Biodiversity

UNEP Releases 2009 Climate Change Compendium [viewed]

© UNEP24 September 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report entitled “Climate Change Science Compendium 2009.” The report, compiled in association with scientists around the world, reviews some 400 major scientific contributions to our understanding of Earth Systems and climate change that have been released through peer-reviewed literature, or from research institutions, over the last three years.

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UNGA Second Committee to Address Climate Protection [viewed]

© UN17 September 2009: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly has decided to discuss the protection of global climate for present and future generations.

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IDB Releases New Version of Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard [viewed]

© IDB11 September 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has released a new version of its Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, which will enable users to better anticipate the impacts of potential biofuel projects on sensitive issues such as indigenous rights, carbon emissions from land use change, and food security.

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EU Environmental Ministers Call for Stronger Links between REDD, Biodiversity and Development [viewed]

11 September 2009: Environmental ministers and senior officials of the European Union met in Strömstad, Sweden, with a view to contributing to the revision of the Strategic Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) after 2010. At the High-level Meeting entitled “Visions for Biodiversity Beyond 2010 – People, Ecosystems and the Climate Crisis,” held on 7-9 September 2009, participants endorsed a target to halt global forest cover loss by 2030 and to reduce gross tropical deforestation by at least 50% by 2020 compared to current levels.

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CBD Experts Finalize Report on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

11 September 2009: The report of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change, established under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), has been finalized and will be published as CBD Technical Series no. 41, Connecting Biodiversity and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation – Report of the Second Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change.

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GEF Publishes Booklet on its Efforts to Combat Land Degradation and Desertification Globally [viewed]

© GEF September 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published a booklet portraying its activities to combat land degradation and desertification.

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CBD Executive Secretary Highlights Exchange of Information from Local to Global Level for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

© CBD4 September 2009: Addressing the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3), CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf stressed that adaptation to the impacts of climate change requires exchange of climate-related information in both directions: people on the ground need to have access to localized predictions of change, while scientists need access to observational data gathered by people on the ground.

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CBD and UNWTO Sign Memorandum of Cooperation [viewed]

September 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on the margins of the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3).

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UNEP-Sponsored Project Finds Ecosystem Preservation Plays Key Role in Countering Climate Change [viewed]

© TEEB2 September 2009: Investing in the restoration and maintenance of the Earth's ecosystems can play a key role in countering climate change and climate-proofing vulnerable economies, says a new climate issues update by The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) project.

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World Agroforestry Congress Highlights Tree-Planting for Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

28 August 2009: The World Agroforestry Congress, which convened at UN headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, discussed tree-planting solutions that could help the African continent deal with climate change and also provide a long-term solution to the continent's food scarcity problems.

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