Biodiversity

CBD Launches Survey on Joint Activities Among Rio Conventions [viewed]

18 June 2010: The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched a survey to initiate consultations on possible joint activities among the three Rio Conventions, following a request by the 14th meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 14), held from 10-21 May 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Event: Thirteenth Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 13) [viewed]

Held under the auspices of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), this meeting will will focus on plant and aquatic genetic resources, the application and integration of biotechnologies in the conservation and utilization of genetic resources, as well as on climate change and genetic resources for food and agriculture. Furthermore, the Commission will consider policies and arrangements for access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture, including relevant aspects of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS, adopted at the tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Other agenda items include: the updated Global Plan of Action for the Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; review of cooperation with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and the CBD; review of the information base for aquatic genetic resources and key issues for the State of the World's Aquatic Genetic Resources; and review of progress in other areas of the CGRFA's Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPOW), including Forest genetic resources and animal genetic resources and overall MYPOW implementation and review.  

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World Day to Combat Desertification Celebrated [viewed]

17 June 2010: In statements marking World Day to Combat Desertification, celebrated annually on 17 June, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja have called attention to the interlinkages between soil, biodiversity and climate change.

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EU Position Agreed Ahead of MDGs High-Level Event [viewed]

14 June 2010: The Foreign Affairs Council of the EU, which met in Luxembourg on 14 June 2010, has agreed on the EU position on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ahead of the UN General Assembly High-Level Plenary Meeting scheduled to take place in New York, US, in September 2010. The position includes references to climate change and climate finance.

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EU Environment Ministers Address Water Scarcity, Drought, Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

11 June 2010: The Environment Council of the EU, which met on 11 June 2010, in Luxembourg, adopted conclusions on water scarcity, drought and adaptation to climate change, as well as on preparing forests for climate change.

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UNDP and Turkmenistan Support Adaptation in Caspian Area [viewed]

4 June 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Hazar Nature Reserve, located on the Caspian Sea Coast of Turkmenistan, are developing adaptive approaches to promote the conservation of biodiversity in the reserve. The project, implemented in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan, aims to predict and map the effects of climate change, including rapid change of the shoreline, the emergence of new islands, the disappearance of existing landscapes, and biodiversity loss.

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European Commission Encourages Certification of Biofuels [viewed]

10 June 2010: To prepare for implementation of the 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission has released three documents on biofuels: a communication on voluntary schemes and default values in the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme; a communication on the practical implementation of the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme and on counting rules for biofuels; and a decision on guidelines for the calculation of land carbon stocks.

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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Focuses on Activities of the Enlarged Executive Committee [viewed]

June 2010: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) covering the Mediterranean region, released a special issue of its Newsletter focusing on the recent activities of its Enlarged Executive Committee, including participation in the first Mediterranean Forest Week and preparation of various position papers on food security in the region.

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UN-REDD Activities Support Safeguarding Multiple Forest Benefits [viewed]

7 June 2010: The UN-REDD Programme is supporting countries in their efforts to ensure that biodiversity and social safeguards are being met when implementing mechanisms for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+).

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UNEP Releases Report on Ecosystem Restoration [viewed]

3 June 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a new report titled "Dead Planet, Living Planet: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration for Sustainable Development." The report highlights that the repair of forests, lakes and other types of nature reserves that have been damaged or depleted can generate wealth, create jobs, sequester carbon and alleviate poverty.

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