Biodiversity

FAO Launches Website on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

4 November 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a new website highlighting agriculture practices that reduce farmers' vulnerability to climate impacts and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, sequester carbon, and improve farm yields and household incomes.

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UNCCD News Highlights Links Between Desertification and MDGs [viewed]

4 November 2010: The latest issue of UNCCD News, produced by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), includes articles from the Executive Secretary and Ashok Khosla, among other features.

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UNEP Announces SEED Award Winners [viewed]

3 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the winners of the 2010 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development. 

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Event: Sixth FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference [viewed]

The Sixth FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference is organized in the framework of the pan-European policy process for the sustainable management of the continent's forests.  

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European Commission Issues Guidelines on Wind Energy in Protected Areas [viewed]

29 October 2010: The European Commission has issued guidelines for wind energy development in protected areas, recognizing the potential negative impacts of poorly sited or designed wind farms on vulnerable species and habitats.

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CBD COP 10 Adopts Historic Decisions [viewed]

29 October 2010: The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened from 18-29 October 2010, in Nagoya, Japan, bringing together delegates representing parties and other governments, UN agencies, intergovernmental, non-governmental, indigenous and local community representatives, academia and industry.

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UNEP Releases Report on Protecting Arctic Biodiversity [viewed]

29 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)'s GRID-Arendal center in Norway has released a report entitled “Protecting Arctic Biodiversity: Strengths and limitations of environmental agreements.” The report details solutions to the current biodiversity crisis in the Arctic, but it stresses that conservation gains are only possible if root causes for biodiversity loss are addressed outside the Arctic.

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Japan Funds ITTO/CBD Transboundary Conservation Project [viewed]

28 October 2010: The Government of Japan is funding a transboundary conservation area between Thailand and Cambodia, as part of the collaborative initiative between the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Norwegian Minister of the Environment and International Development Gives UNU Lecture [viewed]

27 October 2010: Erik Solheim, Norway's Minister of the Environment and International Development, gave the UN University (UNU) 2010 Fridtjof Nansen Memorial Lecture on "Climate change and loss of nature's diversity: new actions and alliances in response to global challenges," on 27 October 2010, in Tokyo, Japan.

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CBD Technical Study Addresses Links Between Biodiversity and Development [viewed]

October 2010: Recently launched as CBD Technical Series No. 54 and entitled “Interdependence of Biodiversity and Development under Global Change,” this report presents an analysis of the systemic character of global change, biodiversity and human development, and the relationships between them, describing and evaluating the complicated relationships and dynamics between human and biological systems.

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