Biodiversity

CBD Liaison Group to Address Geo-Engineering [viewed]

21 April 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has called for experts to participate in a liaison group to work on defining climate-related geo-engineering and assessing the potential impacts of geo-engineering on biodiversity.

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CBD Monthly Bulletin Highlights Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on REDD+ [viewed]

26 April 2011: In the March issue of its Monthly Bulletin of Activities, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) highlights several recent meetings and activities, including the opening for signature of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries, including on relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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Event: Oslo REDD Exchange 2011 [viewed]

This workshop is organized by Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). The workshop will focus on safeguards and REDD+, with a particular emphasis on the exchange of experiences from the field.  

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Event: Third International Workshop on Advances in the Use of Historical Marine Climate Data [viewed]

This workshop is organized jointly by the WMO/IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) and the European Space Agency (ESA), and is sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Climate Variability and Predictability Project (CLIVAR) and the Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC). This workshop will showcase and build on recent advances in marine climatology, including: evaluation, use and improvement of the over 300-year record of ICOADS; development of multi-decadal, homogeneous gridded datasets for climate applications; and characterization of uncertainty and bias in marine observations and products. The aim of the workshop is to recommend a 10-year action plan for improved integration and accessibility of climatological observations.  

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GEF Project Fosters Integrated Coastal Management and Mangrove Conservation in India [viewed]

21 April 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched a community-based natural resource management and mangrove conservation project in the Godavari River Estuary, India.

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CITES Plants Committee Discusses Climate Change Impacts on Decision-making [viewed]

21 April 2011: The 19th meeting of the Plants Committee (PC 19) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened from 18-21 April 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. Among other agenda items, it considered the implications of climate change for science-based decision-making, and the activities of other multilateral environmental agreements that may be linked to climate change and CITES.

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Researchers Discuss Wheat Rust Concerns, Links to Climate Change [viewed]

20 April 2011: Researchers from 31 countries meeting at an international symposium raised concerns about the increased vulnerability of wheat production in many countries to new varieties of stem rust, which could lead to epidemics threatening regional food security and rural livelihoods, as well as further increases in global food prices.

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Event: Stakeholder Meeting to Develop an Action Plan on Forests and the Green Economy [viewed]

The Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is organizing a meeting with stakeholders across the UNECE region (Western and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North America) to discuss the development of an action plan on forests and the green economy. Discussion will focus on: Sustainable Wood Consumption and Production; Low-carbon Forest Sector; Valuation of and Payments for Ecosystem Services; Monitoring and Governance; and Green Jobs. The action plan, once finalized, will be reviewed by the UNECE Timber Committee and FAO European Forestry Commission at their joint session, scheduled from 10-14 October 2011 in Antalya, Turkey. It will then be presented as a regional sectoral example at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in June 2012.  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter20 April 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has released the March/April edition of its newsletter, which features an article on the March 2011 Policy Board meeting held in Da Lat, Viet Nam, where partner country representatives, civil society organizations and donors spoke to the UN-REDD Programme about their evolving commitment to REDD+ and the value of their partnership with the Programme.

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IEA Report Proposes Steps for Sustainable Global Biofuels Expansion [viewed]

20 April 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report entitled “Technology Roadmap: Biofuels for Transport,” which describes the necessary steps to realize ambitious global biofuels targets.

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