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Press Release
#109518
2016-08-09

FAO Committee on Forestry Calls for Collaboration on Biodiversity Mainstreaming in the Lead up to the Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal/Rome, 9 August 2016 – The 23rd session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO23), which took place in Rome, Italy 18-22 July 2016, took an effective approach that focused on the interlinkages between forest and other sectors and issues, including biodiversity and climate change.

Press Release
#103009
2015-03-03

Press Release: Collaborative Partnership on Wildlife (CPW) launches sourcebook on bushmeat

The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) today launched the Bushmeat Sourcebook, an online resource, on the occasion of the second World Wildlife Day. The sourcebook examines bushmeat’s vital contribution to food security, local livelihoods, and other aspects of hu ...

Press Release
#101566
2014-10-21

Sustainable wildlife management essential for protecting biodiversity

Montreal, 21 October 2014 – Recognizing that wildlife is an important renewable natural resource, with economic, cultural, nutritional and recreational value to humans, Parties at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12), held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, have passed a ...

Press Release
#101454
2014-10-16

Korea launches forest initiative to help countries achieve global biodiversity goals

Montreal/Pyeongchang, 16 October 2014 – To assist countries in achieving the globally-agreed Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the Korea Forest Service launched the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI) on 14 October 2014, in the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties ...

Press Release
#101451
2014-10-15

Renewing Partnership between the International Tropical Timber Organization and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Pyeongchang, 15 October 2014 – The secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) renewed an agreement today to continue to closely collaborate over the coming six years. The first Memorandum of Understanding, signed in 2010 ...

Press Release
#101449
2014-10-13

UN treaty bodies renew partnership to save tropical forests’ rich treasure of biological resources

Pyeongchang, 13 October 2014 – The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) – the United Nations treaty-based organization uniquely focused on tropical forests – and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) renewed a partnership agreement to enhance biodiversity c ...

Press Release
#96556
2013-12-02

CBD Secretariat welcomes Warsaw Framework for REDD+ and $280 million pledge to support REDD+ activities

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has welcomed the Warsaw Framework for REDD+ for its potential to contribute both to climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation.

Press Release
#85295
2012-01-25

Latest initiative under joint ITTO/CBD programme—a new project to support sustainable forest management (SFM) and biodiversity conservation in Africa

Yokohama/Montreal, 25 January 2012 –The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Government of Japan today signed a letter of understanding for funding of 278 million Japanese yen (US$ 3.6 million) to implement a large capacity-building project to support five Congo Basin countr ...

Press Release
#84599
2011-12-16

Rio+20 conference should capitalize on the values that forests offer to sustainable development

New York, 16 December 2011 - As preparations for Rio+20 continue at the 2nd Inter-sessional Meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in UN Headquarters and the International Year of Forests draws to a close, members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), are call ...

Press Release
#83197
2011-10-25

United Nations report identifies innovative solutions for resolving bushmeat crisis

Montreal, 25 October 2011 – A new United Nations report says resolving the crisis in the harvesting of bushmeat is possible if governments combine new management models, including community-based management, game-ranching and hunting tourism, with new mechanisms for monitoring and law enforcement.

Press Release
#82248
2011-09-21

Future Policy Award crowns world’s best forest policies

New York, 21 September 2011. Rwanda’s National Forest Policy was proclaimed the winner of the 2011 Future Policy Award. The Gambia’s Community Forest Policy and the US Lacey Act with its amendment of 2008 received the Silver Awards. The three winning policies which most effectively contribute to ...

Press Release
#80313
2011-07-05

Forest Policies from six countries shortlisted for Future Policy Award

New York / Montreal / Hamburg / Rome, 5 July 2011 – Policies from six countries are now shortlisted for the 2011 Future Policy Award. Bhutan, The Gambia, Nepal, Rwanda, Switzerland and the USA are still in the running for the most inspiring, innovative and influential forest policies worldwide.

Press Release
#79729
2011-06-10

Faced with “Empty Forests”, experts urge better regulation of bushmeat trade - International gathering identifies innovative solutions for resolving the bushmeat crisis, for the benefit of indigenous peoples and local communities.

Nairobi, Montreal, Geneva, 10 June 2011 – A growing and lucrative illegal international commercial trade in the meat and other parts of wild mammals, birds and reptiles (“bushmeat”) is causing widespread loss of biodiversity, imperilling the livelihoods of communities around the world, and desta ...

Press Release
#79449
2011-06-01

New Publication Outlines Biodiversity Elements for Design and Implementation of REDD-plus

Montreal, 1 June 2011 – A new report from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), REDD-plus and Biodiversity (CBD Technical Series No. 59), provides technical and scientific information on the ways to ensure that the design and implementation of REDD-plus policies suppor ...

Press Release
#79169
2011-05-20

New Web-Based Implementation Tool to Support Forest Protection and Sustainable Use Launched by the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, 20 May 2011 – In celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), a voluntary mechanism comprising 14 organizations and institutions with forest-related mandates, have called for improved coordination of biodiversi ...

Press Release
#77664
2011-03-21

International Policy Award for Visionary Forest Policies: Sixteen Countries Nominated by Experts

New York / Montreal / Hamburg, 21 March 2011 – The list of nominees for this year’s Future Policy Award has been published. 19 forest policies from 16 countries have been nominated for this international award. 2011 has been declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations, with ...

