Biodiversity

UNCCD and Partners Launch Economics of Land Degradation Initiative [viewed]

UNCCD21 September 2011: The European Commission, the German Government and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have launched the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative.

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EMG Releases Key Findings from Global Drylands Report [viewed]

20 September 2011: As an input to the UN High Level Event on Desertification, the Environment Management Group (EMG) released key findings from its forthcoming report, titled “Global Drylands: A UN System-wide Response.”   

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Event: CGIAR Science Forum 2011 [viewed]

The biennial Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Science Forum brings together scientists, practitioners, policy makers and funding agents to examine emerging challenges, identify key researchable issues and form new partnerships to address them. The theme of Science Forum 2011 is ‘The Agriculture-Environment Nexus.' It will focus on new opportunities to adapt the agricultural research landscape to meet emerging challenges, such as: giving consideration to ecological efficiency in future agriculture; making agriculture and forestry net sinks of carbon and not sources; enabling agriculture to prosper with fewer non-renewable inputs; and developing innovative apporaches for a low-carbon agriculture that mitigates climate change. It is proposed that the debate at the Science Forum will be structured around the following themes: land saving and land transformation; resource scarcity and the ecological intensification of agriculture; metrics and monitoring; agro-biodiversity - can biodiverse systems compete in a global market?; sustainability science; and multifunctional landscapes. Science Forum 2011 will be hosted by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and is organized by a steering committee led by the Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) of the CGIAR.  

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Rio Conventions Joint Liaison Group Agrees on Terms of Reference and Modus Operandi [viewed]

20 September 2011: The Executive Secretaries of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have reported the adoption of the terms of reference and modus operandi for the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions.

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Event: Second Global AgriKnowledge Share Fair [viewed]

The event is jointly organized by Bioversity International, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the World Food Programme (WFP). The meeting will focus on information technology for development, social media, knowledge sharing and green innovations to address food security and climate change.  

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UNECE Launches Second Assessment of Transboundary Waters in Wider Europe [viewed]

UNECE21 September 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the "Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters," which underlines that the status of transboundary waters is improving in many parts of the UNECE region thanks to the efforts to protect waters and the environment.  

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Brunei Darussalam-US Dialogue Addresses on Environmental Cooperation [viewed]

20 September 2011: The Inaugural Brunei Darussalam-US Senior Officials Dialogue was held in Washington, DC, US, on 20 September 2011, with discussions including climate change and biodiversity cooperation.

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Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Highlights PES and REDD Activities [viewed]

FAO21 September 2011: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that works on forest issues in the Mediterranean region, has released the September 2011 issue of its newsletter, which reports on recent forest-related activities within the Mediterranean region, including a regional conference on payments of ecosystem services (PES) and a project on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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UNGA High Level Event on Desertification Provides Input to COP 10 and UNCSD [viewed]

20 September 2011: Prior to the opening of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UNGA convened a High-level Meeting on addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. The outcome of the deliberations will feed into the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNEP Report Calls for Transition to Green Economy in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

15 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), IGES (Japan) and Chinese Academy of Sciences, has released a report titled “Resource Efficiency: Economics and Outlook for Asia and the Pacific,” which calls for a new “green” industrial revolution through improvements in resource efficiency.

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