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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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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

A hammerhead shark is swimming in the deep sea.

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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Germany wants to work together with the small island states to better protect the climate. At the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States held in Samoa from 1 to 4 September, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Environment Ministry, Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter announced a further expansion of cooperation. more

Compact green rain forest at the river pictured from the shore of the other side of the river.

Many new initiatives to protect tropical forests have been presented at the UN Climate Summit. The "New York Declaration on Forests" aims to stop deforestation by 2030 and establish deforestation-free supply chains. On the sidelines of the summit, Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks formed a new partnership with Norway and Peru to protect Peruvian forests.more

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