Biodiversity

UN-REDD Approves Funding for REDD+ in Ecuador [viewed]

23 March 2011: The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board has agreed, among other things, to approve US$4 million in funding for Ecuador's National Programme for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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UN-REDD Releases 2010 Year in Review [viewed]

22 March 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has released its "2010 Year in Review" report, highlighting progress and achievements of the Programme in its national and global activities on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) and efforts in building international consensus on REDD.

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UNCCD and WMO Discuss Action Plans [viewed]

15 March 2011: Representatives from the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) met on 15 March 2011, in Bonn, Germany, to review the WMO-UNCCD partnership and to further strengthen their cooperation in common areas of interest.

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UNECE Facilitates Discussion of Recent Forest Assessments [viewed]

21 March 2011: On the occasion of World Forest Day, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) convened experts to review the status of and trends in forests and forest resources in Europe and North America, on 21 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. The seminar was titled, "How successful is Sustainable Forest Management in the UNECE Region? State of forests and forest management in the UNECE region in the context of current needs and challenges."

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Nominees for Future Policy Award Announced [viewed]

21 March 2011: Nineteen forest policies from 16 countries have been nominated for this year's Future Policy Award, which is granted by The World Future Council in collaboration with the Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF).

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UNECE, FAO Launch PhD Thesis Award on Forest Management [viewed]

21 March 2011: The Forestry and Timber section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) launched a PhD Thesis Award to promote scientific research on sustainable forest management.

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GEF Amazon Project Delivers Biodiversity and Climate Change Benefits [viewed]

14 March 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is funding the second phase of the Amazon Region Protected Areas Project (ARPA), further to a successful first phase that allowed the designation of 24 million hectares as new protected areas and consolidated or established management and enforcement systems for over eight million hectares of the new protected areas.

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UNCTAD Releases Paper on Food Security and Climate Change in Developing Countries [viewed]

February 2011: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released a discussion paper titled "Assuring Food Security in Developing Countries under the Challenges of Climate Change: Key Trade and Development Issues of a Fundamental Transformation of Agriculture."

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CBD, IPCC Invite Contributions for AR5 on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

16 March 2011: The Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have issued a joint notification inviting CBD National Focal Points and focal points for the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to contribute to and review chapters of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) related to biodiversity and climate change, to be completed in 2014.

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CBD Publishes February Issue of its Monthly Bulletin [viewed]

15 March 2011: In the February Issue of its Monthly Bulletin, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) highlights several recent activities, including the opening for signature of the Nagoya Protocol.

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