Biodiversity

Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 Launched at COFO [viewed]

4 October 2010: The Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2010, prepared by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), was launched on the opening of the 20th session of the FAO Committee of Forestry (COFO). 

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UNEP Completes GEO-5 Regional Consultations [viewed]

5 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has completed its scheduled regional consultations for GEO-5. The consultations were convened in Washington DC, US (September 2), Panama City, Panama (September 6-7), Ottawa, Canada (September 9), Bangkok, Thailand (September 16-17), Nairobi, Kenya (September 20-21), Geneva, Switzerland (September 23-24) and Bahrain (October 4-5).

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CBD Workshop Highlights Biodiversity Benefits from REDD [viewed]

1 October 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the results of the Global Expert Workshop on Biodiversity Benefits of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), which convened from 20-23 September 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Rio Conventions Focus on Enhancing Collaboration [viewed]

23 September 2010: The tenth meeting of the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions convened on 23 September 2010, on the margins of the UN General Assembly high-level meeting on biodiversity, in New York, US.

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UNGA General Debate Wraps Up [viewed]

29 September 2010: The General Debate of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded on 29 September 2010, in New York, US, with Assembly President Joseph Deiss (Switzerland) underlining that many speakers had addressed the risks associated with climate change, including the loss of biodiversity, and reiterated the need for more efforts to address those challenges head on.

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Equator Prize Ceremony Held at MDG Summit [viewed]

20 September 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and various partners honored 25 local and indigenous community groups from developing countries with the Equator Prize during a gala event at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, US, on the margins of the Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Event: Climate Change and Loss of Nature's Diversity: New Actions and Alliances in Response to Key Global Challenges 2010 [viewed]

This 2010 edition of the annual Fridtjof Nansen Memorial Lecture, hosted by the UN University (UNU), will be delivered by Erik Solheim, former Norwegian Minister of the Environment and International Development. It will focus on the impact of climate change on biodiversity loss, as well as the need for alliances and partnerships to address these global challenges.  

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IRRI Releases Report on Sustaining Food Security in Asia [viewed]

27 September 2010: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has released a report, with the Asia Society, by a high-level Task Force on Food Security and Sustainability in Asia titled "Never an Empty Bowl: Sustaining Food Security in Asia."

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GEO-5 Geneva Consultations Identify European Priorities [viewed]

25 September 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environment Outlook (GEO) Regional Consultation for Europe took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 23-24 September 2010, bringing together 53 participants representing a range of stakeholders, including UN agencies, government departments, research and academic institutions, the private sector and press from Europe.

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European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity Released [viewed]

23 September 2010: The European Commission's research body, the Joint Research Centre, has published for the first time an indicator-based map of potential threats to soil biodiversity in Europe, highlighting its role in agriculture and in the water and carbon cycles.

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