Invitation to Participate in UNEP/GEF Project Survey

Survey-feature In order to gather experiences of implementing the FNR_Rio project, assessing the usefulness of some of its outputs and analysing any challenges that affected achievement of project goals, a survey has been developed online.

Experts and managers from Pilot Countries, Secretariats of MEAs and other relevant governmental, non governmental organisations are requested to take part in this survey at:

Green industry development discussed in Lao

lao Lao PDR held a National Workshop on Green Industry for Low Carbon Development to discuss developing a green industry by promoting the use of renewable energy to reduce production capital and negative impact on environment and thus ensuring safety and health protection. The government has laid out a plan to promote the use of renewable energy in various forms including animal mass and natural gas in industry, agriculture and handicraft sectors.

New checklist of CITES species now available online

11_cites Keeping track of the 35,000+ species listed under CITES has now been made easier through the development of an online database-driven Checklist of CITES species. This provides users with an intuitive interface where queries can be made using not just scientific or common species names but also CITES Appendices, countries or regions, and any combinations. The display of results can be further refined by selecting criteria such as synonyms or authors’ names. Users can thus produce a tailored Index of CITES species listing, for instance, all CITES species occurring in a specific country. The history of listing is displayed on screen for each taxon and can be printed off in a single document covering all taxa.

Island Biodiversity is the theme for the International Day for Biodiversity 2014

11_island The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) announced Island Biodiversity would be the theme of the International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) on May 22, 2014. The theme coincides with the designation by the United Nations General Assembly of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States.  The theme also corresponds with Decision XI/15, Paragraph 1 in which the Conference of the Parties to the CBD “urges Parties, and invites other Governments, financial institutions and other relevant organizations to strengthen the implementation of the programme of work on island biodiversity”.

2014 Norwich Conference on Earth System Governance

norwich The challenge of establishing effective strategies for mediating the relationship between humans and the natural world represents one of the most daunting tasks in the quest for environmental sustainability at all levels, from the local to the global. Environmental problems, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, water quality and access problems, soil erosion and others, call into question the fundamental viability of how humans have organized the relationship between society and nature. There is an urgent need to identify and develop new strategies for steering societies towards a more sustainable relationship with the natural world.

Building Global Biodiversity Knowledge Through Open Access Data

OpenBio An open-access platform to enable the integration of European and Brazilian biodiversity research tools has been developed through an EU-funded programme. The EUBRAZILOPENBIO (EU-Brazil Open Data and Cloud Computing e-Infrastructure for Biodiversity) project, which was completed earlier this year, will help promote cross-border innovation and the sharing of best practice in a vitally important field of research.

Comprehensive Report on Biodiversity in an Oil Sands Area

ABMI-FullDark Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) released a comprehensive report – the first of its kind – on the status of Alberta’s species in the Athabasca Oil Sands Area (AOSA). Found in northeastern Alberta, the AOSA makes up 14% of Alberta’s land area, and is central to Alberta’s economy. Situated within the Boreal Forest Natural Region, the AOSA has a robust forest industry. It also contains theAthabasca oil sands deposit, which represents 77% of Canada’s proven oil reserves and supports a growing energy extraction sector. Managing the cumulative effects of economic activity in the area requires transparent and credible scientific data on the state of the region’s environment.

4th PSC meeting of FNR_Rio Project held in Nairobi

On `16th November 2013 participants from the FNR_Rio Project pilot countries and representatives from UNEP and UNEP-WCMC met at the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi for the fourth and final Project Steering Committee meeting.

International meeting on biodiversity, indigenous and local communities and traditional knowledge opens in Montreal

CBD logo-1 The important contribution of traditional knowledge held by indigenous and local communities to biodiversity protection and sustainable development will take centre stage at the meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) being held 7-11 October 2013 in Montreal.

The meeting will explore ways that traditional knowledge and practices can contribute to scientific monitoring and assessment of biodiversity, to sustainable use, and contribute to the global dialogue for sustainable development.

4th PSC meeting of the FNR-Rio will be held on 16 November 2013 in Nairobi

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The 4th meeting of the FNR-Rio Project Steering Committee will be held on 16 November 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. This one full day will be used for the Project Steering Committee to discuss issues suggested by the Project Document.  At this stage the Project will provide some funding to bring to the meeting the National Project teams of pilot country .

