Biodiversity

Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Central Asia [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will hold an Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for Central Asia, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the Russian Federation as part of the GEF Country Support Programme. The workshop will bring together representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat, and GEF Agencies, as well as focal points from the biodiversity, desertification, climate change, and chemical conventions to explain and discuss GEF support for environment-related activities.  

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Naoko Ishii Takes Office as GEF CEO and Chairperson [viewed]

1 August 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) welcomed Naoko Ishii as its new CEO and Chairperson, announcing that she had taken office on 1 August 2012. The GEF Council unanimously selected Ishii to succeed Monique Barbut, who completed her second term as CEO in July 2012.

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Event: Forest Day 6: Shaping the Global Agenda for Forests and Climate [viewed]

Forest Day 6 will take place on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC. It seeks to inform UNFCCC's global agenda and forest stakeholders on ways to move forward with agreements on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) reached at COP 17 in Durban, South Africa, to produce social and environmental benefits, good governance, long-term financing and the integration of forests into adaptation strategies on the ground. Forest Day is hosted by members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and coordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) on behalf of and in collaboration with other CPF members.  

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CPF Calls for Participants and Hosts of Discussions Forum at Forest Day 6 [viewed]

July 2012: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), as the organizer of Forest Day 6, which will be held alongside the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, has issued an open call for organizations to participate and host Discussion Forums.

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UNCCD Newsletter Highlights Land for Life Award Winners [viewed]

August 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released issue 4.2/4.3 of UNCCD News. The latest issue features stories on the three winners of the UNCCD's first Land for Life Award.

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SPREP Begins EbA Project in Solomon Islands [viewed]

SPREP1 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is conducting an Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Project in Solomon Islands, aiming to use biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of an overall strategy to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change.

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UNCCD Ad Hoc Working Group on Scientific Advice Discusses Scope of Work [viewed]

31 July 2012: The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group to further discuss the options for the provision of Scientific Advice focusing on desertification/land degradation and drought issues (AGSA), which convened based on Decision 20/COP.10 by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), considered the AGSA's scope of work and working modalities.

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UNCCD Ad Hoc Group on Impact Indicator Refinement Discusses Scope of Work [viewed]

24 July 2012: The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group of Technical Experts for Impact Indicator Refinement (AGTE), which convened based on Decision 19/COP.10 by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), considered the AGTA's scope of work and working modalities.

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UNESCO MAB Launches Survey on Carbon in Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

August 2012: The Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has partnered with Terra Global Capital to take stock of opportunities to assist biosphere reserves with access to financial resources, through the development and marketing of projects for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stock).

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UN Secretary-General Launches Oceans Compact [viewed]

12 August 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched the Oceans Compact, which seeks to support and strengthen the implementation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The launch took place at a side event during the Yeosu International Conference, Republic of Korea, held to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of UNCLOS.

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