Biodiversity

GEF Reports on Eastern Arc Mountain Forests Project [viewed]

18 August 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has presented the results of a project implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to conserve biodiversity in the Eastern Arc Mountain forests of Tanzania, which, over seven years (2003-2010), increased protected area coverage by over 500,000 hectares and supported the creation of protected forest corridors in sensitive areas, including in the Derema area and Bunduki Gap in the Ulugurus.

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Event: 66th Session of the UN General Assembly [viewed]

The 66th regular session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene at UN Headquarters on 13 September 2011, at 3 p.m. The provisional agenda of the 66th session (document A/66/150) and annotated preliminary list of items (document A/66/100) are available on the UNGA's website. The draft program of work of the plenary for the 66th session (document (A/65/902) is available here: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/65/902.  

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ICRISAT Meeting Focuses on Building Climate-Resilient Rainfed Agriculture [viewed]

16 August 2011: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), with JSW-Time India Earth Care Initiatives 2011, organized a Roundtable on Climate Change and Rainfed Farming Systems that focused on providing sustainable and science-based solutions and pro-poor approaches to climate change adaptation.

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GEF Funds Environmental Fiscal Reform in Moldova [viewed]

8 August 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has endorsed a project, to be implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to reform and develop fiscal instruments to improve targets under the three Rio Conventions in the Republic of Moldova.

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Event: 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

Per A/RES/66/296 the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 will be held as a high-level plenary meeting of the 69th UN General Assembly, and supported by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII). The aims of the Conference are to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of indigenous peoples' rights, including to pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).  

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IRRI, Singapore Invest in Rice Farming Adaptation [viewed]

12 August 2011: The National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore will fund a research programme to help Asia meet increasing demands for rice in the context of climate change and a growing regional population.

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UN Secretary-General Releases Report on Sustainable Mountain Development [viewed]

11 August 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has published a report of the UN Secretary-General that was prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in response to UNGA resolution 64/205 requesting the Secretary-General to report to it at its 66th session on the status of sustainable development in mountain regions.

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UN Secretary-General Circulates Note on Implementation of Rio Conventions [viewed]

10 August 2011: In preparation of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Secretary-General has circulated a background note on the implementation of UN environmental conventions, including the reports submitted by the Secretariats of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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CGIAR Names Director for New Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry [viewed]

8 August 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has named Rober Nasi as the Director of the CGIAR Research Program No. 6: Forests, Trees and Agroforestry: Livelihoods, Landscapes and Governance.

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Extreme Weather Events Threaten Forests, According to FAO Report [viewed]

9 August 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a report titled "Abiotic Disturbances and their Influence on Forest Health," which highlights the increasing threat posed to the world's forests by extreme weather events.

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