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Celebrate The International Day For Biological Diversity With Micro Conservation

There's nothing like the potential loss of Earth's rich biodiversity and planetary life support systems to make one feel, well, a little overwhelmed. Our individual actions can seem like small roles on a very big stage.

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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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Chasing a Climate Deal in Paris

An agreement on a plan to slow global warming could come Saturday.

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Cities rush to measure climate footprint after Paris deal

The number of cities reporting on their efforts to tackle global warming has risen 70 percent to 533 around the world since the adoption of the Paris climate change agreement in 2015, the group collecting the data said

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Civil society: A key partner for post-2015 development agenda in Asia

Earlier this month, the world took a momentous step forward: the 193 member states of the UN reached an agreement on the new sustainable development agenda that will be adopted this September by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.

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Climate Change One Step At a Time

Despite the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation, an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance set to start in the year 2020, makes it seem as tho ...

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Climate activists have mixed reactions to Paris agreement

While world leaders have unreservedly hailed this weekend's historic climate pact, environmentalists have often been more cautious. For many climate experts and activists, the agreement simply does not go far enough.

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Climate change and sustainable development: only one agenda

With 2016 devoted largely to the getting the Paris Agreement ratified and entering into force, attention is now turning to its implementation, alongside the 17 SDGs.

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Climate negotiators complete first draft of global agreement

On 5 December, negotiators at the United Nations climate talks in Paris released a draft of an agreement to reduce global greenhouse-gas emissions.

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Climate projections show a warmer future for the Pacific northwest

In the midst of an unseasonably warm winter in the Pacific Northwest, a comparison of four publicly available climate projections has shown broad agreement that the region will become considerably warmer in the next century if greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere rise to the highest l ...

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Climate talks updates: Obama says 'this one trend ... affects all trends'

After years of faltering negotiations, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change is expected to produce a landmark agreement during the next two weeks.

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CoP 21: The Start of a Long Journey

NEW DELHI, Jan 14 2016 (IPS) - The agreement reached in December, 2015 at the 21st Conference of the Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is a major step forward in dealing with the challenge of climate change.

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Compliance with ABS requirements: Wishful thinking or reality? Experiences from the Hoodia Case

Benefit-sharing agreements have been signed between the San, indigenous peoples of southern Africa and holders of traditional knowledge of the plant Hoodia, and different commercial users. A national law on ABS is also now in place in South Africa. Nonetheless many products are on the market tha ...


Conférence de presse et pique-nique

11 September 2010, Montreal, Canada

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Conservation plans that sacrifice people could fail

The UN climate agreement signed off in Paris, France, in December 2015 intensified the global push to protect forests as ‘carbon sinks’ that can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.


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Cooperation among multilateral environmental agreements and other organizations

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Core Principals of Climate Finance to Realize the Paris Agreement

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 2016 (IPS) - The Paris climate change conference brought together 197 countries and over 150 Heads of State – the largest convening of world leaders in history – to agree on measures and work together to limit the global average temperature rise.

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Costa Rica says it will support new shark protections despite agreements with fishermen

Wildlife experts from all over the world will converge on San José Monday to discuss international protections for shark and ray species.

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Could the peatlands of Congo be a carbon bomb?

Gruelling talks are unfolding in Bonn for implementing the UN's Paris Agreement on climate change, but many kilometres (miles) away, there are fears that any progress may be wiped out by a lurking carbon threat.

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Countdown begins for entry into force of Biosafety Protocol<br>Republic of Palau becomes the 50th country to ratify

Montreal, June 13 2003 –Ratification today by Palau triggers the countdown to the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the first legally binding international agreement governing the movement of living modified organisms across national borders. It will take effect on 11 Sept ...

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Countdown to Paris: 10 climate concerns related to forests and land use

As we approach the second half of 2015 – and the Bonn climate change conference – with high expectations for a new climate agreement to be reached at COP21 in Paris, it’s useful to take a step back and consider some of the important issues concerning land use and forests currently under negotiation.

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Countries urged to submit climate action plans ahead of UN conference in Paris

17 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is eager to get countries to submit as soon as possible their action plans that will form the basis of the new universal climate change agreement to be adopted in December in Paris, a senior United Nations official dealing with the issue said today.

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Cuba, U.S. sign first environmental accord since diplomatic thaw

HAVANA, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- On Wednesday, U.S. and Cuban officials signed an environmental accord in Havana, the first such agreement since the countries renewed diplomatic relations this summer.

