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Notification
#2715
2017-12-13
Action by
2018-01-15

Call for information to support the objectives of the Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas in the Baltic Sea, 20 to 24 February 2018, and Training Session on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas, 19 February 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/JL/JG/87042 (2017-140)
To: CBD National Focal Points; SBSTTA Focal Points; Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points; relevant United Nations/international organizations; HELCOM; Regional Fisheries Bodies; indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives

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Press Release
#115553
2017-12-12

Governments and indigenous peoples meet to discuss contribution of traditional knowledge and their collective actions to global biodiversity policy

12 DECEMBER 2017 – Following traditional blessings by Elders of the local Mohawk Community of Kahnawake, delegates to the tenth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity will begin discussions on a number of im ...

Press Release
#115556
2017-12-12

UN Biodiversity Convention and Future Earth strengthen collaboration in order to aid countries in achieving global conservation goals

12 DECEMBER 2017 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Future Earth today agreed to strengthen their collaboration around a number of key areas.

Focal Point
#7223

Ghana
Press Release
#115551
2017-12-11

Science body of UN Biodiversity Convention meets to lay foundation for post-2020 global biodiversity targets

11 December 2017 – The science body under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meets this week to discuss a wide array of biodiversity-related issues critical for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and tackling climate change.

Meeting
#5634

International Mountain Day 2017

11 December 2017, Rome, Italy

Notification
#2712
2017-12-11
Action by
2017-12-22

Nomination of Experts to the Workshop on Detection and Identification of Living Modified Organisms for Francophone Africa, Tunis, Tunisia, 5-9 March 2018

Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/MM/DA/86969 (2017-137)
To: Cartagena Protocol National Focal Points of the Francophone Africa region, CBD National Focal Points (where CPB focal points have not yet been designated) and Relevant Organizations, cc: Biosafety Clearing-House National Focal Points of the Francophone Africa region

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Meeting
#5663

Human Rights Day 2017

10 December 2017, New York, United States of America

CBD
Meeting
#5734
CBD
Meeting
#5733

Workshop on the preparation of the sixth national report

9 - 10 December 2017, Montreal, Canada

Notification
#2711
2017-12-08
Action by
2018-01-15

EXTENSION OF DEADLINE: 15 January 2018 - Submission of views and information further to decision NP-2/10 on Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol

Reference: SCBD/ABS/VN/KG/jh/86849 (2017-136)
To: ABS National Focal Points (CBD Focal Points where ABS National Focal Points have not yet been designated), Indigenous peoples and local communities and relevant organizations

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News Headlines
#115516
2017-12-08

Sustainable yam systems in West Africa

Yams are tuber crops and an essential staple food in West Africa. But the traditional cropping systems are unproductive and degrade soil. The YAMSYS project seeks to change this in cooperation with local actors working along the yam value chain.

News Headlines
#115517
2017-12-08

Ski resort will devastate Unesco world heritage site in Bulgaria, says WWF

A budget ski resort expansion is poised to carve 333km of new slopes and 113km of ski lifts through a Unesco world heritage site of “outstanding universal value”, according to documents obtained by WWF in a lawsuit.

News Headlines
#115518
2017-12-08

Earth’s Hum: Scientists Record The Very Sound Of Earth—But Don't Know Why It Happens

Scientists have recorded the mysterious sound of the Earth deep underwater for the first time. The eerie hum is could be key to understanding the make-up of the planet itself—but no one knows what makes it.

News Headlines
#115519
2017-12-08

Kenya Joins 40 Countries in Sea, Ocean Clean-Up Bid

Kenya has joined 40 other countries across the world in the fight against ocean and sea pollution as part of interventions to roll back the consequences of an increasingly polluted planet.

News Headlines
#115520
2017-12-08

Why Antarctica Is So Important in a Warming World

Ever since the ancient Greeks speculated a continent must exist in the south polar regions to balance those in the north, Antarctica has been popularly described as remote and extreme. Over the past two centuries, these factors have combined to create, in the human psyche, an almost mythical lan ...

News Headlines
#115521
2017-12-08

Disappearing sea snakes surprise researchers with hidden genetic diversity

New research suggests an urgent need to find out why sea snakes are disappearing from known habitats, after it was discovered some seemingly identical sea snake populations are actually genetically distinct from each other and can't simply repopulate if one group dies out.

News Headlines
#115522
2017-12-08

Malaria cases rise as insecticide resistance spreads

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has alerted to rise in malaria cases and the fears of resurgence as progress in the fight against a curable disease that kills hundreds of thousands of children has stalled.

News Headlines
#115523
2017-12-08

Moving forward in Mexico

To meet the development and climate-change challenges of the future, the Mexican government is introducing important changes to institutions and policies. One main task is the coherent implementation of the sustainable-development and climate agendas.

