Cerasus speciosa (Koidz.) H. Ohba, a deciduous broad-leaved tree, is native to the Izu Islands of Japan, and has now been reported from many coastal forests in the Tohoku region. However, C. speciosa was not mentioned in four articles dealing with coastal forests of the Sendai Gulf featured in Volume 19, Issue 2 of this journal (Disturbance and recovery of the coastal-ecotone vegetation following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami). We suspect that inaccurate species identification, and not the actual absence of C. speciosa, is to blame, and hope that future research on coastal forests of the Sendai Gulf will remedy this.
The 10th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD-COP10), which was most successful COP among the history of international environmental treaties, adopted over 40 decisions including Strategic Plan of Biodiversity 2011 to 2020 and 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets. And based on recommendation from one of CBD-COP10 decision, 65 session of United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 to 2020 as United Nations Decade of Biodiversity. Parties to the CBD gathered per two year and its twelfth meeting (COP12) was held in 2014. On the occasion of COP12, secretariat of the CBD with scientific advisor launched 4th edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO4) and reviewed the progress of strategic plan of biodiversity and Aichi Biodiversity Target. This report briefly introduce the outcome of GBO4 and decision made by COP12 as a response to the outcome of GBO4.