Biodiversity

CGIAR Institutions Publish Paper on Deforestation Drivers and REDD+ in West Africa [viewed]

8 April 2011: The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have released a study that attributes deforestation in West Africa to low fertilizer use in farming cocoa, cassava and oil palm.

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CBD Releases Report on REDD+ and Biodiversity Safeguards Workshop in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

13 April 2011: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation and Capacity-Building Workshop on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries, Including on Relevant Biodiversity Safeguards, convened from 15-18 March 2011, in Singapore City, Singapore.

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Andean Community Launches Programmes on Forests, Bioenergy and the Environment [viewed]

7 March 2011: The Andean Community (CAN) has launched two new projects funded by Finland, namely the Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Programme in the Andean Region, and the Energy and Environment Partnership in the Andean Region.  

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FAO Publishes Booklet on Forests and Climate Change in Asia [viewed]

March 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Centre for People and Forests (RECOFTC) have published a booklet on the Asia-Pacific perspective on forests and climate change after the Cancun Climate Change Conference, held in December 2010.

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World Bank Releases Report on Mitigating Climate Change through Wetlands Restoration [viewed]

March 2011: The World Bank has released a report titled "Mitigating Climate Change through Restoration and Management of Coastal Wetlands and Near-shore Marine Ecosystems," which finds that drainage and degradation of coastal wetlands emit significant amounts of carbon dioxide directly into the atmosphere and lead to decreased carbon sequestration.

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OECD Reviews Environmental Performance of Portugal [viewed]

11 April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a report titled “OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Portugal 2011,” which underscores Portugal's environmental achievements and makes recommendations for further improvement.

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GEF Project to Stimulate Samoa's Climate Resilience [viewed]

8 April 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) recently approved a project to integrate climate change risks and resilience into forestry management in Samoa, thus contributing to food security, increased yields and crop variety, and health benefits.

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CBD Secretariat Invites Nominations for LAC REDD+ Workshop [viewed]

8 April 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is seeking nominations for a Latin America and Caribbean regional consultation and capacity building workshop on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks), including on relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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FAO Creates Partnership for Mediterranean Forests [viewed]

6 April 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has created a new partnership with 11 other organizations and institutions to tackle the threats of climate change facing forests in the Mediterranean region. The announcement came during the Second Mediterranean Forest Week, held from 5-8 April 2011, in Avignon, France.

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Event: CBD Latin America and Caribbean Capacity-Building Workshop on REDD-Plus Including Relevant Biodiversity Safeguards [viewed]

Organized by the CBD Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador and with financial support from the Government of Japan and the UN-REDD Programme, the purpose of this workshop is to consult with parties on the development of advice on relevant biodiversity safeguards, so that REDD-plus actions are consistent with the objectives of the CBD and avoid negative impacts on and enhance benefits for biodiversity.  

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