Stakeholder Participation

Bioversity International Workshop Addresses Maintenance of Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

5 March 2013: In the context of limited interventions on the ground for on-farm conservation of genetic diversity of crop varieties, Bioversity International and partners held a workshop to learn lessons on the roles of custodian farmers for conservation, use and dissemination of agricultural biodiversity.

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Event: CBD Informal Meeting on Nagoya Protocol Articles 19 and 20 [viewed]

Organized by Japan and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this informal meeting will discuss model contractual clauses, voluntary codes of conduct, guidelines and best practices and/or standards, as set out in Articles 19 and 20 of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS). The meeting also aims to assist governments in their implementation of the Nagoya Protocol by increasing awareness of different approaches used by relevant sectors involved in ABS activities.  

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UNEP/GRASP Launches Report on Apes at CITES CoP 16 [viewed]

4 March 2013: The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) has launched a report, titled "Stolen Apes: The Illicit Trade in Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Bonobos and Orangutans," which was developed in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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South Africa Hosts Workshop on Biodiversity Information Systems [viewed]

28 February 2013: The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), as a contribution towards the objectives of the Consortium of Scientific Partners on Biodiversity, hosted an international workshop on building a biodiversity information system for South Africa that could be also be applied in other African countries.

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CITES-CMS Event on Saiga Antelope Discusses Joint Efforts for Species Conservation [viewed]

CITES/CMS4 March 2013: A joint side-event by the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) was held on “The Saiga Antelope: Challenges and Opportunities for Conservation and Sustainable Use.”  

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Ramsar Releases Video Guide on Updating Information Sheets [viewed]

8 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has released a video meant to guide contracting parties through the process of providing updated information on all of their Ramsar Sites.

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Ramsar Releases World Wetlands Day Reports [viewed]

26 February 13: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has announced the upload of reports received from the celebrations of World Wetlands Day (WWD), which was observed on 2 February 2013.

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ARCOS, Ramsar and Partners Hold Great Lakes Forum on Freshwater Ecosystems [viewed]

25 February 2013: The Regional Great Lakes Forum on Freshwater Ecosystems brought together 75 representatives of governments, civil society and the private sector, as well as experts in freshwater services in the Great Lakes region, who expressed their concern over the scattered management of freshwater ecosystems across the region and called for addressing the threats affecting freshwater services.

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CEO Ishii Discusses GEF Role in Transformational Change [viewed]

27 February 2013: Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Global Environment Facility (GEF), noted the importance of a dialogue with the next generation of leaders regarding the GEF's role in transformational change during an address at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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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.

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