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#114778
2017-10-06

Over two tonnes of marine litter removed

Over two tonnes of marine litter has been collected by NGO Healthy Seas and its partners Ghost Fishing, Sharklab - Malta and Żibel, in the run up to the One Ocean conference being hosted in Malta yesterday and today.

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#114779
2017-10-06

Malta returns to the global stage on ocean protection

50 years ago, Malta stood proudly on the global stage on Ocean protection. At the United Nations in 1967, Malta’s own Arvid Pardo became known as the ‘father of the law of the sea conference’. This conference, and Pardo’s work, set in place the laws that still govern our planet’s seas and oceans.

News Headlines
#114752
2017-10-05

Grey seal population growing, but not nearly as much as in recent decades

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says the grey seal population in Atlantic Canada continues to grow, but at a slower rate than in previous years.

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#114754
2017-10-05

Climate change: Could sustainable agriculture be the silver bullet we are looking for?

As world leaders convened at the UN’s annual General Assembly last week, amidst the backdrop of New York’s Climate Week, the message was clear: we must act now and we must act together to tackle climate change.

News Headlines
#114729
2017-10-04

Resilience Thinking: A Catalyst to National Biodiversity Plans

In a world of 7.5 billion people facing widespread development and environmental challenges, diverse actors are taking action so that all people can attain a minimum standard of well-being without exceeding planetary capacity. Through the UN, goals to support these actions have been set for: bio ...

News Headlines
#114733
2017-10-04

Climate change, population growth may lead to open ocean aquaculture

A new analysis suggests that open-ocean aquaculture for three species of finfish is a viable option for industry expansion under most climate change scenarios – an option that may provide a new source of protein for the world's growing population.

News Headlines
#114702
2017-10-03

Teaching the Next Generation to Fight Ocean Plastic Pollution

The 5 Gyres Institute’s pilot program takes high school students on ocean expeditions to show them how to collect and analyze plastic trash – with the goal of inspiring careers as scientists, policymakers and advocates.

News Headlines
#114708
2017-10-03

Amina Mohammed says implementing 2030 agenda key to addressing climate change, other global concerns

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina J Mohammed, has said that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are key to addressing climate change and other global concerns.

News Headlines
#114711
2017-10-03

Food and beverage giants agree to strengthen supply chain management

Companies such as Unilever, Mars and PepsiCo are part of a new collaborative partnership aiming to develop free science-based decision tools that improve farm-level sustainability reporting metrics and data collection.

News Headlines
#114680
2017-10-02

FAO boss roots for agroecosystems

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has urged Uganda to embrace agroecosystems to guarantee sustainable food systems.

News Headlines
#114682
2017-10-02

Save the dry forests

FORESTS and oceans account for a bulk of the country's pristine natural resources and are considered wholly important in maintaining a healthy ecosystem as well as bringing revenue for Fijians.

News Headlines
#114683
2017-10-02

What Scientists Are Learning About the Impact of an Acidifying Ocean

The effects of ocean acidification on marine life have only become widely recognized in the past decade. Now researchers are rapidly expanding the scope of investigations into what falling pH means for ocean ecosystems.

News Headlines
#114690
2017-10-02

Mercury from the northern hemisphere is ending up in Australia

Mercury pollution has a long legacy in the environment. Once released into the air, it can cycle between the atmosphere and ecosystems for years or even decades before ending up deep in the oceans or land.

Meeting Document
#114677
2017-09-29

CBD/SBSTTA/21/3

Sustainable Wildlife Management: Guidance for A Sustainable Wild Meat Sector

News Headlines
#114665
2017-09-29

Asean raises need for ‘agrobiodiversity’

RAISING awareness on the importance of agricultural biodiversity or agrobiodiversity for sustainable development and food security was the basic concern at the recently held Regional Workshop on Agrobiodiversity at Maejo University (MJU) in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

News Headlines
#114666
2017-09-29

Caribbean praying mantises have ancient African origin

Mantises from the African lineage landed on the Greater Antilles islands more than 92 million years ago, likely hitching a ride on floating ocean debris. They were present tens of millions of years before other mantis groups arrived from Central and South America, and also before animals such as ...

News Headlines
#114668
2017-09-29

Climate change: could sustainable agriculture be the silver bullet we are looking for?

As world leaders convened at the UN’s annual General Assembly last week, amidst the backdrop of New York’s Climate Week, the message was clear: we must act now and we must act together to tackle climate change.

News Headlines
#114671
2017-09-29

Montreal Is Ready for Supermarket, Version 2.0

This summer, a Montreal supermarket announced that it was the first in Canada to have a green rooftop farm producing vegetables that are then sold in the store. The great news signals a positive shift in thinking about urban ecology, sustainable urban design, health, local economic development a ...

