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#109603
2016-08-16

New orange-black snake discovered in Mexico

Scientists have described a strikingly colored new species of snake from the mountains of east-central Mexico. This snake, with a vivid orange and black banding pattern on its body, belongs to the genus Geophis, a group that is commonly referred to as earth snakes.

News Headlines
#109607
2016-08-16

Inspiring students to explore the deep sea

Bermuda’s schoolchildren are being inspired to become submarine explorers as part of an interactive educational programme on the heels of the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey.

News Headlines
#109592
2016-08-15

UN agencies call for recognition of youth leadership in Caribbean

United Nations agencies, funds and programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean, including the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), have called for the recognition of youth leadership’s role in the implementation of the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, and changing the production and ...

Meeting Document
#109550
2016-08-10

Document

Sustainable Ocean Initiative brochure

Meeting Document
#109547
2016-08-10

Document

Training manual on the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) in the open- ocean waters and deep-sea habitats

Meeting Document
#109515
2016-08-09

Document

Presentation: Agenda Item 12: Other means of implementation: Enhancement of capacity-building, technical and scientific cooperation and other initiatives to assist implementation

Meeting Document
#109512
2016-08-09

Document

Presentation: Agenda Item 12: Other means of implementation: Enhancement of capacity-building, technical and scientific cooperation and other initiatives to assist implementation

Meeting Document
#109509
2016-08-09

Document

Presentation: Agenda Item 12: Other means of implementation: Enhancement of capacity-building, technical and scientific cooperation and other initiatives to assist implementation

News Headlines
#109497
2016-08-09

We’re trashing the oceans — and they’re returning the favor by making us sick

Six years ago, in a bracing 18-minute TED talk, coral reef scientist Jeremy Jackson laid out “how we wrecked the ocean.” In the talk, he detailed not only how overfishing, global warming, and various forms of pollution are damaging ocean ecosystems — but also, strikingly, how these human-driven ...

News Headlines
#109500
2016-08-09

Hotspots of pollution hidden under the sea

Twelve percent of the continental U.S. coastline may be particularly vulnerable to ocean pollution carried by freshwater seeping through the ground, according to an analysis published last week in Science.

News Headlines
#109502
2016-08-09

Sites targeted for deep-sea mining teeming with new species

An area targeted for deep sea mining is teeming with diverse life forms, including several new species, a new study has found.Countries have been eyeing the deep seafloor of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) — a massive 6 million square kilometers (~2.3 million square miles) area in the Pacific ...

News Headlines
#109505
2016-08-09

World’s longest lake is being depleted of life as waters warm

Loss of biodiversity in Lake Tanganyika, Africa’s oldest and deepest lake, has been driven by 500 years of sustained climate warming, a study of core sediments has found.

News Headlines
#109506
2016-08-09

Access to banking: Critical to ending poverty

Financial inclusion is an important component of poverty alleviation. It is about increasing access to financial services, especially for the working poor, who typically rely on irregular, low-paid work in the informal economy.

News Headlines
#109507
2016-08-09

Urban agriculture may be inefficient, but it’s a model for a sustainable future

It’s time we learned to embrace inefficiency. That may sound like heresy in a time when we are told that we must increase our competitiveness to become leaner, to increase productivity, to become more efficient to compete in the global marketplace.

News Headlines
#109486
2016-08-08

Earth Overshoot Day: Living beyond our means

We've used up more resources than the planet can regenerate in a whole year - and it's only the start of August. Mathis Wackernagel of the Global Footprint Network explains why we need to check our overconsumption.

News Headlines
#109493
2016-08-08

Meeting Sustainable Development Goals and achieving stronger public, private and people partnerships

Smaller nations are already feeling the effects of climate change and are working towards more sustainable development policies by encouraging closer collaborations between government, private sector, NGOs and development partners. This was the message from leaders in the Pacific Islands as they ...

News Headlines
#109494
2016-08-08

Many Countries Will Need Help Adapting to Climate Change

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported last week that global temperatures last year were the highest on record — and that this year is likely to be hotter still. That is a powerful reason for rich countries to begin making good on their promises to help low-lying island nat ...

