Biodiversity

Event: Forest Day 5 [viewed]

Forest Day 5 will take place in Durban, South Africa, on 4 December 2011, on the sidelines of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC. The Day will seek to inform the UNFCCC global agenda and forest stakeholders on ways to implement an international REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) funding mechanism that produces social and environmental benefits, above and beyond avoided emissions. The event will have a particular focus on Africa, looking at the tropical forests of the Congo Basin and elsewhere, and the continent's wide expanses of dry forest areas.  

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Fourth Aarhus MOP Addresses Sustainable Development, Adopts Chisinau Declaration [viewed]

1 July 2011: The fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 4) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) took place from 29 June-1 July 2011, in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

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FCPF, UN-REDD Publish Jointly Commissioned Papers on REDD+ [viewed]

1 July 2011: The UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have published three jointly-commissioned papers on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+). The peer-reviewed papers address participation, benefit-sharing and safeguards initiatives for REDD+.

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Work on Biodiversity and REDD+ [viewed]

June 2011: The June newsletter for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) describes CIFOR's outreach to make research 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) more accessible to a broad range of stakeholders, as well as news from recent meetings on climate change and bushmeat.

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CIFOR Releases Paper on Carbon Accounting for Bioenergy [viewed]

4 July 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a paper titled "Improved methods for carbon accounting for bioenergy: Descriptions and evaluations." The paper explains that because bioenergy is counted under the UNFCCC as originating from the land-use sector rather than the energy sector, bioenergy emissions are often not fully accounted for in countries with greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions obligations.

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GEF Highlights Climate and Biodiversity Benefits of Peatland Rehabilitation Project [viewed]

30 June 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has reported on the implementation of a project titled "Rehabilitation and Sustainable Use of Peatland Forests in South-East Asia,” highlighting its benefits, including biodiversity conservation, emissions reductions and increased carbon sinks.

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GEF SGP Funds Reforestation and Forest Rehabilitation in Malawi [viewed]

29 June 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) is funding a US$41,321 project for the rehabilitation of degraded forests in the Soche Mountain Forest Reserve in Malawi.

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UNCCD Organizes Fourth Land Day [viewed]

29 June 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released its report from "Land Day 4," which took place on 11 June 2011, in parallel to the Bonn Climate Change Conference.

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New IMO Secretary-General Elected [viewed]

28 June 2011: Koji Sekimizu (Japan) has been elected as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with effect from 1 January 2012 and for an initial term of four years.

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Event: Oceans Day at Rio+20 [viewed]

The Global Ocean Forum will organize Oceans Day at Rio+20 in the Rio Conventions Pavilion parallel to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The Rio Pavilion is a collaborative effort among the Secretariats of the UNFCCC, UNCCD, CBD and the GEF. This event is expected to produce a Rio Ocean Declaration, with recommendations for advancing the sustainable development of the oceans, coasts and SIDS.  

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