Biodiversity

This section addresses issues related to the acceleration of biodiversity loss caused by climate change. Measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change will have benefits as well as risks for biodiversity.

UNESCO Report Illustrates Environmental Change in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

unesco.gentuniversity1 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) are experiencing among the earliest and most severe climate change impacts, according to a report published by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Ghent, Belgium. The report combines a series of 21 case studies from the Caribbean with satellite images to document environmental change in coastlines, corals, estuaries, forests and mangroves.

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Major Groups Focus on Durable Partnerships for Sustainable Development [viewed]

sids.conference.iisdrs29 August 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) pre-conference for Major Groups and other Stakeholders Forum focused on identifying durable partnerships to promote sustainable development. The Forum resulted in an outcome statement, titled ‘The SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (S.A.M.O.A) Pathway: Engaging for a Sustainable Future,' which calls on governments to use a human rights and development framework to underpin all action plans, and underscores environmental sustainability, economic justice, gender equality and human rights as critical components in pursuing sustainable development.

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UNEP Online Course Focuses on Disaster Risk, Ecosystem-Based Solutions [viewed]

UNEP28 August 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has unveiled the first-ever 'Massive Open Online Course' (MOOC) on how to minimize disaster risk through natural or ecosystem-based solutions. The MOOC, titled ‘Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate,' which was introduced during the 5th Annual International Disaster Risk Conference (IDRC), aims to broaden awareness on a range of tools for eco-disaster risk reduction and adaptation by demonstrating how climate change, disasters and the environment are linked.

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UNECA Highlights Blue Economy Potential of African SIDS [viewed]

UNECA28 August 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) have released a report, titled ‘Climate Change in the African SIDS: The Paradox of the Small.' The report highlights that the blue economy can help African small island developing States (SIDS) to achieve their development aims and tackle challenges related to economic and climate change vulnerability. UNECA will launch the report during a side event to the Third International Conference on SIDS.

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Event: WOC Business Forum Workshop: 'Changing Oceans and Industry Futures' [viewed]

In conjunction with the World Ocean Council (WOC) Business Forum on Ocean Policy and Planning, WOC and the EU 'Ocean Certain' research project are organizing a workshop under the theme, 'Changing Oceans and Industry Futures: How Will Changes to Ocean Properties and Processes Affect Ocean Business?'. Fifteen ocean industry representatives will gather to give input to the research project, engage in participatory mapping of the industry, construct a future scenario and learn how the 'Ocean Certain' project will move forward with the insights gained at the workshop. The objectives of the event are both to inform industry representatives of the changes in ocean properties, processes and systems and to hear industry members' views on how these changes will affect their business.  

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LAC Seminar: Family Farmers, Indigenous Peoples Key to Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

fao-eclac24 August 2014: Participants at the fifth Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) regional seminar on agriculture and climate change recognized the key role of family farmers and indigenous people in helping the region confront the challenges posed by climate change, protect agrobiodiversity and improve food security.

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Mountain EbA Pilot Project in Peru Reports Lessons Learned [viewed]

undp.unep.iucn20 August 2014: The global Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Flagship Programme's Mountain Ecoosystems Programme has issued a project brochure outlining EbA work underway in the Nor Yauyos Cochas Landscape Reserve (RPNYC) in the Peruvian Andes and its buffer area, as well as lessons learned so far from the project.

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UNESCO World Heritage Paper Highlights SIDS' Cultural Heritage and Resources [viewed]

UNESCO25 August 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published a paper on 'Safeguarding Precious Resources for Island Communities,' as a contribution to the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The paper describes the evolution of the SIDS agenda, highlights SIDS in the World Heritage Convention (WHC) context, and includes seven thematic papers on shared concerns and challenges across SIDS, such as disaster risk management (DRM) and building resilience to climate change, land management and sustainable tourism.

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Adaptation Fund Approves Project in Belize, Accredits Namibian NIE [viewed]

Adaptation Fund19 August 2014: The Adaptation Fund has approved a US$6 million marine conservation and climate change adaptation project in Belize, and accredited the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) as a National Implementing Entity (NIE).

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DESA Analyzes SIDS Sustainable Development Trends [viewed]

DESAAugust 2014: Despite advances toward sustainable development, small island developing States (SIDS) continue to face many challenges, according to ‘Trends in Sustainable Development: SIDS,' a publication issued by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) as an input to the Third International Conference on SIDS. The report assesses SIDS' progress in key sustainable development areas: climate change; demographics; energy; finance and trade; health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs); natural disaster management; oceans and seas; social development, including education, food security, gender equality and access to water and sanitation; tourism; and waste management.

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