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CBD
Meeting
#5742
Meeting
#5681

69th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee

27 November - 1 December 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

CBD
Meeting
#5744
Meeting
#5711

7th International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Conference

20 - 24 November 2017, South Africa

CBD
Meeting
#5743

Regional Bio-Bridge Initiative Round Table for Africa

7 - 9 November 2017, Entebbe, Uganda

Meeting
#5676

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2017

17 October 2017, New York, United States of America

CBD
Meeting
#5732

Regional Bio-Bridge Initiative Round Table for Asia and the Pacific

16 - 19 October 2017, Incheon, Republic of Korea

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.

Meeting Document
#114536
2017-09-20

CBD/SBSTTA/21/2/ADD1

Biodiversity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Notification
#2668
2017-09-20
Action by
2017-10-06

Regional Bio-Bridge Initiative Round Table for Central and Eastern Europe, 5-7 December 2017 - Minsk, Belarus

Reference: SCBD/IMS/ET/LZ/86820 (2017-093)
To: CBD Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points and CHM Focal Points in Central and Eastern Europe

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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 ...

News Headlines
#114534
2017-09-20

It takes just 4 years to detect human warming of the oceans

We’ve known for decades that the Earth is warming, but a key question is, how fast? Another key question is whether the warming is primarily caused by human activities. If we can more precisely measure the rate of warming and the natural component, it would be useful for decision makers, legisla ...

News Headlines
#114491
2017-09-19

Carbon dioxide trapped by ice-age oceans raises questions for future

Over the past few decades, scientists have monitored the atmosphere and oceans using instruments, gauges and satellites. But modern climate variability remains small compared to what we can expect in the future due to human emission of carbon dioxide.

News Headlines
#114493
2017-09-19

How warm oceans can turn coral reefs into graveyards

A healthy coral reef teems with life. Fish, sea anemones, and other creatures live on and around the reef. And inside the corals live mutually beneficial algae which provide them with critical nutrients.

News Headlines
#114494
2017-09-19

This Newly Discovered Jurassic Sea Monster Was Related to Ocean Super-Predators

So many new species aren't discovered straight out of the ground, but after having been under our noses for decades. Such is the case with Arminisaurus schuberti, a newly discovered 'sea monster' that swam the Jurassic oceans 190 million years ago.

News Headlines
#114473
2017-09-18

15 Equator Prize Winners Receive Prestigious Award at New York Gala Event

The 9th Equator Prize Award Ceremony honoured 15 winners in a gala event last evening in New York, coinciding with the Global Goals Week and the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly. Leading thinkers, policy-makers, business and civil society leaders from around the globe gathered in The Town ...

News Headlines
#114475
2017-09-18

‘Fingerprinting’ the Ocean to Predict Devastating Sea Level Rise

SCIENTISTS ARE “FINGERPRINTING” sea level rise around the world in an effort to identify coastal areas most at risk from devastating storm surge, as hurricanes grow increasingly destructive.

News Headlines
#114487
2017-09-18

New 'carbon currency' aims to ease sustainable transactions

A new project unveiled today (19 September) will use blockchain technology to create a carbon currency that enables businesses to measure the carbon footprint of transactions in real terms.

Meeting Document
#114459
2017-09-15

Document

FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication

News Headlines
#114463
2017-09-15

United Nations Collaboration Delivers New Expert Guidance To Stimulate Transition To Smart Sustainable Cities

The United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) collaborative initiative has provided new expert guidance for the transition to more efficient, sustainable urban environments -in the form of four new reports. Sixteen United Nations bodies contributed to the development of the reports, a process ...

Press Release
#114429
2017-09-14

New guidance on tourism concessions for protected areas released

14 September 2017 – The Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) today released a new publication titled Guidelines for tourism partnerships and concessions for protected areas: generating sustainable revenues for conservation and development

News Headlines
#114434
2017-09-14

Small-scale fisheries have big impact on oceans

A new UBC study has found that small-scale fisheries may have a much larger impact on ocean ecosystems than previously thought, due to a lack of data on their development over time.

News Headlines
#114435
2017-09-14

Corals in the Pacific are in Trouble

As global warming continues to take its toll, corals in the Pacific Ocean are dying off en masse. Reefs in several areas have experienced alarming mass bleaching episodes, leaving large swathes of coral dead or near-dead.

