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Meeting Document
#110254
2016-09-29

UNEP/CBD/COP/13/INF/4

Hosting of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Meetings of the Conference of the Parties and the Corresponding Meetings of the Parties to the Cartagena and Nagoya Protocols

News Headlines
#110240
2016-09-29

High Stakes on the High Seas: A Call for International Reserves

Marine protected areas in national waters have proven successful in helping depleted fish stocks to recover

News Headlines
#110241
2016-09-29

New lizard species named after Indian scientist

A new species of a ground-dwelling lizard has been discovered in Goregaon’s Aarey Colony and Thane’s Badlapur forested belts, 130 years after the last such gecko was discovered, and has been named after a Bengaluru-based scientist Varad Giri.

News Headlines
#110242
2016-09-29

New safeguards agreed for world's most trafficked mammal

A little known species driven to the edge of extinction by poaching has gained extra protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa.

News Headlines
#110243
2016-09-29

Chile creates largest marine park in Southeast Pacific

An area that includes the islands of San Félix and San Ambrosio — also known as the Desventuradas — is now officially protected.

News Headlines
#110244
2016-09-29

UK faces European court for failing to protect porpoises

UK has failed to provide enough safe habitats for the mammals, with just one small site formally proposed so far, says European commission

News Headlines
#110245
2016-09-29

Furniture that destroys forests: crackdown on 'rampant' trade in rosewood

Cites summit moves to protect the world’s most trafficked wild product by placing all 300 species of the tree under trade restrictions

News Headlines
#110246
2016-09-29

Wildlife trafficking: Trade driven by greed

CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon tells DW how forensics is a game-changer for combating wildlife trade, about weird and wonderful species up for protection, and the surprising Western link to demand for rhino horn.

News Headlines
#110247
2016-09-29

Cocaine Not to Blame for Western Amazon Forest Loss, Study Says

RIO DE JANEIRO — Infrastructure projects designed to open the western Amazon for investment are to blame for deforestation in parts of Peru, Colombia and Bolivia — not coca production, researchers said Wednesday.

News Headlines
#110248
2016-09-29

Field Notes: Can we alter endangered species to be more adaptable?

Mongabay offers a glimpse into conservation science in progress: Stephanie Courtney Jones suggests that “pesty” traits that help invasive species spread, could also help endangered species adapt.

News Headlines
#110249
2016-09-29

World demands ecotourism

The booming social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram has been used by many Indonesians to promote the country’s beauty to the outside world.

News Headlines
#110250
2016-09-29

Conservation decisions must protect the livelihoods of people living in Africa

In the absence of trading ivory, other solutions have to be found to fund conservation and support communities.

News Headlines
#110251
2016-09-29

Beijing wants GMOs but the Chinese people don't

The latest food safety scandal in China might be its most damaging.

News Headlines
#110252
2016-09-29

South Africa: Cape Mountain Zebra Moves Off Most Endangered List

Pretoria — The growth in numbers of the Cape mountain zebra population has enabled the species to move off the most endangered list of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Meeting Document
#110239
2016-09-28

UNEP/CBD/COP/13/12/ADD1

Report of the Council of the Global Environment Facility

Focal Point
#6933

Niger
News Headlines
#110224
2016-09-28

Total trade ban for Gibraltar's monkeys expected

Europe's only non-human primate, the Barbary Macaque, is expected to gain the highest level of species protection at the Cites meeting in Johannesburg.

News Headlines
#110225
2016-09-28

Garden ponds 'playing role' in frog disease spread

Garden ponds are playing a role in the spread of deadly frog diseases across the UK, a study suggests.

News Headlines
#110226
2016-09-28

Grass food crops facing climate change challenge

A study has highlighted the risk posed by projected climate change on the world's ability to grow enough food.

News Headlines
#110227
2016-09-28

Missing fish catch data? Not necessarily a problem, new study says

Each day in fishing communities around the world, not every fish is counted. This happens in part because of illegal fishing, poor or incomplete surveys and discarded fish from commercial operations.

News Headlines
#110228
2016-09-28

Cuban crocodiles pose conservation conundrum

Genetic analyses of endangered animals reveal high level of interbreeding with hardier American species.

News Headlines
#110229
2016-09-28

Colombia’s peace could pressure the environment

With the disbanding of Colombia’s largest military guerrilla group, FARC, Colombia’s forests could come under pressure from developmental goals. Home to almost 10 percent of the planet’s biodiversity, Colombia is listed as a “megadiverse” country by the Convention on Biological Diversity. It is ...

News Headlines
#110230
2016-09-28

Wildlife butchers of Belén: the town that serves up rare species for a few dollars

In this Peruvian shanty town endangered wildlife is sold daily at market, live or freshly cooked in gory detail by traders flouting lax enforcement. Stopping this growing illegal trade will be key to discussions at Cites this week

News Headlines
#110231
2016-09-28

Rare bird being driven to extinction by poaching for its 'red ivory' bill

Helmeted hornbills’ solid red beak sells for several times the price of elephant ivory due to soaring demand on the Chinese black market

News Headlines
#110232
2016-09-28

African elephants, rhinos central at CITES conference

For many endangered species, the race is on control illegal trade before they go extinct. Two high-profile topics being discussed in Johannesburg involve changing the level of protection for African megafauna.

