CBD COP 12 Adopts Decisions on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity [viewed]

cop12-biodiv17 October 2014: The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) adopted two decisions related to marine and coastal biodiversity: one on ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs); and one on other matters, including impacts of anthropogenic underwater noise and ocean acidification, priority actions to achieve Aichi Target 10 (coral reefs), and marine spatial planning (MSP) and training initiatives.

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ITPGR Highlights Impact of Farmers' Rights on Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

ITPGR14 October 2014: An event organized by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) during the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 41) discussed how to improve food security and nutrition through the sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) as realized through farmers' rights.

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WAVES Highlights NCA Trainings, Capacity Building [viewed]

waves9 October 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) programme released its October 2014 newsletter, which highlights trainings and capacity building on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA).

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West African Coastal Countries Submit Joint Document to CLCS [viewed]

Grid Arendal25 September 2014: Seven West African coastal countries jointly submitted a document on seafloor exploration and exploitation to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). GRID-Arendal, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Mapping Authority and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate provided technical support to the countries in their submission, according to GRID-Arendal's September newsletter.

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Event: Arctic Council: Senior Arctic Officials Meeting [viewed]

The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) of the Arctic Council will discuss progress toward the Council's priority objectives under Canada's chairmanship and review the Council's ongoing work. The SAOs will hear reports on and discuss, inter alia: the Arctic Contaminants Action Programme (ACAP) on the reduction of black carbon emissions from residential wood combustion; the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) on its assessments related to short-lived climate pollutants, human health, persistent organic pollutants, and radioactivity; the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF); the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) group's work on revisions to the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan; the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG); and the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) group.  

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CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda [viewed]

cop1217 October 2014: Held from 6-17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a series of decisions, including the 'Pyeongchang roadmap for the enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,' addressing resource mobilization, capacity building, scientific and technical cooperation, linking biodiversity and poverty eradication, and monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 1 Celebrates Entry into Force, Establishes Compliance Committee [viewed]

cop12-biodiv17 October 2014: Held from 13-17 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, during the second week of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the first meeting of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (NP COP/MOP 1) marked the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on 12 October 2014, and adopted a series of decisions to facilitate its effective implementation, including on the Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) Clearing-house and on compliance.

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Bio-Bridge Initiative Launched at CBD COP 12 [viewed]

CBD17 October 2014: At the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the Republic of Korea launched the Bio-Bridge Initiative, a platform meant to link developing countries' demand for and developed countries' provision of science and technology, supporting the achievement of CBD goals and targets.

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CBD and ITTO Renew Partnership for Tropical Forest Biodiversity [viewed]

CBD ITTO17 October 2014: Braulio de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) extending the 'Collaborative Initiative for tropical forest biodiversity' until 2020.

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CBD COP 12 HLS Adopts Gangwon Declaration [viewed]

cop1216 October 2014: The High-level Segment (HLS) of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) adopted the 'Gangwon Declaration on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.' The Declaration reaffirms commitments to fully implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and celebrates the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the CBD.

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