Biodiversity

Event: Third Mediterranean Forest Week [viewed]

The third Mediterranean Forest Week is being organized by the Governments of Algeria, France, Germany, Tunisia and Turkey along with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Secretariat of the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions, l'Association Internationale Forêts Méditerranéennes (AIFM), Centre Technique Forestier Tropical (CTFT), The European Forest Institute (EFIMED), the Mediterranean Forests Model Network (MFMN), and Plan Bleu. The Week will be convened under the theme, "Mediterranean forests for sustainable development of territories: what strategies of mitigation and adaptation to global change". It will focus on strengthening links between the scientific community and other stakeholders working in, or reliant upon, Mediterranean Forests examining both the contribution of Mediterranean forests to economic development and ecosystem services and the links between climate change and Mediterranean forests.  

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UNGA High-level Debate Recognizes Climate Change Effects on Vulnerable States [viewed]

26 September 2012: During the second day of the High-level Debate of the 67th session UN General Assembly (UNGA), several speakers expressed commitments to address climate change. Others expressed concerns about the effects of climate change on vulnerable States and highlighted the potential for climate change to contribute to conflicts.

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ADB Supports Waste to Energy, Pedestrian Infrastructure, and Wetland Protection Activities in China [viewed]

ADB27 September 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced it is providing US$600 million of loans to the Government of China for waste to energy, greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction, and protection of wetlands projects.

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Event: 64th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) [viewed]

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will meet for its 64th session in London, UK, from 1-5 October 2012. Among other items, the MEPC will consider: matters relating to the implementation of energy efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling regulations; the designation of a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in the North-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; market-based measures to address the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs); the availability of fuel oil to meet air pollution requirements; guidelines for the recycling of ships; and sewage treatment plant guidelines.  

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UNEP and INTERPOL Release Rapid Response Report on Illegal Logging [viewed]

27 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) have released a rapid response report on illegal logging. The report, titled “Green Carbon: Black Trade,” estimates that the illegal logging trade is worth between US$30-100 billion annually and hampers efforts related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD). 

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Pacific Agricultural and Forestry Ministers Endorse Regional REDD+ Framework [viewed]

SPC1 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) announced that the Third Regional Meeting of Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry, which convened on 28 September 2012, in Nadi, Fiji, endorsed the Pacific Islands Regional Policy Framework for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation and forest conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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DSD Report Examines Climate Change Adaptation in Grenada [viewed]

September 2012: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) has released a report examining adaptation to climate change in sectors including water resources, coastal ecosystems and renewable energy. While this report focuses on Grenada, the broader project, “Integrating Climate Change into National Sustainable Development Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean,” addresses primary concerns of small island developing States (SIDS). 

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CBD Secretariat Study on Biofuels and Biodiversity Highlights Opportunities, Risks [viewed]

September 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a report analyzing and summarizing some of the major issues related to biofuels and biodiversity on the basis of the best available scientific information.

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CBD Study Examines Climate-related Geoengineering, Impacts on Biodiversity [viewed]

September 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a study examining technical and regulatory matters on geoengineering in relation to the CBD. Circulated as CBD Technical Series No. 66, the study finds that there is no satisfactory climate geoengineering approach currently available, and that  international law provides an incomplete basis for the governance of geoengineering.

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Event: 2012 Annual Meetings of World Bank and International Monetary Fund [viewed]

The 2012 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will bring together ministers of finance and central bank governors from the institutions' 188 member countries, and provide a forum for civil society, the private sector, academics and others to engage in discussions on economic issues.  

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