Biodiversity

Event: Regional Forum on Rural Development, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Desertification [viewed]

This Ministerial-level forum is organized by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), Central American Agricultural Council (CAC) and Council of Health Ministers of Central America (COMISCA). Under the theme "Contributing to the Region's Security and Governability Faced with Climate Change," the Forum will examine progress and identify priority actions and mechanisms for inter-institutional coordination and social participation at the national and regional levels on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the context of the implementation of the Central American Integration System's (SICA) Agro-environmental and Health Regional Strategy (ERAS), and in line with the region's commitments derived from the Conventions on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Biological Diversity (CBD) and Desertification (UNCCD). Also during this Forum, CCAD's Technical Committee on Climate Change will meet to discuss next steps in the region's cooperation on climate change.  

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World Bank Launches e-Atlas of Global Development [viewed]

4 April 2011: The World Bank has launched an e-Atlas, which provides an interactive tool that maps and graphs more than 175 indicators from the World Bank's development database, including CO2 emissions, energy use, freshwater use, forest areas, marine protected areas and resource depletion.

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CBD Releases March Issue of REDD+ and Biodiversity Newsletter [viewed]

March 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the March issue of its “REDD-plus & Biodiversity e-Newsletter.”

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Event: [Cancelled] International Conference on Groundwater Resources Management: Adaptation Measures to Water Scarcity Science and Policy Responses [viewed]

Due to unforeseen circumstances the "Second UNESCO-UCI International Conference on Groundwater Resources Management" has been cancelled. This Conference is jointly organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Irvine, California (UCI). This Second UNESCO-UCI 2011 Conference on ‘Groundwater Resources Management' will evaluate the progress made in groundwater management since the First Conference in 2008. The four themes of the conference are: the role of groundwater in adapting to the impacts of global and climate changes; strengthening groundwater management for sustainable development; innovative methods and technologies for groundwater management; and groundwater education, cooperation and governance. The Conference results will be presented at the 6th World Water Forum (March 2012, Marseille, France) and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20, in June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).  

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Event: 28th Session on the European Forestry Commission Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds [viewed]

This meeting will be jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Turkey.  

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Event: COMIFAC Heads of State Summit [viewed]

 

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UNCCD Invites Comments Related to Refinement of Impact Indicators [viewed]

31 March 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has invited stakeholders to provide comments on the "white paper" for the refinement of the UNCCD set of impact indicators.

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Institution Selected to Organize 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference [viewed]

31 March 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that the Bureau of the Convention's Committee on Science and Technology (CST) has selected Global Risk Forum, Davos, Switzerland (GRF Davos) as the lead institution to organize the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference.

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FAO Submission to UNFCCC Focuses on Food Security [viewed]

31 March 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has made a submission to the UNFCCC Secretariat on "Climate Change and Food Security in the Context of the Cancun Agreement."

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UNEP/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme Releases March Newsletter [viewed]

31 March 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the March 2011 edition of its newsletter, including the announcement of a new collaborative project on Blue Carbon and recent events in which UNEP/GRID-Arendal has participated.

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