Biodiversity

Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion Continues from Nagoya to Cancun [viewed]

29 November 2010: The programme of the Rio Conventions' Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion, held at the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun, Mexico (the Cancun Climate Change Conference), from 29 November-10 December, highlights the benefits for the climate change agenda to be realized from an integrated strategy addressing the multiple drivers of biodiversity loss and land degradation.

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GEF Endorses Projects on Biodiversity, Climate Change, International Waters and POPs [viewed]

November 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) gave a final green light to a series of full-sized projects during the month of November, which allows their final approval by implementing agencies to commence activities, including on: biodiversity conservation in Venezuela, Lao PDR and Ecuador; climate change in Chile; and removal of HCFCs in the Russian Federation.

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EEA Releases Fourth Environment State and Outlook Report [viewed]

30 November 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released its fourth Environment State and Outlook report (SOER 2010), which aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of environmental change in Europe and action taken to shift to a resource-efficient green economy.

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Pacific Islands Marine Outlook 2010 Released [viewed]

26 November 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Progamme (SPREP) has announced the release of the Pacific Marine Outlook 2010, which synthesizes current information regarding the state of, and responses to, a variety of threats for the Pacific Islands region.

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SPREP Releases 2009 Report [viewed]

November 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has released its annual report of activities for 2009, which covers activities related to climate change and biodiversity, among others.

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FAO Launches Policy for Engaging with Indigenous Communities [viewed]

26 November 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has developed a guidance document titled "FAO Policy on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples," aimed to guide systematic and responsible engagement with indigenous peoples and their organizations.

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ACP Fisheries Ministers Adopt Action Plan [viewed]

25 November 2010: The second meeting of the fisheries ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States, which took place in Mahe, Seychelles, from 24-25 November 2010, adopted a resolution addressing climate change and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, among other issues.

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ILRI Releases Film on African Herders' Adaptation Efforts [viewed]

22 November 2010: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has produced a 10-minute film titled "Heat, rain and livestock: Impacts of climate change on Africa's livestock herders," which demonstrates how ILRI is applying research to help communities cope with the effects of climate change.

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ITTO Newsletter Focuses on Transboundary Conservation Areas [viewed]

November 2010: The International Tropical Timber Organization's latest issue of Tropical Forest Update, a newsletter to promote the conservation and sustainable use of tropical forests, includes articles on various experiences with transboundary conservation areas (TCBA).

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Event: UNCCD Technical Workshop on Impact Indicator Refinement [viewed]

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat, under the guidance of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) Bureau, is currently undertaking a scientific peer review of the relevance, accuracy and cost-effectiveness of the impact indicators identified at the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9). It is in this context that this technical workshop will be convened. The workshop will target scientists, experts, managers and practitioners that have experience in the development and implementation of impact indicators, particularly for monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation. Meeting participants are expected to contribute to the refinement of the UNCCD set of impact indicators provisionally accepted at COP 9 and, ultimately, to the establishment of a scientifically rigorous and credible assessment of the impact of desertification and land degradation at the national, regional and global levels.  

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