Biodiversity

ICRAF Highlights Importance of Agroforestry in Lower Mekong Basin [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)27 February 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) released a working paper on the role of agroforestry in supporting ecosystem services and livelihoods in the Lower Mekong basin. The study examines agroforestry systems in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam, with a particular focus on land-use change and climate change as drivers of vulnerability.

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Event: 2nd World Summit of Legislators [viewed]

The 2nd World Summit of Legislators is expected to be the world's largest conference of parliamentarians, with over 500 participants representing legislative assemblies from all over the world in attendance. Parliamentarians at the three-day summit, which will take place at the Mexican Congress, are expected to agree to and ratify a resolution on climate, natural capital and forest legislation. This meeting follows the first World Summit of Legislators, which convened from 15-17 June 2012, in the Tiradentes Palace, the original seat of the Brazilian Congress. Since this first meeting, the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) has established the GLOBE Climate Legislation Initiative (GCLI), the GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) and the GLOBE Forest Legislation Initiative (GFLI), all of which will report to the 2nd Summit, as well as provide national legislation examples put forward by GLOBE legislators. The GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) seeks to raise awareness on the benefits of ecosystem valuation and wealth accounting, in order to establish a political support-base for the introduction and long-term uptake of the natural capital approach. Twitter: #WSL2014.  

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African Ministers Agree Wealth Accounting, Valuation Critical for Growth [viewed]

UNEP24 February 2013: Participants at the African High-level Conference of Green Economy recognized the role of wealth accounting and the valuation of ecosystem services as critical to Africa's future growth. Ministers also discussed the role of new energy sources, job creation and wealth generation in driving Africa's future investment and innovation.

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UN Launches International Year of SIDS [viewed]

iy24 February 2014: At the global launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be celebrated throughout 2014, Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador of Climate Change and SIDS, Seychelles, who served as Master of Ceremonies, noted that the occasion marks the first time the UN has dedicated an International Year to a particular category of countries.

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UN-REDD Presents a Case Study on Spatial Analysis and REDD+ in Tanzania [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme21 February 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released a case study on using spatial analysis to support REDD+ safeguard and multiple benefit decision making in Tanzania.

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OWG Co-Chairs Compile 19 'Focus Areas' [viewed]

owg21 February 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have assembled a list of 19 'Focus Areas' for consideration by Member States as they seek to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. In a letter accompanying the Focus Areas, released on 21 February 2014, Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) write that further action in these areas is necessary to build "prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies that also protect the planet."

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Global Forest Watch 2.0 to Help Stakeholders Monitor Forests in Near-Real Time [viewed]

WRI20 February 2014: A global coalition of partners, led by World Resources Institute (WRI), has launched an online forest monitoring and alert system meant to empower governments, local communities, the private sector, academics and civil society to track forest change.

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UNCCD CST Bureau Progresses Science-Policy Interface, Discusses Collaboration with IPBES [viewed]

UNCCD12 February 2014: At the opening of the February 2014 meeting of the Bureau of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Executive Secretary Monique Barbut suggested ways that the Bureau could improve collaboration with other entities focusing on the issues of land degradation as well as land in the context of climate adaptation.

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AfDB Presents Green Growth Investment Opportunities in Sierra Leone [viewed]

AfDB4 February 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has published a brochure, titled ‘Sierra Leone: Investing in Environmentally Sound Economic Growth,' as part of its efforts to help Sierra Leone transition to a green economy and mobilize resources for green growth. 

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Event: 67th Session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee [viewed]

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will meet for its 67th session in London, UK, from 13-17 October 2014.  

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