Structured Expert Dialogue on 2013-2015 Review Completes its Work [viewed]

UNFCCC9 February 2015: The 2nd meeting of the fourth session of the structured expert dialogue (SED 4-2) took place in conjunction with the eighth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action. At its final meeting, the SED completed its work by addressing, in a balanced manner, all remaining inputs to the 2013–2015 review, focusing on information sources other than those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Information on Commitments to Reduce Habitat Loss and on Ecosystem Restoration [viewed]

CBD9 February 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited Parties to submit updated information on commitments made on reducing habitat loss and on ecosystem restoration, by 30 April 2015.

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UNEP-WCMC and Partners Convene Workshop on Global Butterfly Indicator [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc6 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Dutch Butterfly Conservation, the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) and European Biodiversity Observation Network (EU BON) convened a workshop of 14 global experts in butterfly monitoring, particularly in the tropics and subtropics, with the objective of developing a standardized, global set of butterfly monitoring guidelines to enable aggregation of data through Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBV) towards a global butterfly indicator.

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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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Event: Inception Meeting of the Working Group for the Development of a Methodology for Voluntary Peer-Review of CBD Implementation [viewed]

The Working Group will meet for the first time to develop a methodology for the voluntary peer-review of the implementation of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  

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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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GMS Countries Call for Investment in Natural Capital Assets [viewed]

ADB29 January 2015: Environment ministers from the six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries agreed that natural capital assets, such as forests and farmlands, are the basis for sustainable development in the region, at the close of the Fourth GMS Environment Ministers' Meeting (EMM4). They also called for timely and effective investment in the protection and enhancement of these assets.

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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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