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Knowledge Base

The purpose of this knowledge base is to facilitate access to key CBD resources. This initial version has been created thanks to the support of Spain and is undergoing further development.
News Headlines
#108471
2016-05-05

Estimates of cheetah numbers are 'guesswork,' say researchers

Current estimates of the number of cheetahs in the wild are 'guesswork', say the authors of a new study that finds that the population in the cheetah stronghold of Maasai Mara, Kenya, is lower than previously thought.

News Headlines
#108472
2016-05-05

Comparative analysis reveals use patterns of deeper Caribbean coral reefs by shark species

Three species of shark, tiger, lemon and Caribbean reef, all use deeper coral reefs in the Virgin Islands, but only lemon shark presence was associated with seasonal grouper spawning aggregations, according to a new study.

News Headlines
#108473
2016-05-05

New group of Caribbean plants named after James Bond

The name’s bondia, Jamesbodia. Scientists have named a new subgenus of Caribbean plants Jamesbondia.

Press Release
#108469
2016-05-04

Science body of UN convention on biodiversity provides advice to enhance progress towards achieving Aichi Biodiversity Targets

The twentieth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-20) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) came to a close on 30 April 2016 with the adoption of a number of key recommendations that provide the scientific basis for enhanced implemen ...

Focal Point
#6883

Canada

Mr. Basile van Havre

ABS NFP, Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP
basile.vanhavre@canada.ca
News Headlines
#108454
2016-05-03

Kenya stages largest-ever ivory destruction as UN reaffirms ‘zero tolerance’ on poaching

2 May 2016 – As African leaders soundly rejected “those who think our natural heritage can be sold for money,” senior United Nations officials expressed support for Kenyan-led efforts to end illegal wildlife trade during a weekend ceremony in Nairobi where tonnes of elephant tusks and rhino horn ...

News Headlines
#108456
2016-05-03

UK wins satellite contract to 'weigh' Earth's forests

British industry is to lead the construction of a satellite that will weigh all the world's trees.

News Headlines
#108457
2016-05-03

The herring genome provides new insight on how species adapt to their environment

How species genetically adapt to their environment is a central question related to the evolution of biodiversity. In a new study scientists at Uppsala University and their colleagues report that whole genome sequencing of Atlantic and Baltic herring revealed hundreds of loci underlying adaptati ...

News Headlines
#108458
2016-05-03

Stem-cell plan aims to bring rhino back from brink of extinction

The northern white rhinoceros is a species waiting for extinction. Its three remaining individuals, kept in a well-guarded Kenyan conservation park, cannot breed naturally. A 15-year-old female named Fatu could be the last of a creature that once roamed central African savannahs by the thousands.

News Headlines
#108459
2016-05-03

New lizard discovered in Paraguay lives only on private reserve that is up for sale

Tropidurus is a ubiquitous genus of lizard endemic to South America, and now there are three new species amongst its ranks.

News Headlines
#108460
2016-05-03

Cambodia declares protected area in hotly contested Prey Lang forest

A landmark decision by Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen could see almost a million hectares of forest reclassified as protected areas in a country with one of the highest deforestation rates in the world.

News Headlines
#108461
2016-05-03

David Attenborough unveils UK's newest nature reserve in east London

Britain’s threatened birds including kingfishers, bitterns and Cetti warblers find a refuge in Woodberry Wetlands, once a barren wasteland

News Headlines
#108462
2016-05-03

UN chief picks Mexican diplomat to head climate office

A veteran Mexican diplomat has been chosen to head the United Nations’ newly upgraded climate office, UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced in a letter to France’s environment minister.

News Headlines
#108463
2016-05-03

'Now is the time for implementation,' Ban urges session on integrating UN sustainability agenda

2 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined the importance of devising creative and coherent approaches in linking the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development as world leaders continue to work towards successfully implementing the U ...

News Headlines
#108465
2016-05-03

How Nations Are Chipping Away at Their Protected Lands

It’s the saddest truism in wildlife conservation: When politicians announce that they are setting aside precious habitat “in perpetuity,” what they really mean is until somebody else wants the land.

News Headlines
#108466
2016-05-03

Ugandan Legislators Pressed On Passing GMO Law Quickly

Kampala — A cross section of farmers and national legislators want the outgoing Parliament to quickly pass the Biosafety and Biotechnology Bill 2012 before their term ends this month.

News Headlines
#108467
2016-05-03

Diversity wins: Why involving women in decision-making matters

If you give women a voice in the management of forests and fisheries, you get better outcomes for both people and nature.

Notification
#2480
2016-05-03
Action by
2016-07-01

Invitation to Participate in the Survey to Collect Information on the Evaluation of the Programme of Work on Public Awareness, Education and Participation Concerning Living Modified Organisms under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Reference: SCBD/BS/CG/DA/UN/mw/85642 (2016-055)
To: Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety National Focal Points, Biosafety Clearing-House National Focal Points and Relevant Organizations

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Press Release
#108435
2016-05-02

Enhanced implementation, mainstreaming, key issues at first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation to the Convention on Biological Diversity

The first meeting of the new Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-1) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will open today, focusing on increasing efforts related to strengthening the review process and enhance on-the-ground implementation at global, national, sub-national and local ...

News Headlines
#108438
2016-05-02

UNDP to Intensify Frontline Wildlife Conservation Efforts in Africa

To help African countries protect their wildlife, UNDP jointly with partners is beginning to programme USD 60 million to support frontline conservation efforts.

News Headlines
#108439
2016-05-02

New resource to help manage billbugs in turfgrass

Billbugs are a major pest of turfgrass, a crop that brings in tens of billions of dollars in annual revenues. A new article sheds light on how to manage this damaging insect.

News Headlines
#108440
2016-05-02

Cattle drug threatens thousands of vultures

A veterinary drug blamed for driving vultures to the brink of extinction on the Indian subcontinent could cause thousands of bird deaths now that it is being used in Spain.

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