Biodiversity

UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Ninth Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme31 July 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has released the June/July issue of its newsletter, which highlights the outcomes of the ninth meeting of the UN-REDD Policy Board, including the approval of US$4 million for Colombia's national REDD+ programme.

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CIFOR Places a Quarter of Recent Indonesian Forest Fires in Industrial Plantations [viewed]

cifor-icraf30 July 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a blog post on the sources of the June 2013 forest fires in Indonesia, noting that almost a quarter of them occurred in industrial plantations.

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Guest Article #100: Harnessing Diversity by Connecting People is the Key to Climate Adaptation in Agriculture [viewed]

Climate change is affecting agriculture already in a measurable degree and has serious consequences for global food security and poverty. The roughly 300 million poor people who directly depend on rainfed agriculture for their livelihood are especially vulnerable to climate change. Bioversity International develops new knowledge to face this problem.

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IAEA to Coordinate Project on Climate Change Impacts on Polar and Mountain Regions [viewed]

IAEA29 July 2013: Glacier experts prepared a plan for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) project led by Chile and the Russian Federation, called the 'Impact of Climate Change on Polar and Mountainous Regions: From Assessment to Action,' to assess the effect of climate change on glacier retreat, permafrost loss and snow cover reduction, and to improve conservation and management.

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Event: 45th Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and to provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. A consultation with civil society will take place on Monday, and the GEF Council meeting will open on Tuesday, 5 November.  

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Event: Third Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF [viewed]

The Third Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-6) is scheduled to take place in December 2013. Representatives from donor countries, non-donor recipient countries, civil society, GEF agencies, the Trustee, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), and the Evaluation Office are set to attend.  

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Event: Second Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF [viewed]

The Second Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-6) is scheduled to take place in September 2013. Representatives from donor countries, non-donor recipient countries, civil society, GEF agencies, the Trustee, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), and the Evaluation Office are set to attend.  

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Event: Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) Pacific Islands [viewed]

The Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) hosts discussions on priority issues, development and implementation of Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects, and project integration in national development frameworks. The event will bring together focal points from the GEF, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), with representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat, and the GEF Agencies to discuss lessons learned and experiences regarding the implementation of multi-focal GEF projects in the region.  

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UNCCD, IUCN Sign Joint Plan of Action [viewed]

iucn-unccd10 July 2013: The Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Luc Gnacadja, and the Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Julia Marton-Lefèvre, have signed a Joint Plan of Action, through which their respective organizations will seek to draw global attention to the value of drylands and their threatened status as ecosystems.

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ASB Partnership Analyzes Impacts of Indonesian Forest Fires [viewed]

ASBJuly 2013: The ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins has released a policy brief analyzing the local and international impacts of the fire-haze episode straddling the Strait of Malacca in June 2013, with the aim of identifying its source and proposing policy options to minimize further economic losses and carbon emissions.

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