Biodiversity

European Commission Issues Guidelines on Wind Energy in Protected Areas [viewed]

29 October 2010: The European Commission has issued guidelines for wind energy development in protected areas, recognizing the potential negative impacts of poorly sited or designed wind farms on vulnerable species and habitats.

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CBD COP 10 Adopts Historic Decisions [viewed]

29 October 2010: The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened from 18-29 October 2010, in Nagoya, Japan, bringing together delegates representing parties and other governments, UN agencies, intergovernmental, non-governmental, indigenous and local community representatives, academia and industry.

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UNEP Releases Report on Protecting Arctic Biodiversity [viewed]

29 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)'s GRID-Arendal center in Norway has released a report entitled “Protecting Arctic Biodiversity: Strengths and limitations of environmental agreements.” The report details solutions to the current biodiversity crisis in the Arctic, but it stresses that conservation gains are only possible if root causes for biodiversity loss are addressed outside the Arctic.

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Japan Funds ITTO/CBD Transboundary Conservation Project [viewed]

28 October 2010: The Government of Japan is funding a transboundary conservation area between Thailand and Cambodia, as part of the collaborative initiative between the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Norwegian Minister of the Environment and International Development Gives UNU Lecture [viewed]

27 October 2010: Erik Solheim, Norway's Minister of the Environment and International Development, gave the UN University (UNU) 2010 Fridtjof Nansen Memorial Lecture on "Climate change and loss of nature's diversity: new actions and alliances in response to global challenges," on 27 October 2010, in Tokyo, Japan.

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CBD Technical Study Addresses Links Between Biodiversity and Development [viewed]

October 2010: Recently launched as CBD Technical Series No. 54 and entitled “Interdependence of Biodiversity and Development under Global Change,” this report presents an analysis of the systemic character of global change, biodiversity and human development, and the relationships between them, describing and evaluating the complicated relationships and dynamics between human and biological systems.

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Event: Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous People and Forests [viewed]

Planned to coincide with the International Year of Forests (IYF), the meeting will result in findings to be presented to the 10th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May 2011.  

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World Bank Launches Partnership for Ecosystem Services Valuation [viewed]

28 October 2010: The World Bank announced a new Global Partnership for Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services Valuation and Wealth Accounting, an initiative designed to integrate ecosystem services into national accounting.

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UN-REDD October Newsletter Released [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter27 October 2010: The UN-REDD Programme has released its October Newsletter, highlighting activities carried out globally by the Programme on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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ITTO Hosts Workshop on REDD+ [viewed]

25 October 2010: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) hosted a workshop on "REDD+: A New Framework for Conservation of Tropical Forests – Monitoring, Biodiversity and Practices," on 25 October 2010, as a parallel event to the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), taking place in Nagoya, Japan.

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