News Headlines
#110233
2016-09-28

China’s reforestation program a letdown for wildlife, study finds

The world’s largest reforestation scheme may offer only marginal benefits for — or diminish — biodiversity, a study released earlier this month in Nature Communications revealed.

News Headlines
#110234
2016-09-28

Bison report card shows gains in conservation efforts

Bison conservation across North American is steadily moving in the right direction, according to a 10-year report card released Tuesday by the American Bison Society in Banff, Alta.

News Headlines
#110235
2016-09-28

Elements, Humans Put Eastern European Forests Under Stress

Climate change, acid rain, excessive logging and pest infestation threaten forests in many parts of the world, including Eastern Europe. Local authorities are fighting back, and some of them are even seeking help from international environmental organizations.

News Headlines
#110237
2016-09-28

Let's put endangered plants in the spotlight

It’s time we started shouting about illegal sales of endangered plants: it’s just as barbaric as the ivory trade

News Headlines
#110238
2016-09-28

Optimization technique identifies cost-effective biodiversity corridors

A new optimization technique could help conservation biologists choose the most cost-effective ways of connecting isolated populations of rare, threatened and endangered species living in protected areas.

Meeting Document
#110223
2016-09-27

UNEP/CBD/CHM/IAC/2016/2/1

Provisional Agenda

Meeting Document
#110222
2016-09-27

UNEP/CBD/COP/13/19

Voluntary Peer-Review Process for the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans: Progress Report and Updated Methodology

News Headlines
#110208
2016-09-27

Rising ocean temperatures threaten baby lobsters

If water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine rise a few degrees by end of the century, it could mean trouble for lobsters and the industry they support, according to newly published research.

News Headlines
#110209
2016-09-27

New discovery may benefit farmers worldwide

Plant scientists have shown for the first time how an ancient crop teams up with a beneficial microbe to protect against a devastating fungal infection, a discovery that may benefit millions of subsistence farmers and livestock in developing countries.

News Headlines
#110210
2016-09-27

Invest in marine economy, African ministers say

[NAIROBI] Sub-Saharan Africa should invest in research and development to promote blue economy — which includes marine biotechnology, fisheries, aquaculture, transport and tourism — for sustainable development, say African ministers.

News Headlines
#110211
2016-09-27

Winners of 2016 UNESCO prize for sustainability education come from Cameroon, Japan and the United Kingdom

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has named the three laureates of the 2016 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): the Centre for Community Regeneration and Development (CCREAD-Cameroon) from Cameroon; the Okayama ESD Promotion Commission from Japan; and t ...

News Headlines
#110212
2016-09-27

Madagascar’s largest tortoise could become extinct in 2 years

One of the world’s rarest tortoises, the ploughshare tortoise, is about to become extinct.

News Headlines
#110213
2016-09-27

The Nicaraguan frontier: a treasure trove under siege

Nicaragua is home to what is perhaps the last wild frontier of Central America. The nation boasts over one-quarter of the region’s remaining forest cover, about 20 percent of which is old growth situated squarely in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.

News Headlines
#110214
2016-09-27

Revealed: how senior Laos officials cut deals with animal traffickers

Evidence obtained by the Guardian shows how treasury coffers swelled with 2% tax on trades worth up to $45m including tigers, rhinos and elephants

News Headlines
#110215
2016-09-27

South Africa: 'Saving endangered species is the responsibility of everyone'

As the 17th world wildlife conference opens, South Africa’s environment minister Edna Bomo Molewa explains the country’s commitment to protecting wildlife

News Headlines
#110216
2016-09-27

Searching for sawfish following the clues of environmental DNA

What has a body like a shark’s, a saw protruding from its head and critically endangered status according to the IUCN?

News Headlines
#110217
2016-09-27

Hippo Teeth Reveal Africa's Changing Plant Life

Poaching has had a severe impact on savanna ecosystems, and the proof is in the mouths of Uganda’s hippos.

News Headlines
#110218
2016-09-27

Coffee and climate change: what you need to know

From tech solutions to crop diversification, our expert panel highlights how to support coffee farmers in the face of climate change

News Headlines
#110219
2016-09-27

Soil modeling to help curb climate change

Soil is a major carbon pool, whose impact on climate change is still not fully understood. According to a recent study, however, soil carbon stocks and could be modeled more accurately by factoring in the impacts of both soil nutrient status and soil composition.

News Headlines
#110220
2016-09-27

Protecting mangroves, Kenya's fishermen net cash - and more fish

GAZI BAY, Kenya, Sept 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For fishing communities on Kenya's southern coast, felling mangrove trees to make boats has long been a part of life.

News Headlines
#110221
2016-09-27

UN highlights agriculture's potential to help address climate change and antimicrobial resistance

26 September 2016 – The role of agriculture should go beyond just generating food to help address global challenges such as climate change and antimicrobial resistance, the head of United Nations agriculture agency stressed today.

Meeting Document
#110204
2016-09-26

Document

Presentation: The Protocols

Meeting Document
#110205
2016-09-26

Document

Presentation: Resource Mobilization, GEF Capacity-building and Synergies

Meeting Document
#110202
2016-09-26

Document

Presentation: Items 9, 14, 15, 17 and 19

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