Northern America

Event: CBD Expert Meeting on Article 10 of the ABS Protocol [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this expert meeting will focus on issues related to the global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism provided for under Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing. Participants will review the synthesis of the online discussions on Article 10, and identify potential areas of common understanding and areas for further examination.  

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IAEA to Coordinate Project on Climate Change Impacts on Polar and Mountain Regions [viewed]

IAEA29 July 2013: Glacier experts prepared a plan for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) project led by Chile and the Russian Federation, called the 'Impact of Climate Change on Polar and Mountainous Regions: From Assessment to Action,' to assess the effect of climate change on glacier retreat, permafrost loss and snow cover reduction, and to improve conservation and management.

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Event: Third Meeting of the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity [viewed]

The third meeting of the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity, organized jointly with the Canadian Business and Biodiversity Council (CBBC), will provide a platform to strengthen the engagement of business and the private sector, as well as the mainstreaming of biodiversity into sustainable development (Decision XI/22), aligning with the ongoing consultations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), developed at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The meeting's objectives include: provide businesses and other stakeholders with concrete information and case studies related to CBD COP decisions and sector-specific issues, thereby encouraging and facilitating mainstreaming of biodiversity in their general activities; provide businesses and other stakeholders with a forum for feedback and recommendations for future CBD COPs; and strengthen the Global Partnership by bringing together national and regional initiatives.  

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CITES, UNEP Welcome Developments in Combating Wildlife Trafficking [viewed]

CITES UNEPJuly 3 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has welcomed the Executive Order on Combating Wildlife Trafficking issued by US President Barack Obama, while UNEP has profiled a new tool for dating elephant husks as well as a poster campaign to curb demand for illegal wildlife products.

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ITTO TTM Notes Illegal Trade Danger Rating Increase in Three African Countries [viewed]

ITTO logo30 June 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has launched the 16-30 June issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which notes that Spain has increased the illegal timber danger rating to high for the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Mozambique.

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Event: Food, Forests, and Landscapes [viewed]

This event is being convened by the International Food Policy Research Institute
 (IFPRI) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), and will explore how the landscape approach can address food security challenges while protecting biodiversity and combatting climate change. IFPRI and CIFOR are members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The session will be webcast live.  

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COMIFAC Workshop Validates Landscape Management Approaches [viewed]

COMIFAC30 May 2013: The Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC), in collaboration with the Central Africa Regional Programme for the Environment (CARPE), the Government of the United States (US) and other partners, convened a workshop to validate guides on land use planning and management.

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UN Secretary-General, Prince of Wales Highlight Urgency of Addressing Poaching, Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

CITES UNEP23 May 2013: In his report to the UN Security Council on the activities of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa and on the Lord's Resistance Army-affected areas, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted that increases in poaching, mainly targeting elephants, are a growing security concern in Central Africa. 

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Finance Ministers Build Momentum on Natural Capital Accounting [viewed]

ifc_wb_ifm18 April 2013: Over 35 ministers, vice-ministers and senior officials of finance, development and environment met for a High-level Ministerial Dialogue on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) on 18 April 2013, in Washington, DC, US, on the eve of the World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) spring meetings. As part of a larger group called the "first movers" of NCA, they discussed new methods for valuing nature, reaching beyond traditional gross domestic product (GDP) as a measure of economic progress.

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WHMSI Approves Six Migratory Marine Species Projects for Funding [viewed]

21 March 2013: The Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative (WHMSI) has approved funding for six projects under its Small Grant Fund. The decision, taken during the WHMSI Steering Committee meeting on 28-29 January 2013, follows a call for proposals issued during the fall of 2012.

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