Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

Ramsar, SPREP Participate in IUCN Mangrove Conservation Meetings [viewed]

Members of the PMI Steering Committee23 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) participated in a meeting of the national coordinators of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Mangroves Ecosystem for Climate Change and Livelihoods (MESCAL) project, which followed up on progress of the project and sought to ensure that MESCAL activities fit with the new Regional Wetlands Action Plan for Pacific Islands.

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Event: Liaison Group on Climate-related Geo-engineering as it Relates to the CBD [viewed]

The liaison group is tasked with: developing proposals on definitions for climate-related geo-engineering; informing parties of the known and expected impacts (positive, negative and neutral) of geo-engineering on biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural considerations; and providing advice to parties on assessing the potential and unknown impacts of geo-engineering on biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural considerations. The Liaison Group will produce a document for consideration by SBSTTA at its 16th meeting.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Summaries of CDM Executive Board Meetings [viewed]

UNFCCC22 June 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has begun publishing summaries of the outcomes of the meetings of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board.

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JI Supervisory Committee Adopts Revised Procedures for Determinations, Verifications and Appraisals [viewed]

UNFCCC22 June 20112: The report of the 25th meeting of the Joint Implementation (JI) Supervisory Committee (JISC), which was held from 21-22 June 2011 in Bonn, Germany, is now available on the JI website. The JISC is responsible for matters relating to the operation of JI.

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CBD Announces Date and Venue of COP 11 [viewed]

CBD20 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD will be held from 8-19 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India.

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First Africa Drylands Week Highlights Potential for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNCCD17 June 2011: The first "Africa Drylands Week" has concluded with a message by Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), underlining the potential of drylands for the development and sustainable growth of their populations and countries.

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Event: CBD Africa Regional Consultation and Capacity Building Workshop on REDD+, Including on Relevant Biodiversity Safeguards [viewed]

This workshop is being convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the South African National Biodiversity Institute and with financial support from Norway, the UK and the UN-REDD Programme. Its purpose is to consult effectively with parties on the development of advice on relevant safeguards for biodiversity, so that REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) actions are consistent with the CBD objectives, and avoid negative impacts on, and enhance benefits for biodiversity.  

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Mangroves and Coral Reefs Initiative in the Americas Discusses Strategic Framework [viewed]

Mangroves and Coral Reefs Initiative in the Americas Discusses Strategic Framework21 June 2011: The Second Meeting of the Regional Initiative for the Conservation and Wise Use of Mangroves and Coral Reefs in the Americas was co-organized by the Ecuadorian and Mexican Governments in coordination with the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention). Opening the meeting, Marcela Aguiñaga, Minister of Environment of Ecuador, highlighted the importance of mangrove and coral reefs ecosystems in the region, emphasizing the need to include mitigation and adaptation strategies in the context of climate change.

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AWG-LCA In-session Material Available [viewed]

UNFCCC17 June 2011: During the UN Climate Change Conference June 2011, the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) agreed that the work done by the facilitators of the various informal negotiating groups in Bonn will be carried forward by making their notes available online.

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UNFCCC Publishes Document on Non-market-based Mechanisms [viewed]

UNFCCC17 June 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a corrigendum (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.3/Corr.1) on the views on the elaboration of non-market-based mechanisms from Switzerland.

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