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SPREP and CBD Strengthen Commitments to Biodiversity Conservation in the Pacific

Sydney, 15 November 2014 - The signing of an agreement over the weekend between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was a fitting culmination to the Pacific Islands Dialogue to prepare for Pacif ...

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SEMARNAT, PROFEPA, and Aeromexico Work Together to Spread Information about Biodiversity in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mexico's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), through the Federal Attorney General's Office for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), signed an addendum for increased cooperation through the Collaboration Agreement it signed with the ...

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SECO/IISD Launch of the ABS-Management Tool: Best Practice Standard and Handbook for Implementing Genetic Resource Access and Benefit-sharing Activities

The event will highlight use and further implementation of the ABS-Management Tool (ABS-MT), a best practice standard and a handbook that provides guidance and tools on ABS practice to help companies, researchers, local and indigenous communities, and governments ensure compliance with the Bonn ...

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S. Korea 98th Nation to Effectuate Nagoya Protocol

The Nagoya Protocol, a global agreement on the use of genetic resources that go into food, medicine and cosmetics, will take effect in South Korea from August 17th.

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Rio Conventions join forces for sustainable development and the future we want

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13 June 2012 – At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the secretariats of the biodiversity, climate change and desertification conventions and the Global Environment Facility are joining forces under the Rio Conventions Pavilion to promote ...

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Reversed Access, Customary Law and Equitable Benefit-Sharing

Presentation of research findings on customary law as the basis for TK protection and ABS, and of the case of the Equitable Benefit-Sharing agreement between communities of the Potato Park, Peru.

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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 ...


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Relationshop with International Agreements and Instruments

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Record turnout at UN boosts climate

Amid hope and hype, delegates have started the process of signing the Paris climate agreement at UN headquarters in New York.

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Ratifiying the Paris agreement will be a major step but must be the first of many

Making the accord legally binding is not enough to guarantee the world keeps warming within agreed limits. That will take much more - not least ending our reliance on fossil fuels

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Race to ratify the Paris climate deal starts at the UN

The first significant step to putting the Paris Climate Agreement into practice will take place on Friday.

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REDD+: The implementation challenge in the Congo Basin

REDD+ is now moving into countries’ implementation arenas after final agreements by parties over its modalities during the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice in Bonn.

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Putin reviews environmental agenda

Weeks after a breakthrough U.N. agreement on climate issues, Russian President Vladimir Putin said next year would be the year of the environment in Russia

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Pushing the Caribbean agenda in Paris

PARIS, France (CMC) – St Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris has called on the international community to “negotiate and agree a legally-binding agreement with ambitious emission reduction targets”.

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Protection of marine areas to be based on science, Hunter Tootoo says

Arctic-born fisheries minister says Canada will make good on international agreement on coastal waters

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COP 11

Protection Pioneers of the Baltic Sea – joining regional forces in marine biodiversity protection

The best inventions are often first discovered in smaller scale, pilot projects, and test rounds – locally, or regionally, instead of globally. If these are, at the same time, closely connected to Governments, science communities and the commercial sector of several countries, the chances for su ...

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Protecting Indonesia's forests is a key issue for Paris climate talks

Deforestation of Indonesia’s vast jungles releases enough greenhouse gas to push the country into the top five global emitters. Strengthening its forest protection moratorium should be part of a climate agreement at Paris this year

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COP 12

Protecting Brazilian Nature: Improving the Protected Areas System, Knowledge and Conservation Tools

The Biodiversity Conservation Actions Support Program, which was launched by the Boticário Group Foundation for Nature Protection in 1991, has invested over US$ 14 million in Brazil on 1,377 projects by 480 institutions. These projects have benefited 445 protected areas and have studied 235 enda ...

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Protected Areas Program of Work

<br>In anticipation of the adoption of a strong Programme of Work on Protected Areas, seven governments are stepping forward to take a leadership role, and have entered into formal agreements with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to start implementing key actions that are likely to be inclu ...

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WG8J 6

Presentation of a comprehensive Research Agreement dealing with Scientific Evaluation of Traditional Medicine for diabetes; Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Rights

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team in Aboriginal Antidiabetic Medicines (CIHR-TAAM) is a multidisciplinary group of university researchers indigenous community members and the health board of the Canadian James Bay Cree Territory devoted to evaluating the effectiveness of Indigenous ...

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Presentation of a comprehensive Research Agreement dealing with Scientific Evaluation of Traditional Medicine for diabetes; Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Rights

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team in Aboriginal Antidiabetic Medicines (CIHR-TAAM) is a multidisciplinary group of university researchers indigenous community members and the health board of the Canadian James Bay Cree Territory devoted to evaluating the effectiveness of Indigenous ...

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Post COP21: Costa Rica’s Innovation Must Become the Global Norm

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 14 2016 (IPS) - The Paris agreement means countries and corporations will be compelled to act much more quickly on making agricultural commodity production more sustainable.

