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#108435
2016-05-02

Enhanced implementation, mainstreaming, key issues at first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation to the Convention on Biological Diversity

The first meeting of the new Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-1) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will open today, focusing on increasing efforts related to strengthening the review process and enhance on-the-ground implementation at global, national, sub-national and local ...

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#108312
2016-04-22

European Union implementation of Nagoya Protocol bolstered by recent ratification of Germany

Germany is the latest country 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 74. This includes 73 countries and the European Union (EU), which ratified the P ...

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#108286
2016-04-21

International biodiversity meeting to evaluate progress at the half-way point of the UN Decade on Biodiversity

One of the main bodies under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CDB) is set to meet next week to discuss issues that will accelerate progress in implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and achieving its Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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#108046
2016-04-11

Mexico urges early ratification of the international treaty on access and benefit-sharing

Montreal, 11 April 2016 – Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico, as the incoming president of the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in a joint letter with Braulio Ferreira de So ...

Press Release
#108007
2016-04-07

Latin America and Caribbean nations declare support for biodiversity mainstreaming efforts under Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal 7 April 2016 – In anticipation of the discussions to take place at the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) later this year, Latin American and Caribbean Ministers of Environment have adopted a decision to enhance imple ...

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#107829
2016-03-29

Nagoya Protocol sees new ratification and issuance of second internationally recognised certificate of compliance

Following the ratification by Senegal, the total number of ratifications to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization now stands at 73. In addition, South Africa issued the second internationally recognized ce ...

Press Release
#107638
2016-03-14

Canada and the United States of America Affirm Partnership on Climate Action, Clean Energy, and the Arctic and its Biodiversity

Montreal, 14 March 2016 –The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, applauds the Arctic Partnership announced Thursday by United States President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Washington, D.C. Although focus ...

Press Release
#107403
2016-02-26

Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing edges closer to reaching goal of 100 ratifications by year’s end

Montreal, 26 February 2016 – Ratifications by Togo and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has brought the total number of ratifications to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to 72.

Press Release
#107309
2016-02-19

Press release: Gender-responsive biodiversity policy

For three days in Mexico City over 65 women and men working on issues related to gender and biodiversity in Mexico came together to share experiences and provide input into the development of a gender-responsive National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP).

Press Release
#107216
2016-02-15

Nominations open for The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016

Tokyo/Montreal, 15 February 2016 – With the aim to encourage positive action for biodiversity and inspire others by showcasing the notable work of those it honours, nominations are now invited for the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016. The call for nominations remains open from 15 February to 3 ...

Press Release
#106870
2016-01-15

Nagoya Protocol expected to reach milestone 100 ratifications in 2016

Montreal, 15 January 2016 – Following accession by Slovakia on 29 December 2015, the total number of ratifications to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization now stands at 70.

Press Release
#106530
2015-12-09

Governments encouraged to use biodiversity and ecosystem services as strategy for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it underpins can deliver benefits that will increase the resilience of people to the impacts of climate change, said current and former executives of major multilateral environmental agreements, at an event in the margins of the Paris Climate Change Confer ...

Press Release
#106033
2015-11-09

Science body of biodiversity convention paves way for further implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020

Montreal, 9 November 2015 – Governments at an international biodiversity science meeting have agreed on a set of actions for the further implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

Press Release
#105877
2015-10-30

Governments and indigenous peoples developing guidelines to strengthen protection and use of traditional knowledge for biodiversity conservation

Montreal, 30 October 2015 – With traditional blessings by the Elders of the local Mohawk Community of Kahnawake setting the scene, governments, indigenous peoples and local communities from around the world will meet in Montreal, Canada, next week to develop guidelines that will assist Parties a ...

Press Release
#105905
2015-10-30

Biodiversity meeting to examine effectiveness of measures to implement global biodiversity plan

Montreal, 30 October 2015 – Some 600 delegates from around the world will gather together in Montreal, Canada, next week to examine the effectiveness of measures taken by Governments to implement the global biodiversity agenda and mainstream biodiversity into sustainable development through impl ...

Press Release
#105749
2015-10-21

Governments should consider the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services as strategy for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Montreal, 21 October 2015 – Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it underpins can be the basis for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction strategies as they can deliver benefits that will, according to the outcomes of a recent technical workshop on ecosystem-based approaches to ...

Press Release
#105576
2015-10-07

The first internationally recognized certificate of compliance is issued under the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

Montreal, 7 October 2015 – The first internationally recognized certificate of compliance was issued on 1 October 2015, following a permit made available to the Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) Clearing-House by India.

Press Release
#105452
2015-09-28

With 66 ratifications, Parties to the CBD show their commitment to the Nagoya Protocol

Montreal, 28 September 2015 – Two new ratifications this month to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization brings the total number of ratifications to the ground-breaking treaty under the Convention on Biolog ...

Press Release
#104581
2015-07-16

New report demonstrates that we are jeopardizing the planet’s capacity to sustain a healthy future

Montreal, 16 July 2015 – Though there have been rapid advances in human health, the continuing degradation of our planetary systems does not bode well for its future. Today, The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health launched a comprehensive report entitled “Safeguarding hu ...

Press Release
#104478
2015-07-03

New manual presents guidelines on sustainable tourism and management in sensitive biodiversity areas

Montreal, 3 July 2015 – Enforcing the notion that a healthy natural environment is one of the world’s most important tourism attractions, and that visiting nature serves to heighten awareness of its intrinsic value for us all, a new manual launched by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biologi ...

Press Release
#104402
2015-06-25

2015 UEBT Biodiversity Barometer shows additional efforts needed to reach UN targets on biodiversity awareness

Montreal, 25 June 2015 – An average of 69% of respondents in nine countries say they have heard of biodiversity, but additional outreach efforts are needed for the world to reach global targets on biodiversity awareness set under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Press Release
#104163
2015-06-04

Loss of biodiversity impacts human health, says CBD and WHO

Healthy communities rely on well-functioning ecosystems. They provide clean air, fresh water, medicines and food security. They also limit disease and stabilize the climate. But biodiversity loss is happening at unprecedented rates, impacting human health worldwide, according to a new state of k ...

Press Release
#103901
2015-05-19

Bio-Bridge Initiative funding agreement signed to promote technical and scientific cooperation on biodiversity

Montreal, 19 May 2015 – The Republic of Korea and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with the purpose of promoting technical and scientific co-operation and to support achievement of the goals and targets of the Convention, have today signed a funding agreement for ...

Press Release
#103758
2015-05-07

The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress comes closer to entry into force with the latest ratification by Slovakia

Montreal, 7 May 2015 – With Slovakia’s ratification on 29 April 2015, the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety needs only nine more ratifications to enter into force.

Press Release
#103542
2015-04-20

Comprehensive report on synthetic biology discusses impacts on biodiversity and reviews existing regulatory regimes

Montreal, 20 April 2015 – A new report from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity discusses the potential for synthetic biology to have both positive and negative impacts on biodiversity and looks at the role and adequacy of existing risk assessment and regulatory regimes to ...

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