Biodiversity

IDB Paper Highlights Microfinance Potential to Support Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

October 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) published a brief, authored by María Elena Gutierrez and Xavier Mommens, which highlights the potential for microfinance to support climate change adaptation, as well as the risks that climate change imposes on microfinance schemes.

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Tablet Computer Programme Reduces Paper Consumption during UNCCD COP 10 [viewed]

21 October 2011: During the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10), which took place in Gyeongnam Province, Republic of Korea, the UNCCD Secretariat partnered with the provincial government and SK Telecom to loan 1000 Android-based Samsung Galaxy Tablet personal computers to conference participants. The tablets permitted easy access to official documents and the daily journal along with a variety of other material.

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IFAD's Strategic Framework Responds to Persistent Problems and Major Changes [viewed]

October 2011: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released its Strategic Framework for 2011-2015. One of the five strategic objectives of the Framework relates to improving resiliency for rural men and women to climate change, environmental degradation and market transformation, with a focus on both climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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Event: Regional Workshop for Central Asia: Climate Change - Impacts, Adaptation and Development in Mountain Regions [viewed]

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat has organized three regional meetings in Chile, Tajikistan and Uganda with support of the World Bank Development Grant Facility. The second meeting is being coordinated with the University of Central Asia and will be held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.  

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Event: Regional Workshop for Africa: Climate Change - Impacts, Adaptation and Development in Mountain Regions [viewed]

With support of the World Bank Development Grant Facility, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat is organizing three regional meetings in Chile, Tajikistan and Uganda, for the Latin American, Central Asian, and African regions respectively. The meeting in Uganda is jointly planned with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Each regional meeting will aim to strengthen knowledge about the climate change impacts in mountain areas, discuss adaptation options in mountain ecosystems, and to promote better alliances and cooperation amongst countries with mountain territories so to reinforce their understanding of key issues.  

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Event: 27th Meeting of the Forestry Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (COFLAC 27) [viewed]

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) regional forestry commission serving Latin America and the Caribbean will hold its biennial meeting to review and coordinate the application of forestry policies in the region and exchange information among officials from LAC countries responsible for the sector. COFLAC 27 is to focus on the sustainable management of forests, and forests and climate change.  

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South American Officials Stress Role of Forests in Combating Climate Change [viewed]

6 October 2011: Directors and high-level officials of the forests services of South American countries have agreed on the need for common and regional approaches to the challenges facing the continent's forests, in particular climate change.

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Event: Regional Workshop on Climate Change - Impacts, Adaptation and Development in Mountain Regions (Latin America) [viewed]

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat is organizing three regional meetings in Chile, Tajikistan and Uganda with support of the World Bank Development Grant Facility. This meeting is organized in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  

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UNCCD COP 10 Adopts Decisions on GM Governance, Scientific Advice and Indicators [viewed]

21 October 2011: Delegates at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10), which convened from 10-21 October 2011, in Changwon City, Republic of Korea, adopted 40 decisions, including on addressing the governance of the Convention's Global Mechanism (GM), scientific advice, and performance and impact indicators.  

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Showcases Actions for Land, Biodiversity and Climate [viewed]

20 October 2011: The Rio Conventions Pavilion was organized during the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), to showcase actions to stop land degradation and save biodiversity while meeting the challenges of climate change.

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