Biodiversity

CBD Announces Date and Venue of COP 11 [viewed]

CBD20 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD will be held from 8-19 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India.

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OECD Releases Preliminary Report on Green Growth for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

A Green Growth Strategy for Food and AgricultureJune 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a preliminary report outlining a strategy for green growth in the agricultural sector.

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UNESCO Publication Highlights Role of Biosphere Reserves in Climate Policies [viewed]

For Life, for the Future: Biosphere Reserves and Climate Change, A Collection of Good Practice Case StudiesJune 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a publication that demonstrates, through a selection of 28 case studies from around the world, that UNESCO biosphere reserves are ideal places to test, evaluate and implement comprehensive climate change policies.

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WMO Highlights Collaboration with UNESCO's IOC at Anniversary Event [viewed]

IOC 50th anniversary22 June 2011: The closing celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) aimed to promote international awareness of, and involvement in, ocean science.

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First Africa Drylands Week Highlights Potential for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNCCD17 June 2011: The first "Africa Drylands Week" has concluded with a message by Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), underlining the potential of drylands for the development and sustainable growth of their populations and countries.

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Event: CBD Africa Regional Consultation and Capacity Building Workshop on REDD+, Including on Relevant Biodiversity Safeguards [viewed]

This workshop is being convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the South African National Biodiversity Institute and with financial support from Norway, the UK and the UN-REDD Programme. Its purpose is to consult effectively with parties on the development of advice on relevant safeguards for biodiversity, so that REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) actions are consistent with the CBD objectives, and avoid negative impacts on, and enhance benefits for biodiversity.  

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UNGA Appoints UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for Second Term [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Sectretary-General21 June 2011: Acting on the recommendation of the Security Council, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has unanimously appointed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a second five-year term beginning 1 January 2012.

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EU Environment Ministers Address Sustainable Water Management [viewed]

EU flag21 June 2011: The Environment Council of the EU met on 21 June 2011, in Luxembourg, to discuss the protection of water resources and integrated sustainable water management in the EU and beyond. The Council adopted conclusions including a section on climate change and water policy, and another on ecosystems and ecosystem services.

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Mangroves and Coral Reefs Initiative in the Americas Discusses Strategic Framework [viewed]

Mangroves and Coral Reefs Initiative in the Americas Discusses Strategic Framework21 June 2011: The Second Meeting of the Regional Initiative for the Conservation and Wise Use of Mangroves and Coral Reefs in the Americas was co-organized by the Ecuadorian and Mexican Governments in coordination with the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention). Opening the meeting, Marcela Aguiñaga, Minister of Environment of Ecuador, highlighted the importance of mangrove and coral reefs ecosystems in the region, emphasizing the need to include mitigation and adaptation strategies in the context of climate change.

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook Predicts Higher Food Prices [viewed]

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2011-202017 June 2011: The Agricultural Outlook 2011-2020, produced jointly by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), predicts that prices for agricultural commodities will fall in the short run but increase over the next decade to average 20-30% higher in real terms than over the 2001-2010 period.

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