June 2008: During World Environment Day celebrations in Montreal, Canada, the
Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed
Djoghlaf, stressed that biodiversity is “part and parcel of any viable
long-term response to addressing the climate-change challenges facing mankind”
and that the effective and coordinated implementation of the three Rio
conventions is the new multilateral response for achieving lasting peace,
shared prosperity and sustainable future.
June 2008: In a message to the High-Level Conference on World Food Security
(3-5 June 2008, Rome, Italy), Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), underlined the current loss of
agricultural and livestock biodiversity, which he said is further increased by
May 2008: The ninth Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the Convention on
Biological Diversity (CBD) was held from 19-30 May 2008, in Bonn, Germany. The
COP addressed a range of issues related to climate change, including ocean
fertilization, biofuels and biodiversity, and forest biodiversity. [Photo: COP 9 President Sigmar Gabriel gaveled the meeting to
a close at 9:00 pm]
24 May 2008: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve aid effectiveness by collaborating on projects addressing climate change and biodiversity loss.
22 May 2008: On the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD), which was observed on 22 May 2008, UN and UNEP dignitaries stressed the nexus between biological diversity, food supply and climate change.
23 May 2008: Delegates to the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, meeting in Bonn, Germany, considered the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological (SBSTTA) recommendations on biodiversity and climate change (recommendations XII/5 and XIII/6) on Friday, 23 May 2008. The following is a summary of the deliberations as provided by the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.
15 May 2008: The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have agreed to strengthen their cooperation and co-financing to support strategic development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
20 May: At a side event held during the ninth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Bonn, Germany, the European Commission presented its Natura 2000 network of conservation areas established to protect natural habitats.
Photo: L-R: Oliver Schweiger, Heimholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Astrid Kaemena, European Commission, Karin Zaunberger, European Commission.
May 2008: Organized jointly by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, the International Forest Adaptation 2008 Conference will take place in Umeå, Sweden, from 25-28 August 2008.
13 May 2008: The UN's “Billion Tree Campaign,” a grassroots campaign to plant trees around the globe, recently announced it has raised its target from one billion to seven billion trees. The campaign was launched in 2006 by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) as a response to the threat of global warming and other sustainability challenges related to biodiversity loss and water supply. Since its launch, the campaign has resulted in the planting of two billion trees, over half of which have been planted in African countries.