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On 10 November in Quito, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11) came to a successful conclusion following many decisions. Migratory birds, sharks and rays in particular have benefitted from the outcomes of the conference. Federal Environment Minister Hendricks is hopeful that these decisions will be implemented effectively worldwide. more

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The significance of biodiversity for sustainable development and poverty alleviation worldwide was a central topic at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity that ended on 17 October in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Biodiversity conservation must be firmly embedded in the new global sustainability agenda. The UN call for this is one of the conference's results. more

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On 12 October, the Nagoya Protocol entered into force creating an international set of rules and regulations for the use of genetic resources. Countries of origin will receive a fair and equitable share of the benefits resulting from the use of their plants and animals. Another aim is to make better use of the economic potential of biodiversity in future through research. more

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The global biodiversity conference is being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from 6 to 17 October. The conference plays a key role in achieving the goal of stopping biodiversity loss by 2020, which was agreed internationally in 2010. The German delegation is being led by Parliamentary State Secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter who is participating in the meeting's high-level segment.  more

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Starting on 14 September 2014 five particularly endangered shark species and manta rays will be protected under CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, allowing trade in products from these species only if they originate from sustainably managed populations. Hendricks: "This is a milestone in species conservation. For the first time marine resources of a high commercial value will be protected under CITES regulations."  more

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