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Global Biodiversity Calendar of Events

CITES Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties; 2 to 14 October 2004 - Bangkok, Thailand

The 166 member States of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will meet in Bangkok from 2 to 14 October, 2004 to update the trade rules governing some of the world’s endangered wildlife species.

The conference will decide on some 50 proposals for improving the conservation and sustainable use of the world’s most charismatic, exploited and economically valuable wildlife species such as high-value fish and timber and medicinal plants.

Long known as the forum where critical decisions are taken about such high-profile issues as the ivory trade and whaling, CITES is increasing the focus of efforts to protect fish and timber species that are traded globally in profitable commodity markets.


Read more: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/meetings/CoP13.shtml

First meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity serving as the meeting of the Parties to Cartagena Protocol; 23 to 27 February 2004 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The first meeting of the COP-MOP was held from 23 to 27 February 2004 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This meeting dealt with the following issues, among others: information sharing including the Biosafety Clearing-House; capacity-building; liability and redress; compliance; and handling, transport, packaging and identification of living modified organisms. It also adopted a medium term programme of work specifying the issues to be addressed by COP-MOP from its second to its fifth meetings. The report and decisions of the meeting can be found on the Protocol home page


Web site: http://www.biodiv.org/meetings/mop-01/

2006 Calendar of significant events related to the environment

2006 Calendar of significant international events related to the environment including also events in the field of biological diversity. Information about date, venue (city, country), host and a short description of each event is included (Source: Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water).

Detailed information about some of the events listed in the Calendar is presented in the following modules.

Third IUCN World Conservation Congress; 17 November 2004- Bangkok, Thailand

The World’s Largest Democratic Environmental Forum to Assemble in Thailand in November 2004

How can our planet meet the needs of growing populations and expanding markets without sacrificing nature? This question will be at the heart of the debate at the 3rd IUCN World Conservation Congress, which will open on 17 November in Bangkok, Thailand, under the theme: “People and Nature – only one world".

The Congress is the governing body of IUCN – The World Conservation Union. It is held every four years and represents the world’s largest democratic environmental forum where governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) jointly establish conservation priorities, guide the Union’s policy and approve its Programme.

At the forum, the priorities for conservation work for the coming four years will be set. New ways of addressing loss of species and ecosystems, improving management of protected areas, enacting new laws to conserve nature, ensuring that fair benefits flow to rural people from natural resources, building understanding of how ecosystems function, and improving public understanding of conservation will be discussed. Other topics will be globalization and related health concerns, poverty alleviation, and economic and legal steps to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources.

Latest findings and state-of-the-art knowledge on species and ecosystems will be presented in Bangkok. Shortly before the Congress, the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the world’s most authoritative source of information on extinction risk, will be launched.

Seventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 7); 9 to 20 February 2004 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the highest decision-making body of the Convention on Biological Diversity. From 1994 to 1996, the Conference of the Parties held its ordinary meetings annually. Since then, these meetings are held every two years.

Priority issues for the Seventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 7), which took place from 9 to 20 February 2004 in Kuala Lumpur, included the biological diversity of mountain ecosystems, the role of protected areas in the preservation of biological diversity, the transfer of technology and technology cooperation, as well as implementation of the target set at its sixth meeting to achieve, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss of biodiversity.

Web site: http://www.biodiv.org/meetings/cop-07/default.asp

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