Biodiversity

Agriculture and Rural Development Day Forwards Recommendations to UNFCCC Negotiators [viewed]

6 December 2010: Participants at Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) 2010, which convened in Cancun, Mexico, on 4 December 2010, in parallel with the UN Cancun Climate Change Conference, discussed agriculture sector adaptation and mitigation strategies and identified recommendations for UNFCCC negotiators regarding these strategies.

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EU Approves New Rules on Illegal Timber [viewed]

3 December 2010: New rules to prevent illegal timber being sold on the European market have come into force across the EU, in order to strengthen efforts to halt illegal logging causing serious environmental damage and biodiversity loss, and undermining sustainable forest management. 

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UNDP Portrays Latin America and Caribbean as a Biodiversity Superpower [viewed]

UNDP2 December 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a report titled "Latin America and the Caribbean: A Biodiversity Superpower" during the Ibero-American Summits of Heads of State and Governments held in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

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Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Focuses on Adaptation of Cork Oak Landscapes [viewed]

November 2010: The latest newsletter of the Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), looks at cork oak landscapes and their adaptation to climate change.

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Event: Fifth Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management: Strengthening Partnerships for Resilience [viewed]

The Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management is the instrument for promoting knowledge dissemination in the areas of risk reduction, disaster preparedness and response, and adaptation to climate change in the Caribbean region. This Conference provides the platform for dialogue on initiatives and issues to advance the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) agenda and for measuring progress in the region within the context of the Enhanced CDM Strategy and Programming Framework 2007-2012. CDM is the regional contribution to the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, for global action in disaster risk reduction. The CDM Conference is a regional event of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) global platform.  

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IUCN Releases Publication on Climate Change and Biodiversity in the EU Overseas Entities [viewed]

29 November 2010: IUCN, in collaboration with France's ONERC (Observatoire National sur les Effets du Réchauffement Climatique), has released a background paper on the proceedings of the IUCN Conference “The European Union and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to Counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss.”

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UNEP Releases Ocean Acidification Report [viewed]

2 December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has released a report titled "Environmental Consequences of Ocean Acidification," which details how rising carbon dioxide emissions are altering the chemical balance of oceans.

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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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