News Headlines
#115524
2017-12-08

These whales are stressed out. The proof is in their poop.

When a North Atlantic right whale swims into a submerged net or rope, it panics and rolls. This makes everything worse, tangling the fishing gear in the animal’s mouth or tightly wrapping it around the flippers or tail.

News Headlines
#115525
2017-12-08

Flock tales from the coast

Birders identify rare species of migratory pelagic birds that have made a winter home on the hospitable shores of Arichal Munai and Dhanushkodi The onset of winter heralds the advent of migratory birds. It is the season when ornithologists flock the birding hotspots with cameras and binoculars, ...

News Headlines
#115526
2017-12-08

Fire is raging in Ventura County – and climate change has its latest victims

An unbearable amount of Ventura county in southern California, where I was born and raised, is simply gone. And as I hear about site after site from my childhood simply disappearing into scorched earth, I am realizing that climate change is not only erasing the present, it is also destroying the ...

News Headlines
#115527
2017-12-08

Advocates urge government to live up to climate change promises in 2018

One year ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got eight provinces and all three territories to agree to put a price on pollution as part of a national climate change plan.

News Headlines
#115528
2017-12-08

The climate-change fight returns to Paris

Nearly two years have passed since France’s then-foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, struck his gavel and declared: “The Paris agreement for the climate is accepted.” Next week, President Emmanuel Macron and the French government will host world leaders and non-state actors for the One Planet Summit.

News Headlines
#115529
2017-12-08

The teenager inventor who could change the way the world fights climate change

Ethan Novek speaks fast and insists on giving you every detail, even in response to simple questions. It can be overwhelming. But it’s worth sticking with him. Novek started winning science fairs in middle school and was awarded his first patent at 16. Now, at 18, he has his own company, Innovat ...

News Headlines
#115530
2017-12-08

Climate change from human activities is all around us

Climate, of course, is affected by many natural factors including the sun, El Niño/La Niña, and so on. We talk about such topics regularly in blogs and articles which your readers can readily find on the Observatory website. And yes, we also talk about climate change, the unequivocal influence c ...

News Headlines
#115531
2017-12-08

Some 6.5 million people dying from global pollution – report

The State of the Environment Report has revealed that 6.5 million people die annually due to pollution, while 6,000 children suffer brain defects due to toxics in paints.

News Headlines
#115532
2017-12-08

Tapping into the potential of the Sundarbans

We should feel compelled to protect its many riches, and allow it to nourish Bangladesh with its bounty.Every year, the Sundarbans contributes over Tk5,000 crore to Bangladesh.This is not surprising considering its unique ecosystem and biodiversity, which allows it to be one of Bangladesh’s most ...

News Headlines
#115533
2017-12-08

Malawi: Women Control Over Land Improves Food Security in Karonga

Karonga — Women in Karonga have hailed Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) for ensuring that women have access and control over land, a development they say has enhanced food security in their homes.

News Headlines
#115534
2017-12-08

Farmers invited to take part in diverse cropping project to increase yields

A leading research charity is inviting farmers to participate in a new project which is investigating how to maximise the performance of crop mixtures to improve yields while reducing the reliance on inputs.

News Headlines
#115535
2017-12-08

Bear-human conflict prompts proposal for nature reserve

Increased conflict between the black bear population and villagers in a mountainous region of southwest China has prompted local authorities to create a proposal for a nature reserve to protect the species.

News Headlines
#115536
2017-12-08

The future of crop engineering

Photosynthesis is the process underlying all plant growth. Scientists aim to boost photosynthesis to meet the increasing global demand for food by engineering its key enzyme Rubisco. Now, researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry have succeeded in producing functional plant Rubisco ...

News Headlines
#115537
2017-12-08

Road salt is bad for the environment, so why do we keep using it?

Marshes, streams and lakes lie alongside many of the roads and highways that zigzag across North America. Plants and animals inhabit these water bodies and can be exposed to many of the substances we put on those roads, including road salt.

News Headlines
#115539
2017-12-08

France's Macron hunts for more money to slow climate change

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron will next week press rich countries to increase climate financing and urge investors worldwide to turn their backs on polluters in a bid to accelerate efforts to combat global warming.

News Headlines
#115540
2017-12-08

Gaps in required curricula may explain differences in climate change acceptance among college graduates

The average American college student has just a 17 percent chance of learning about climate change before graduation through required core courses. The finding may help explain why having a bachelor's degree doesn't always lead to increased acceptance of human-caused global warming, according to ...

CBD
Meeting
#5738
Focal Point
#7221

Republic of Korea
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