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"Practicing Synergies Initiative": Joining Heads & Hands in the Implementation of the Rio Conventions

<br>Synergy between the Rio Conventions is being addressed at various levels under the UNCCD, UNFCCC and CBD. The "Practicing Synergy Initiative" aims to reach out to the national and local level actions and activities that are being implemented especially by country parties. The sharing of prac ...

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'Sea, ice, snow, it’s all changing': Inuit culture struggles with warming world

Martin Shiwak is navigating his snowmobile along the frozen shoreline when his eight-year-old son Dane, who is riding on the back, points at a wall of stunted spruce trees.

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'Tipping point': the point of no return for global warming

Climatologists are warning of a series of ‘tipping points’ that could have catastrophic consequences for life on Earth. Their description is more apt than we may realise

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2020 marks a turning point for nature’s role in climate solutions

Global biodiversity talks in China this year will highlight nature-based solutions that could meet one-third of Paris Agreement climate goal by 2030.

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COP 12

50 years of The IUCN Red List: evolution and new applications for the conservation of biodiversity at global, national and site level

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is arguably one of the most important tools in nature conservation, facilitating the flow of biodiversity information from the point of collection to policy-makers around the world, and driving research into biodiversity conservation. This year, the Red Li ...

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7 Indigenous Technologies Changing Landscapes

Indigenous ways of managing landscapes have often been framed as the antithesis to progress. But most Indigenous communities hold intimate place-based knowledge, gained across generations, which is an ideal starting point for addressing contemporary challenges such as biodiversity loss, land deg ...

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8 environment and development stories to watch in the new make-or-break decade

The narrative of the year will be if 2020 will be a turning point for the better or for the worse, says World Resources Institute president Andrew Steer. What stories should be watching out for?

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<a href="/doc/side-events/sbstta/sbstta-13/summary-28-en.pdf" target="_blank">The Pet Release Pathway: Case Studies in Invasive Species Prevention</a>

A draft recommendation for SBSTTA: • Invites Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations to submit examples of best practices for addressing the risks associated with the introduction of alien species as pets, including aquarium species, such as fish, reptiles, or insects, and as live ...

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<a href='/doc/side-events/sbstta/sbstta-12/summary-36-en.doc'>Islands Biodiversity Programme: New Zealand Case Study</a>

Presentation outlining the global importance of New Zealand islands; management of threats from invasive alien species and uses 4 case studies to explain national strategies for island management, balancing people and nature against CBD focal areas.

Side Event

ABS Implementation - and the Communication Challenge

With the adoption of the Nagoya Protocol, the ABS challenge has moved to the national level: all countries are called upon to design and implement measures that make ABS work in practice. This requires effective communication with a broad range of actors. The ABS Capacity Development Iniative is ...

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Adapt, move or die: How biodiversity reacted to past climate change

A new paper reviews current knowledge on climate change and biodiversity. In the past, plants and animals reacted to environmental changes by adapting, migrating or going extinct. These findings point to radical changes in biodiversity due to climate change in the future.

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Adaptation Can Compound Climate Change Impacts on Energy and Water

In 2014, as California was in the midst of one of the worst droughts in its recorded history, Julia Szinai was working for an electric utility. The worst years of the drought were still ahead, but the impacts of the dry spell on California’s energy system were already clear to Szinai. As water l ...

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Ambition to action – could 2021 be a turning point for climate change and localism?

The lead clean growth researcher at Localis, Grace Newcombe, writes on why 2021 could be the ‘environmental super year’ that campaigners have longed for. Initially forecast to be a green ‘super year’, and despite Boris’ pledge for a ‘defining year of climate action’, 2020 did not go as anticipated.

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Analyzing climate change/hurricane links

A review of top research scientists' views on climate/hurricane links points to areas of increasing scientific consensus, but with key voids still begging high-confidence understanding and answers.

