11 September 2008: Ahmed Djoghlaf, Convention on Biological
Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary, has announced that the first meeting of
the CBD Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate
Change will convene from 17-21 November 2008, in London, UK.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.