Biodiversity

World Bank Releases Report on Mitigating Climate Change through Wetlands Restoration [viewed]

March 2011: The World Bank has released a report titled "Mitigating Climate Change through Restoration and Management of Coastal Wetlands and Near-shore Marine Ecosystems," which finds that drainage and degradation of coastal wetlands emit significant amounts of carbon dioxide directly into the atmosphere and lead to decreased carbon sequestration.

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OECD Reviews Environmental Performance of Portugal [viewed]

11 April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a report titled “OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Portugal 2011,” which underscores Portugal's environmental achievements and makes recommendations for further improvement.

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GEF Project to Stimulate Samoa's Climate Resilience [viewed]

8 April 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) recently approved a project to integrate climate change risks and resilience into forestry management in Samoa, thus contributing to food security, increased yields and crop variety, and health benefits.

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CBD Secretariat Invites Nominations for LAC REDD+ Workshop [viewed]

8 April 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is seeking nominations for a Latin America and Caribbean regional consultation and capacity building workshop on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks), including on relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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FAO Creates Partnership for Mediterranean Forests [viewed]

6 April 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has created a new partnership with 11 other organizations and institutions to tackle the threats of climate change facing forests in the Mediterranean region. The announcement came during the Second Mediterranean Forest Week, held from 5-8 April 2011, in Avignon, France.

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Event: CBD Latin America and Caribbean Capacity-Building Workshop on REDD-Plus Including Relevant Biodiversity Safeguards [viewed]

Organized by the CBD Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador and with financial support from the Government of Japan and the UN-REDD Programme, the purpose of this workshop is to consult with parties on the development of advice on relevant biodiversity safeguards, so that REDD-plus actions are consistent with the objectives of the CBD and avoid negative impacts on and enhance benefits for biodiversity.  

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Event: IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012 [viewed]

The Congress theme will be Nature+, a slogan that captures the fundamental importance of nature and its inherent link to every aspect of people's lives. The Congress will explore many of the most pressing environmental and development challenges from this perspective and how strong and resilient nature is intricately linked to solving these issues, including Nature+climate, nature+livelihoods, nature+energy and nature+economics.  

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UNDP Implements GEF Hydropower Project in Lao People's Democratic Republic [viewed]

7 April 2011: Funding from the Small Grants Programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), has allowed villagers in Lao People's Democratic Republic to access clean electricity from a 7.5kW hydro-power turbine.

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UNCCD Invites Input through Knowledge Needs Assessment [viewed]

March 2011: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is currently undertaking a knowledge needs assessment to identify the current state of tools and practices, along with appropriate options for, knowledge management and sharing pertaining to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD).

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Event: World Oceans Day 2011 [viewed]

The theme for World Oceans Day 2011 is "Our oceans: greening our future." The UN General Assembly officially designated 8 June as annual World Oceans Day in Resolution 63/111 to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.  

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