Biodiversity

UNCCD Science Committee Discusses Indicators, Knowledge Management Systems [viewed]

18 February 2011: The Second Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-2) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has concluded in Bonn, Germany, following three days of discussions on topics including: progress made on studies and activities requested by previous Conferences of the Parties (COP); the establishment of a knowledge management system; the strengthening of national, regional and global networks of experts; the refinement of impact indicators; and ways to improve the organization of the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference.

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UNCCD, GIZ and BMZ Publish Summary of Meeting on the Economics of Desertification [viewed]

16 February 2011: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), have published a brochure on the discussions of the Partnership Meeting on the Assessment of the Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (E-DLDD).

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UNESCO IOC Outlines Position Ahead of Rio [viewed]

February 2011: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released an article titled "Rio+20: The Countdown Begins," which outlines its role in implementing the sustainable development agenda.

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Event: Summit of the Tropical Forest Basins of the World [viewed]

The objective of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Amazon, Congo, and Borneo-Mekong Forest Basins is to achieve a plan for sustainable management of forest ecosystems and to contribute to climate regulation by: establishing baseline data on the forest resources of the three Basins; establishing a formal platform for mutual consultation and exchange on forest and environmental issues by signing a framework agreement between the Basins; and developing a shared position on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) and the climate change agreement before the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). More than 35 nations are expected to participate. The meeting is also part of celebrations of the International Year of Forests (2011), and its discussions and outcomes will feed into preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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Event: Quantifying and Managing Land Use Impacts of Bioenergy [viewed]

Jointly organized by IEA Bioenergy and the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory (CBTE), this workshop aims discuss land use change impacts of bioenergy production, and provide strategies to mitigate them. Specifically, it will look at methods for quantifying direct and indirect land use change, recognizing further land use impacts of bioenergy such as in greenhouse gas accounting and renewables programs, and finally how to minimize the lands use impacts of bioenergy. Expressions of interest in participation should be sent by 15 March 2011. The deadline for submission of paper abstracts is 30 May 2011.  

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FAO Publishes State of the World's Forests 2011 [viewed]

February 2011: The ninth biennial issue of the State of the World's Forests, published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at the outset of the International Year of Forests 2011, considers the theme "Changing pathways, changing lives: forests as multiple pathways to sustainable development."

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Event: UNFF 10 [viewed]

The tenth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF 10) will assess the overall progress made on the implementation of the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests and achievement of its four Global Objectives on Forests. The theme for UNFF 10 is forests and economic development. Agenda items will include: forest products and services; national forest programmes and other sectoral policies and strategies; reducing risks and impacts of disasters; and benefits of forests and trees to urban communities.  

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

February 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the January issue of its "REDD+ and Biodiversity e-Newsletter."

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European Commission Launches Sustainable Growth Initiative [viewed]

26 January 2011: The European Commission has launched "A resource-efficient Europe: Flagship initiative under the Europe 2020 Strategy," which set out its views on a strategic framework towards a more sustainable use of natural resources and the shift towards resource-efficient, low-carbon growth in Europe.

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Event: Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change Workshop [viewed]

This is the first of a series of two workshops organized by the UN University (UNU), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The workshop will bring together representatives of indigenous peoples and marginalized populations, natural and social scientists, and other experts in relevant domains. The aim of the workshops is to identify, compile and analyse relevant indigenous and local observations, knowledge and practices related to understanding climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation. This first workshop, which will focus on climate change vulnerability, adaptation and traditional knowledge, will be held in collaboration with the Mexican National Institute of Ecology (INE).  

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