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Focal Point
#6882

Trinidad and Tobago

Ms. Angela Siew

Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP, BCH NFP
siewan@gov.tt
News Headlines
#108422
2016-04-29

Lizards share sleep patterns with humans

Until now, it was thought features of human sleep such as rapid eye movements were seen only in mammals and birds.

News Headlines
#108423
2016-04-29

Deadly fish virus finally identified

A mysterious virus that has decimated tilapia fish stocks in Ecuador and Israel has finally been identified by an international team of scientists.

News Headlines
#108424
2016-04-29

World Farmers’ Organisation Meeting Eyes New Markets, Fresh Investment

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, Apr 29 2016 (IPS) - ‘No Farmer, No Food’ is an old slogan that the Zambia National Farmers’ Union still uses. Some people consider it a cliché, but it could be regaining its place in history as agriculture is increasingly seen as the answer to a wide range of the world’s cri ...

News Headlines
#108425
2016-04-29

European Commission urges Spain to protect Doñana World Heritage site

Spain must end the overuse of underground water that is deteriorating the natural habitats of Doñana National Park, the European Commission has warned this week.

News Headlines
#108426
2016-04-29

The challenges of conserving tropical forests

From industrial concessions to community forests, new research looks at what constitutes responsible forest management.

News Headlines
#108427
2016-04-29

Brazil losing forest the size of two soccer fields per minute

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Latin America's largest country is still losing tropical forests the size of two soccer fields every minute, despite attempts to tackle illegal logging and improve local land rights, a former head of Brazil's forestry service has said.

News Headlines
#108428
2016-04-29

B.C. researchers collect indigenous data to fill climate change data gaps

Canadian scientists have collected stories from more than 90,000 people whose traditional ways of life rely on nature, in an effort to capture signs of climate change where weather stations are absent.

News Headlines
#108429
2016-04-29

Will Moose Thrive or Die Because of Climate Change?

The animals are expanding northward as the Arctic heats up, yet new diseases of a warmer world are taking a toll

News Headlines
#108430
2016-04-29

Antarctica gets hot for another reason: Tourists

In January 1966, the first ship carrying "citizen-explorers" arrived in Antarctica. At the time, only a handful of leisure travelers had ever considered visiting the world's most remote land mass.

News Headlines
#108431
2016-04-29

Dolphins, seabirds and turtles get eight new protected sites

Turtles, seabirds and dolphins who make Maltese territorial waters their home are to be further protected thanks to the creation of eight new marine protected areas.

News Headlines
#108432
2016-04-29

Flightless survivors: Incredible invertebrate diversity in Los Angeles metropolitan area

Urban wildlife is surprisingly understudied. We tend to know more about animals in exotic places than about those that live in our cities.

News Headlines
#108410
2016-04-28

G-77 Should Adopt South-South Climate Change Program of Action: Ambassador Djoghlaf

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 26 2016 (IPS) - The 134 members of the Group of 77 and China (G-77) made their mark on the Paris Climate Change Agreement and should now adopt a program of action to implement it, Ambassador Ahmed Djoghlaf told IPS in a recent interview.

News Headlines
#108411
2016-04-28

Cecil's legacy: could the death of one lion start a conservation movement?

Inspired by Cecil the lion, activists have begun an uphill struggle to convince Unesco to do for wildlife what it already does for places – and create World Heritage Species

News Headlines
#108412
2016-04-28

European Union proposes 39-point policy plan for the Arctic

The EU's executive has developed the bloc's first integrated policy for the Arctic, focusing on 39 actions. The proposals center on the environment, sustainable development and international cooperation.

News Headlines
#108413
2016-04-28

Myanmar bans lucrative logging in bid to preserve forests

Myanmar has banned lucrative logging operations as the newly-elected government of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi steps up a battle on deforestation, an environment official said on Thursday.

News Headlines
#108414
2016-04-28

Tanzania's forest conservation at risk as funds run out

DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the international forest conservation scheme known as REDD+ first came to Tanzania in 2008, it brought hopes of slowing deforestation and curbing climate change.

News Headlines
#108415
2016-04-28

Deep-sea biodiversity impacted by climate change's triple threat

A new study found that vulnerability of deep-sea biodiversity to climate change's triple threat -- rising water temperatures, and decreased oxygen, and pH levels -- is not uniform across the world's oceans.

News Headlines
#108416
2016-04-28

Goldfish or Asian carp? Why it matters in the Great Lakes.

The US House approved a $300 million budget to help restore the Great Lakes, which are still being impacted by the unpredictable presence of invasive species.

News Headlines
#108417
2016-04-28

Say ‘no’ to extinction: saving Bristly and his fourteen companions

Stresemann’s Bristlefront Merulaxis stresemanni: a long-tailed bird with distinctive forehead bristles, a rufous rump, a musical whistle song, seen perhaps eating frogs and insects, and with a tennis-ball-sized tunnel for its nest.

News Headlines
#108418
2016-04-28

More action required to protect soil in the city 

Industrial activity, pollution and exploitation are degrading the quality of soils located in and around our cities, according to a report released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

News Headlines
#108419
2016-04-28

The EU must save the Bialowieza Forest

The future of Poland’s pristine Bialowieza Forest is at stake, but short-term commercial interests should not prevail over the long-term protection of Europe’s last primeval forest, writes Luc Bas.

News Headlines
#108420
2016-04-28

Swaziland unveils plan to legalise rhino horn to pay for anti-poaching efforts

Leaked document shows proceeds from the sale of 330kg stockpile would be used to protect country’s 73 white rhinos from poaching

News Headlines
#108421
2016-04-28

Nations negotiate fishing in Arctic high seas

Last week, delegates from six Arctic nations and other countries with major fishing fleets met in Washington, D.C., to discuss plans to prohibit commercial fishing in the central Arctic Ocean until scientists can find out more about the fish stocks and how they are changing.

