Biodiversity

UNESCO's Executive Board Calls for Developing a Biodiversity Initiative [viewed]

19 May 2011: The Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has confirmed its call for UNESCO to develop a coherent Biodiversity Initiative encompassing all areas of competence and work of UNESCO – natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication. The Initiative will focus on the underlying drivers of biodiversity erosion and loss, and will encompass actions aimed at providing assistance to UNESCO member States underpinning the implementation of the UN system-wide Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

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Event: 37th Session of the FAO Conference [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 37th session of the FAO Conference in Rome, Italy. The meeting will consider the regional conferences of the FAO, the technical committees on Commodity Problems, Agriculture, Forestry, World Food Security and Fisheries, and governance, legal, administrative and financial matters.  

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Event: Eighth Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission's Regional Committee for the Western Indian Ocean (IOCWIO-VIII) [viewed]

The agenda for this session includes a presentation of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Draft Priorities and Implementation Strategies for 2012-2013 related to: prevention and reduction of the impacts of natural hazards; mitigation of and adaptation to climate change and variability; safeguarding the health of ocean ecosystems; World Heritage Sites; and management procedures and policies leading to the sustainability of coastal and ocean environment and resources. Participants will also discuss national programmes and priorities in Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa and Tanzania.  

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Global Bioenergy Partnership Agrees on Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

24 May 2011: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has agreed on a set of 24 voluntary, science-based indicators for assessing the sustainable production and use of all forms of bioenergy. The agreement represents the first global and government-level consensus on such indicators.

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GEF Marks 20th Anniversary [viewed]

23 May 2011: To mark the 20th anniversary of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the GEF organized a gala reception on the eve of the 40th meeting of the GEF Council.

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UN Celebrates International Biodiversity Day [viewed]

23 May 2011: The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was celebrated around the world on 22 May 2011 under the theme of forest biodiversity, as a contribution to 2011 – International Year of Forests.

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Ramsar Signs Cooperation Agreement with Partner Organizations [viewed]

20 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Secretariat) has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) for 2011-2017 with its five International Organization Partners (IOPs).

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CBD Announces TEMATEA Tool on Forest Biodiversity [viewed]

20 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in consultation with members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), has announced the launch of a web-based tool to support the conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity, based on the TEMATEA platform.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Cross-Regional REDD+ Learning and Exchange [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter18 May 2011: The May 2011 edition of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter features an article on Asia Pacific and Latin America cross-regional REDD+ exchange, which highlights that delegates from Viet Nam visited Mexico and Ecuador to learn from those countries' experience of Payment for Environmental Services (PES) and community-led forest management, while Mexico and Ecuador learned from Viet Nam's experience in establishing a national REDD+ Programme.

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FAO Releases Tool on Bioenergy and Food Security [viewed]

17 May 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has finalized its “Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) Analytical Framework,” which aims to assist policymakers in evaluating the potential of bioenergy and its possible food security impacts. 

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