Biodiversity

EU Strategy for the Danube Region Endorsed [viewed]

13 April 2011: The ministers of the 27 EU Member States have endorsed the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, which was proposed by the European Commission in December 2010. Preparations for implementation of the Strategy are already underway.

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EU Publishes Text of Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru [viewed]

13 April 2011: The EU has published the text of its trade agreement with Colombia and Peru, which includes commitments to effectively implement international conventions on environmental protection.

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International Potato Center Describes Success of Improved Potato Varieties [viewed]

13 April 2011: The International Potato Center (CIP) has released a news release that outlines improved food security due in part to late blight resistant potato varieties, Pallay Poncho and Puka Lliclla, developed by CIP.

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UNECE Convenes Second Workshop on Water and Adaptation in Transboundary Basins [viewed]

11 April 2011: The second workshop on water and adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins was organized in the framework of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE Water Convention) from 12-13 April 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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CGIAR Institutions Publish Paper on Deforestation Drivers and REDD+ in West Africa [viewed]

8 April 2011: The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have released a study that attributes deforestation in West Africa to low fertilizer use in farming cocoa, cassava and oil palm.

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CBD Releases Report on REDD+ and Biodiversity Safeguards Workshop in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

13 April 2011: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation and Capacity-Building Workshop on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries, Including on Relevant Biodiversity Safeguards, convened from 15-18 March 2011, in Singapore City, Singapore.

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Andean Community Launches Programmes on Forests, Bioenergy and the Environment [viewed]

7 March 2011: The Andean Community (CAN) has launched two new projects funded by Finland, namely the Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Programme in the Andean Region, and the Energy and Environment Partnership in the Andean Region.  

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FAO Publishes Booklet on Forests and Climate Change in Asia [viewed]

March 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Centre for People and Forests (RECOFTC) have published a booklet on the Asia-Pacific perspective on forests and climate change after the Cancun Climate Change Conference, held in December 2010.

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World Bank Releases Report on Mitigating Climate Change through Wetlands Restoration [viewed]

March 2011: The World Bank has released a report titled "Mitigating Climate Change through Restoration and Management of Coastal Wetlands and Near-shore Marine Ecosystems," which finds that drainage and degradation of coastal wetlands emit significant amounts of carbon dioxide directly into the atmosphere and lead to decreased carbon sequestration.

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OECD Reviews Environmental Performance of Portugal [viewed]

11 April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a report titled “OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Portugal 2011,” which underscores Portugal's environmental achievements and makes recommendations for further improvement.

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