Biodiversity

IRRI Highlights Impact of Climate-Induced Salt Intrusion on Rice [viewed]

July 2011: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has released the July-September edition of its newsletter Rice Today, which includes an article on climate impacts on rice paddies in Bangladesh and the use of salt-tolerant rice varieties.

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Event: Pacific UNCCD Pre-COP10 Meeting [viewed]

The objectives for this meeting are to: provide an opportunity for Pacific countries to reach a consensus on common positions; enhance negotiation skills of country delegates; develop a strategy for effective participation at COP 10; and develop a "One Pacific Voice" at COP 10 through side events and exhibitions showcasing success stories and sustainable land management.  

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UNFF Launches Forests Heroes Programme and Awards [viewed]

International Year of Forests 201118 July 2011: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat has launched a "Forest Heroes" Programme and Awards to recognize and honor everyday people who are committed to sustaining forests and actively promoting forest values.

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World Bank's Biocarbon Fund and Partners Develop REDD Methodology [viewed]

World Bank14 July 2011: The World Bank's BioCarbon Fund, the Brazilian NGO Fundação Amazonas Sustentável (FAS), with the technical support of Carbon Decision International (CDI), the Institute for Conservation and the Sustainable Development of Amazonas (Idesam), and with financial support from Marriott International, have jointly developed a methodology to allow projects in the voluntary market to calculate avoided emissions by reducing deforestation either on the edge (“frontier”) of large cleared areas, like agricultural zones, or in a patchwork (“mosaic”) within standing forests.

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Rock Festival Cooperates with UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Finland [viewed]

13 July 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that the Ilosaarirock festival in Joensuu, Finland, is cooperating on sustainable development with the North Karelia Biosphere Reserve by compensating for its carbon footprint and protecting a rare, endangered lizard.

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UNCSD Secretary-General Outlines Eight Priorities for UNCSD [viewed]

13 July 2011: Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), summarized his recent speech in Washington, DC, US, in a new post to his blog. He elaborated on eight “new and emerging challenges” that States and other stakeholders have highlighted for priority attention. The challenges include energy access, green jobs, sustainable agriculture, marine resources and financing.

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Event: Third Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World [viewed]

This symposium is sponsored by the Scientific Committee on Oceanographic Research (SCOR), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). The symposium aims to attract over 300 of the world's leading scientists to discuss the impacts of ocean acidification on marine organisms, ecosystems, and biogeochemical cycles. It will also cover socioeconomic consequences of ocean acidification, including policy and management implications.  

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FAO Seminar Considers Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

16 July 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization held a Special Information Seminar on" Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: State of Knowledge, Risks and Opportunities," addressing the impacts of climate change on the conservation of genetic resources in different agricultural sectors as well as opportunities for adaptation and challenges and possible responses in integrating the issue with the international climate change agenda.

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UNCCD Organizes Workshop on Impact Indicators for Pilot Countries [viewed]

13 July 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) launched a pilot exercise on tracking impact indicators at the national level. The "inception workshop" for the exercise concluded with an action plan for pilot countries to apply impact indicators on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD), at the national level.

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UNCCD Presents Maps with Latest Statistics on DLDD [viewed]

July 2011: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat has released a publication titled "Desertification: A Visual Synthesis."

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