Ban appoints Brazilian environment official as UN biodiversity chief

20 January 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, a national of Brazil, as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, a national of Brazil, as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).Mr. Dias, who is currently the National Secretary for Biodiversity and Forests at the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, was chosen for his extensive experience in policy-making and in coordinating the implementation of biodiversity policies, programmes and projects at a national and international level. He has also been directly responsible for overseeing several multi-institution programmes and has been deeply involved with the negotiations and implementation of the Convention since its origin and participated, as a member of the Brazilian delegation, in the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee of the Convention on Biological Diversity.In announcing his appointment, Mr. Ban thanked Mr. Dias’ predecessor Ahmed Djoghlaf for his continued commitment and contribution to the CBD in his capacity as Executive Secretary. read more

Celeste Copper acquires interest in South Crofty mine Cornwall England

first_imgCanadian Celeste Copper has entered into an earn-in agreement to acquire up to a 100% interest in Cornish Minerals, which indirectly owns the property and assets known as the South Crofty mine in the tin/copper district at Pool, near Redruth, Cornwall. The agreement has been entered into among Celeste, Cornish UK, the shareholders of Cornish UK being Cassiterite Ltd, a corporation incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands and Baseresult Holding, a corporation existing under the laws of England, and Cornish UK’s wholly-owned subsidiaries Cornish Minerals and Western United Mines (WUM). WUM owns all freehold surface property together with the related sub-surface mine workings, intellectual property and mine plant and machinery and Cornish Bermuda owns certain related freehold and leasehold mineral rights and mineral setts situate in the County of Cornwall, UK. The South Crofty Mine is an amalgamation of 12e mines that were historically mined primarily for tin and copper. The properties are located between Redruth and Camborne in Cornwall, England and comprise approximately 150 km2 of mineral rights in this historic mining district. Mining in this region goes back approximately 4,000 years and includes mines like South Crofty, Dolcoath and Roskear mines, which are included in these mineral rights. It is the first time in the region’s history that such a large package of mineral rights has been assembled, with an opportunity to apply modern exploration and development mining techniques. Denis Clement, President and CEO of Celeste stated: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the expansion and redevelopment of the historic South Crofty mining region in Cornwall.” South Crofty closed in March 1998, having produced 2,250 t of tin-in-concentrate in its last full year of operation.last_img read more