Economics, Trade & Investment

Guest Article #24: Innovations Around Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) [viewed]

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is set to enter into force on 12 October 2014, and the first Conference of Parties serving as Meeting of Parties to the Protocol (COP MOP 1) will be held from 13-17 October 2014 in South Korea. The Protocol has somewhat set a record in terms of the length of time it took to establish a legally binding framework to deal with implementation of Article 15 of the CBD, which came into force on 29 December 1993.

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CBD COP 12 Adopts IAS Guidance [viewed]

CBD10 October 2014: Delegates at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) adopted international guidance on the introduction of invasive alien species (IAS) as pets, aquarium and terrarium species and as live bait and live food. The guidelines will support the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 9, which aims to identify, control, eradicate and prevent IAS and put in place measures to manage IAS pathways.

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UN Crime Convention COP Highlights Impacts of Rhinoceros Poaching [viewed]

UNODC9 October 2014: The Seventh Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime met to discuss the many facets of global crime, including new forms of transnational organized crime focused on the trafficking of people, human organs, and wildlife as well as forest crime. The Conference featured an exhibit on rhinoceros poaching.

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GEF Reports to CBD COP 12 on Biodiversity-related Activities and Funding [viewed]

GEF8 October 2014: At the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) reported on its biodiversity-related activities, focusing on programming efficiency, programming trends, portfolio performance and resource mobilization beyond the biodiversity focal area. The ‘GEF Report to CBD COP 12,' also highlights future programming opportunities in the GEF's sixth replenishment period (GEF-6), which began 1 July 2014.

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UNEP, Partners Offset CBD COP 12 Emissions [viewed]

unep-cbd7 October 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with several partners, has launched an initiative aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). A dedicated ‘Carbon Offsetting Fund' will operate though 17 October, seeking to encourage conference participants, as well as the general public, to offset their emissions resulting from the event.

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CBD Publishes Quick Start Package for Ecosystem Accounting [viewed]

CBD7 October 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a report, titled ‘Ecosystem Natural Capital Accounts: A Quick Start Package,' as No. 77 of its Technical Series. The paper serves as a manual for integrating the value of biodiversity into national accounting systems to support the implementation of Aichi Biodiversity Target 2.

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INTERPOL Announces Establishment of Environmental Crime Team in Africa [viewed]

interpol7 October 2014: INTERPOL has announced the establishment of a dedicated team to address wildlife crime in Africa. The team will also support the activities of INTERPOL's Project Wisdom, which combats elephant and rhinoceros poaching and illegal trade in ivory through the financial support of the Wildcat Foundation.

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TRAFFIC Reports on Increased Illegal Trade in South African Abalone [viewed]

traffic7 October 2014: TRAFFIC has released a report that details evidence and the evolution of illegal harvest and trade in Perlemoen Abalone, a species found off the coast of South Africa.

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OSCE Trains Customs Officers to Detect Illegal Trade in Wildlife, Hazardous Waste [viewed]

OSCE3 October 2014: The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) organized a regional workshop to build the capacity of customs authorities from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus in detecting the illegal trafficking of hazardous waste, pesticides, ozone-depleting substances and endangered plants and animals.

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Guest Article #23: How CITES is Taking Concrete Action for a World Living in Harmony with Nature: CITES' Contribution to the UN Decade on Biodiversity [viewed]

As we approach the mid-way point to the 2020 deadline to achieve our common set of biodiversity targets and strategies, it is an opportune moment to reflect on how the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is contributing to: realizing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020); achieving the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and celebrating the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity's vision of a world living in harmony with nature[1].

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