Biodiversity

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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AfDB, GEF Discuss Project Portfolio [viewed]

15 April 2011: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) held a two-day strategy meeting to discuss new programming opportunities in Africa, including programmatic approaches to the challenges of the Lake Chad Basin.

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CEB Takes Action on Biodiversity, Climate, Sustainable Development, DDR [viewed]

19 April 2011: In a briefing to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 19 April 2011 in New York, US, the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) discussed the highlights and outcomes of its Spring meeting, which took place from 1-2 April 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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African Experts Discuss Action on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

17 April 2011: On the eve of the Fifth Conference of African Ministers of Health (CAMH5), a group of experts from African Union (AU) members States met to identify the major effects of climate change on health in Africa and to discuss actions to mitigate its impact.

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