CBD Monthly Bulletin Highlights Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on REDD+

26 April 2011: In the March issue of its Monthly Bulletin of Activities, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) highlights several recent meetings and activities, including the opening for signature of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries, including on relevant biodiversity safeguards.

The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety was opened for signature by parties to the Biosafety Protocol on 7 March 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

The Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation and Capacity-building Workshop on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) including on relevant biodiversity safeguards was held from 15-18 March 2011, in Singapore. The workshop developed advice on REDD+ and relevant biodiversity safeguards, on possible indicators to assess the contribution of REDD+ to achieving the CBD objectives and on potential mechanisms to monitor impacts of REDD+ on biodiversity.

The Bulletin further includes reports on, inter alia: a workshop on the UN Decade on Biodiversity held in Hanoi, Viet Nam; the regional workshop for southern Africa on updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans held in Kasane, Botswana; the Latin American and Caribbean indigenous and local community capacity-building workshop on the CBD, including issues relevant to Article 8(j), traditional knowledge and access and benefit-sharing held in Georgetown, Guyana; the CBD review workshop for Carpathian countries on the programme of work on protected areas, held in Wolkersdorf, Austria; and the Eastern Europe regional workshop on biodiversity and finance held in Kiev, Ukraine. [Publication: Monthly Bulletin of Activities of the Convention on Biological Diversity Issue No. 3/2011]