The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity, a biennial international prize co-organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), will honour three individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Nominations are accepted through the website of the AEON Environmental Foundation until March 30, 2020.

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) will offer a 3-part webinar to introduce the UN Biodiversity Lab, which aims to provide key information on the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Aichi Biodiversity Targets as well as on the nature-based Sustainable Development Goals. The training will teach participants about global biodiversity-based uses of remote sensing and how technology is revolutionizing the ability to map nature.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) started on February 17 a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on gene drive organisms. The opinion aims to evaluate whether existing EFSA guidelines are adequate for the molecular characterization and environmental risk assessment of genetically modified insects with synthetically engineered gene drives. The opinion will inform the EU's position at the next Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15).

The draft scientific opinion can be found here. Comments should be sent by April 17, following this electronic template. EFSA will consider all the comments and incorporate them in the final opinion if found relevant. More information about the process is available on EFSA’s website.

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) announced a new thematic consultation focused on the sustainable use of biological diversity. Experts on various aspects of this field will get together to discuss how the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework should address the issue. The meeting will be held from 30 March to 1 April 2020, in Bern, Switzerland. A maximum of 10 to 15 experts will be selected among the nominees per region, considering their expertise, experience and gender.

The CBD 24th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and the Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24) and the 3rd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 3) will take place in Montreal, Canada. The first, from 18 to 23 May, will debate issues related to synthetic biology and inform the Conference of the Parties to the Conference on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15). The SBI 3 will take place from 25 to 30 May and focus on the implementation of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.