News Headlines
#114444
2017-09-14

New species of ferocious mega crocodile discovered in 95-million-year-old fossil

A huge crocodile relative from the Cretaceous Period is an entirely new species, scientists have said. The beast was 20ft long and roamed what is now the southern US at the time of T. rex.

Meeting Document
#114415
2017-09-13

CBD/SBSTTA/21/8

New and Emerging Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity

News Headlines
#114410
2017-09-13

Rare burrowing water snake discovered from Western Ghats in Maharashtra

A new species of a burrowing water snake or Aquatic Rhabdops was discovered from the north of Western Ghats in Maharashtra, Goa and northern Karnataka by scientists after an eight-year-long research. The snake was earlier wrongly identified as the Olive Forest Snake, which is found in the Wayand ...

News Headlines
#114417
2017-09-13

World’s Biggest Oxygen Producers Living in Swirling Ocean Waters

Plankton are not just one species of sea creature but, rather, a large variety of tiny organisms. Algae, bacteria, crustaceans, mollusks, and more are all considered plankton. What sets them apart from other organisms is how they move. Their extremely small size precludes them from swimming agai ...

News Headlines
#114418
2017-09-13

The Key to Predicting Drought and Deluge: The Ocean

Marine conditions influence rain patterns, and new research on ocean temperatures could help improve predictions on whether the American West will face wet or dry times in the years ahead.

News Headlines
#114419
2017-09-13

Hot spots in a frigid ocean

Climate change will dramatically alter life in the oceans, scientists say, but there is so much still to learn about marine ecosystems that it is hard to know exactly how.

Notification
#2665
2017-09-12
Action by
2017-09-29

Regional Bio-Bridge Initiative Round Table for Africa, 7-9 November 2017, Entebbe, Uganda

Reference: SCBD/IMS/ET/LZ/86821 (2017-090)
To: CBD Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points and CHM Focal Points in Africa

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News Headlines
#114394
2017-09-12

Scary news about sea salt

The plastic is a result of litter in the oceans, which gets broken down and ends up in our food.Scientists have discovered that sea salt harvested from the planet’s oceans is contaminated with plastic.

News Headlines
#114371
2017-09-11

New device zooms in on microbe behaviour at the right scale

Marine microbes play an important role in the productivity and functioning of our oceans but scientists studying their behaviour face many challenges.

News Headlines
#114372
2017-09-11

The Rapa Nui have shown us that conservation can protect their ocean – and their culture

Over a thousand years ago, bold Pacific voyagers traversed a massive blue expanse, teeming with life. The natural abundance of the ancient world is unimaginable to those of us living today, as our seas have been emptied of the great whales, turtles, sharks, and other large fish.

News Headlines
#114383
2017-09-11

'Keep it local' approach more effective than government schemes at protecting rainforest

Conservation initiatives led by local and indigenous groups can be just as effective as schemes led by government, according to new research. In some cases in the Amazon rainforest, grassroots initiatives can be even more effective at protecting this vital ecosystem. This is particularly importa ...

Meeting Document
#114355
2017-09-08

CBD/TSC/WS/2017/1//COP/13/INF/21

Bio-Bridge Initiative Action Plan 2017-2020 and Report on Progress towards the Implementation of the Initiative

Notification
#2663
2017-09-07

Selected participants for the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop, 25 to 29 September 2017 - Seocheon, Republic of Korea

Reference: SCBD/SPS/SBG/JL/JMQ/86366 (2017-088)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points

pdf English 
News Headlines
#114339
2017-09-06

This brilliant floating farm actually heals the world’s oceans

85% of the world’s fisheries have been pushed beyond their limits – and the future of ocean life looks grim. Fortunately, GreenWave has developed a revolutionary floating farm that actually regenerates our oceans while providing jobs and a sustainable source of food. The vertical aquaculture far ...

News Headlines
#114341
2017-09-06

Underwater technology makes ocean floor a laboratory for deep sea sponges

Advanced Canadian technology is allowing scientists off Nova Scotia to carry out tests on the ocean floor that once had to be done inside the laboratory.

News Headlines
#114342
2017-09-06

The oceans need our protection – and our lives depend on them

Framed by three oceans, Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world, and yet we can easily forget this, in the context of our busy and increasingly urban lives. While the recent collapse of a fish farm off the Pacific coast may have caught your attention, it's important to refle ...

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