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#111264
2016-12-05

Bioblitz documentary aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of biodiversity to be screened at UN Biodiversity Conference

5 December 2016 – With the aim of raising public awareness about the importance of biodiversity, a documentary detailing what it is like to spend four weeks over two summers exploring the biodiversity of the Grand Lake protected natural area in the Canadian province of New Brunswick will be show ...

Press Release
#111249
2016-12-04

Ministers commit to integrate biodiversity into key economic sectors in order to achieve global biodiversity targets

4 December 2016 - Ministers from around the world committed to working together to save biodiversity and take urgent action to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and backed this with a host of specific commitments.

Press Release
#111196
2016-12-02

2016 Business and Biodiversity Forum to focus on opportunities for business

2 December 2016 – Immediately prior to the UN Biodiversity Conference, and in parallel with the High-Level Segment, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Government of Mexico are hosting the 2016 Business and Biodiversity Forum in Cancun, Mexico, from 2-3 Decemb ...

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#111172
2016-12-01

More than 190 Governments prepare to take tough decisions to stop biodiversity decline worldwide

1 December 2016 – At a critical meeting opening tomorrow, the United Nations will call on decision makers from more than 190 countries to step up efforts to halt the loss of biodiversity and protect the ecosystems that support food and water security and health for billions of people.

Press Release
#111142
2016-11-29

The Honolulu Challenge: an ambitious initiative to tackle the threat of invasive alien species

29 November 2016 - Governments, non-governmental organizations and local communities have taken up the Honolulu Challenge and agreed to take bold actions to counter invasive alien species that harm biodiversity.

Press Release
#110665
2016-10-31

Winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016

31 October 2016 – The winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016 have today been announced. The MIDORI Prize is a biennial international prize organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to honour individuals who have made o ...

Press Release
#110668
2016-10-31

UN biodiversity report identifies risks and uncertainties of novel strategies to tackle climate change

31 OCTOBER 2016 – The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a detailed assessment of the implications of using climate geoengineering to limit global warming. Approaches considered include the large-scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, as assumed in nearly all ...

Press Release
#110644
2016-10-29

1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity promotes strengthening links between biological and cultural diversity

29 OCTOBER 2016 – The 1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity, held from 27-29 October in Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, produced a regional Declaration on Biocultural Diversity and an annex of practical actions that can be taken at different levels to strengthen the links between ...

Press Release
#110582
2016-10-26

Mexico launches biodiversity and business alliance

26 OCTOBER 2016 – The Mexican Alliance for Biodiversity and Business, with the aim of promoting the protection, conservation and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems, was launched 17 October 2016 in Mexico City.

Press Release
#110438
2016-10-14

Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity celebrates two-year anniversary of entry into force

14 October 2016 – This week marks the two-year anniversary of the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Press Release
#110286
2016-10-03

Four more instruments of ratifications needed for the entry into force of the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

With Swaziland’s accession on 21 September 2016, the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety needs only four more ratifications to enter into force.

Press Release
#109926
2016-09-09

Five more countries ratify the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity

9 September 2016 – France, Mali, the Netherlands, the Republic of Moldova and Sweden are the latest countries to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, bringing the total number of ratifications to 85.

Press Release
#109658
2016-08-19

Ratifications by Belgium and Bulgaria strengthen EU commitment to Nagoya Protocol

19 August 2016 – Belgium and Bulgaria are the latest countries to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), bringing the total number of ratifications to 80.

Press Release
#109518
2016-08-09

FAO Committee on Forestry Calls for Collaboration on Biodiversity Mainstreaming in the Lead up to the Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal/Rome, 9 August 2016 – The 23rd session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO23), which took place in Rome, Italy 18-22 July 2016, took an effective approach that focused on the interlinkages between forest and other sectors and issues, including biodiversity and climate change.

Press Release
#109256
2016-07-22

101 countries have adopted new national commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity

22 July 2016 – One hundred and one Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have now submitted new national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs), setting out their national contributions to the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, a set of 20 global target ...

Press Release
#109084
2016-07-05

New report addresses need for mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services into agricultural production and management in East Africa

Montreal, 5 July 2016 –The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have launched a technical guidance document which aims to promote mainstreaming of biodiversity and ecosystem services into agriculture thr ...

Press Release
#109082
2016-07-04

Supporting gender-responsive biodiversity conservation in Uganda

Montreal, 4 July 2016 – Uganda, a country renowned for its rich biodiversity, is taking strides to integrate gender considerations into its national policies, plans and programmes to implement its obligations under the Convention and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

Press Release
#108889
2016-06-13

Recent moves by China, Finland and Zambia edge Nagoya Protocol closer to goal of 100 ratifications

Montreal, 13 June 2016 – China, Finland and Zambia are the latest countries to ratify the ground-breaking Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, bringing the total number of ratifications to the treaty to 78.

Press Release
#108818
2016-06-03

Integrating agricultural issues in national biodiversity strategies

Montreal/Nairobi, 3 June 2016 – Biodiversity and ecosystem services are at the heart of many solutions to sustainable increase in agricultural productivity. They not only deliver better outcomes for food and nutrition security but also reduce negative environmental externalities of production.

Press Release
#108708
2016-05-27

CBD Executive Secretary Welcomes the Launch of Healthy Environment, Healthy People

Montreal, 27 May 2016 – Braulio Dias, the Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity, welcomes a new UNEP report on environment and health which links a healthy environment and healthy ecosystems as the basis for the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Press Release
#108706
2016-05-26

Consumers ready to contribute to protection of biodiversity, but need information and reputable brands to guide their choice

Montreal/Paris, 26 May 2016 – More and more people are aware of biodiversity. If credible information and reputable brands are available, consumers are ready to purchase biodiversity-friendly products and contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. These are among the la ...

Press Release
#108702
2016-05-25

The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Biosafety Protocol comes closer to entry into force with the latest ratifications by Congo, Liberia and Togo

Montreal, 25 May 2016 – With Congo’s accession on 16 May 2016, the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety needs only six more ratifications to enter into force.

Press Release
#108700
2016-05-23

A major series of four regional reports entitled The State of Biodiversity – a mid-term review of progress towards the Strategic Plan, have been launched.

The four reports, one each for Africa, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean offer a regional perspective of the Convention’s 2014 publication Global Biodiversity Outlook-4 (GB0-4). Using a similar approach and method of analysis to that of GBO-4, each of the regi ...

Press Release
#108678
2016-05-20

G7 Environment Ministers' communique welcomed by Head of Biodiversity Convention

The Toyama communiqué issued by G7 environment ministers has been welcomed by Braulio Dias, Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), for its strong support to both the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets as well as the theme of the upcoming thirteenth Meetin ...

Press Release
#108506
2016-05-08

First meeting of biodiversity implementation body recommends ways and means to enhance achievement of global biodiversity targets

The first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 1) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) came to a close on 6 May 2016 in Montreal, Canada. Delegates from around the world advanced attention on national action by recommending tools and approaches for implementing the S ...

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