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Argentina and Spain scientific research on climate change impact on hake in Tierra del Fuego

Scientific study suggests snoek (Thyrsites atun) can re-colonize the marine area of the Beagle Channel and South-Western Atlantic waters, an area in the southernmost point of the South American continent where this species competed with the hake (Merluccius sp.) to hunt preys in warmer periods.

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Art exhibition on Maltese biodiversity

My Path With Nature, the 11th solo exhibition by Andrew Micallef featuring his latest collection of 38 paintings mainly in acrylic, catches a glimpse of Maltese biodiversity and the natural environment from an artistic point of view.

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As Climate Change Worsens, A Cascade of Tipping Points Looms

New research warns that the earth may be approaching key tipping points, including the runaway loss of ice sheets, that could fundamentally disrupt the global climate system

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As Planet Burns, One Million Species in World’s Eco-System in Danger of Extinction

When UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the 193-member General Assembly last December, he focused on the smoldering climate crisis– pointing out that the last five years have been the hottest ever recorded.

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Assessing and evaluating taxonomic needs and capacities on a global scale – analysis of capacity and resources needed for the GTI to contribute towards the GTNA

The German National Focal Point (NFP) of the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI) started a study to provide analysis and surveys for The Global Assessment of Taxonomic Needs and Capacities (GTNA) in early 2007. We present the results, significance of the study, and summarize our conclusions for tax ...


Atlantic Adventure Ocean Wildlife Rides

1 - 16 August 2010, Cornwall, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Barents Sea seems to have crossed a climate tipping point

Many of the threats we know are associated with climate change are slow moving. Gradually rising seas, a steady uptick in extreme weather events, and more all mean that change will come gradually to much of the globe. But we also recognize that there can be tipping points, where certain aspects ...

Side Event

Behavioural Change and inclusive wealth: transition to Sustainability

The side event intends to present the key messages and recommendations from the CBD commissioned paper: Managing Biodiversity is about people and the Inclusive Wealth Report 2012. The main objective will be to highlight how the IWR can facilitate change in the way people perceive biodiversity an ...

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Benefit Sharing under ABS: Options and Elaborations

A joint UNU-IAS and UNEP report titled "Benefit Sharing under ABS: Options and Elaborations" will be launched at the event. The report highlights the entry points for discussions on issues related to benefit sharing and through suitable case studies draws attention to the possible considerations ...

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Benefits for People and Wildlife: Sustainable Use in Operation

The Principles of the Ecosystem Approach (CBD VII/11) and the Addis Ababa Principles & Guidelines for the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity (CBD VII/12) provide a framework for the sustainable use of biodiversity in order to promote its conservation and bring benefits to the people who live closes ...


BioBlitz 2010 & Kids’ Fishing Day

11 - 12 June 2010, Nampa, United States of America

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Biodiversity Loss: Alarm Bell Tolls – Analysis

Biodiversity loss is one of the most pressing challenges humanity faces today. All the recently published reports on biodiversity – the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystems, the Living Planet Report, the Global Forest Resources Assessment Report and the Global Biodiversity Out ...


Biodiversity and Development: Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Policy-Making

28 - 30 December 2010, Thiruvananthapuram, India

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Biodiversity in Sustainability Reporting

Biodiversity remains one of the most challenging areas for reporting as many companies still have a limited understanding of their relationship to and impact on biodiversity. Many companies have pointed to the need for general background material that helps companies to understand the link betwe ...

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Biodiversity is its own catalyst – to a point

For decades, scientists have wrestled with rival theories to explain how interactions between species, like competition, influence biodiversity. Tracking microbial life across the planet, researchers from McGill University show that biodiversity does in fact foster further diversity in microbiom ...

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Biodiversity: Africa’s key to food security and sustainable livelihoods

Unfolding events all over the world are pointing in one direction; that is the imminence of climate change which may prove irreversible. The timing, magnitude of impacts and places where impacts would be felt might vary, but climate change has proven to be inescapable. Choices before nations and ...

