Biodiversity

Event: Summit of the Tropical Forest Basins of the World [viewed]

The objective of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Amazon, Congo, and Borneo-Mekong Forest Basins is to achieve a plan for sustainable management of forest ecosystems and to contribute to climate regulation by: establishing baseline data on the forest resources of the three Basins; establishing a formal platform for mutual consultation and exchange on forest and environmental issues by signing a framework agreement between the Basins; and developing a shared position on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) and the climate change agreement before the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). More than 35 nations are expected to participate. The meeting is also part of celebrations of the International Year of Forests (2011), and its discussions and outcomes will feed into preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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Event: Quantifying and Managing Land Use Impacts of Bioenergy [viewed]

Jointly organized by IEA Bioenergy and the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory (CBTE), this workshop aims discuss land use change impacts of bioenergy production, and provide strategies to mitigate them. Specifically, it will look at methods for quantifying direct and indirect land use change, recognizing further land use impacts of bioenergy such as in greenhouse gas accounting and renewables programs, and finally how to minimize the lands use impacts of bioenergy. Expressions of interest in participation should be sent by 15 March 2011. The deadline for submission of paper abstracts is 30 May 2011.  

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FAO Publishes State of the World's Forests 2011 [viewed]

February 2011: The ninth biennial issue of the State of the World's Forests, published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at the outset of the International Year of Forests 2011, considers the theme "Changing pathways, changing lives: forests as multiple pathways to sustainable development."

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Event: UNFF 10 [viewed]

The tenth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF 10) will assess the overall progress made on the implementation of the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests and achievement of its four Global Objectives on Forests. The theme for UNFF 10 is forests and economic development. Agenda items will include: forest products and services; national forest programmes and other sectoral policies and strategies; reducing risks and impacts of disasters; and benefits of forests and trees to urban communities.  

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CBD Releases January Issue of REDD+ and Biodiversity Newsletter [viewed]

February 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the January issue of its "REDD+ and Biodiversity e-Newsletter."

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European Commission Launches Sustainable Growth Initiative [viewed]

26 January 2011: The European Commission has launched "A resource-efficient Europe: Flagship initiative under the Europe 2020 Strategy," which set out its views on a strategic framework towards a more sustainable use of natural resources and the shift towards resource-efficient, low-carbon growth in Europe.

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Event: Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change Workshop [viewed]

This is the first of a series of two workshops organized by the UN University (UNU), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The workshop will bring together representatives of indigenous peoples and marginalized populations, natural and social scientists, and other experts in relevant domains. The aim of the workshops is to identify, compile and analyse relevant indigenous and local observations, knowledge and practices related to understanding climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation. This first workshop, which will focus on climate change vulnerability, adaptation and traditional knowledge, will be held in collaboration with the Mexican National Institute of Ecology (INE).  

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RRI Dialogue Addresses Developments on REDD+ [viewed]

8 February 2011: The ninth Rights and Resources (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change took place in London, UK, on 8 February 2011, bringing together international and non-governmental organizations, civil servants and representatives from civil society organizations, academia and the private sector to discuss the latest developments on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, plus the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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OECD Brochure Highlights Work on Environment and Green Growth [viewed]

7 February 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a brochure titled “OECD Work on Environment,” which highlights past and upcoming work on a range of environmental issues, as well as key OECD publications addressing them.

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OECD Report Highlights Results of Ministerial Roundtable on Green Growth [viewed]

January 2011: On 13-14 December 2010, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held a Ministerial Roundtable on Sustainable Development, themed “Strategies for Green Growth: Framing the Issues.” In January 2011, the OECD released a summary of the proceedings.

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