Meeting Document
#108398
2016-04-27

UNEP/CBD/BRC/WS/2016/1/2

Report of the Workshop on Synergies among the Biodiversity-Related Conventions

News Headlines
#108399
2016-04-27

We share molecular armor with coral reefs

Corals and humans utilize the same inflammation-causing molecule, indicating it's been a part of immune systems for a half-billion years

News Headlines
#108400
2016-04-27

Proteomics method measures carbon uptake of marine microbes

A successful trial has been described of a new method of identifying the carbon uptake of specific marine bacterioplankton taxa.

News Headlines
#108401
2016-04-27

New land snail species from Australia shows dissection not necessary to identify molluscs

Dissection might prove unnecessary when identifying new molluscs after scientists described a previously unknown land snail based on its genitalia, yet without damaging the specimen in the slightest.

News Headlines
#108402
2016-04-27

Devastating wheat fungus appears in Asia for first time

Scientists race to determine origin of Bangladesh outbreak, which they warn could spread farther afield.

News Headlines
#108403
2016-04-27

Montserrat's last two mountain chicken frogs to be reunited to save species

In what could be a fairytale ending, conservationists are hoping to reunite the last two remaining wild mountain chicken frogs living on Montserrat and help their species breed on the Caribbean island for the first time since 2009.

News Headlines
#108404
2016-04-27

On World Penguin Day, some cause for celebration

Perhaps on this year's World Penguin Day we have more cause to celebrate than in years past.

News Headlines
#108405
2016-04-27

Model predicts how forests will respond to climate change

Using a new model, researchers predict that many forests across the US are ill-suited to withstand drought conditions likely to face the country in the coming century.

News Headlines
#108406
2016-04-27

World Tapir Day 2016: Cutest pictures of the long-snouted creature being extremely lovable

World Tapir Day (WTD) occurs every 27 April to highlight tapirs – long-snouted herbivorous mammals, species of which can be found in South America, Central America and South East Asia.

News Headlines
#108407
2016-04-27

Has big conservation gone astray?

A few months after I began working full time as an environmental journalist in 2009, I found myself in Malaysian Borneo. I spent a day with a small group of conservationists and officials driving through a seemingly endless expanse of oil palm before coming to the lower Kinabatangan River.

News Headlines
#108408
2016-04-27

Banned pesticides 'not equally harmful' to bees

The largest field study so far in to the group of pesticides called "neonicotinoids" has concluded that each acts differently on the brains of the bees.

Notification
#2479
2016-04-27

New improved version of the Access and Benefit sharing Clearing-House

Reference: SCBD/ABS/VN/BG/jh/85632 (2016-054)
To: ABS National Focal Points, CBD National Focal Points (where ABS focal points have not yet been designated), international and non-governmental organizations, indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders

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Meeting Document
#108397
2016-04-26

UNEP/CBD/SBI/1/INF/26

Indicative Allocation of Items between the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body on Implementation

Meeting Document
#108395
2016-04-26

UNEP/CBD/SBI/1/INF/30

A Methodology for Voluntary Peer Review of the Revision and Implementation of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans

Meeting Document
#108386
2016-04-26

UNEP/CBD/SBI/1/INF/58

Building a Common Vision for Sustainable Food and Agriculture and the Implementation of Aichi Biodiversity Target 7

Meeting Document
#108385
2016-04-26

UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/20/INF/53

Building a Common Vision for Sustainable Food and Agriculture and the Implementation of Aichi Biodiversity Target 7

Meeting Document
#108383
2016-04-26

UNEP/CBD/SBI/1/INF/19

Progress towards the Implementation of the Bio-Bridge Initiative

Meeting Document
#108379
2016-04-26

UNEP/CBD/SBI/1/INF/46

Draft Global Monitoring Report on Financing for Biodiversity

Meeting Document
#108378
2016-04-26

UNEP/CBD/SBI/1/INF/11

Biodiversity Impact Indicators for Commodity Production: A CBD Initiative to Mainstream Biodiversity into Agricultural Practices and Policies

News Headlines
#108380
2016-04-26

Bear dung helps Japanese cherry trees survive climate change

Bears help Japanese cherry trees flee rising temperatures by giving their seeds a lift uphill inside their guts.

News Headlines
#108381
2016-04-26

Baby boom for New Zealand’s extremely rare giant parrot

New Zealand’s extremely rare kakapos (Strigops habroptila) have received a much-needed boost.

News Headlines
#108382
2016-04-26

Asian wasp listed as threat to UK's sweet chestnut trees

Forestry commission elevates oriental chestnut gall wasp to high-priority tree pest after 2015 outbreaks

News Headlines
#108384
2016-04-26

Do we really need a new U.N. oceans treaty? Yes, and here’s why.

The oceans are in bad shape. The high seas — like the moon, outer space and Antarctica — can’t be claimed by any nation.

News Headlines
#108387
2016-04-26

What makes us care about climate change?

It's been argued that how much we know about climate change is unrelated to how much we care about addressing it.

News Headlines
#108388
2016-04-26

Saving Iran's Precious Lake Urmia

Iranian botanist Hossein Akhani wants to save this ecological treasure before it vanishes entirely

News Headlines
#108389
2016-04-26

Meeting the world’s rarest duck

Once thought to be extinct, environmentalists were thrilled to come across a small population of the Madagascar Pochard in the depths of the Madagascan jungle. The challenge now: how can they protect it?

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