- If current trends continue, severe bleaching will occur every year on 99% of the world's coral reefs within this century
- More ambitious emissions reductions may give reefs an average of 11 extra years before annual bleaching strikes
- High-resolution predictions of annual coral bleaching can help prioritize reefs for conservation
- Pledges and commitments in support of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity made by Business; Cities and Subnational Authorities, IPLCs and Youth;
- Capacity-building strategy agreed for the Convention and its Protocols;
- Protected areas on the land and in the oceans and seas, expanding considerably, with Mexico increasing marine protection to 23 per cent;
- Marine agenda advances with work on marine debris, underwater noise and spatial planning;
- Decisions made...
As countries rush to protect their seas, endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh calls to preserve the AntarcticDecember 13, 2016
- Marine protected areas now cover 18.5 million km2 - over 5% of the global ocean and nearly 13% of territorial waters
- Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh launches campaign to place an Antarctic area the size of Australia under protection
- Mexico announces largest biological reserve in the country's history
- United Nations and scientists bring together USD $60 million for new international management system to fight nitrogen pollution
- Indispensable to life on earth, reactive nitrogen is a dangerous pollutant of air, water and soil, when released in large quantities
Ministers commit to integrate biodiversity into key economic sectors in order to achieve global biodiversity targets.December 4, 2016
- Ministers of Environment, Agriculture, Tourism , Fisheries and Forestry agree on urgent coordinated action to advance progress on biodiversity targets
- Meeting adopts Cancun Declaration on Mainstreaming the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity for Well-Being
- Countries also announce ambitious commitments in support of Aichi Targets
- Strict laws in some countries re-route illegal timber to less regulated markets
- New report shows increased involvement of organized crime in illegal logging
- Almost one-third of tropical timber traded worldwide may come from illegal forest land conversion
Cristiana Pasca Palmer of Romania appointed as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological DiversityDecember 2, 2016
Ms Pasca Palmer will succeed Braulio Dias of Brazil, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his continued commitment and contribution to the Convention on biological diversity in his capacity as Executive Secretary.
- Governments need to ramp up efforts to stop biodiversity decline in light of pessimistic reports.
- Time running out on global efforts to meet biodiversity targets with 2/3 still off track
- Countries to focus on the value of biodiversity to engage other economic sectors as means of halting degradation
- Ability to achieve the SDGs and the Paris Agreement is at stake
The flagship programme aims to seize the 'power of integration' of the SDGs, and will be led by UN Environment's International Ecosystem Management Partnership.