Press Release
#76732
2011-02-03

Theme of Future Policy Award 2011: Forest Protection - World Future Council to present awards in New York, September 2011

New York/Montreal/Hamburg, 3 February 2011 – During the International Year of Forests, decision makers will be asking the question: what are the policies that most successfully protect forests? The World Future Council, an international forum that provides decision-makers with effective policy s ...

Press Release
#76704
2011-02-02

Water Security Depends on Forests and Wetlands

Montreal, 2 February 2011 – In our rapidly urbanizing world water security is a key issue. Today, as we celebrate World Wetlands Day and inaugurate the International Year of Forests, it is important to recognize the critical links between water, forests, wetlands and people. More than one in si ...

Press Release
#75719
2010-12-06

Biodiversity central for REDD-plus success and for climate solutions: Experts at Forest Day 4 meeting in Mexico link biodiversity and climate change agendas

Montreal, 6 December 2010 – Biodiversity underpins the resilience, health and productivity of forests and is therefore essential for the success of REDD-plus and other efforts for climate change mitigation and adaptation. As part of the fourth Forest Day, organised by the International Center ...

Press Release
#73864
2010-09-29

Building bridges for Biodiversity: Governor of Ishikawa Prefecture pays official visit to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal 29 September 2010. As the world prepares for the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the governor of Ishikawa prefecture, Masinori Tanimoto, accompanied by an important delegation, paid a visit to the Secretariat to prepare the clos ...

Press Release
#68659
2010-03-22

On World Water Day, United Nations Report Demonstrates Role of Forests and Wetlands for Clean Water and A Healthy World

Montreal, 22 March 2010 – To mark World Water Day and highlight the linkage between biodiversity and clean water, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), today released Water, Wetlands and Forests: A Review of Ecological, Economic and Policy Linkages.

Press Release
#66305
2009-12-15

United Nations Forum on Forests and Convention on Biological Diversity Enter into Partnership

Copenhagen, 15 December 2009 – Amidst the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) today signed an agreement to closely collaborate over the coming two years. “This agreement will h ...

Press Release
#65953
2009-12-02

Understanding Forest Ecosystems is Key for Successful Climate-Change Mitigation

Montreal, 2 December 2009 – What do western lowland gorillas and the seed of the Lopé Kola Tree (Cola lizae) have to do with climate change? According to Ian Redmond, OBE, Ambassador for the United Nations Year of the Gorilla: “More than 75 per cent of tropical trees have their seeds dispersed b ...

Press Release
#64512
2009-10-26

Forest Biodiversity provides an “Insurance Policy” against Climate Change

Montreal, 26 October 2009 – Maintaining and restoring biodiversity in forests promotes their resilience to human-induced pressures and is therefore an essential “insurance policy” to safeguard against climate change impacts, according to a study released yesterday by the Convention on Biological ...

Press Release
#64333
2009-10-21

Liaison Group on Bushmeat concludes in Buenos Aires with Recommendations to the World Forestry Congress

Montreal, 21 October 2009 – The Convention on Biological Diversity’s Liaison Group on Bushmeat held its first meeting in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), and the International Council for ...

Press Release
#61318
2009-07-16

South-South-Exchange Meeting on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Forest Biodiversity

Montreal, 16 July 2009 – The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), in collaboration with the German Development Cooperation (GTZ), and with generous support from the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), facilitated a meeting from 8 to 10 July on ...

Press Release
#28670
2007-01-15

Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, applauds the agreement between the Governments of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia to conserve the “Heart of Borneo”

Montreal – 15 January 2007 The declaration by the Governments of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia to officially endorse a historic agreement to conserve the “Heart of Borneo” demonstrates, according to Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CB ...

Press Release
#19694
2006-02-17

"You can count on Brazil to protect the biodiversity of our planet".

Speaking today in New York, where he was meeting with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, hailed the decision of the President of Brazil, H.E. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, to place 6.4 million hectares ...

Press Release
#6244
2003-10-08

Message of the Convention on Biological Diversity to the International Wildland Fire Summit

CBD Statement to the International Wildland Fire Summit, Sydney, Australia, 8 October, 2003 Hamdallah Zedan, Executive Secretary of the CBD, congratulates the organizers of the Summit, stating: "as the effects of uncontrolled fires are likely to transcend political boundaries, international and ...

Press Release
#6243
2003-09-23

GEF Grants Support Protection of Forest Ecosystems in Developing Countries

Washington, D.C., September 23, 2003 – The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has provided more than $777 million dollars in grants for nearly 150 environmental projects to promote the conservation and sustainable management of forest ecosystems. The topic of forest conservation is on the agenda ...

Press Release
#6231
2002-05-22

International Day for Biological Diversity Dedicated to Forest Biodiversity

Montreal, 22 May 2002 – The United Nations is celebrating the 2002 International Day for Biological Diversity today by highlighting the importance of forest biodiversity to the global environment and to human well-being.

Press Release
#6226
2002-03-01

Major UN biodiversity conference convenes in The Hague<br>Forests, genetic resources and invasive alien species top the agenda

The Hague, March 2002 – Ministers, senior officials and experts from 182 Governments plus the European Union are meeting here from 7 to 19 April to strengthen global cooperation on managing the Earth’s biological resources

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