CBD Secretariat Publishes Quarterly Report of the Convention [viewed]

5 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) published the 52nd issue of the Quarterly Report of the Convention, covering the period from 1 January-31 March 2011.

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PROFOR Newsletter Highlights Agricultural Practices to Lock Carbon and Enhance Food Security [viewed]

May 2011: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) of the World Bank has released the May issue of its newsletter, titled "PROFOR Update," which highlights PROFOR's recent activities relating to forests and climate change.

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Event: An Investment Forum: Mobilizing Private Investment in Trees and Landscape Restoration in Africa [viewed]

This event is co-organized by PROFOR, the World Bank, IUCN, Ecoagriculture Partners, Terrafrica and the World Agrofrestry Centre to generate greater interest in agroforestry and other landscape approaches, particularly from the private sector. It aims to illustrate that investing in degraded landscapes holds the promise of a 'triple win' by improving rural livelihoods, increasing resilience in the face of climate extremes, and mitigating climate change.  

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Event: Regional Online Conference on Socio-economic Considerations Regarding Living Modified Organisms for the Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, this regional online real-time conference aims to: facilitate the exchange of views, information and experiences on socio-economic considerations arising from the impact of living modified organisms (LMOs) on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, on a regional basis; and identify possible issues for further consideration. Representatives from parties, other governments and relevant organizations are invited to nominate representatives through the Biosafety Clearing House no later than 30 May 2011. Participants who are already registered for the earlier online discussion groups on socio-economic considerations will be automatically registered for the real-time conferences.  

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Event: African Regional Online Conference on Socio-economic Considerations Regarding Living Modified Organisms [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, this regional online real-time conference aims to: facilitate the exchange of views, information and experiences on socio-economic considerations arising from the impact of living modified organisms (LMOs) on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, on a regional basis; and identify possible issues for further consideration. Representatives from parties, other governments and relevant organizations are invited to nominate representatives through the Biosafety Clearing House no later than 30 May 2011. Participants who are already registered for the earlier online discussion groups on socio-economic considerations will be automatically registered for the real-time conferences. A conference in French will be held on 5 July 2011.  

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Event: Central and Eastern European Workshop on the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will introduce the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and identify needs and requirements by Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety with a view to expediting its early entry into force and implementation. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for participants to consider issues related to the implementation of other decisions of the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, in particular regarding the preparation of second national reports, assessment and review, and the strategic plan.  

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Central America Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance Discusses Follow-up to Nagoya Outcomes [viewed]

4 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Country Support Programme, organized a Regional Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance in Support of the Nagoya Outcomes for Central America. The event, which convened in Panama City, Panama, on 4 May 2011, was part of a series of regional workshops on biodiversity and finance convened as follow-up to the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the CBD, which met in October 2010, in Nagoya, Japan.

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UNEP Releases Report on Roles of Financial Institutions in Forest-Carbon Markets [viewed]

6 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has released a report titled “REDDy-Set-Grow: Opportunities and roles of financial institutions in forest carbon markets,” which stresses that the financial sector must step up its engagement in the emerging green market, and proposes improved regulation to this end.

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CBD Invites Nominations for Central and Eastern European Workshop on Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol [viewed]

5 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited Parties from the Central and Eastern European Region, as well as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, to nominate one representative each to participate in a regional workshop on the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The workshop will take place in Slovenia in June 2011.

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EC Addresses Complementary Considerations on Trade and GMO Regulations [viewed]

5 May 2011: The European Commission has released a staff working paper addressing legal considerations on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), raised in legal opinions by the EU Council and EU Parliament.

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