CBD Addendum on coral bleaching and ocean acidification

The Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) expressed an urgent need to update and develop their specific work plan on coral bleaching in a multiple stressors scenario, most notably with regards to the projected impacts of ocean acidification . Interested parties (Member States, governments, relevant organizations, indigenous and local communities) were invited to contribute to the formulation of a draft addendum by submitting scientific and technical information, case studies, tools and guidance and relevant management plans at sub-national, national or regional levels.

The initial deadline for the submission of proposals was 15 January 2014. Submissions are still being accepted until 14 March 2014.

The specific work plan on coral bleaching (appendix 1 of annex I to decision VII/5) is available at the following address: http://www.cbd.int/decision/cop/default.shtml?id=7742.

Proposals must be submitted to the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity , via e-mail to secretariat@cbd.int or fax to +1 514 288-6588.

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