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#114646
2017-09-28

Climate change woes are closer than you think

Of the 50 companies that make up NSE's Nifty Index, 48 have at least some mention of climate change on their websites. All these companies are apparently doing something or the other that will either mitigate the effects of climate change, or will lead to more sustainable development. Which is f ...

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#114652
2017-09-28

Deep waters spiral upward around Antarctica

Through observations and modeling, scientists have long known that large, deep currents in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans flow southward, converging on Antarctica. After entering the Southern Ocean they overturn—bringing water up from the deeper ocean—before moving back northward at the ...

Notification
#2672
2017-09-28
Action by
2017-10-20

Call for Nominations for Regional Bio-Bridge Initiative Round Tables

Reference: SCBD/IMS/ET/LZ/86873 (2017-097)
To: Relevant organizations

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Meeting Document
#114634
2017-09-27

CBD/WG8J/10/INF/1

Compilation of Views and Information Received on the Rutzolijirisaxik Voluntary Guidelines for the Repatriation of Traditional Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Relevant for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity (Task 15 of the Multi-Year Programme of Work)

News Headlines
#114612
2017-09-27

World Tourism Day: the top 10 destinations for sustainable tourism you need to know about

As the threat of climate change and global warming is ever on our minds, what sustainable tourism destination should you consider visiting to keep your conscience green?

News Headlines
#114613
2017-09-27

The Mediterranean Sea: incomparable wealth in steep decline

Along its 46,000km coastline, the Mediterranean Sea supports around 150 million people living along its shores. The report Reviving the Economy of the Mediterranean Sea: Actions for a sustainable future, launched today, shows that the Mediterranean Sea plays a fundamental role in the region's ec ...

News Headlines
#114614
2017-09-27

Scientists probe secrets of 'seventh continent' Zealandia submerged in South Pacific

Scientists believe they have uncovered the secrets of the Earth's long-lost seventh continent, and it is set to lead to a better understanding of how the planet's climate and oceans work.

News Headlines
#114615
2017-09-27

Practising sustainable tourism is a priority – FEDHASA

In celebration of World Tourism Day, the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA) says people should practice sustainable tourism and adhere to the United Nations’ World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) mandate.

News Headlines
#114616
2017-09-27

World Tourism Day: Tourism Can’t Achieve Its Potential Without Sustainability – Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that sustainability is absolutely necessary if tourism is to achieve its full potentials, which include being a catalyst for economic growth and poverty eradication.

News Headlines
#114618
2017-09-27

Doha: Celebrating world tourism

It is a proud celebration time in Doha, capital of Qatar, as the UNWTO has chosen it as the venue of the World Tourism Day 2017 Official Celebration in the framework of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. On this day, a new chapter of the Qatar National Tourism S ...

News Headlines
#114619
2017-09-27

Vietnam focuses on sustainable tourism development

Developing sustainable tourism in combination with preserving and promoting national cultural values, and protecting landscapes and the environment is among targets set in Vietnam’s master plan on tourism development by 2020, with vision to 2030.

News Headlines
#114620
2017-09-27

The 5Ps of the tourism world today

It is customary for countries around the globe to celebrate World Tourism Day at this time each year. The theme for today's celebration is 'Sustainable Tourism — A Tool for Development'. This year is extremely special as it is designated the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Developm ...

News Headlines
#114622
2017-09-27

World Tourism Day: learn how these destinations are promoting sustainable travel

There’s no doubt travel is booming – World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) figures show that tourist numbers increased around the globe in the beginning of the year. This year also marks the UNWTO’s Year of Sustainable Tourism – well-timed as more and more destinations around the world ponder how t ...

News Headlines
#114596
2017-09-26

There's 5 Trillion Pieces Of Plastic In Our Oceans, & It's Now Started Polluting The North Pole

A few months ago, researchers discovered a patch of garbage floating in the Arctic Ocean just north of Norway.Now, another team has spotted a more problematic garbage heap; large chunks of polystyrene on ice floes in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.

News Headlines
#114599
2017-09-26

Costa Rica: Welcome to the jungle

Costa Rica has transformed itself into a premiere eco-destination by setting aside almost one-quarter of its land as nature reserve, allowing visitors to enjoy animals in their natural setting. And to make sure that these areas are available for future generations, Costa Rica has pioneered susta ...

