Biodiversity

World Bank Finances Improved Agricultural Resilience in Uruguay [viewed]

World Bank17 November 2011: The World Bank has approved a US$49 million loan to Uruguay to support the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Climate Change Project, a system of more environmentally-sustainable farming practices to adapt agricultural production to the effects of climate change.

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EFSA Report Discusses Climate Change as Driver of Emerging Risks to Plant Health [viewed]

EFSANovember 2011: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released the report of a scientific colloquium on emerging risks in plant health covering, among other issues, climate change as a driver of emerging threats to plant health.

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ITTC Approves Biennial Work Programme, Modest Budget Increase [viewed]

Chair Bilé Joachim Allogho bringing the 47th Session of ITTC to a close at 1:27 pm. 19 November 2011: The 47th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and meetings of its associated committees concluded with the adoption of a decision on the Biennial Work Programme 2012-2013, as well as the approval of funding for a series of projects, pre-projects and activities.

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Climate Change and Food Security in West and North Africa Conference Adopts Kuwait Declaration [viewed]

WMO18 November 2011: The International Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change and Food Security in West and North Africa addressed concerns over the sustainability of agriculture production systems in the region, noting the importance of agriculture for local livelihoods and the poor, as well as concerns over water scarcity.

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GEF Publishes Paper on Climate Resilient Development in Africa [viewed]

GEFNovember 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a publication on climate resilient development in Africa focused on three initiatives - the Sahel program, the Lake Chad Basin program, and the Congo Basin program - and which addresses environmental challenges surrounding Africa's three vital resources, namely land, water, and forests.

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Event: ITTC-48 [viewed]

The 48th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and the Associated Sessions of the four Committees (Finance and Administration, Economic Information and Market Intelligence, Forest Industry, and Reforestation and Forest Management) is scheduled to take place in Yokohama, Japan.  

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Event: ITTC-49 [viewed]

The 49th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and the Associated Sessions of the four Committees (Finance and Administration, Economic Information and Market Intelligence, Forest Industry, and Reforestation and Forest Management) are scheduled to take place in Libreville, Gabon.  

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UNESCO Releases Proceedings of Biosphere Reserves and Climate Change Conference [viewed]

For Life for the Future - Biosphere Reserves and Climate Change18 November 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released the proceedings of the high-level international conference titled "For life, for the future - Biosphere reserves and climate change," which took place from 27-28 June 2011, in Dresden, Germany. The conference discussed the role of UNESCO biosphere reserves in implementing and advancing climate change policies.

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UN Secretary-General: REDD+ No Substitute for Deep Emissions Cuts [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) visits an indigenous community affected by deforestation in Borneo, Indonesia17 November 2011: Speaking at a news conference in Indonesia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon stated that, while REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) is a win-win-win situation for local communities, Indonesia and the world, it is no substitute for deep greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions in developed countries.

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UNFCCC Releases Information on Ecosystem-based Approaches to Adaptation [viewed]

UNFCCC16 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.8) compiling information on ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation. With a synthesis of the state of knowledge on the topic, the report provides an overview of how ecosystems can play a role in helping people adapt to climate change.

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