Biodiversity

Event: Biosafety Protocol COP/MOP 5 [viewed]

The fifth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is organized by the CBD Secretariat. The meeting is expected to adopt rules and procedures on liability and redress in the context of Article 27 of the Protocol.  

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IDB Launches Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, Invites Comments [viewed]

12 September 2008: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) released a tool known as the “Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard” during the fourth Annual Western Hemisphere Energy Security and Cooperation Forum, held on 9 September 2008, at IDB's headquarters in Washington, DC, US.

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Encouraging Debates Conclude in Accra [viewed]

Closing press conference 27 August 2008: The third session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term

Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) and the first part of the

sixth session of the Ad Hoc Working

Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol to

the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place from 21-27

August 2008, in Accra, Ghana.

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GEF Meeting in West Africa Develops Programme for Access to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency [viewed]

26 August 2008: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat met with Ministers from West African countries, from 25-26 August 2008, in Cotonou, Benin, to develop a regional programme for climate change and biodiversity that provides the region with a more efficient use of resources from the GEF's Resource Allocation Framework (RAF).

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CBD Calls for Views on Ways to Integrate Biodiversity Considerations in Climate-Change Related Activities [viewed]

21 August 2008: In accordance with COP Decision IX/16, the

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a

notification to request Parties to submit views on ways to integrate

biodiversity considerations into climate-change related activities by 1 October

2008.

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CBD Caribbean Workshop on Capacity-Building for the Integration of Climate Change Announced [viewed]

Regional and Sub-Regional Capacity-Building Workshops on Implementing NBSAPs and Mainstreaming Biodiversity 20 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that a regional workshop for countries

of the Caribbean region on capacity-building for national biodiversity

strategies and action plans, mainstreaming of biodiversity and the integration

of climate change will be held in Trinidad and Tobago, from 3-7 November 2008.

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CBD Outlines Climate-Related Activities in Quarterly Report [viewed]

18 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a joint-quarterly report on the

administration of the Convention, which contains a summary of key activities

implementing the decisions of the Conference of the Parties and other relevant

matters from 1 January-31 March and from 1 April-30 June 2008.

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FAO Calls for Information on Underutilized Bioenergy Crops [viewed]

Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building August 2008: The Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB), a platform and partnership of public, private and civil society institutions hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the FAO Inter-Departmental Working Group on Bioenergy, has called for expanded, up-to-date information on genetic resources and breeding of selected underutilized species, together with detailed analysis of their potential as bioenergy crops adaptable to sustainable smallholder production systems.

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Sustainability Standards for Biofuels Endorsed [viewed]

UN-backed expert group takes steps to establish new biofuel standard 13 August 2008: A UN-backed expert group, the Steering Board on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB), has endorsed a draft sustainability standard that would evaluate the economic, social and environmental effects of biofuels over their entire life-cycle.

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CBD Notification on Preparations for the Global Biodiversity Outlook [viewed]

7 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has notified organizations participating in the

Biodiversity Indicators Partnership about the timetable for preparing the third

edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3) and has invited these

organizations to make the latest scientific information available for the

Outlook.

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