Biodiversity

Event: Tenth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change [viewed]

The meeting will address food security crises, deforestation and forest degradation, the rise in landgrabbing, and climate change adaptation. The meeting aims to set an agenda to influence policy dialogues across a collection of international initiatives.  

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CIFOR Blog Questions Effectiveness of Protected Areas [viewed]

24 August 2011: POLEX, a publication on forest policy of the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), highlights the results of a recent study on the effectiveness of protected areas in conserving biodiversity, compared to community-managed forests. Porter-Bolland et al., authors of the study published in Forest Ecology and Management, found that community-managed forests performed better than protected areas in having lower annual deforestation rates and experienced less variation in rates of forest cover loss.

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UNEP Issues Policy Brief on the Role of Forests in a Green Economy [viewed]

23 August 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the fifth issue in its Policy Series on Ecosystem Management, titled "Sustaining Forests: Investing in Our Common Future," which addresses forest issues in relation to the green economy and climate change.

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GEF SGP Launches Fifth Operational Phase in Asia [viewed]

21 August 2011: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) held a six-day regional workshop with coordinators from Asia, to provide training and guidance on the vision and strategy of the programme, results-based management framework and GEF's visibility policy for the next four years.

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Event: International Symposium on Costs and Benefits of REDD Plus: What, Who, How and When? [viewed]

This symposium is co-organized by Hiroshima University, the UN University's Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), the Forest Research Institute Malaysia, The Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, and the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature. It seeks to take stock of current knowledge and information on costs and benefits of REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries), and to provide an opportunity to deliberate funding systems to support REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) that protect ecosystem services as well as secure the socioeconomic well-being of local communities.  

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Event: Central and Eastern Europe Regional Consultation Meeting Preparatory to UNCCD COP 10 [viewed]

In preparation for the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which is scheduled to take place in Changwon City, Republic of Korea, from 10-21 October 2011, the UNCCD Secretariat is organizing the Central and Eastern Europe Regional Consultation Meeting Preparatory to COP 10 and meetings of its subsidiary bodies. Participants will convene for a SRAP Alignment Workshop on 31 August 2011, and the Regional Consultation Meeting Preparatory to COP10 from 1-3 September 2011.  

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Event: 37th Special Session of CARICOM's Council on Trade and Economic Development (COTED) [viewed]

This special session of COTED will discuss work on the Community's environmental policy framework and cooperative efforts regarding climate change, sustainable land management and renewable energy. Among other things, participants will discuss Community follow-up to the Cancun Climate Change Conference and preparations for Durban Climate Change Conference. COTED also will discuss Community preparations for the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). COTED is also expected to review and approve the draft Caribbean Subregional Action Plan (SRAP) on sustainable land management (SLM) and decide how to finance its implementation. The SRAP is one of the outputs of the Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Land Management in the Caribbean SIDS (PISLM) supported by the UNCCD's Global Mechanism. In addition, the Special Session will receive an update on progress in developing CARICOM's Environment and Natural Resources Policy Framework, and will review work on the CARICOM Renewable Energy Road Map.  

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GEF Reports on Eastern Arc Mountain Forests Project [viewed]

18 August 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has presented the results of a project implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to conserve biodiversity in the Eastern Arc Mountain forests of Tanzania, which, over seven years (2003-2010), increased protected area coverage by over 500,000 hectares and supported the creation of protected forest corridors in sensitive areas, including in the Derema area and Bunduki Gap in the Ulugurus.

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Event: 66th Session of the UN General Assembly [viewed]

The 66th regular session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene at UN Headquarters on 13 September 2011, at 3 p.m. The provisional agenda of the 66th session (document A/66/150) and annotated preliminary list of items (document A/66/100) are available on the UNGA's website. The draft program of work of the plenary for the 66th session (document (A/65/902) is available here: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/65/902.  

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ICRISAT Meeting Focuses on Building Climate-Resilient Rainfed Agriculture [viewed]

16 August 2011: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), with JSW-Time India Earth Care Initiatives 2011, organized a Roundtable on Climate Change and Rainfed Farming Systems that focused on providing sustainable and science-based solutions and pro-poor approaches to climate change adaptation.

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