Biodiversity

GEF Donors Announce US$4.25 Billion Replenishment [viewed]

12 May 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has finalized its Fifth Replenishment negotiations, with over 30 countries pledging US$4.25 billion to fund projects with global environmental benefits during the next four years.

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Ramsar's Standing Committee Holds 41st Meeting [viewed]

11 May 2010: The 41st meeting of the Standing Committee (SC) of the Rasmar Convention on Wetlands took place in Kobuleti, Georgia, from 26 April-1 May 2010. Opening the meeting, Giorgi Khachidze, Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, Georgia, emphasized the importance of wetlands, especially in the era of climate change and increased potential for disasters.

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Third Global Biodiversity Outlook Highlights the Linked Challenges of Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change [viewed]

10 May 2010: The third edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3), a major assessment of the current state of biodiversity and the implications of its continued loss for human well-being, has been launched. The report notes that the linked challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change must be addressed with equal priority and in close coordination, if the most severe impacts of each are to be avoided.

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Event: Global Forum on Salinization and Climate Change [viewed]

The Global Forum on Salinization and Climate Change will be co-hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the University of Valencia. The Forum will constitute an opportunity to discuss, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, the problems associated with salinization and climate change.  

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Event: GEF Replenishment Meeting [viewed]

The last replenishment meeting prior to the GEF Assembly is expected to agree on a final amount for the replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund for the period July 2010- June 2014.  

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Global Oceans Conference Addresses Oceans, Climate and Security [viewed]

7 May 2010: The Fifth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, which took place in Paris, France, from 3-7 May 2010, was organized around three thematic sessions: ensuring survival; preserving life; and improving governance. The theme ensuring survival was sub-titled "Oceans, Climate and Security -  Major Issues in Mitigation, Adaptation, and Financing in the Post-Copenhagen Climate Regime."

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Fourth GEF Assembly Documents Identify Climate Tipping Points [viewed]

May 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published documents for the Fourth GEF Assembly, including a report of its Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), which highlights that climate change is "even more dangerous than previously expected" and identifies a series of climate change tipping points (GEF/A.4/3).

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UNPFII 9 Calls for Development Models Based on Indigenous Values, Cultures and Identities [viewed]

30 April 2010: The ninth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which convened from 19-30 April 2010, at  UN Headquarters in New York, US, considered economic and social issues and their impacts, including the financial crisis, climate change, forests and the actions of multinational corporations, among other issues.

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Commission Discusses European Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

30 April 2010: The 35th Session of the European Forestry Commission (ECE) met from 27-29 April 2010, in Lisbon, Portugal, to discuss European forests' central role in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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SAARC Summit Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

29 April 2010: The Sixteenth Meeting of the Heads of State or Government of the Member States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was held in Thimphu, Bhutan, from 28-29 April 2010, around the theme of climate change.

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