Sustainable Use

CBD Secretariat Calls for Submissions on Synthetic Biology [viewed]

CBD6 February 2015: In view of the establishment of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Synthetic Biology by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the CBD Secretariat calls for submissions on a number of issues related to synthetic biology and biodiversity.

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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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Interlaken+10 Draws Lessons from Progress in Forest Governance [viewed]

interlaken106 February 2015: In support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), the Governments of Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland and Ukraine organized a country-led initiative focusing on forest governance and decentralization, taking stock of progress since the first Interlaken meeting, which convened in 2004.

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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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LAC Representatives Discusses Elements of Natural Resource Governance Compact [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo20 January 2015: Representatives from several Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries, European countries and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) met for a high-level roundtable on creating a regional compact on natural resource governance. Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC Executive Secretary, said better governance and natural resource use are required to ensure a more diverse, environmentally sustainable economy.

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World Wetlands Day Celebrates "Wetlands For Our Future" [viewed]

Ramsar2 February 2015: The annual World Wetlands Day was celebrated on 2 February 2015, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in Ramsar, Iran, and helping to raise public awareness of the value and importance of wetlands. Held under the theme ‘Wetlands for our future,' it sought to highlight the many ways in which we can all contribute to their conservation and restoration.

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Paper Explores Payments for Ecosystem Services to Tackle Land Degradation in Drylands [viewed]

eldJanuary 2015: With carefully designed policy support, economic instruments can help to reorient degraded rangelands towards more sustainable land management. This is one of the conclusions of an article published in the Journal of Environmental Management, based on a case study of land degradation in the Kalahari rangelands of southwest Botswana that was funded by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative.

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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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World Bank Implementing Fisheries, Poverty Reduction Programs in Solomon Islands [viewed]

Worldbanklogo29 January 2015: The World Bank and the Government of the Solomon Islands signed agreements for three projects related to fisheries management, poverty reduction, rural development and economic and fiscal reform in Honiara, the Solomon Islands.

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