News Headlines
#109473
2016-08-05

Sustainable Development in Africa Will Not Be Achieved Without Women’s Full Participation

In some parts of the world, the proverbial “glass ceiling” is shattering. As Theresa May and, most likely, Hillary Clinton join Angela Merkel at the leadership of three major world powers, women’s leadership in politics is on the ascent.

News Headlines
#109455
2016-08-04

UNESCO explores ways to apply World Heritage Convention to ‘wonders’ of open ocean

A United Nations-backed report launched today explores the different ways the international treaty governing the inscription of world heritage sites may one day apply to sunken coral islands, floating rainforests, or giant undersea volcanoes, none of which can be considered for listing because t ...

News Headlines
#109412
2016-08-03

Some fish tackle ocean global warming by pretending it's night

Some fish may cope with the changing chemistry of the oceans linked to global warming by permanently setting their body defenses to night-time levels, the time of day when they find sea water least hospitable, a study said on Monday.

News Headlines
#109418
2016-08-03

Meet the Rare Swimming Wolves That Eat Seafood

Unlike their interior cousins, coastal wolves of Vancouver Island live with two paws in the ocean and two paws on land.They move like ghosts along the shorelines of Canada's Vancouver Island, so elusive that people rarely see them lurking in the mossy forests.

News Headlines
#109386
2016-08-01

Climate Change and Sustainable Investing: How Investors Can Make a Difference

Many proponents of sustainable investment strategies argue that traditional fossil fuel companies will be in structural decline in coming decades, challenged by governmental and consumer actions to limit the impact of oil, gas and coal on the environment.

News Headlines
#109387
2016-08-01

Civic pride 'can help sustain urban biodiversity'

The establishment of community gardens in inner city areas can boost social and ecological sustainability, suggest researchers.

News Headlines
#109393
2016-08-01

The oceans are full of barriers for small organisms

Subtle and short-lived differences in ocean salinity or temperature function as physical barriers for phytoplankton, and result in a patchy distribution of the oceans' most important food resource. The new research from the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at the University of Cope ...

Notification
#2523
2016-07-29
Action by
2016-08-31

Invitation to submit comments on the draft Action Plan for the Bio-Bridge Initiative 2017-2020

Reference: SCBD/IMS/RS/ET/lz/85883 (2016-097)
To: CBD, ABS, CPB, SBSTTA National Focal Points, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities and relevant organizations

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News Headlines
#109332
2016-07-27

Increasing ocean acidity could impact fish spawning

A new study suggests that the increasing acidification of the oceans is likely to interfere with the ability of fish to reproduce.

News Headlines
#109334
2016-07-27

Migratory birds are not a reservoir for highly pathogenic flu viruses, evidence suggests

The H5 avian influenza A virus that devastated North American poultry farms in 2014-15 was initially spread by migratory waterfowl, but evidence suggests such highly pathogenic flu viruses do not persist in wild birds.

News Headlines
#109338
2016-07-27

Forests and Crops Make Friendly Neighbors in Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, Jul 26 2016 (IPS) - While Latin America keeps expanding its agricultural frontier by converting large areas of forest, one country, Costa Rica, has taken a different path and is now a role model for a peaceful coexistence between food production and sustainable forestry.

News Headlines
#109342
2016-07-27

How Hong Kong can build on its trawling ban to become a champion of sustainable seafood

Hong Kong’s love of seafood shows no signs of abating. Fortunately, as an article in the Post reported, an increasing number of restaurateurs are insisting that the seafood they serve is not only of the finest quality, but caught sustainably.

News Headlines
#109289
2016-07-26

Province warns of dangers of invasive species

Manitoba Sustainable Development is advising people of the risks that the emerald ash borer poses if introduced to the province’s trees.

Meeting Document
#109281
2016-07-25

UNEP/CBD/CEPA-IAC/2016/1/INF/5

Messaging on the Sustainable Development Goals

News Headlines
#109267
2016-07-25

SDGs could boost citizen science in Africa

[MANCHESTER] The Sustainable Development Goals are a chance for Africa to give citizens a say in shaping local science activity and the innovations that follow from it, a UK conference has heard.

News Headlines
#109229
2016-07-21

First progress report on Sustainable Development Agenda aims to leave no one behind

20 July 2016 – The first ever progress report on the new global development agenda provides the most up-to-date statistics on poverty, hunger, education and sanitation, among others, so that the world can address urgent global challenges over the next 15 years.

