Biodiversity

Event: GEF 41st Council Meeting [viewed]

The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It functions as an independent board of directors, with primary responsibility for developing, adopting, and evaluating GEF programs. Council members representing 32 constituencies (16 from developing countries, 14 from developed countries, and two from countries with transitional economies) meet twice each year for three days.  

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UNCCD COP 10 Opens in Republic of Korea [viewed]

10 October 2011: The 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10) is taking place from 10-21 October 2011, in Changwon, Republic of Korea.

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GBIF Discusses Bioinformatics' Contribution to Sustainability [viewed]

GBIF5 October 2011: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Science Symposium 2011 focused on the experience gained during GBIF's first decade in building a global infrastructure for, and networks of, biodiversity informatics.

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FAO Publishes Science Journal for Students on Forests [viewed]

FAOOctober 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with the US Forest Service, has released the 15th issue of the "Natural Inquirer," an integrated science education journal for students aged 11-14. 

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CBD Sends Input to UNFCCC on Biodiversity, ILC Aspects of REDD+ Safeguards [viewed]

CBD30 September 2011: A submission of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) contains summaries of four expert workshops on the links between biodiversity and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries), including relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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World Habitat Day Focuses on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

3 October 2011: The 2011 edition of World Habitat Day has organized around the theme "Cities and Climate Change," emphasizing that climate change is a critical development challenge of the 21st century, and highlighting the role of cities in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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European Parliament Makes Recommendations for EU Position at Rio+20 [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on developing a common EU position ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), outlining its views on the concept of the green economy and desired outcomes of the Conference.

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UNESCO Exhibition Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Sites [viewed]

26 September 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its partners have created an exhibition titled "Satellites and World Heritage Sites, Partners to Understand Climate Change," which aims to highlight the specific challenges facing World Heritage Sites.

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UNEP Releases Report on Orangutan and Economics of Forest Conservation in Indonesia [viewed]

28 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report under the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), titled “The Orangutan and Economics of Forest Conservation in Sumatra.”

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Global Biofuel Information Tool [viewed]

26 September 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released its September 2011 newsletter, noting the opening of registration for Forest Day at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa, on 4 December 2011. The newsletter also features articles on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock), forest governance and climate change.

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