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The Seventh Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity

The seventh Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity with focus on the strategic goal of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which addresses the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society was held on 27-31 May 2013. The goal of this Conference was part of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, which has been endorsed by several conventions.

The Conference explored how alignments and mixes of policies, trade-offs, incentives and business strategies can cut development pathways towards a sustainable society. It also considered what trajectories we need to follow to implement the goal and the associated Aichi targets 1-4 by 2020, by comparing and contrasting concepts and experiences.

UN Urges Member Nations Renew Pledges to Respect Earth

Poster_WWD2013_s Top United Nations officials today urged the 193 Member States to renew their pledges to honour and respect Mother Earth marking the day selected by the world body to promote harmony with nature and sustainable development.

Today is a "chance to reaffirm our collective responsibility to promote harmony with nature," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature held to mark International Mother Earth Day.

Global learning from regional experience in water cooperation

sandy IUCN’s BRIDGE project, which stands for ‘Building River Dialogue and Governance’, is holding a Global Learning workshop in Lima, Peru, gathering key actors from the 9 river basins where BRIDGE is active. Regional coordinators from Asia and South and Central America have joined, bringing crucial viewpoints on project progress and understanding of the political, social and economic contexts of their countries and basins.

CITES 40th Anniversary: Reflections of CITES Secretary-General

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is often hailed by scholars and conservationists as the most effective international environmental agreement. On March 3, CITES celebrates its 40th anniversary. What accounts for its success? In the following interview, CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon reflects on the convention’s strengths and weaknesses.
According to Scanlon, one of CITES’s main strengths is that it’s well-drafted, with clear objectives and guidance on achieving those objectives. Further, CITES parties have done an excellent job in “filling in the blanks” over the years and created a body of resolutions and decisions that explain and guide implementation of the convention text.

CITES conference opens amid calls to combat overfishing, illegal logging and wildlife crime

unep logo_01 The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will hold its next triennial conference in Bangkok from 3 to 14 March to decide how to improve the world’s wildlife trade regime that has been in place for 40 years.

Some 2,000 delegates representing 177 governments, indigenous peoples, non-governmental organizations and businesses are expected to attend and discuss, among other things, 70 proposals for amending the rules for specific species. Many of these proposals reflect growing international concern about the escalation of poaching and illegal trafficking of wild animals, the destruction of the world’s marine and forest resources through overfishing and excessive logging and the risks that wildlife crime represents for the security of the planet.

New Green Economy Partnership Responds to Rio+20 Call for Action

3 Rio Conventions A new partnership launched today by four UN agencies aims to support 30 countries over the next seven years in building national green economy strategies that will generate new jobs and skills, promote clean technologies, and reduce environmental risks and poverty.

Antarctic Biodiversity Data Gathered by 90 Expeditions Since 1956 Summarized

khazar A new peer-reviewed data paper offers a comprehensive, open-access collection of georeferenced biological information about the Antarctic macrobenthic communities. The term macrobenthic refers to the visible-for-the-eye organisms that live near or on the sea bottom such as echinoderms, sponges, ascidians, crustaceans. The paper will help in coordinating biodiversity research and conservation activities on species living near the ocean bottom of the Antarctic.

IPBES takes big steps for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

ipbes A new international science-policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystems, set up to assist governments and citizens to better understand the state, trends and challenges facing the natural world and humanity in the 21st century, has today put in place many of the administrative and staffing structures needed to implement its important work.
Over 500 delegates, including from most of the 105 Member States of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), attended the first plenary meeting of the platform (IPBES-1), held in Bonn, Germany this week.

UNEP Establishes New Body to Advance Environmental Law, Justice and Governance

unep logo_01 The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has appointed a new council of senior legal figures to advance the role of law, justice and good governance in achieving sustainable development. The nine-member advisory council includes Chief Justices, senior judges, auditors and legal academics. Led by UNEP, it will provide strategic guidance to the international community in improving the legal foundations for achieving international environmental goals, and overcoming legal barriers to inclusive sustainable development. The establishment of the International Advisory Council for the Advancement of Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability follows a major meeting of Chief Justices, Attorneys General and Chief Prosecutors, Auditors General, government ministers and other members of the global legal community in Brazil in June 2012.