Biodiversity Conservation
2000 Developments

12/13/00 WWF issues a report on the increasing threat of extinction of Asian elephants
12/11/00 Summary of the Second Joint Meeting of the Animals and Plants Committees of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was held from 7-9 December 2000
12/06/00 Three environmental groups launch campaign to halt the endangerment of Caspian Sea sturgeon populations, a source of caviar
11/20/00 Report of the Fourth Intersessional Meeting of the Contact Group of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
09/28/00 IUCN Red List reports dangerously high levels of global threatened species
09/15/00 A virus resistant potato may be the solution to food shortages in Kenya
09/15/00 International efforts increase to conserve medicinal plants needed to improve healthcare
09/14/00 House passes Estuary Habitat Restoration Partnership Act to resuscitate resources and conserve bodies of water along coastal areas
09/04/00 Controversial exportation of South African elephants to Angola planned, aiming to revitalize loss of Angola's biodiversity due to war
08/04/00 U.S. threatens possible trade sanctions if Japan hunts whales in the north Pacific that are protected under U.S. law
08/01/00 Raising bush meat trade due to famine and poverty in Africa helps explain decrease in wildlife populations in unprotected rural areas
07/24/00 Twelve nations proposes international agreement to protect albatross populations in the southern hemisphere
07/03/00 World Conservation Monitoring Center opens in the UK to monitor the world's species as a global biodiversity information and assessment resource
05/29/00 Fifth Conference of the Parties (COP-5) to the Convention on Biological Diversity met in Kenya, considering and adopting 30 decisions
05/24/00 61 countries sign Biosafety Protocol, addressing concerns related to genetically modified organisms
04/24/00 Summary of the Eleventh Conference of the Parties (COP-11) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, reaching a compromise on African elephants 
04/13/00 Despite international ban, six of seven species of the world's marine turtles currently are endangered due to continued illegal trade
04/12/00 U.S. District Judge in San Francisco rejects a Commerce Department decision to allow the "dolphin-safe" label to be used on canned tuna where some of the tuna were known to be caught by net encirclement
04/12/00 EU Parliament, led by the Christian Democrats, voted against increasing environmental liability for GMOs
03/31/00 First Meeting of the Ad-Hoc Open-Ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) And Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity discusses debate on fundamental philosophical differences regarding the protection of traditional knowledge as a cultural right or as an economic right
03/31/00 Recent report announces failure of the international trade ban on endangered tigers, despite decreases in killings for traditional medicinal use
03/29/00 Conservation organization reports that elephant ivory smuggling is moving from Central Africa into West Africa
03/01/00 IISD analysis of The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
03/01/00 Five Year Freeze Campaign calls for prohibition of the import, growing and patenting of genetically engineered food and crops as OECD holds international conference to possibly create an international panel on genetically modified crop and food safety
02/07/00 CITES Biannual meeting in April determines species under ban on international trade, including ivory; Zimbabwe claims increases in elephant poaching are sponsored by anti-trade groups and western governments
02/07/00 CBD summarizes the fifth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-5), concluding that the Convention has attained a more mature implementation stage
01/31/00 Report on the Extraordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (ExCOP) for the Adoption of the Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal
01/30/00 After years of negotiations Governments adopted the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to protect biological diversity through the regulation of international transport and release of genetically modified organisms
01/24/00 Report on the Extraordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (ExCOP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal