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12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP12)

October 6-17 Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea
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Under the theme, “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development,” thousands of representatives of governments, NGOs, indigenous peoples, scientists and the private sector gathered in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea for the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 12).

From October 6-17 2014, parties agreed on steps to accelerate the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, which are to be achieved by the end of this decade. The results of Global Biodiversity Outlook 4, the flagship assessment report of the CBD informed the discussions.

The conference provided a mid-term evaluation to the UN Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020) initiative, which promotes the conservation and sustainable use of nature.

At the end of the meeting, participants adopted the "Pyeongchang Road Map," which addresses the ways to achieve biodiversity through technology cooperation, funding and strengthening the capacity of developing countries.

What's next: cbdcop13 will take place in Los Cabos, mexico

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Biodiversity and Tourism

To support deliberations, the CBD Secretariat, supported by the Government of Germany and in conjunction with the Government of the Republic of Korea and other partners, is planning a three-day series of business engagement events parallel to COP 12 under the overall theme of, “Mainstreaming Biodiversity: Innovative Opportunities for Business”. On Sunday, 12 October, a full-day side event will be dedicated to helping protected areas to gain more from tourism, and to examine synergies in the work of the UN and international agencies such as the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and IUCN. Discussions at COP 12 will bring new examples and techniques in planning and assessing tourism projects in vulnerable ecosystems. The events will also validate a new version of the User’s Manual of the Guidelines. In addition, representatives of GIZ, Fair Trade Tourism, G Adventures, and indigenous tour operators will showcase their experiences.

Biodiversity and Indigenous Peoples

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Buzzword Bingo: Synthetic Biology

Synthetic Biology

Item 24 of the provisional agenda: Synthetic Biology (PDF)
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Media Releases (PDF)



1) A hashtag for COP12 that appears on official site
2) Livestreaming video with links to the documents being discussed
3) Archived presentations (using Slideshare)
4) A list of the Twitter handles of the participants/speakers
5) Goggle Docs used for transcripts and collaborative notetaking
6) Archive of publications available for online downloading
7) Archive of media releases
8) Archive of transcripts and media releases

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Buzzword Bingo: Road Map = Action Plan