Global Policy

 Dr William (Bill) Jackson

Climate change, Restoration and Resilience

“We need to continuously, strongly and publicly argue that carbon sequestration is only one of many ecosystem services that forests can provide”. 

22 Jul 2010 | News story

Agriculture in Panama

Access and Benefit Sharing: negotiations to resume in September

CBD Parties agree to meet before Nagoya to “finalize” draft Protocol on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing (ABS). Another week of the Resumed Ninth Meeting of the Working Group on Access and Benefit sharing of the Convention on Biological Diversity is over and even though the general spirit among the negotiators in Montreal has been positive, the outcome of the talks is mixed.   …  

21 Jul 2010 | News story

Mangrove resources in the Solomon Islands

Final push to the negotiations on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing

Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity are meeting in Montreal from 10 till 16 July to agree on the details of a new global legal agreement to regulate the provision and use of the world’s genetic resources. The results of these negotiations, to be presented to the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention to take place in Nagoya, Japan in October this year, will significantly improve the management of the genetic diversity of our planet contributing to the three objectives of the Convention and - ultimately - to human well-being. …   | Spanish

15 Jul 2010 | News story

Albatross in the Pacific Ocean

United Nations addresses capacity-building in ocean affairs and the law of the sea, including marine science

Capacity building in ocean affairs and the law of the sea, including marine science, was the key topic at UNICPOLOS 11, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 21 – 25 June 2010.  …  

01 Jul 2010 | News story

Remote and marginalized cultures that have survived in balance with nature for thousands of years will simply disappear if climate change is allowed to go unchecked much longer.

Traditional knowledge key to conserving biodiversity

Climate change, unsustainable development and biodiversity loss are mounting threats to life on earth and human societies. Throughout the ages, local communities have developed knowledge and tools for survival and adaptation to their environment. But as indigenous cultures, local languages and practices are eroded, so is our civilization’s resilience to new environmental challenges. …  

12 Apr 2010 | News story

Resin of the Guggul tree (Commiphora wightii)

Access and Benefit Sharing - negotiations to be continued

In its intervention during the plenary session of the negotiations on the international regime to regulate access to genetic resources and the distribution of the benefits derived from their use, IUCN urged delegates to include the link between Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS), biodiversity conservation and sustainable use in the Protocol. …  

31 Mar 2010 | News story

Opuntia ficus-indica (Indian Fig Opuntia) is a species of cactus and a long-domesticated crop plant important in agricultural economies throughout arid and semiarid parts of the world, Matehuala, Mexico

Final Meeting of the Access and Benefit Sharing Working Group kicks off in Colombia

Around 600 delegates representing Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), non-governmental and international organizations, and partners, are currently gathered in the sunny city of Cali in Colombia to give the final push to the negotiations on the international regime to regulate access to genetic resources and the distribution of the benefits derived from their use. …  

24 Mar 2010 | News story

African Elephant

IUCN urges more holistic approach to elephant conservation at CITES

IUCN has urged a more holistic approach to elephant conservation at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference in Doha, Qatar. During opening statements prior to discussing any specific elephant proposals at the conference, IUCN had the opportunity to urge Parties to rise above divisive and distracting stalemates in favour of more decisive action on the known problems facing African elephants in many parts of their range. Parties warmly welcomed IUCN’s thoughts. …  

23 Mar 2010 | News story

Humphead wrasse wild and free in Indonesia

Marine issues swimming against the tide at CITES?

Marine issues have been high on the agenda at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar. Illegal, unmanaged and unreported fishing, as well as bycatch, is contributing to many species, such as sharks and commercial fish, becoming threatened. Dr. Kent Carpenter, IUCN Global Marine Species Assessment Director, talks about the importance of CITES in helping to ensure the continued survival of marine species. …  

22 Mar 2010 | News story

Red coral necklace

Coral trade gets kick back from delegates at CITES

Proposed regulation of trade in red and pink corals (from the family Coralliidae), used in jewellery and other decorative items, was voted down by delegates at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar. This family of corals currently has no international trade controls. …  

22 Mar 2010 | News story

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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