversity was marine biodiversity. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the day by highlighting the fragile state of the world's oceans, and urging greater protection for marine biodiversity.

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Experts Discuss Substance, Process of SDGs at UNGA Debate on Rio+20 [viewed]

22 May 2012: One month before the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convenes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a high-level thematic debate of the UN General Assembly discussed two key issues for the “Road to Rio+20 and Beyond.”

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ITTO, Chinese Academy of Forestry Collaborate on Sustainable Forestry Training [viewed]

21 May 2012: Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), and Zhang Shougong, President of the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on international forestry training for ITTO member countries.

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World Bank Approves Support for Desertification Control in China [viewed]

World Bank17 May 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$80 million loan in support of the Desertification Control and Ecological Protection Project, with the aim of supporting the control of desertification and land degradation, as well as protecting farmland and infrastructure in Ningxia, China.

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Event: CBD Capacity-building Workshop on the GTI to Address IAS and to Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Targets in East and South East Asia [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Government of Thailand, this workshop aims to build capacity to address invasive alien species (IAS) and to support implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, in order to integrate activities related to the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI), as needed, into national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) in East and South East Asia.  

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