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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

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Healthy biodiversity is no luxury - it's the foundation of all life on earth

IUCN calls for a clear post-2010 Strategic Plan on Biodiversity. We have failed to meet the target adopted through the Convention on Biological Diversity to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010 and we are currently witnessing the greatest extinction crisis since dinosaurs disappeared from our planet 65 million years ago. Urgent action is needed to avoid potentially catastrophic consequences, both for nature and for people around the world. …   | Chinese

23 Mar 2010 | International news release

Wood yard, Nam Dinh Forest Products Joint Stock Company, Vietnam

Policy makers urged to look at role environment plays in supporting communities

The importance of biodiversity and ecosystems to economies around the world is the focus of a series of five reports from the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study. The latest TEEB report, tailored for policy makers, is released today. …  

13 Nov 2009 | News story

Gatokai Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

Marine miracles at Convention on Biological Diversity

The move to create a network of marine protected areas that spans the entire globe took a huge step forward at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which ended last week in Bonn. …  

03 Jun 2008 | News story

Critically Endangered Sumatran orang-utan (Pongo abelii)

Less talk, more conservation, says IUCN

Bonn, Germany – The time to take action to stem the destruction of the natural world is now, according to the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). But the strong words coming out of the Bonn meeting fall short on the action the world is demanding, says IUCN. …  

30 May 2008 | News story

Forest fire, Costa Rica

The best things in life are not free

Costa Rica paid 200 million USD to its farmers to protect ecosystems. In doing so, it saved 460,000 hectares of forests and contributed to the well-being of 8.000 people. Such payments for ecosystem services are one way to reward unrecognised benefits of good ecosystem management. …  

29 May 2008 | News story

TACARE project - the Jane Goodall Institute

Gender takes its place within CBD, says IUCN

Bonn, Germany, May 29, 2008 (IUCN) – For the first time in the history of CBD, delegates in Bonn have approved a road map ensuring that gender equality is a mainstream element in the work related to the CBD. …  

29 May 2008 | News story

Alejandro Iza, Head of IUCN's Environmental Law Centre

Legal Eagles Eye-Up CBD

The Convention on Biological Diversity is holding its latest meeting in the former German cit of Bonn.
 
The former West-German capital is also home to IUCN's Environmental Law Centre.
 
Alejandro Iza is IUCN's main man for environmental law issues, he tells us what he's following at the CBD. Run audio 

28 May 2008 | News story

Daniel Klein, IUCN's Environmental Law Centre

The third pillar of the CBD: Access and Benefit Sharing

Access and Benefit Sharing is intrinsically linked to the other two pillars - conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Delegates in Bonn agreed to continue work on an international regime for this issue.
Daniel Klein of IUCN's Environmental Law Centre explains why access and benefit sharing is a win-win situation for users and providers. Run audio 

28 May 2008 | News story

IUCN's Deputy Director-General, William Jackson, speaking at the Mayors' Conference in Bonn

Think globally, act locally!

There's a lot more to saving biodiversity than huge international conferences. This is why today fifty cities from thirty countries met in Bonn to discuss the role of local authorities in achieving the 2010 biodiversity target.
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27 May 2008 | News story