Biodiversity

IDB Joins Airplane Companies in Funding Research on Jet Biofuel from Sugarcane [viewed]

IDB27 July 2011: Boeing, Embraer and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have announced they will jointly fund a sustainability analysis for renewable jet fuel production based on Brazilian sugarcane.

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Event: CoastGIS 2011 [viewed]

CoastGIS 2011 will be hosted in Oostende, Belgium, by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchage (IODE) Project Office. This conference will cover the following thematic areas: impact of climate change on the coast, coastal communities and marine resources; environmental conservation in the coastal zone; pollution monitoring and control; sustainable use of coastal resources; integrating coastal and river basin catchment data; disaster monitoring and mitigation at the coast; informing and involving the public in coastal decision making; planning for sustainable coastal tourism; coastal planning and management for small islands; and protecting coastal heritage.  

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ECOSOC Establishes Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management [viewed]

27 July 2011: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has agreed to establish a committee of experts on global geospatial information management to coordinate international dialogue on spatial data infrastructures and enhance cooperation in that field.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Participation at the Oslo REDD+ Exchange [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter27 July 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has released the July 2011 issue of its newsletter, which highlights the UN-REDD Programme's participation in the Oslo REDD+ exchange, which took place from 23-24 June 2011, in Norway, focusing on matters related to REDD+ safeguards and policies addressing the underlying drivers of deforestation.  

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UNDP Assists Turkmenistan in Developing National Climate Change Strategy [viewed]

UNDP26 July 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Turkmenistan have organized the Third Inter-ministerial Dialogue focusing on the Development of a National Strategy on Climate Change.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (Pacific Islands) [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Expanded Constituency Workshop will gather participants from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.  

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Event: Second Regional Forum for People and Forests [viewed]

In collaboration with Thailand's Royal Forest Department, RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests, the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are organizing a forum that will explore the theme: Community Forestry: Key to Solving Current and Emerging Challenges. The forum is part of the global celebrations of the International Year of Forests 2011.  

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Event: GEF SGP Workshop for Asia Pacific [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) will hold a workshop for programme managers and national coordinators in the Asia Pacific region.  

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CGRFA 13 Adopts Elements for a Roadmap on Climate Change and Genetic Resources [viewed]

22 July 2011: The 13th regular session of the Commission on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has agreed on a list of elements for a roadmap or work programme to take action on the roles and values of genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA) in terms of achieving food and nutritional security and enabling countries to plan and implement adaptation and mitigation strategies in the context of climate change and anticipated impacts of climate change on food and agricultural production now and in the future.

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ITTO Awards 25 Fellowships [viewed]

22 July 2011: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has awarded 25 fellowships to promote human resource development and to strengthen professional expertise in ITTO member countries in tropical forestry and related disciplines.

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