ICCA Consortium Releases Aichi Targets Policy Brief [viewed]

iccas7 October 2014: The Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Areas and Territories (ICCA) Consortium has released a policy brief, titled 'ICCAs & Aichi Targets,' which describes the current and potential role of ICCAs in achieving the Aichi Targets of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. The brief asks the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) to increase support for ICCAs' contribution to meeting the Targets.

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Pacific Island Countries Showcase Joint Framework at CBD COP 12 [viewed]

sprep-cbd7 October 2014: Pacific island countries shared their joint ‘Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands Region 2014-2020' during an event at the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12). The Framework aligns closely with the CBD's Aichi Biodiversity Targets and National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plans (NBSAPs).

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EUFORGEN Celebrates 20 Years of Protecting Forest Genetic Diversity [viewed]

euforgen-bioversity-europefoests7 October 2014: The European Forest Genetic Resources Programme (EUFORGEN) celebrated its 20th anniversary, highlighting significant achievements such as the adoption and implementation of the pan-European genetic conservation strategy for forest trees and the establishment of tree genetic resource in situ conservation sites.

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CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Dias to Serve Extended Term [viewed]

Braulio Ferreira De Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary6 October 2014: Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, has announced the extension of the term of Dr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias as the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The announcement was made at the opening plenary of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD.

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IFPRI, AfDB Publish Review of GM Crops in Africa [viewed]

ifpri-afdbOctober 2014: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and African Development Bank (AfDB) have released a report detailing the current status of biotechnology in Africa, with particular focus on genetically modified (GM) crops. The report, titled 'GM Agricultural Technologies for Africa: A State of Affairs,' considers the potential pros and cons of expanding Africa's currently limited use of GM crops and outlines the barriers to their adoption.

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Host Training Workshop on Rio Markers [viewed]

OECD_NEW18 September 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) organized a training workshop on accessing and using its Rio Markers for reporting environment-related aid flows. The training highlighted recent developments in improving the Rio Markers, as well as efforts to adapt the current statistical framework for the post-2015 development agenda.

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TRAFFIC Report Reviews Trends in Illegal Trade in Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn [viewed]

traffic22 September 2014: The USAID-funded Wildlife Trafficking, Response, Assessment and Priority Setting (Wildlife TRAPS) Project has published a study prepared by TRAFFIC on illegal trade trends in wild African elephant and rhinoceros.

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Database Provides Genetic Markers for Tropical Trees [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)17 September 2014: An interactive open-access database, called tropiTree, provides detailed information on genetic markers for 24 species of trees, which are important to smallholders in tropical agroforestry systems. Reduced sequencing costs made the development of the genetic markers in the database possible for ‘non-model' (or genetically under-researched) species.

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CBD COP 12 Opens [viewed]

cbd126 October 2014: The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) has opened in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea, under the theme ‘Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.'

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CBD and UNEP Release Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 [viewed]

unep-cbd6 October 2014: On the opening day of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the CBD Secretariat and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4). The report serves as a mid-term assessment of implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as well as the UN Decade on Biodiversity.

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