News Headlines
#114602
2017-09-26

15 New Smiley-Faced Spider Species Named After Leonardo DiCaprio, Bernie Sanders, Others

Long thought to be one species that was found across a large swath of territory — “from northern North America down to northern Brazil” — the “smiley-faced” spiders of the genus Spintharus actually have a lot more diversity than hitherto known. Researchers from the University of Vermont have ide ...

News Headlines
#114603
2017-09-26

World’s biggest butterfly given lifeline by new captive breeding initiative

The world’s largest, most spectacular but severely endangered butterfly, Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing (Ornithoptera alexandrae), has been given a lifeline with a pioneering project led by the Sime Darby Foundation (SDF) and the recently created Swallowtail and Birdwing Butterfly Trust (SBBT).

News Headlines
#114582
2017-09-25

World's smallest squirrel discovered in Indonesia

Indonesian scientists have found the world's smallest squirrel in the country's Borneo rain forest, authorities revealed on Monday.

News Headlines
#114586
2017-09-25

Researchers find way to chart changes in the speed of deep-ocean currents using the most modest of materials—mud

Researchers have found a way to chart changes in the speed of deep-ocean currents using the most modest of materials - mud. The approach, reported in the journal Deep-Sea Research Part I, could provide scientists with a better basis for understanding the behaviour of ancient ocean currents and, ...

CBD
Meeting
#5722

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop

25 - 29 September 2017, Seocheon, Republic of Korea

News Headlines
#114558
2017-09-22

Multinationals polluting oceans with plastic in Philippines

Plastic washed up on Manila's beaches can be traced back to Western brands in cashing on Asia's "sachet economies," activists say.

News Headlines
#114559
2017-09-22

In a Race Against the Clock, Scientists in Hawaii Hope “Super Coral” Can Survive Climate Change

Coral reefs offer a bevy of economic benefits. They are the foundation of many fisheries, and in regions from Florida to Australia, coral reefs help support local tourism. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has estimated that coral reefs contribute goods and services ...

News Headlines
#114569
2017-09-22

This Hotel Wants to Save the Rainforest

A sanctuary for native species, Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu hotel is at the forefront of sustainable tourism.

News Headlines
#114570
2017-09-22

Africa called on to embrace plant genetic varieties to boost food security

African economies should take the lead in embracing crop genetic varieties in a bid to enhance food security and sustainable agriculture, experts said Wednesday. They made the call during the African Union regional forum on the Implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resource ...

News Headlines
#114537
2017-09-21

An extraordinary cave animal found in Eastern Turkmenistan

A remote cave in Eastern Turkmenistan was found to shelter a marvelous cave-adapted inhabitant that turned out to represent a species and genus new to science. This new troglodyte is the first of its order from Central Asia and the first strictly subterranean terrestrial creature recorded in the ...

News Headlines
#114542
2017-09-21

Prepping for Alien Oceans, NASA Goes Deep

In late 2012 NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope spotted what appeared to be plumes of water vapor spewing from the frozen surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Another observation last year provided more evidence this was not a fluke. It is likely that below that distant world’s ice is an ocean larger th ...

News Headlines
#114543
2017-09-21

Going diving in the tropics? Don't eat the reef fish!

Reducing tourist consumption of reef fish is critical for Palau's ocean sustainability, finds a new UBC study that suggests other small island nations might also consider adopting this strategy.

News Headlines
#114547
2017-09-21

Meet the newly discovered hermit crab that carries coral around

Scientists have discovered a new species of hermit crab off the coast of Japan that roams the ocean floor with coral on its back. While most people think of coral as belonging to permanent reefs such as the Great Barrier Reef in the waters off Australia, there is a type called "walking" coral.

Notification
#2670
2017-09-21
Action by
2017-10-09

Regional Bio-Bridge Initiative Round Table for Latin America and the Caribbean, 27-29 November 2017 - Bogota, Colombia

Reference: SCBD/IMS/ET/CP/86824 (2017-095)
To: CBD, SBSTTA and CHM Focal Points for Latin America and the Caribbean

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Meeting Document
#114536
2017-09-20

CBD/SBSTTA/21/2/ADD1

Biodiversity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

News Headlines
#114513
2017-09-20

Africa: French Initiative to Create Global Environment Pact Deserves Support, Says Secretary-General

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged global support for France's initiative to create the first international legally binding document on the environment, at an event held on the margins of the annual leaders' summit of the General Assembly.

News Headlines
#114515
2017-09-20

Adjusting to fluctuating temperatures

The duration of the vegetation period – i.e. the time that elapses between leafing out (the emergence of the first leaf) in spring and the initiation of leaf loss in autumn – is a highly significant ecological parameter that has a considerable influence on both plant productivity and the biogeoc ...

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