Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CBD Secretariat Initiates Preparations for Working Group on Article 8(j) [viewed]

CBD5 February 2015: In preparation for the ninth meeting of the Working Group on Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge) and related provisions, tentatively planned for November 2015, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification calling for input from Parties, indigenous peoples and local communities, and relevant organizations on several items, including on repatriation of traditional knowledge, prior informed consent (PIC), and fair and equitable sharing of benefits from the use of traditional knowledge.

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Event: Inception Meeting of the Working Group for the Development of a Methodology for Voluntary Peer-Review of CBD Implementation [viewed]

The Working Group will meet for the first time to develop a methodology for the voluntary peer-review of the implementation of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  

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Bioversity International Showcases Work on Community Seedbanks in South Africa [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalFebruary 2015: Bioversity International has released two reports on missions supporting the development of community seed banks in two South African communities. The reports provide the results of an analysis of current seed systems and management practices and outline criteria for sound management of community seed banks.

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Lebanon Joins CMS Raptors MoU [viewed]

CMS28 January 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that Lebanon signed the CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU).

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UNU, UNEP Launch 2014 Inclusive Wealth Report [viewed]

unep-unuDecember 2014: The UN University's International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (UNU-IHDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have released the ‘Inclusive Wealth Report 2014' (IWR 2014). The main objective of the report is to offer quantitative information and long-term analysis of global inclusive wealth (IW) to evaluate the capacity of nations to provide for the welfare of their citizens in a sustainable manner.

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ECLAC Releases Annual Statistical Yearbook on the Region [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo2 February 2015: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released the Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean 2014. The annual Yearbook provides a statistical overview of the social, economic and environmental development processes in the region, to support comparative analysis of Latin American and Caribbean countries using statistical data.

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CBD Publishes Press Briefs on Wetlands [viewed]

CBD2 February 2015: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), on the occasion of World Wetlands Day, published a series of press briefs focusing on the value of wetlands, as well as the role of wetlands in relation to: ecosystem services; meeting the challenges of the future; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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WAVES Promotes South-South Learning in Latin America [viewed]

waves13 January 2015: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has released its January 2015 newsletter, which features a workshop towards the first regional community of practice (CoP) on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) in Latin America. Other items include a new programme for the development of international guidelines for ecosystem accounting, a World Bank mission to Colombia and upcoming workshops in the Botswana, Turkey and the Philippines.

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FAO Releases Software for Identifying Shark Species from Fins [viewed]

FAO29 January 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the University of Vigo, Spain, have developed an interactive software for identifying shark species from the shape of their fins. iSharkFin identifies species commonly seen in international trade, including those listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendices.

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Event: CGRFA 16 [viewed]

The sixteenth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture.  

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