Biodiversity

Event: 18th Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission [viewed]

The 18th session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission will convene alongside the second African Forestry and Wildlife Week and will consider the theme "The Importance of Governance and Benefit Sharing in the Sustainable Management of African Forests, Trees and Wildlife". It is expected that the session will underscore the importance of good governance in natural resource management as well as emphasize the need to include all stakeholders in decision making, implementation and benefit sharing for sustainable forest and wildlife resource management.  

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OECD Update Highlights Biotechnologies for Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

28 July 2011: The 22nd issue of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Biotechnology Update provides up-to-date information on OECD activities related to biotechnology, including applications of biotechnology for green growth and sustainable development, and climate change adaptation.

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Indonesia-US Joint Commission Meeting Discusses Climate, Environment and Energy [viewed]

26 July 2011: The second Indonesia-US Joint Commission Meeting was held in Bali, Indonesia, and included reports from the working groups on climate and environment, and on energy.

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Event: Training Workshop on Payments for Ecosystem Services and REDD+ [viewed]

This workshop, convened by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Forest Trends and the International Katoomba Group, with the support of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is to provide African policy makers, private sector representatives as well as those from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with an increased understanding of the opportunities available from payments for ecosystem services (PES). The workshop will also highlight the of potential PES to create incentives for moving towards a practice of natural resource management that takes the true values of carbon, water and biodiversity environmental services into account.  

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Guest Article #63: The Work of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently agreed on a need for a roadmap on climate change and genetic resources. The Commission is the only permanent forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters specifically relevant to biological diversity for food and agriculture.

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UNFF Updates Timeline for Nominations to Forest Heroes Programme [viewed]

International Year of Forests 20111 August 2011: In July, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat launched a "Forest Heroes" Programme and Awards to recognize and honor everyday people who are committed to sustaining forests and actively promoting forest values. The timeline for nominations to the programme has now been updated. 

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Ban on Heavy Fuel Oil in Antarctic Enters into Force [viewed]

29 July 2011: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has reported that a ban on heavy fuel oil from the Antarctic will enter into force on 1 August 2011, and that a new North American Emission Control Area (ECA) will be created. The ban and ECA aim to reduce pollution in the Antarctic region.

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Ramsar Publishes Framework for Assessing the Vulnerability of Wetlands to Climate Change [viewed]

July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released Ramsar Technical Report No. 5, titled "A Framework for assessing the vulnerability of wetlands to climate change."

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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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