Biodiversity

FAO Releases State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2010 [viewed]

31 January 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released "State of the World's Fisheries and Aquaculture," which stresses that the contribution of fish to global diets has increased and that the status of global fish stocks has not improved.

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UN Secretary-General at AU Summit: "The World Can Meet its Environmental Challenge" [viewed]

30 January 2011: Speaking at a side event on “Drylands and Pastoral Populations” held during the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that, although the first Earth Summit had provided vision for achieving the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainable development, the world has yet to see comprehensive, coherent action and results on climate change, desertification and biodiversity.

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IITA Coordinates Release of Improved Soybean Varieties [viewed]

21 January 2011: Malawi and Nigeria have released three new soybean varieties developed by national research institutes in coordination with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

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IRRI and Partner Release Drought-tolerant Rice [viewed]

21 January 2011: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Nepal Agricultural Research Institute have released three new drought-tolerant rice varieties in Nepal.

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Event: Biosafety Protocol COP/MOP 6 [viewed]

The sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 6) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is organized by the CBD Secretariat. The provisional agenda includes: report of the compliance committee; operation and activities of the Biosafety Clearing-House; matters related to the financial mechanism and resources; cooperation with other organizations, conventions and initiatives; and report of the Executive Secretary. Substantive issues arising from the Programme of Work and past COP-MOP decisions include: handling packaging and identification of living modified organisms (LMOs); notification requirements; liability and redress; unintentional transboundary movements and emergency measures; risk assessment and risk management; socio-economic considerations; monitoring and reporting; and assessment and review.  

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Event: CITES COP 16 [viewed]

The 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will address proposals to amend the Convention appendices and several administrative, strategic and financial issues. CITES was adopted in Washington DC, US, on 3 March 1973, and the 40th anniversary of the Convention will be celebrated at the March 2013 event.  

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Event: CBD COP 11 [viewed]

The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is organized by the CBD Secretariat. The High Level Segment will be held from 17-19 October 2012. The provisional agenda includes consideration of: the status of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits arising from their Utilization; implementation of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; issues related to financial resources and the financial mechanism; issues related to cooperation, outreach and the UN Decade on Biodiversity; operations of the Convention; Article 8(j) and related provisions; in-depth review of the programme of work on island biodiversity; ways and means to support ecosystem restoration; marine and coastal biodiversity; biodiversity and climate change; other substantive issues arising from COP 10 decisions, including dryland, forest, inland waters, mountain, and agricultural biodiversity, protected areas, sustainable use of biodiversity, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, biofuels and biodiversity, invasive alien species, the Global Taxonomy Initiative, incentive measures, and biodiversity and development; as well as administrative and budgetary matters.  

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UNEP, UNWTO Launch Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism [viewed]

28 January 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) launched the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, which aims to influence policies on sustainable tourism, develop projects and provide a global platform for communication.

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CBD Secretariat Circulates December Bulletin of Activities [viewed]

27 January 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for December 2010.

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CBD Secretariat Requests Views on REDD+ Safeguards [viewed]

24 January 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has requested submission of views with regard to relevant safeguards in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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