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Biofuels in Brazil

The event aim at clarifying important issues related to the production, processing, trade and sustainability of biofuels in Brazil. Historical and current experiences on agrarian policies and biodiversity conservation, including the relationship between food production and biofuels and its corre ...



20 May - 31 August 2010, Brussels, Belgium

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Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) Training Workshop, Bonn, Germany, 9-10 May 2008 (Prior to COP-MOP/4)

Reference: SCBD/BCH/GF/ABw/61315 (2007-160)
To: National Focal Points for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, National Focal Points for the Biosafety Clearing-House

I am pleased to announce that the Secretariat, with the kind support of the UNEP-GEF Biosafety Project, will be convening a training workshop for BCH National Focal Points, 9-10 May 2008, immediately prior to the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parti ...

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Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) Training Workshop, Nagoya, Japan, 8-9 October 2010 (prior to COP-MOP/5)

Reference: SCBD/BCH/GF/ABw/72371 (2010-144)
To: CPB Focal Points, BCH Focal Points

I am pleased to announce that the Secretariat, in collaboration with and support of the UNEP-GEF Biosafety Project, will convene a training workshop for National Focal Points for the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH-NFPs) on 8-9 October 2010, immediately before the fifth meeting of the Conference o ...

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Biosafety Regulations of Asia-Pacific Countries

In 2008, APAARI published a compilation of biosafety regulations of 39 Asia-Pacific countries (available at: www.apcoab.org). This publication is currently being revised and updated. In this event, it is proposed to discuss with BCH Nationa Focal Points of Asian and Pacific countries the organiz ...

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Brazilian Biodiversity: Programs of International Cooperation and Repatriation of Taxonomic Information.

This event resulted from a project carried out by the Brazilian Societies of Zoology (SBZ), Botany (SBB), and Microbiology (SBM) and the Reference Center on Environmental Information (CRIA) for the Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT) in collaboration with the Centre for Strategic Management ...

Side Event

Building capacity to implement the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

This side event will bring together GSPC focal points, members of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation and other plant conservation specialists, to share experiences in the implementation of the GSPC. The event will include a demonstration of the on-line GSPC toolkit and presentations a ...

Press Release

COP 9 Presidency pays Working Visit to the UNCBD Secretariat

Montreal, 15 August 2008 – Mr. Jochen Flasbarth, Director General, Federal Ministry for the Environment, representing Mr. Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister of the Environment, Germany, and the President of COP 9, paid a two-day visit to the headquarters of the Secretariat of the United Nations ...

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COVID-19 pandemic, an ‘unprecedented wake-up call’ for all inhabitants of Mother Earth

Recognizing the “immediate and dreadful” impact of the coronavirus, the UN chief urged everyone to “work together to save lives, ease suffering and lessen the shattering economic and social consequence”. At the same time, he observed that climate disruption is approaching “a point of no return” ...

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Cacao not gold: ‘chocolate trees’ offer future to Amazon tribes

The villagers walk down the grassy landing strip, past the wooden hut housing the health post and into the thick forest, pointing out the seedlings they planted along the way.

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Can Buddhism Help Fight Climate Change?

At an idyllic retreat in California, the architect of the Paris Agreement argues that it can.Amid the golden hills near Point Reyes, California, in the sunlit main hall of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Christiana Figueres, the architect of the Paris climate agreement, is explaining how Budd ...

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Can Our Individual Plastic Footprint Stop The Ocean Of Waste From Submerging Us?

Plastic production will increase by 20,000% in 40 years if we keep things how they are. Plastic is everywhere. Over the years it became one of the most used material, and it got to a point where the cars and planes we travel on are made at 50% by plastic, or where it is more common for clothes t ...

Focal Point


Cap. Boris Marcone

Cartagena Protocol emergency contact point
Side Event
COP 12

Challenges for the basic, applied and commercial reserach community in a post-Nagoya world

Non-commercial research focused on improving our understanding of natural systems, is crucially important to underpin the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity. This is especially true for the, as yet, largely unexplored marine environment. In relation to Article 8a of the Nagoya Protoc ...

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