Biodiversity

ALBA Nations Adopt Declaration Opposing Commodification of Nature [viewed]

5 November 2010: The Ministerial Committee for the Defense of Nature of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas – Treaty of Commerce of the People (ALBA-TCP) adopted a declaration opposing the concept of "green economy," in which nature is seen as "capital" for producing tradable goods and services.

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OIE Regional Commission for the Americas Discusses Links between Climate Change and Animal Health [viewed]

19 November 2010: The 20th Session of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Regional Commission for the Americas, held 16-19 November 2010 in Montevideo, Uruguay, discussed links between climate change and emerging and re-emerging animal diseases, most of which are transmissible to humans.

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IUFRO, FAO and RECOFTC Release Publication on Asian Forests [viewed]

November 2010: The World Forests, Society and Environment Special Project of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Centre for People and Forests (RECOFTC) have released a publication titled "Asian Forests: Working for People and Nature."

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FAO's Unasylva Focuses on Forests, People and Wildlife [viewed]

October 2010: The latest issue of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) journal Unasylva contains articles from case studies around the world on interactions among forests, people and wildlife. 

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Event: Joint Expert Meeting of IPCC WGII and WGIII on Economic Analysis, Costing Methods and Ethics [viewed]

This expert meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will address topics such as: identification and comparison of metrics; measuring risk and valuing information; technical change; adaptation as an economic process; integrated assessment; behavioral dimensions; intra- and intergenerational justice and costs; economic and ethical implications of decision making under uncertainty; social cost-benefit analysis; and optimal carbon prices in second-best settings.  

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Event: Joint IPCC Expert Meeting of WGI, WGII and WGIII on Geoengineering [viewed]

The IPCC will address the physical science basis of geoengineering in several chapters of the WGI contribution to AR5. WGII will address the impacts of geoengineering proposals on human and natural systems, and WGIII needs to take into account the possible impacts and side effects and their implications for mitigation cost to define the role of geoengineering within the portfolio of response options to anthropogenic climate change, including an evaluation of options for appropriate governance mechanisms.  

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Event: Joint IPCC WGI and WGII Expert Meeting on Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biology and Ecosystems [viewed]

Given progress and increasing interest from stakeholders in understanding the implications of ocean acidification, this Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Expert Meeting will discuss the rapidly advancing scientific findings on ocean acidification and its impacts since the publication of its Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), and will provide scientific information as an input to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).  

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CBD Releases November Issue of REDD+ and Biodiversity Newsletter [viewed]

19 November 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the November volume of its REDD+ and Biodiversity newsletter.

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IITA Outlines Climate and Biodiversity Benefits of Conserving African Forests [viewed]

11 November 2010: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) held its 2010 Open Day on 6 November, which was marked with the planting of indigenous trees by IITA staff in Ibadan, Nigeria.

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UNEP Publishes Document on Implementing REDD+ [viewed]

November 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre has published the latest volume of its Carbon Markets Perspectives series, titled "Pathways for Implementing REDD+: Experiences from Carbon Markets and Communities."

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