Biodiversity

Extreme Weather Events Threaten Forests, According to FAO Report [viewed]

9 August 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a report titled "Abiotic Disturbances and their Influence on Forest Health," which highlights the increasing threat posed to the world's forests by extreme weather events.

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Report of 11th Meeting of Rio Conventions Joint Liaison Group Released [viewed]

2 August 2011: The Joint Liaison Group (JLG) of the three Rio Conventions - the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - held its 11th meeting, and agreed that terms of reference should be developed to outline the overarching principles of the JLG's operation and further define its modus operandi. The report of the meeting is now available.

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UNCCD Collecting Views on How to Organize Scientific Advice [viewed]

UNCCDAugust 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is conducting an e-survey assessment on how to organize international, interdisciplinary scientific advice.

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UNFF Launches Newsletter on Regional Forest Activities [viewed]

10 August 2011: The UN Forum on Forests Secretariat has launched the first issue of its newsletter "Regional Voices," reporting on several regional activities related to sustainable forest management.

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Event: CBD Expert Meeting on Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity [viewed]

The CBD Expert Meeting to Develop a Series of Joint Expert Review Processes to Monitor and Assess the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity aims to: identify gaps and barriers in existing monitoring and scientific assessment of those impacts, in terms of their linkages to relevant global policy processes; develop options for addressing identified gaps and barriers, including a proposal for the development of a series of joint expert review processes; and identify necessary collaboration activities to implement possible options for addressing identified gaps and barriers.  

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Event: 37th Committee on World Food Security [viewed]

 

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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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