Biodiversity

2012 World Day to Combat Desertification to Focus on Land Degradation Neutrality [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification 201217 February 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the theme for the 2012 celebration of World Day to Combat Desertification. The annual event, which is celebrated on 17 June, will focus on "Healthy soil sustains your life: LET'S GO LAND-DEGRADATION NEUTRAL."

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Event: 2012 World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

The 2012 celebration of World Day to Combat Desertification, an annual event on 17 June, will focus on the theme "Healthy soil sustains your life: LET'S GO LAND-DEGRADATION NEUTRAL". In 2012, World Day to Combat Desertification falls three days before the start of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and the global observance is planned to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

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GEO-5 Summary Highlights Continued Deterioration of the Global Environment [viewed]

20 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Outlook-5 (GEO-5) Summary for Policy Makers, which was negotiated and endorsed by governments on 31 January 2012. The summary was released as a prelude to the full report, which will be released in June, in advance of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Adaptation Workshops [viewed]

15 February 2012: The February 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on a climate change adaptation workshop in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and an upcoming pig derby in Guam.  

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Global Organic Market Access Conference Examines Barriers for Access in Developing Countries [viewed]

GOMA14 February 2011: The Global Organic Market Access Conference focused on challenges facing organic agriculture in emerging markets, noting the large impact that minor differences in organic standards can have on accessing markets.

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Event: GEF SGP Regional Workshop for Pacific [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), will hold this workshop for Pacific countries.  

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CARICOM, Chile Strengthen Cooperation on Sustainable Development [viewed]

CARICOM4 February 2012: The Second Meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-Chile Joint Commission agreed to intensify political dialogue and cooperation to achieve sustainable development and greater well-being for their peoples.

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Event: First IUFRO-FORNESSA Regional Congress [viewed]

The Congress will provide a platform for African forest scientists, forest managers and policy makers and their colleagues from other parts of the world to share and exchange information and experiences on critical issues affecting forest and wildlife resources in Africa. The overall goal of the congress is to demonstrate how forest science is impacting on livelihoods, environmental management and development in Africa. The Congress will highlight research that puts relevant information in the hands of forest communities, forest managers, policy makers, the private sector and civil society. Specific themes to be covered will include: Forests and Climate Change; Forests and Water; Forest Policy, Governance and Trade; Forest Biodiversity and Conservation; and Agroforestry, Energy and Food Security. IUFRO is the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations. FORNESSA is the Forestry Research Network of Sub-Saharan Africa, which is supported by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). The conference is in part supported by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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Barcelona Convention Parties Call for a Blue Economy to Safeguard the Mediterranean [viewed]

UNEP10 February 2012: The 17th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties (COP 17) to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and its Protocols concluded with the adoption of the Paris Declaration, which calls for a “blue” economy to safeguard and promote a clean, healthy, and productive Mediterranean environment.

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Event: ICLEI - 2012 World Congress [viewed]

The ICLEI World Congress 2012 takes place every three years and provides mayors, local government officials, representatives of international institutions and other partners opportunities for peer exchange, knowledge-sharing, capacity building and on-site visits and exhibits. ICLEI is supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the World Bank and others. Key themes to be addressed during the conference include: green urban economy; changing citizens, changing cities; greening events; and food security and how can biodiversity protection be integrated into municipal planning and decision making.  

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