first meeting of the SBI 1 on implementation to the CBD

Montreal, 2 May 2016 – The first meeting of the new Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-1) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will open today, focusing on increasing efforts related to strengthening the review process and enhance on-the-ground implementation at global, national, subnational and local levels.

The meeting, being held from 2-6 May 2016 at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, is expected to adopt numerous recommendations for consideration by Parties to the Convention at their thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13), set to take place in December this year in Cancun, Mexico.



The Nature Conservation Mapping Network held its 5th meeting last April 19, 2016 at the Biodiversity Management Bureau Training Center. The highlight of the meeting was the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by the representatives of both the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) and the network members. Assistant Director Antonio C. Manila, signed in behalf of the BMB. The other signatories are as follows: Director Enrique A. Nuñez for Conservation International Philippines Foundation Inc.(CI-Philippines); Atty. Jose Andres Canivel for the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF); Dr. Pacencia Milan of the Foundation for Philippine Environment (FPE); Dir. Dave de Vera for Philippine Association for Intercultural Development Inc.(PAFID);OIC Assistant Director Benjamin Balais of the National Mapping and Resources Information Authority (NAMRIA) and Engr. Rolando Fernandez for the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). Aside from those who signed, representatives from the Department of Tourism and National Irrigation Administration also attended the meeting.

cbd world health day message

The World Health Organization’s objective of scaling up the prevention, care, and surveillance of diabetes on World Health Day 2016 provides a timely opportunity to reflect upon the profound impacts of biodiversity loss and its consequences for human and planetary health. The conservation, sustainable use of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes, forests and other terrestrial ecosystems, seascapes and freshwater systems can contribute to dietary diversity and to reducing the rising global health threat posed by diabetes and diet-related diseases through its potential contributions to healthier diets and food choices.

CBD world water day

Water is our most valuable natural asset and is at the core of sustainable development. Life could not exist on Earth without water. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, also underpin poverty eradication, economic growth and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social well-being and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions.

Today, almost half of the world's workers, some 1.5 billion people, work in water related sectors. In fact, estimates suggest that 95 per cent of jobs in the agriculture sector, 60 per cent of jobs in the industry sector and 30 per cent of jobs in the services sector are dependent on water. Countries are also finding innovative ways to mix protection of the environment with job creation. Since its inception in 1995, South Africa’s Working for Water program, the largest public-funded project to eradicate invasive alien plants and improve availability to water resources through enhanced ecosystem infrastructure in the world, has created over 180 000 full-time jobs over the past two decades.


“They can’t see the forests for the trees” is an apt expression for someone who cannot see the bigger picture. In fact, forests are much more than trees. As the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, forests are home to more than 80 per cent of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. They provide shelter, jobs and security for forest-dependent communities, with approximately 1.6 billion people relying on forest resources for their livelihoods, with most of them (1.2 billion) using trees on farms to generate food and cash.

Forests play an important role in both adaptation and mitigation of climate change, as they provide local ecosystem services relevant for adaptation as well as the global ecosystem service of carbon sequestration, relevant for mitigation.They help protect against natural hazards such as landslides, help reduce soil erosion and provide short-term relief efforts and long-term recovery and prevention of future disasters.