ICNP-1 Adopts Recommendations on Awareness Raising, Compliance [viewed]

13 June 2011: The Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted four recommendations, including on compliance with the Protocol, which emerged as the dominant discussion topic.

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FAO Releases Report on Reforming Forest Tenure [viewed]

10 June 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a report titled "Reforming Forest Tenure: Issues, Principles and Process," which reviews current status and challenges related to tenure of forested lands, and lists ten principles for reform.

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European Commission Closes Bluefin Tuna Fishery to Spain's Large Trawlers [viewed]

10 June 2011: Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, closed the bluefin tuna fishery in the Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean to purse seiners (large trawlers) from Spain, due to the exhaustion of Spain's fishing quota. The closure to Spain took effect on 10 June 2011. The bluefin tuna fishing season for large trawlers in this fishery runs from 15 May-15 June.

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Experts Recommend New Solutions to Growing Bushmeat Trade [viewed]

10 June 2011: A joint meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Liaison Group on Bushmeat and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Central Africa Bushmeat Working Group concluded that classic approaches and international efforts are not reversing the growing bushmeat trade, and adopted a set of recommendations to the international community.

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CBD Secretariat Reviewing GBO-3 Production Process [viewed]

7 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) initiated a review of the production of the third edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3), which was launched in May 2010, in order to further improve the process for future editions and maintain comparability.

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ITTO Releases Report on Tropical Forest Management [viewed]

7 June 2011: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released a report titled "Status of Tropical Forest Management 2011," which states that the area of tropical forests under sustainable management has increased by 50% since 2005. It also warns that over 90% of tropical forests globally are poorly managed or not at all.

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CBD Prepares for Upcoming Traditional Knowledge, SBSTTA Meetings [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the provisional agendas and called for participant nominations for the seventh meeting of the Working Group on Article 8(j) and the 15th meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 15), to be held in October-November 2011, in Montreal, Canada.

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CBD Secretariat Publishes First Issue of Aichi Targets Newsletter [viewed]

June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) published the first issue of the "Aichi Targets" newsletter. The newsletter aims to provide a platform to exchange experiences and promote best practices on the processes related to the national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs), as well as to provide information on activities financed under the Japan Biodiversity Fund.

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IUCN June Focus Highlights Threats to World Heritage Sites [viewed]

June 2011: The June 2011 "Monthly Focus" publication from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) highlights a meeting to add more sites to the World Heritage List, as well as efforts underway to save current World Heritage Sites and their biodiversity and cultural resources. The sites include East Africa's Serengeti National Park, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Pyramids of Egypt and the sanctuary of Machu Picchu in Peru.

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CBD Publishes Fifth Issue of Newsletter for Civil Society [viewed]

June 2011: The fifth issue of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) newsletter for civil society, "Square Brackets," has been made available online. The newsletter draws content and opinion from individuals, organizations and members of civil society, aiming to provide information on issues of importance to the CBD, and on views and actions being undertaken by civil society organizations.

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