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Customary norms and biocultural protocols in the Potato Park, Peru

The side event will present the development of an Inter-comnmunity Agreement for equitable benefit-sharing based on Quechua customary laws, and its role in strengthening local economies and knowledge systems. A new publication on the agreement by Asociacion ANDES (Peru), the Asociacion of Potato ...

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Damaging Effects

Mar 17 2016 (Dawn, Pakistan) - The year 2015 will be remembered for two landmark global agreements. In September, UN member states endorsed the 2030 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Later, 196 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted the Paris Agr ...

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David Suzuki: UN climate talks offer hope for humanity

With world leaders now meeting in Paris for the UN Climate Change Conference, we’re seeing signs of hope for an agreement to limit the escalating effects of global warming. Canadians, especially, have reason to be optimistic about our country’s role.

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Deal on forests at Bonn climate talks

A partial agreement has been reached at the Bonn climate talks on a project protecting forests, seen as crucial in absorbing global greenhouse gases.

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COP 10

Design your tailor-made MAT! Presentation of a model ABS Agreement for non-commercial research with optional clauses and Launch of the report on the ABS program 2003-2010 of the Swiss Academy of Sciences

The Swiss Academy of Sciences presents the first of its kind ABS agreement on Mutually Agreed Terms, containing Model Clauses. The Agreement is adapted to the specific situation of non-commercial research sponsored by public funding. It contains a set of contractual clauses that intends to foste ...

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Diet can be the single biggest driver of environmental degradation

This December, world leaders will meet in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where they will hammer out a comprehensive agreement to reduce carbon emissions and stem global warming. In the run-up to that meeting, governments worldwide should note one critical, but often over ...

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Updated Information on Experience of Compliance Mechanisms under Other Multilateral Environmental Agreements

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Case Study 2 - The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), The International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), and Novozymes and Diversa (Verenium) Corporation: Agreements in the Industrial Biotech Sector

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UNEP-WCMC (2015). Mapping Multilateral Environmental Agreements to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge

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Summary of "Mapping Multilateral Environmental Agreements to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets". UNEP-WCMC (2015), Cambridge

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Harmonization of Species Nomenclature and Taxonomy with Other Multilateral Environmental Agreements - Issues from the Perspective of the Ramsar Convention

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Harmonization of Species Nomenclature and Taxonomy with Other Multilateral Environmental Agreements

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ACAP: Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

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Presentation: Coherent implementation of Biodiversity-related Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and Regional Cooperation Initiatives

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Presentation: Coherent implementation of Biodiversity-related Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) via NBSAPs and TEEB

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Drylands face 4 °C warming under Paris Agreement goal

The Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting average global warming to less than two degrees Celsius is insufficient to protect the world’s drylands, a new study says.

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Drylands face a 4 °C warming under Paris Agreement’s goal

The Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting average global warming to less than two degrees Celsius is insufficient to protect the world’s drylands, a new study says.

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EU Pacific aids totals $124m

A TOTAL of FJ$124million was today invested into four financing agreements to promote sustainable waste management, adapt climate change plans and improve public financial management and governance in the Pacific.

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EU nations approve ratification of climate change pact

BRUSSELS - European Union environment ministers have approved the ratification of the landmark Paris climate change pact, paving the way for the agreement to enter force in November.

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EU, China Said to Ready Climate Pact in June Before Global Deal

The European Union and China are planning an agreement this month on fighting climate change before nations worldwide gather to iron out a global emissions-cutting deal, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

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Editorial With the Paris Agreement ratified, the world needs to step up its fight against climate change

The Paris Agreement on global warming cleared an important hurdle Wednesday when several European countries added their ratifications, meaning that nations accounting for more than 55% of the world’s carbon emissions were formally on board — the level required for the pact to go into effect.

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Environmental groups demand end to logging of Australia’s native forests

More than 30 green groups sign statement after damning report says extending regional forestry agreements ‘would constitute an irrational decision on environmental, economic and social grounds’

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Evaluate education system in context of sustainable development goals’

HMEDABAD: The year 2015 was significant for policymakers across the globe as 193 nations including India accepted sustainable development goals (SDGs) and it was soon followed by Paris Agreement at COP 21.

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Experts: Paris Agreement falls short on indigenous rights

When world leaders announced a historic climate deal in Paris after years of negotiations, many participants and observers touted it as a triumph marking thebeginning of the end of the fossil-fuel era.

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