Biodiversity

Event: International Year of Forests [viewed]

Based on Resolution 61/193, adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2006, 2011 has been declared International Year of Forests (IYF). The UN Forum on Forests will serve as the focal point for the implementation of the International Year of Forests, in collaboration with governments, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and international, regional and subregional organizations and processes as well as relevant major groups.  

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ICRISAT Releases Strategic Plan to 2020 [viewed]

December 2010: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has released its strategic plan to 2020, titled "ICRISAT Strategic Plan to 2020: Inclusive Market-Oriented Development for Smallholder Farmers in the Tropical Drylands."

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CIFOR Publishes Report on Land Use Competition from Biofuel Expansion [viewed]

December 2010: The Center For International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a paper titled "Potential land use competition from first-generation biofuel expansion in developing countries."

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UNEP Publishes Report on the Role of Ecosystems in Developing a Sustainable Economy [viewed]

15 December 2010: The UN Environment Programme has released the second issue of its Policy Series on Ecosystem Management. The newest issue, titled "The role of ecosystems in developing a sustainable ‘Green Economy,'" discusses how investments in ecosystems can result in benefits at the local and global levels, while at the same time enhancing people's livelihoods.

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CMS Action Plan Aims to Conserve Migratory Grassland Birds of South America [viewed]

15 December 2010: The Convention on Migratory Species of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP/CMS), in collaboration with BirdLife International and Asociación Guyra Paraguay, have adopted an action plan to ensure the conservation of migratory grassland birds and their habitats in South America.

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Event: ITTC 47 [viewed]

The 47th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and the Associated Sessions of the four Committees (Finance and Administration, Economic Information and Market Intelligence, Forest Industry, and Reforestation and Forest Management) are taking place in Antigua, Guatemala, from 14-19 November 2011.  

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UNEP Publishes ACP MEAs Project Update Newsletter [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission have released a newsletter on the Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project. The newsletter contains information on upcoming activities in the African, Caribbean and Pacific project hubs.

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UNEP Releases Atlas on the Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

14 December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a new publication, titled "Latin America and the Caribbean: Atlas of our Changing Environment," which includes over 200 satellite images to highlight environmental issues in the region. 

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ECLAC Report Finds Central America Vulnerable to Climate Change [viewed]

7 December 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released a report that finds Central America may be one of the regions most adversely affected by climate change in socioeconomic terms.

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CBD Secretariat Circulates October Bulletin of Activities [viewed]

13 December 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for October 2010.

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