Stakeholder Participation

CBD Secretariat Publishes Latest Issue of Business.2020 Magazine [viewed]

CBDJune 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the latest issue of Business.2020, a magazine on business and biodiversity, featuring, among other articles, an interview with Pavan Sukhdev, Special Advisor to the UN Environment Programme's Green Economy Initiative and past Study Leader for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), a preface by CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias and an article by Georg Kell, UN Global Compact Executive Director, titled 'Rio+20: Launching ground for corporate sustainability.'

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UNEP Announces Drylands Partnership with UNCCD and Elion Foundation [viewed]

unep-unccd5 August 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding to work with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), as well as the Beijing-based Elion Foundation, to tackle desertification through several drylands ecosystems projects. Pilot projects are planned for dryland areas in China, Mongolia and other Central Asian countries.

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Event: CBD Expert Workshop on Enhancing Biodiversity Data and Observing Systems in Support of the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 [viewed]

This workshop will discuss ways in which collection of, access to, and use of biodiversity data and observations could be enhanced to support evidence-based decision-making and planning with a view to achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and corresponding national targets. It is organized by the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON). Conclusions from the workshop are expected to be formally reported to the SBSTTA 17 meeting in the following week and will support the consideration of scientific and technical needs related to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.  

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ICCWC Wildlife Support Team Sent to Sri Lanka [viewed]

ICCWC deploys a Wildlife25 July 2013: The International Consortium on Combatting Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), at the request of Sri Lanka, deployed its first Wildlife Incident Support Team (WIST), with the goal of collecting DNA samples from 359 elephant tusks seized by local customs authorities.

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World Bank Calls for Comments on Forest Action Plan Concept Note [viewed]

World Bank21 July 2013: The World Bank has issued a call for comments on the concept note for its Forests and Trees in a Sustainable Landscape Action Plan covering the period from 2014 through 2016. Public comments will be accepted until 15 September 2013.

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Use of CITES E-Permitting Toolkit Highlighted at WCO Course [viewed]

CITES17 July 2013: The World Customs Organization (WCO) Knowledge Academy for Customs brought together experts in customs and international trade to discuss, inter alia, the use of the WCO Data Model, an international standard for meeting the procedural and legal needs of cross-border regulatory agencies, and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) e-permitting toolkit.

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CITES Assists Five Caribbean Countries with Legislative Reforms [viewed]

CITESJuly 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced that they undertook back-to-back legislative assistance missions to Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago from 10-21 June 2013.

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Event: World Forum on Natural Capital [viewed]

The first World Forum on Natural Capital will be dedicated to discussing how to turn the debate on natural capital accounting into action. It will build on the private sector interest shown at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) held in Rio in June 2012 and the many developments that have since taken place. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is one of the key partners in the World Forum on Natural Capital.  

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Event: Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) Pacific Islands [viewed]

The Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) hosts discussions on priority issues, development and implementation of Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects, and project integration in national development frameworks. The event will bring together focal points from the GEF, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), with representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat, and the GEF Agencies to discuss lessons learned and experiences regarding the implementation of multi-focal GEF projects in the region.  

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Event: IPBES Pan-European Stakeholder Meeting [viewed]

Organized with the German Network Forum for Biodiversity Research (NeFo, funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research) and other national European biodiversity platforms, the goal of this meeting is to inform the European biodiversity knowledge community on the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) process; and provide direct input into the IPBES intersessional consultation, developing recommendations from a pan-European perspective, on inter alia, the draft work programme 2014-2018.  

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