Biodiversity

Secretary-General's Report and Briefing Provide Update on Oceans Compact [viewed]

12 November 2012: The UN Secretary-General's Oceans Compact was the subject of a briefing held on 12 November 2012, in New York, US. The briefing was hosted by Achim Steiner, Chair of the High-level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs.

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FAO Report Highlights Links between Mitigation and Adaptation, and Forests and Trees [viewed]

FAO29 November 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report highlighting its contribution to climate change adaptation and mitigation in forests.

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Event: International Seminar: Watershed Management and Climate Change [viewed]

The governments of the Colombian municipality of Neiva and Department of Huila, with support from Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (RLC) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will discuss watershed management in the face of climate change. The seminar will examine integrated watershed management as an approach to conserve water, soil and biodiversity resources, while supporting and improving local livelihoods and promoting sustainable development at the basin and national levels. The seminar specifically will discuss: public policies; financial tools, including payment for environmental services; techniques, bioengineering approaches and traditional knowledge regarding water stewardship, soil conservation and erosion control; and successful case studies from Colombia and the rest of Latin America.  

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UNDP Paper Discusses Experiences of National Climate Funds in Asia-Pacific Countries [viewed]

UNDP29 November 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Energy and Environment Division has released a discussion paper, titled “National Climate Funds: Learning from the experience of Asia-Pacific countries,” which includes country examples and recommendations.

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SPREP Releases Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook for 2012 [viewed]

SPREP30 November 2012: A new report by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) demonstrates increasing environmental and economic pressures on Pacific islands due to climate change, which it projects to possibly cost low-lying islands as much as 18% of their GDP.

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UNEP Booklet Presents Case Studies of Grassroots Solutions to Climate Change [viewed]

UNEP1 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a booklet, titled "Seeds of Knowledge," which suggests that grassroots, community-involved projects around the world are already playing an essential role in the response to climate change, and that these projects can guide policies.

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Mountain Day 2 Calls for Strengthening Global Mountain Agenda in Multilateral Negotiations [viewed]

3 December 2012: Mountain Day 2, which focused on the topic "Mainstreaming Rio+20 outcomes in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes for prosperous, resilient, and sustainable mountain ecosystems and communities,” took place in Doha, Qatar, on 3 December 2012, on the sidelines of the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC.

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Ramsar Evaluates Risk to Wetlands from Climate Change-Induced Sea-Level Rise [viewed]

3 December 2012: The Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has released a Briefing Note, titled "Evaluating the risk to Ramsar Sites from climate change induced sea level rise," together with its web map service and data sets. These resources present a preliminary assessment of coastal Ramsar Sites that are at risk of inundation as a consequence of sea level rise.

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Event: World Soil Day [viewed]

At its 144th meeting, held from 11-15 June 2012, the FAO Council adopted a decision requesting the wider UN System to recognize 5 December as World Soil Day and to institutionalize its observance. To recognize the Day, an event focused on "Securing healthy soils for a food secure world: A day dedicated to soils" will be organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, to raise awareness on the importance of soils in achieving food security, as well as their pivotal role for providing a range of ecosystem services. World Soil Day was first proposed by the International Union of Soil Sciences in 2002.  

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World Bank Provides Update on Indigenous Community Climate Change Planning Project [viewed]

World Bank29 November 2012: The World Bank has provided an update of a Bank-supported project in Colombia that assists indigenous communities in the Putumayo Department plan for adaptation to climate change. The project won a small grant in 2009 during the Bank's annual "Development Marketplace" competition.

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