Biodiversity

IUCN Report Calls for Action on Ocean Carbon [viewed]

IUCN9 December 2014: A report authored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) highlights the importance of protecting key carbon-absorbing areas of the ocean and of conserving fish and krill stocks to climate change mitigation and climate regulation.

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African Delegates Adopt Recommendations for Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

Unep Logo8 December 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened almost 300 policymakers, ecosystems experts and civil society representatives for a workshop on 'Enhancing the Horn of Africa Adaptive and Responsive Capacity to Climate Change Impacts.' Participants shared their experiences and challenges faced in scaling ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) practices, with a view to finding replicable successes, targeted ecological actions and other avenues for addressing climate change disaster impacts in Africa.

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LAC Countries Launch Land Restoration Project [viewed]

limacop207 December 2014: Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries and regional programmes, in partnership with regional and global organizations, have launched ‘Initiative 20x20,' a country-led effort to begin restoring 20 million hectares of degraded land by 2020. The initiative, which aims to restore forests and ecosystems, reduce poverty and improve agricultural productivity, was launched on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru.

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Global Landscapes Forum Launches Initiatives and Publications [viewed]

cifor-undp-fao-unep7 December 2014: The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), which convened the 6-7 December 2014 at the margins of the twentieth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), launched a number of major publications and initiatives while bringing together 1500 experts to discuss the role of landscapes approaches in addressing climate change and meeting sustainable development goals.

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Scientists Call for Recognition of Biodiversity in Climate Negotiations [viewed]

cbd-iai5 December 2014: A declaration prepared by a group of scientists calls for better integration of biodiversity concerns into climate change politics and negotiations. Scientists and policymakers presented the declaration to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru's Environment Minister and president of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC. The declaration asks climate change policymakers to take biodiversity into account while also recognizing the role scientists must play in providing timely information to policymakers.

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Arctic Biodiversity Congress Discusses Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, Climate Change [viewed]

arctic4 December 2014: Participants at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress addressed the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through three main themes: Arctic change, resilience and adaptation; mainstreaming biodiversity and linking Arctic ecosystems to society; and understanding cumulative effects and managing impacts.

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CIFOR Event Identifies Lessons from Sub-National REDD+ Initiatives [viewed]

limacop205 December 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) convened an event on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference titled 'REDD+ Emerging?: What We Can Learn from Sub-National Initiatives.' The event's speakers, starting from the premise that sub-national initiatives provide the context in which national and international policies must operate, considered both the challenges sub-national REDD+ initiatives face and ways to align local and national level actions.

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UNFPA, UNIDO Event Reviews Data Sharing Across UN System [viewed]

limacop204 December 2014: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized a UN system-wide event on 'Data, Knowledge and Innovation for Climate Action' on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference. Panelists focused on ways knowledge partnerships can integrate climate information into broader sustainability discussions, including through combining climate models with socio-economic data to strengthen local resilience to climate change.

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IDB Highlights Climate Change Initiatives in Latin America [viewed]

limacop204 December 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) convened the event 'Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Successes and Challenges' on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The side event highlighted successful adaptation and mitigation investment initiatives undertaken by IDB in Latin American countries.

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UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report Proposes 6 Elements for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

syntesis-proposal4 December 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released an advance version of his synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.' In the report, Ban proposes an integrated set of six essential elements: dignity; people; prosperity; planet; justice; and partnership.

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