Biodiversity

World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Forests [viewed]

5 June 2011: Millions of people celebrated World Environment Day (WED) around the theme, "Forests: Nature at Your Service," which highlights the ecosystem services provided by the world's forests. People across the world took part in WED activities, from litter clean-ups around Mount Everest to mini-marathons in India, the host country for 2011. 

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Rainforest Basins Summit Calls for South-South Cooperation [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Three Rainforest Basins, namely the Amazon, Congo, and Borneo-Mekong basins, took place in Brazzaville, Congo, from 27 May-3 June 2011, to establish new ways to increase technical cooperation on forest matters, and adopted a joint statement on tropical forests, climate and sustainable development.

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CBD Secretariat Prepares for LAC REDD+ Workshop [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the list of sponsored experts for the Latin American and Caribbean Regional Consultation and Capacity Building Workshop on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks), to be held from 5-8 July 2011, in Quito, Ecuador.

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EU/AU Commissions Discuss Climate, Biodiversity and UNCSD [viewed]

1 June 2011: The fifth College-to-College meeting of the European Commission and the African Union (AU) Commission was held on 31 May-1 June 2011, in Brussels, Belgium, to develop shared policy agendas. During the meeting, participants discussed ways to enhance cooperation both on short-term challenges and on the long-term structural changes, such as green growth, climate change and biodiversity.

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UNEP, IFAD Launch Resource Management Policy, Call for Support for Sustainable Agriculture [viewed]

1 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) called for a dramatic increase in support for sustainable agriculture, including to smallholder farmers, as a way to drive green growth and reduce poverty, on the occasion of the launch of the Environment and Natural Resource Management (ENRM) Policy.

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FAO/ITTO Report: Deforestation Rates in Rainforest Basins "Alarming" [viewed]

1 June 2011: A report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) indicates that deforestation rates continue to be "alarming" in most of the 30 countries in the Amazon, Congo and Southeast Asian rainforest basins.

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CBD Publishes Technical Study on REDD and Biodiversity [viewed]

1 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a study that provides scientific and technical information on ways to ensure that the design and implementation of policies for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) support the objectives of the CBD.

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UNDP, GEF Launch Sustainable Forest Management Project in Cambodia [viewed]

30 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) launched a sustainable forest management project in Cambodia, which aims to promote forest conservation, benefit the rural poor, and contribute to climate change mitigation.

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Programme Document for ITTO/CBD Collaborative Initiative for Tropical Forest Biodiversity Released [viewed]

31 May 2011: The Programme Document for the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Collaborative Initiative for Tropical Forest Biodiversity is now available on the ITTO website. The document provides guidance for possible activities under the Initiative and ITTO members are invited to consider and approve the document, and convey their response to the ITTO Secretariat by 31 August 2011.

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Event: MEA Information and Knowledge Management Initiative Steering Committee Meeting [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the UN Environment Programme, with the participation of representatives from many multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). The new webportal "InforMEA" will be launched during the meeting, among other agenda items.  

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