Global Biodiversity Strategy & Targets

CBD Mediterranean Workshop Considers Local and National Action for Biodiversity [viewed]

CBD19 January 2012: Held from 17-19 January 2012, in Montpellier, France, the "Mediterranean Regional Workshop for Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans: Coordinating Local and National Action in the Mediterranean Basin" was co-organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the City of Montpellier, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and the Japan Fund for Biodiversity.

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Year in Review Report [viewed]

CBD16 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the Convention's year-in-review report, highlighting developments in 2011.

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Arab Ministers Reaffirm Support to CBD and its Protocols [viewed]

10 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated a communiqué highlighting the outcome of the 23rd meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE), which took place from 21-22 December 2011, in Cairo, Egypt.

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Conference Highlights Contribution of Overseas Entities to Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Challenge [viewed]

20 December 2011: A conference on “Islands and Overseas Entities' contribution to biodiversity conservation and the fight against climate change” was held at the European Parliament, and aimed to raise awareness on the importance of overseas entities and islands' assets to take up these challenges.

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Event: TEEB Capacity-building Workshop for North Africa and the Middle East [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) through its Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA), and the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), in close coordination with the UNEP TEEB Office, the League of Arab States, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and in cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). The workshop seeks to: provide decision-makers in the region with economic arguments for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; promote synergies and enhanced cooperation among relevant policy areas and sectors by mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services; and support the revision and review or update of national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) in light of the new Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.  

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Event: Global Workshop on National Experiences in Implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 [viewed]

The aim of this workshop is to share examples and experiences of countries in their efforts to update their national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) in line with the new Strategic Plan and to set national targets in line with the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The workshop will also help parties prepare for the discussion of this issue at the fourth meeting of the Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  

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UN Decade on Biodiversity Launched for Central America at NBSAPs Workshop [viewed]

CBD16 December 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held a regional capacity-building workshop on the updating and revising of national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) for countries of Meso-America, which also served as an opportunity to launch the UN Decade on Biodiversity for the Central American region.

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EU Ministers Consider Implementation of Biodiversity Strategy, Resource-efficiency Roadmap [viewed]

19 December 2011: EU ministers of the environment, meeting in the Environment Council in Brussels, Belgium, on 19 December 2011, exchanged views on the implementation of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, and on the roadmap to a resource-efficient Europe, which had been presented by the Commission in September 2011.

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UN Launches Biodiversity Decade [viewed]

UN Decade on Biodiversity19 December 2011: The UN Decade on Biodiversity was launched on 17 December 2011, in Kanazawa, Japan, in a ceremony organized by the UN University (UNU) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Japan, Ishikawa Prefecture and Kanazawa City, and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The international launch of the Decade was preceded by regional launches in Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, the Philippines, and the Republic of Korea.

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CBD Publishes Report of Workshop on City Biodiversity Index [viewed]

CBD16 December 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the final report and documents related to the third expert workshop on the development of the City Biodiversity Index, which was held from 11-12 October 2011, in Singapore City, Singapore. Also known as the Singapore Index, the City Biodiversity Index constitutes a component of the CBD indicator framework for monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 at the city level.

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