Biodiversity

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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GEF Highlights Community Forestry Projects in Albania [viewed]

Albania landscape14 November 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced positive results of a community sustainable forest management project in Albania, which succeeded in establishing forest and pasture management plans for 240 communes.

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UNEP Green Economy Report Highlights Benefits of a Sustainable Growth Trajectory [viewed]

UNEP Green Economy Report Highlights Benefits of a Sustainable Growth Trajectory16 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released its final report on green economy. Titled "Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication," the full report expands on UNEP's previous green economy publications - a synthesis for policy makers and summary of conclusions, inter alia - challenging the assumption of a trade-off between the economy and the environment. It argues that with appropriate policies, governments can grow their economies consistently with environmental goals. 

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CPF Highlights Role of Markets in Sustaining Forests [viewed]

CPF16 November 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has called for greater attention to the key role that healthy national and international markets can play in sustaining the environment, and in particular the world's forests.

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UNESCO Releases Roadmap Towards a Sustainable World [viewed]

From Green Economies to Green SocietiesNovember 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled "From green economies to green societies: UNESCO's commitment to sustainable development," which aims to feed into the preparatory process for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio +20), to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2012. It provides the Organization's vision for Rio+20 and gives concrete examples demonstrating the Organization's work to promote sustainable development.

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UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda [viewed]

UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda16 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has led a comprehensive, national-scale post-conflict environmental assessment of Rwanda. The resulting report on Rwanda's post-conflict sustainable development urges the country to create opportunities for a transition towards a green economy.

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OECD Launches Web Platform on Policy Coherence for Development [viewed]

November 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has launched an online platform on Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) that aims to act as a “one-stop-shop” on PCD resources, open to all stakeholders.

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ITPGR Celebrates Tenth Anniversary, Releases List of Benefit-sharing Grantees [viewed]

14 November 2011: On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), a high-level celebration was hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the ITPGR Secretariat released the list of new projects to be funded under the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund, to support farmers and breeders to adapt key crops to climate change.

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CBD Releases Draft Study on Impacts of Climate-Related Geo-engineering on Biodiversity [viewed]

11 November 2011: Available for peer-review, a draft study circulated by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) compiles and synthesizes available scientific information on the possible impacts of geo-engineering techniques on biodiversity, including preliminary information on associated social, economic and cultural considerations. Comments are being accepted until 9 December 2011.

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