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DIVERSITAS Newsletter - 2013 #02

DIVERSITAS Newsletter - 2013 #02

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Future Earth

DIVERSITAS considers that a sustainable way of life can only be achieved if all policies fully reflect the importance and values of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Achieving this vision is the key ambition of Future Earth. DIVERSITAS, and its legacy of vibrant projects and active global networks, are therefore playing a major role in the current transition process from current global change programmes (DIVERSITAS, IHDP, IGBP) into a unique Future Earth programme. This move represents the efforts of the global scientific community to mainstream biodiversity science, and to provide a scientific basis to discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Drafting a Stakeholder Engagement Strategy for IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services)

ICSU (including DIVERSITAS), and IUCN have been invited by the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-1) to facilitate the development of a draft stakeholder engagement strategy for the IPBES programme of work, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders. The engagement of stakeholders in IPBES is a founding principle of the platform, and a great variety of stakeholders will need to engage in the work of the platform in order for IPBES to deliver policy-relevant information.

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Access and Benefits-Sharing (ABS)

DIVERSITAS is co-leading a project on the implications of Access and Benefit-sharing rules and policies for academic research in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The project aims at creating a science-policy dialogue and highlighting best-practice proposals so as to facilitate access to biological (including genetic) resources for academic researchers in LAC.

This work is co-funded by ICSU (granted in March 2013), DIVERSITAS, and ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.

This project is designed to support the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and is supported by the SCBD (Secretariat of the CBD).

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Nagoya Protocol.

 

News

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The role of the social sciences in achieving the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Targets

The Convention on Biological Diversity has issued a call to peer review a background paper on the role of the social sciences in achieving the 2020 Aichi Targets, developed under the leadership of IHDP, with involvement of DIVERSITAS.

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SC-bioDISCOVERY meeting

The SC-bioDISCOVERY met April 10-11, 2013 in Paris. The SC members welcomed the opportunity to join Future Earth, and endorsed the transition of the project towards the end of 2014. The members expressed enthusiasm for bioDISCOVERY to become better integrated with the other GEC projects, and welcomed the opportunity to strengthen the observation, modelling and assessment core of the project.

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DIVERSITAS-bioDISCOVERY contributes to GBO-4

A consortium of DIVERSITAS, Université Paris-Sud XI, FFCUL, the PBL-Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia and UNEP-WCMC have been selected by the CBD to prepare the scenario assessment for the upcoming Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4). The scientists of the bioDISCOVERY network coordinating the scenario analysis for the CBD's Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 (GBO-4) met on April 8-9 for the second Lead Author meeting to discuss the programme of work.

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bioGENESIS held a successful training workshop and participated in the ATBC conference in Indonesia (March 2013)

This workshop on "Evolutionary Approaches to Biodiversity Science" (16-17 March 2013, Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia), organised jointly with ATBC 2013, attracted 23 students coming from several Asian countries.

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agroBIODIVERSITY Publication: European Learning Network on Functional AgroBiodiversity (ELN-FAB), 2012

Functional agrobiodiversity - Nature serving Europe’s farmers (Guidance Book).

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In memoriam Carlo Heip

The DIVERSITAS community mourns the loss of our colleague and friend, Prof Carlo Heip, from the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), who passed away on February 15th, 2013.

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DIVERSITAS welcomes new DIWPA Chair and Secretary General

DIWPA is the international network for the implementation of DIVERSITAS in Western Pacific and Asia, and for cooperation and exchange about biodiversityscience in the Western Pacific and Asia.

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German National Committee for Future Earth established in April 2013

This new committee (DKN-Future Earth) serves as the successor to the German National Committee on Global Change Research (NKGCF), and will act as a research advisory board and national partner on questions regarding international developments and activities within the framework of Future Earth.

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DIVERSITAS on Wikipedia

A page has been created on Wikipedia in English, French and German.

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Upcoming events

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Future Earth Regional Workshop for Europe

May 13, 2013 - May 14, 2013 - Paris, France

Upon invitation

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HarmBio All-WG meeting

May 14, 2013 - May 15, 2013 - Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Harmonizing Global Biodiversity Modelling

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Water in the Anthropocene - A GWSP International Conference

May 21, 2013 - May 24, 2013 - Bonn, Germany

Challenges for Science and Governance. Indicators, Thresholds and Uncertainties of the Global Water System.

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SC-GWSP

May 25, 2013 - Bonn, Germany

Upon invitation

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1st BIODIS workshop "Disentangling the linkages between biodiversity and emerging infectious diseases"

May 27, 2013 - May 31, 2013 - Aix-en-Provence, France

Upon invitation

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IPBES MEP and Bureau 1st meetings

May 31, 2013 - Jun 06, 2013 - TBC

Upon invitation

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Future Earth Implementation Management Project Board

Jun 04, 2013 - Paris, France

Upon invitation

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IPBES expert workshop on working with different knowledge systems

Jun 09, 2013 - Jun 11, 2013 - Tokyo, Japan

Upon invitation

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ABS preparatory meeting

Jun 12, 2013 - Jun 13, 2013 - Mexico City, Mexico

Upon invitation

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