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2012-10-16 16:56:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online India pledged $50 million on Tuesday for strengthening institutional mechanisms on biodiversity conservation in the country. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, while speaking at the inauguration of the high level segment of the Eleventh Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, that India will be using the funds to enhance the technical and human capabilities of national and state-level mechanisms to...

Marine Protection Gets Local Boost In Fiji
2012-08-22 12:14:26

A new study by researchers from the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, and the Wildlife Conservation Society has found that locally managed marine protected areas within Fiji are playing an increasingly important role in the nation's strategy to protect inshore habitats. The study estimates that by 2020, locally managed marine protected areas within the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area...

2011-12-15 13:01:29

Recommendations target social, cultural, technical, policy, legal, economic components to promote data sharing A comprehensive framework to encourage and facilitate the sharing of biodiversity data has been published in a peer-reviewed journal. The 24 recommendations of the GBIF Data Publishing Framework Task Group are included in a special supplement of BMC Bioinformatics. Some of the measures proposed by the task group have already been taken up by GBIF and others, including the...

2011-07-04 06:04:00

GENEVA, July 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) and United Business Media (UBM) have launched the second round of the Biodiversity in Food Awards. Launched last year, the annual awards recognise companies in the food sector that are pioneering efforts to promote conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity, through their supply chains. Applicants will be rewarded on how they contribute to the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD),...

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2011-06-01 07:09:18

The United Nation's executive secretary on biodiversity said Tuesday that approval of a global treaty on the harvesting of genetic resources should occur by July 2012. The 193 member countries of the UN committed to support the Nagoya Protocol when it was adopted in October 2010, but so far only 25 countries have signed the protocol, said UN's Ahmed Djoghlaf. Djoghlaf, attending a biodiversity forum in the Philippines, said 50 of the member countries will have ratified by July 2012. He said...

2011-05-11 13:50:52

A recent workshop in Nairobi, Kenya saw representatives from 43 African nations participate in an ambitious project to document the status of the world's forest genetic resources; a vital step in conserving and sustainably managing forests. "Forest genetic resources are unique and irreplaceable; from plants that provide timber and essential nourishment when crops fail to those that may be used in future medicines," explains Oudara Souvannavong, Senior Forestry Officer with the Food and...

2011-02-18 12:46:12

New Digital Observatory helps to set priorities Biodiversity loss is a growing concern. Protected areas are a instrument to counteract this trend. The UN's Convention on Biological Diversity conference of the parties in Nagoya (October 2010) set stringent new targets to be reached by 2020. At least 17% of terrestrial and inland water and 10% of coastal and marine areas have to be protected. But are protected areas really protected? Are they in the right place? Where should new protected areas...

2011-02-18 07:00:00

WASHINGTON and BRUSSELS, Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Biodiversity loss is a growing concern. Protected areas are a instrument to counteract this trend. The UN's Convention on Biological Diversity conference of the parties in Nagoya (October 2010) set stringent new targets to be reached by 2020. At least 17% of terrestrial and inland water and 10% of coastal and marine areas have to be protected. But are protected areas really protected? Are they in the right place? Where...

2010-12-04 00:00:43

Region urged to invest in sustainable use of key sectors to lead world's ecosystem services markets Mar del Plata, Argentina (Vocus/PRWEB) December 02, 2010 An extraordinary array of goods and services provided by the rich plant and wildlife of Latin America and the Caribbean hangs in the balance unless governments in the region take hold of their full potential as biodiversity superpowers, according to a new report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The report,...

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2010-10-30 08:20:00

Delegates at a UN summit on Saturday reached an agreement to sign an historic global treaty to protect the world's ecosystems within 10 years.Both rich and poor nations agreed to take "effective and urgent" action to curtail the destruction of the environment in an effort to halt the loss of the planet's biological diversity on which human survival relies on. Representatives from 193 nations committed to important goals such as curbing pollution, protecting forests and coral reefs, reserving...


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