Biodiversity

BASIC Ministers Discuss Cancun Outcome [viewed]

28 February 2011: The Sixth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change was held from 26-27 February 2011, in New Delhi, India. In line with the "BASIC-plus" approach, representatives from Argentina (as Chair of G-77/China), Algeria and Maldives were also in attendance.

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Event: Climate Change Legal Negotiations: Implications for Forest Governance, Equity and Livelihoods [viewed]

The UN University (UNU) is organizing this event focused on legal negotiations in climate change. During the event, a panel will discuss mechanisms for access and benefit sharing related to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including lessons for climate change legal negotiations from access and benefit sharing agreements. The panel will also discuss the implementation of global environmental agreements within local realities and highlight experiences of communities from different tropical regions in addressing the challenge of ensuring development objectives in an equitable and just manner.  

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Africa Environment Day Focuses on Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

3 March 2011: In celebrations for the ninth Africa Environment Day, the African Union (AU) Commission, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and local partners, highlighted the importance of sustainable forest management (SFM) for sustainable development and addressing climate change.

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FCPF, GEF Organize Brazil-Africa Event on REDD+ and Community Forestry [viewed]

11 February 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), with the help of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), the Office National des Forêts International (ONFI) and a grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), organized a 10-day South-South exchange on community forestry and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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Event: 33rd Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Economics and Statistics [viewed]

The meeting will address possible reform of institutional arrangements under the Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Additional topics will include: guidance of work areas, including markets and statistics; forest resources assessment; forest sector outlook studies; social and cultural aspects; policy and cross-sectoral issues; the status of the joint wood energy enquiry; and a roundtable on forest information challenges.  

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Event: First Meeting of the Transitional Committee for the Design of the Green Climate Fund [viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat has informed parties, observer States and observer organizations that the first meeting of the Transitional Committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund (decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 110) originally scheduled to be held on 14-15 March 2011, in Mexico City, Mexico has been postponed until the latter part of April 2011.  

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Event: IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Expert Meeting on Harvested Wood Products, Wetlands and Soil Nitrogen [viewed]

 

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SPREP and UNESCO Train Environmental Reporters in Vanuatu [viewed]

28 February 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), with support from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is conducting a training session to strengthen environmental reporting skills in the media sector, from 28 February-4 March 2011, in Vanuatu.

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ITTO Calls for Proposals on Reducing Deforestation and Enhancing Environmental Services [viewed]

24 February 2011:  The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released a call for proposals for its Thematic Programme on Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Environmental Services (REDDES).

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Growing Forest Partnerships Releases February Newsletter [viewed]

February 2011: The Growing Forest Partnership (GFP) has released the February issue of its newsletter. GFP is an initiative funded by the World Bank that supports local, national and international networks to ensure that global discussions about forests include the real and current challenges faced by forest-dependent people and local forest managers.

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