News Headlines
#109210
2016-07-20

New UN study links trees in drylands with sustainable development

19 July 2016 – For the first time, a new United Nations report details the number of trees, forests and how the land is used in the world’s drylands, and the findings could be used to track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and help fight climate change.

News Headlines
#109217
2016-07-20

Cloud rats of the sky islands: 28 new mammal species found in the Philippines

New research reveals that the Philippines may have the greatest concentration of unique mammal species on earth, as scientists introduce a host of furry new characters from its main island of Luzon.

News Headlines
#109220
2016-07-20

UN chief launches first report to track Sustainable Development Goals

19 July 2016 – Launching the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report on the new global development agenda adopted last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the 15-year undertaking is “off to a good start” but will require all parts of the UN family and its partners to work ...

News Headlines
#109188
2016-07-18

Bridging the gap between forestry and agriculture to improve food security

FAO calls for better coordination between the two sectors towards sustainable farming systems and forest management

CBD
Meeting
#5587

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop

18 - 22 July 2016, Yeosu, Republic of Korea

News Headlines
#109164
2016-07-14

West African Coastal Towns Swallowed by Ocean

GRAND-LAHOU, IVORY COAST— Rising sea levels and coastal erosion are threatening the homes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people across West Africa. Grand-Lahou, an Ivorian tourist destination, is slowly being washed away.

News Headlines
#109144
2016-07-13

Microscope observes life of the ocean floor

Marine scientists have developed a microscope that for the first time provides a window into the small scale behaviour of marine life.

News Headlines
#109145
2016-07-13

Ice algae: The engine of life in the central Arctic Ocean

Algae that live in and under the sea ice also serve as a nutritional basis for animals living at great depths

News Headlines
#109138
2016-07-12

New orchid discovered in Colombia is critically endangered

The rare orchid, named Telipogon diabolicus because its flowers resemble a devil’s head, is known from a single population of 30 orchids in southern Colombia.

News Headlines
#109143
2016-07-12

After 300 Years of Collecting, Nearly 12,000 Amazon Tree Species Are Found

If Pokémon Go players think catching 151 different pocket monsters on their smartphones is tough, imagine trying to collect more than 15,000.

Notification
#2518
2016-07-12
Action by
2016-08-11

Regional Training Workshop for the Asian Region on Community Protocols, Indicators on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable Use of Biodiversity under the Convention on Biological Diversity, 17-21 October 2016 – Thimphu, Bhutan

Reference: SCBD/SPS/CG/JS/DM/85830 (2016-092)
To: CBD, NP and TK Focal Points, indigenous peoples and local community organizations and relevant Asian international organizations

pdf English 
News Headlines
#109123
2016-07-11

Bolivian expedition discovers 1,000th bird species

An ongoing expedition in Bolivia’s Madidi National Park has recorded its 1,000th bird species, highlighting the park as a hotspot of avian biodiversity. The park is thought to contain more than 10 percent of all the world’s bird species.

News Headlines
#109129
2016-07-11

Binding agreement on high seas fishing in Arctic Ocean needed, says conservation group

‘A treaty needs to be broad enough and strong enough that it can stand up internationally,’ Oceans North

Notification
#2515
2016-07-11
Action by
2016-08-08

Reminder and Extension of Deadline: Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Regional Capacity Development Workshop for the South Pacific, 31 October to 4 November 2016, Apia, Samoa

Reference: SCBD/SPS/CG/JL/JA/JG/85697 (2016-089)
To: CBD National Focal Points in Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, France, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Niue, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, other Governments, Agence des aires marines protégées, Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, SPREP, CSIRO, indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global or regional organizations/initiatives

pdf English 
News Headlines
#109115
2016-07-08

The Nile Project: Resolving conflict into harmony

The Nile flows through 11 African nations and serves as key source of freshwater - but sharing this resource is politically tricky. A unique project works to resolve conflicts and promote sustainable use - through music.

News Headlines
#109092
2016-07-05

5 ways you can help civil society end the illegal wildlife trade

Asia is a key hub for the illegal wildlife trade. Asian Development Bank sustainable development and climate change consult Maria Cristina Tabing highlights how individuals can help protect critically endangered species.

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