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Here you can find information about biodiversity related events in Europe.

Third Intergovernmental conference Biodiversity in Europe and 8th meeting of the Council of the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy, 18-21 January 2004, Madrid, Spain

The Third Intergovernmental Conference Biodiversity in Europe is hosted by the Spanish Government in Madrid, between 19-21 January 2004. The event, which is organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Council of Europe in the framework of the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy (PEBLDS), focuses on the priority issues for the 7th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 9 - 20 February 2004, and on the achievement of the so-called 2010 target.

This goal to halt the degradation of the region s biological and landscape diversity by the year 2010, was endorsed as part of the ‘Kyiv Resolution on Biodiversity’ at the 5th Ministerial Conference ‘Environment for Europe’ in Kyiv, May 2003. The Conference in Madrid will decide on further actions in the field of the nine priority themes of the Kyiv Resolution, such as agriculture, forestry, ecological networks, biodiversity financing, and alien species.


Web site: http://www.strategyguide.org/madrconf.html

5th Pan-European Ministerial Conference ENVIRONMENT FOR EUROPE

Fifth Ministerial Conference Environment For Europe, Kiev, Ukraine, 21-23 May 2003

The decision for carrying out the 5th European Conference Environment for Europe in the capital of Ukraine - Kyiv was taken, by agreement of the President of Ukraine, during the 5th session of UNECE Committee on environmental policy in September 1998. The National Organizational Committee on preparation and carrying out of the conference under the guidance of the Prime-Minister of Ukraine Anatoliy Kinah has been formed in Ukraine. Ukraine also coordinates the activity of the International Working Group of Senior Officials, which is a leading official structure, responsible for preparation and carrying out of the 5th Conference. Its members discuss the process of preparation for Kyiv conference, agenda; define political frame-works, main objectives and aims, documents, which must be adopted in Kyiv, and try to outline the future of the process Environment for Europe.


5th Pan-European Conference ENVIRONMENT FOR EUROPE

Electronic conference "Biodiversity research that matters"

The BioPlatform Thematic Network ( http://www.bioplatform.info )  and the organisers of the Dutch meeting of the European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS) (http://www.netherlands.biodiv-chm.org/epbrs/ ) invite you to participate in the electronic conference "Biodiversity research that matters!" which will run from 8th- 26th November 2004. The results of the Electronic Conference will be presented at the EPBRS delegates meeting in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 10th-13th December 2004.

You are kindly invited to subscribe to the electronic conference by filling the subscription form available at:

http://www.nbu.ac.uk/biota/e-conference.htm  or http://forums.ceh.ac.uk:8080/~bioplatform . In case of any difficulty subscribing, please e-mail Juliette Young j.young@ceh.ac.uk.   

Stakeholder Conference on the implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plans

The Irish Presidency Stakeholders’ Conference, hosted jointly with the European Commission, on “Biodiversity and the EU – Sustaining Life, Sustaining Livelihoods," was held in Malahide, Co. Dublin, from 25-27 May, 2004.

Some 230 representatives from EU Member States, civil society, non-Governmental organisations and other European Governments attended the Conference, which focussed on the completion of the review and audit of the 1998 EC Biodiversity Strategy and its four Biodiversity Action Plans. The four Action Plans cover Agriculture; Fisheries; Conservation of Natural Resources; and Economic and Development Co-operation.

Outputs: The Conference adopted a “Message from Malahide" which identifies 18 objectives and related targets which could form the basis for future priority action in reaching the 2010 EU target of halting the loss of biodiversity by that date, as well as contributing to the global target of significantly reducing the current rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010.

In 2001, EU Heads of State and Government made a commitment at the EUs Spring Summit in Gothenburg to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010.  And in 2002, world leaders agreed at the World Summit for Sustainable Development to significantly reduce the current rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010. It is to be noted, therefore, that the EUs commitment in this area is more ambitious than that at the global level.

The Irish Presidency intends to make a Presidency Report from the Conference to the EU Environment Council on 28-29 June 2004.

Stakeholder Conference on the implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plans - about the conference, download documents

CHM Development at European level, Copenhagen, Denmark, 01-03 March 2005

The workshop in Denmark has been organized by the EC-CHM and European Environment Agency (EEA). The issues addressed were the development of the Clearing House Mechanism at European level, transfer of technologies, constraints and recommendations in regard to the development of national CHMs, progress of each country and the common trends in the future development of the network.


The Bulgarian CHM was presented at the workshop with information on its organizational structure, the network of information nodes, funding, technological solutions, action plans for this and the next years, as well as the tool for CHM metadata management at global and European level - http://metatool.biodiversity.bg- technological success of the Bulgarian CHM, recognized by CBD Secretariat.

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