Health

CBD Releases Final Report of African Workshop on Public Participation Concerning LMOs [viewed]

CBD27 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the final report of the "Africa Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Public Awareness, Education and Participation Concerning the Safe Transfer, Handling and Use of Living Modified Organisms," which conved from 5-9 November 2012, in Kampala, Uganda.

read more »

IISD Publishes Reports on Adaptation Strategies in Kenya, Niger and Uganda [viewed]

January 2013: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has published three reports on climate risk management (CRM) in Kenya, Niger and Uganda, as part of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Climate Risk Management (CRM) Technical Assistance Support Project (TASP). The reports illustrate how different communities in high-risk countries may have to adapt to a changing climate across a range of sectors.

read more »

BirdLife and IUCN Organize Event on Addressing IAS in EU Legislation [viewed]

22 February 2013: BirdLife and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) co-hosted an event in the European Parliament in Brussels on 21 February 2013 on the threat posed by invasive alien species (IAS). The event was hosted by Member of the European Parliament Poc, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

read more »

EEA Releases Reports on Invasive Species [viewed]

EEA21 February 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released two reports on invasive species. The first, titled "The impacts of invasive alien species in Europe," discusses the effects and spread of some species. The second, titled "Invasive alien species indicators in Europe," looks at the methodology for collecting the data.

read more »

CGRFA Releases Report of Sixth Technical Meeting on Plant Genetic Resources [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2013: The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the report of the sixth meeting of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA), held from 14-16 November 2012, in Rome, Italy. The Working Group's recommendations will be considered by the CGRFA at its 14th meeting, to be held from 15-19 April 2013, in Rome, Italy.

read more »

Lebanon Ratification Raises Biosafety Protocol Membership to 165 [viewed]

CBD13 February, 2013: Lebanon will become the 165th member of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on 7 May 2013, 90 days after depositing its instrument of accession on 6 February.

read more »

CMS Participates in Human-Wildlife Health Interface Conference [viewed]

12 February 2013:  The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat recently attended a conference titled "A World United Against Infectious Diseases: Cross Sectoral Solutions” on the linkages between human and wildlife health.

read more »

TEEB Report Highlights the Ecosystem Services Provided by Wetlands [viewed]

1 February 13: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners have launched the report "The Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Water and Wetlands." The report urges a major shift in attitudes towards wetlands, to recognize their value in delivering water, raw materials and food, as well as their role in maintaining people's livelihoods and the sustainability of the world's economies.

read more »

EEA 2013 Work Programme to Address Freshwater, Biodiversity, Land Use, SCP [viewed]

28 January 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released its “Annual Management Plan 2013,” which outlines the EEA work programme that will address a broad range of issues including: biodiversity; freshwater; marine environment; ecosystems; environment and health; sustainable consumption and production (SCP); land use; and agriculture and forests.

read more »

EEA Calls for Improved Governance of Technological Risk [viewed]

EEA23 January 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on the precautionary principle and technological innovation titled “Late Lessons from Early Warnings: Science, Precaution, Innovation,” which includes 20 historical and contemporary case studies.

read more »