Biodiversity

Cancun Climate Change Conference Concludes with Agreement on Package of Decisions [viewed]

11 December 2010: The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, which took place from 29 November-11 December 2010,  concluded with agreement on a package of decisions. The Cancun Agreements include decisions under both the Convention and Protocol negotiating tracks, and contain provisions on adaptation, REDD+, technology, mitigation and finance.

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UNFF Celebrates Upcoming International Year of Forests 2011 [viewed]

8 December 2010: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), together with IUCN and the Clinton Climate Initiative Forestry Program, organized an event titled "International Year of Forests 2011: Forests for People" at the Cancun Climate Change Conference, celebrating the upcoming International Year of Forests 2011 and its theme of “Forests for People.”

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SPC and GTZ Launch Climate Protection through Forest Conservation Project [viewed]

8 December 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), together with the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), has launched a Pacific regional project titled “Climate protection through forest conservation in the Pacific Island countries.” 

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World Bank President Announces Wildlife Premium Market Initiative [viewed]

8 December 2010: World Bank President Robert Zoellick announced a Wildlife Premium Market Initiative, which will provide additional incentives to protect endangered animals as part of financing 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 stocks).

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UNDP SGP Highlights Climate Resilience Project in Mexico [viewed]

4 December 2010: On the occasion of the Cancun Climate Change Conference, the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and Mexico's National Commission of Protected Areas organized a site visit to a community-based project in the protected area of Yum Balam, which is helping a Mayan indigenous community increase its resilience to climate change.

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Meeting Seeks to Galvanize Support for Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources [viewed]

7 December 2010: A high-level meeting with representatives of more than 60 countries was organized by the Government of Italy under the theme "Leading the Field," to raise support for the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources (ITPGR), its Benefit-sharing Fund (BSF), and its role in addressing food security in a time of climate change.

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ASB to Build Capacity for REDD Negotiators [viewed]

4 December 2010: The Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership at the World Agroforestry Centre (ASB-ICRAF) has launched the second phase of its project on "Building REDD Capacity for Developing Country Negotiators and Land Managers."

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IFAD Releases Rural Poverty Report 2011 [viewed]

6 December 2010: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released the "Rural Poverty Report 2011," which provides updated estimates on the number of rural poor people in developing countries and rural poverty rates.

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Forest Day Highlights Urgency to Act on REDD+ [viewed]

5 December 2010: Forest Day 4, held on the sidelines of the Cancun Climate Change Conference, addressed the need to press on with a global mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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FAO Appoints New Deputy Director-General [viewed]

1 December 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced the appointment of Ann Tutwiler as the new Deputy Director-General for Knowledge.

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