[square brackets] is a newsletter focusing on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and civil society. It aims to draw content and opinion from relevant individuals, organizations and members of civil society and provide information on issues of importance to the CBD, and on views and actions being undertaken by civil society organizations. This newsletter aims to present a diversity of civil society opinions. The views expressed in the articles are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, its Secretariat or the CBD Alliance.

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[square brackets] is a newsletter produced jointly by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) (www.cbd.int)  and the CBD Alliance (www.cbdalliance.info). The newsletter aims to facilitate timely dialogue among civil society stakeholders on cutting edge biodiversity issues, from both policy (advocacy and decision-making) and practical (implementation) perspectives.

The new edition of [square brackets] will be published in April 2016 to coincide with the twentieth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 20), being held in Montreal 25-30 April 2016, and the first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation, being held 2-6 May 2016 in Montreal.  We invite short articles from members of civil society and indigenous peoples and local communities all over the world.

Specifically, we are interested in receiving articles related to issues being addressed at SBSTTA 20 (www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=SBSTTA-20) and the first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=SBI-01), including:

  • Marine and coastal biodiversity
  • Invasive alien species
  • Synthetic biology
  • IPBES assessment on pollinators, pollination and food production
  • Biodiversity and climate change
  • Sustainable wildlife management
  • Protected areas and ecosystem restoration
  • Mainstreaming of biodiversity across sectors, including agriculture, forests, fisheries and tourism

You will find the guidelines for the articles and contact information in the following file:

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