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Pope calls on world leaders to act swiftly on climate change pact

Pope Francis urged national leaders on Monday to implement global environmental agreements without delay, a message that looked to be squarely aimed at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

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Pope Francis Calls for Strong Climate Agreement during Visit to UN Environment Programme Headquarters

Nairobi, 26 November 2015 - His Holiness Pope Francis today called on world leaders to seal a strong agreement at the Paris climate change meeting next month, adding that transforming current development models was a "political and economic obligation", as he visited the global headquarters of t ...

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Poor countries urge fast action on Paris deal to stop catastrophic warming

As the climate agreement is ratified, developing nations warn that money pledged is still nowhere near enough to adapt to expected sea level rises

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Political storm clouds outlook for Brazil's climate change plan

BRASÍLIA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As at least 130 countries prepare to sign the Paris climate agreement in New York later this month, environmental experts have warned that enthusiasm for climate change action may be waning in Brazil.

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Policies for sustainable forest management in Europe

Sustainable management of Europe’s forests requires a stable and efficient platform for coherent policy development and implementation. Therefore, European ministers responsible for forests has made the historical decision to launch negotiations for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests. They a ...

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COP 10

Partnerships for Capacity-building in PoWPA Implementation: Latin American Chair on Protected Areas & Biological Corridors “Kenton Miller” initiative, CATIE

On July 1, 1973, the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) is created through an agreement between IICA and the Costa Rican government. The Center would focus on research and higher education. CATIE’s headquarters were established at IICA’s field office, in Turrialba ...

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Paris talks: US pledges to double aid to climate-hit countries

The US has promised to double to $861m aid to countries on the frontline of climate change in the final push to reach an agreement to avoid dangerous global warming at crucial UN talks in Paris.

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Paris climate talks: Obama calls Xi Jinping in final push for a deal

US reaches out to China to smooth divisions and negotiations are taken behind closed doors as countries try to secure an agreement by Saturday

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Paris climate talks could fail, warns Francois Hollande

The president of France, Francois Hollande, has warned that the global climate change talks scheduled for Paris this December will fail unless nations make a much greater effort to reach agreement – and that the result could be millions of new refugees fleeing climate disaster.

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Paris climate deal: EU backs landmark agreement

The European Parliament has backed the ratification of the Paris climate deal, paving the way for the world's first global agreement.

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Paris climate deal must be legally binding, EU tells John Kerry

US warned that any agreement in Paris will be enshrined in law after secretary of state said it would ‘definitively’ not be a treaty

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Paris climate deal could 'displace millions of forest dwellers'

The Paris climate agreement could make millions of forest dwellers homeless, according to a new analysis.

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Paris climate deal a 'turning point' in global warming fight, Obama says

Commitments from other countries push accord forward and is set to be activated on 4 November after the EU, Canada and India ratify the agreement

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Paris climate change deal: new draft cuts through key sticking points

French foreign minister says Paris talks are ‘extremely close’ to agreement but negotiations will overrun into Saturday

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Paris climate change deal too weak to help poor, critics warn

COP21 agreement excludes poor and fails to put humanity’s interests above short-term goals, say environmentalists and financial experts

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Paris climate change agreement enters into force

The Paris agreement on climate change enters into force on Friday, marking the first time that governments have agreed legally binding limits to global temperature rises.

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Paris climate aim 'still achievable'

The 2015 Paris agreement's ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C remains within reach, a study suggests. The study is one of several to address the "carbon budget", which - among other things - determines how much CO2 the planet can emit and still reach a given limit for global warming.

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Paris climate agreement has ‘failed’ poor countries, report says

The international climate deal agreed in Paris has “failed to include meaningful mechanisms” to guarantee financial support for poorer countries adapting to global warming, according to a report by Oxfam.

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Paris Signing Marks Critical Next Step to Sustainable Future

Nairobi/Bonn/New York, 20 April 2016 - The record number of countries set to sign the Paris Agreement in New York on 22 April signals the next step towards the Agreement coming into force and a critical juncture in a global effort to ensure lasting hopes for secure and peaceful, human development.

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Paris Delivers the Promised Climate Deal to Resounding Cheer and Applause

PARÍS, Dec 13 2015 (IPS) - The impossible was made possible. Governments from 195 countries around the world emerged here with the first universal agreement to cut greenhouse gases emissions and reduce the negative impacts of climate change.

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Paris Delivers Historic Climate Treaty, but Leaves Gender Untouched

PARIS, Dec 13 2015 (IPS) - After 2 weeks of intense negotiations, on Saturday evening, the 21st UN climate conference (COP21) in Paris finally delivered a historic agreement that, for the first time, promises to keep the global warming under 2 degrees Celsius. The treaty, consisting 31 pages and ...

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Paris Agreement goals impossible without decisive action to protect forests rights

When indigenous rights are recognised and enforced, communities successfully manage their forests - and make crucial contributions to climate change mitigation.

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