Biodiversity

Steering Committee for African-Arab Joint Action Plan on Agricultural Development and Food Security Convenes [viewed]

1 May 2011: The Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the Government of Sudan, held the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee of the African-Arab Joint Action Plan (JAP) on Agricultural Development and Food Security in Khartoum, Sudan.

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UNDP Administrator Addresses B4E Summit [viewed]

28 April 2011: The 2011 Global Summit "B4E - Business for the Environment," an international conference for dialogue and business-driven action for the environment organized in partnership between WWF and Global Initiatives, was held from 27-29 April 2011, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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CPF Calls for Increased Community-Based Forest Management [viewed]

22 April 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), which includes 14 international organizations specializing in the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests, has called on governments to increase communities' role in forest management.

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CBD Liaison Group to Address Geo-Engineering [viewed]

21 April 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has called for experts to participate in a liaison group to work on defining climate-related geo-engineering and assessing the potential impacts of geo-engineering on biodiversity.

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CBD Monthly Bulletin Highlights Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on REDD+ [viewed]

26 April 2011: In the March issue of its Monthly Bulletin of Activities, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) highlights several recent meetings and activities, including the opening for signature of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries, including on relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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Event: Oslo REDD Exchange 2011 [viewed]

This workshop is organized by Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). The workshop will focus on safeguards and REDD+, with a particular emphasis on the exchange of experiences from the field.  

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Event: Third International Workshop on Advances in the Use of Historical Marine Climate Data [viewed]

This workshop is organized jointly by the WMO/IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) and the European Space Agency (ESA), and is sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Climate Variability and Predictability Project (CLIVAR) and the Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC). This workshop will showcase and build on recent advances in marine climatology, including: evaluation, use and improvement of the over 300-year record of ICOADS; development of multi-decadal, homogeneous gridded datasets for climate applications; and characterization of uncertainty and bias in marine observations and products. The aim of the workshop is to recommend a 10-year action plan for improved integration and accessibility of climatological observations.  

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GEF Project Fosters Integrated Coastal Management and Mangrove Conservation in India [viewed]

21 April 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched a community-based natural resource management and mangrove conservation project in the Godavari River Estuary, India.

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CITES Plants Committee Discusses Climate Change Impacts on Decision-making [viewed]

21 April 2011: The 19th meeting of the Plants Committee (PC 19) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened from 18-21 April 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. Among other agenda items, it considered the implications of climate change for science-based decision-making, and the activities of other multilateral environmental agreements that may be linked to climate change and CITES.

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Researchers Discuss Wheat Rust Concerns, Links to Climate Change [viewed]

20 April 2011: Researchers from 31 countries meeting at an international symposium raised concerns about the increased vulnerability of wheat production in many countries to new varieties of stem rust, which could lead to epidemics threatening regional food security and rural livelihoods, as well as further increases in global food prices.

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