Biodiversity

GEF Reports to UNCCD COP 10 [viewed]

17 October 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), acting for the first time as a financial mechanism to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), is participating in a series of events at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10), taking place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 10-21 October 2011.

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Global Drylands: A UN System-wide Response Report Launched at UNCCD COP 10 [viewed]

20 October 2011: The report "Global Drylands: A UN System-wide Response," which was prepared by 18 UN agencies through the Environment Management Group (EMG), was launched during a side event at the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10).

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Event: Sixth GEF Biennial International Waters Conference [viewed]

This conference will be organized under the theme "Raising the Bar: 20 Years of GEF Transboundary Water Results," and will focus on knowledge sharing on water management issues and results after 20 years of interventions. The Conference also has the objective to promote public-private partnerships in support of better water management and identification of modalities for their development. Essential focus areas include sustaining a global effort in providing robust, periodic assessments of the state of the marine environment to address emerging issues, such as ocean acidification; addressing the particular vulnerabilities of small island developing States (SIDS); and restoring habitat and biodiversity values.  

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CC DARE Supports Bee Keeping in Ethiopia [viewed]

14 October 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has reported that the Climate Change Adaptation Initiative (CC DARE), jointly implemented with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with funding from the Danish Government, has trained 600 unemployed youth in bee-keeping in Ethiopia in an effort to address climate change impacts and food insecurity.

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UN Postal Administration Issues Forests Stamp [viewed]

13 October 2011: The UN Postal Administration issued a series of eight stamps in celebration of 2011 as the International Year of Forests.

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EU Unveils Agenda for Change in Development Assistance [viewed]

13 October 2011: The European Commission has unveiled its "Agenda for Change" in EU Development policy as well as a new policy for EU budget support that aim to ensure  development aid provides the maximum impact on poverty reduction.

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European Commission Publishes Policy Brief on Biodiversity and Health [viewed]

October 2011: The European Commission has produced a policy brief that summarizes scientific information on the benefits biodiversity provides for human health and offers policy recommendations.

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UNECE Supports Forestation Project of the Dry Bed of the Aral Sea [viewed]

UNECE13 October 2011: Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and Saghit Ibatullin, Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS), have announced a regional project on the forestation of the dry bed of the Aral Sea.

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RRI Dialogue Examines Role of Finance in Reducing Forest Loss [viewed]

12 October 2011: The 11th Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue convened under the theme “Status and Role of Public and Private Finance to Reduce Forest Loss and Degradation.” The Dialogue discussed lessons learned regarding the possibilities of a global forest carbon market, and the scope for individual projects.

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European Commission Unveils Agricultural Policy Reform Proposals [viewed]

12 October 2011: The European Commission has unveiled a draft reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period after 2013, which aims to strengthen the competitiveness, sustainability and permanence of agriculture throughout the EU in order to secure for European citizens a healthy and high-quality source of food, preserve the environment and develop rural areas.

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