Biodiversity

UNCCD Calls for Applications for Advisory Group on Impact Indicators [viewed]

UNCCD1 March 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Conference to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a call inviting applications from experts to act as members of the ad hoc Advisory Group of Technical Experts  for Impact Indicator Refinement.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Activities in Indonesia and Sri Lanka [viewed]

UN-REDD28 February 2012: The February issue of the UN-REDD Programme's monthly Newsletter reviews various international and country-specific activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and carbon stock enhancement in developing countries (REDD+).

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Land Grabs, Forest Carbon Co-benefits and Prospects for Rio+20 [viewed]

28 February 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the February issue of its newsletter, which summarizes recent CIFOR publications and blog postings on biodiversity, sustainable development and climate change in the context CIFOR's activities. 

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Event: First Technical Meeting of the Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge (WIO-CC) [viewed]

This meeting is expected to discuss the technical support needed to develop and carry out the Challenge roadmap and action plan, consisting of a 20-year vision including regional and country level goals, objectives and targets. The Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge (WIO-CC) aims to mobilize countries to come together and commit to island conservation and sustainable livelihoods, including by responding to the threat posed by climate change over the next 20 years. Focused on marine and coastal zones, the Challenge is set to build on efforts of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and the Nairobi Convention.  

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UNEP Global Environmental Alert Service Bulletin Focuses on Lake Urmia, Iran [viewed]

UNEP27 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) has released the February edition of its bulletin, which focuses on Lake Urmia, a hypersaline lake in Iran. The bulletin was produced under the theme of climate change, resource efficiency, ecosystem management, and environmental governance, and focuses on the drying of Lake Urmia and its environmental consequences.  

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World Bank and GEF Grants to Protect 13.5 Million Hectares in the Amazon [viewed]

World Bank - GEF23 February 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$15.9 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to consolidate existing protected areas and create an additional 13.5 million hectares of protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon over the next four years.

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EU, EEA Reports Call for Addressing Soil Degradation [viewed]

EU13 February 2012: The European Commission and the European Energy Agency (EEA) have released two reports on soil degradation, titled "Implementation of the Soil Thematic Strategy and Ongoing Activities" and "The State of Soil in Europe," which underscore threats to soil and actions taken by the EU to address those challenges.

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Event: Fifth Meeting of the UNECE Taskforce on Water and Climate [viewed]

This meeting will bring together participants from governmental authorities, the private sector, NGOs and international organization to review progress on the activities under the Task Force, as well as future activities on water and climate under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Water Convention beyond 2012. It will be organized back-to-back with third workshop on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins, which will be held on 25-26 April 2012 in Geneva.  

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UN-Backed Global Partnership for Oceans Launched [viewed]

UN-Backed Global Partnership for Oceans Launched (image courtesy of the Global Partnership for Oceans)24 February 2012: The Global Partnership for Oceans, a coalition of governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private interests, has been launched to address the challenges to oceans management and governance, including over-fishing, marine degradation and habitat loss.

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IFAD Supports Investments in Improved Seed Varieties in Sudan [viewed]

24 February 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Sudan have signed a grant agreement for $10.7 million to improve food security and smallholder production through investment in improved seed varieties.

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