Biodiversity

CBD COP Presidencies Adopt Ministerial Call for Action [viewed]

3 September 2010: Meeting for the first time as a group, 11 ministers responsible for the environment, representing former and upcoming presidencies of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), gathered on 3 September 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland, and adopted the Geneva Ministerial Biodiversity Call for Immediate Action.

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Event: Kenya's International Conference on Biodiversity, Land Use and Climate Change [viewed]

This conference will discuss a national framework for conserving Kenya's biodiversity, taking into account land use, livelihoods and climate change issues, drawing on international and regional experience from neighboring East African States. Conference partners include the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  

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Event: 12th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board [viewed]

The Adaptation Fund Board was established as the operating entity of the Adaptation Fund with the mandate to supervise and manage the Adaptation Fund under the authority and guidance of the CMP. At its 12th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board will discuss several project proposals submitted for funding, and the accreditation of further implementing entities, among other matters. The Board will also engage in a dialogue with representatives from the civil society at the end of the meeting.  

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Solomon Islands Qualifies for Adaptation Fund [viewed]

26 August 2010: Solomon Islands is the first country in the Pacific, and the fourth country worldwide, to qualify for the Adaptation Fund under the UNFCCC, which will finance projects in vulnerable developing countries aimed to help adapt their agricultural resources and food security to climate change threats.

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EEA Publishes Coastal Ecosystem Message [viewed]

25 August 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) of the EU has published the ninth in its series of '10 messages for 2010,' the International Year of Biodiversity. The newest message focuses on coastal ecosystems.

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ICID 2010 Discusses Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Drylands [viewed]

23 August 2010: The Second International Conference on Climate, Sustainability and Development in Semi-arid Regions (ICID 2010), which convened in Fortaleza, Brazil, from 16-20 August 2010, brought together participants to discuss climate change and sustainable development in arid and semi-arid regions, and sought to raise the priority of these issues on the agenda of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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CPF Organizations Discuss Climate Change and Forestry at IUFRO Congress [viewed]

23 August 2010: On the opening day of the XXIII International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress, held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 23-28 August 2010, the Heads of several member organizations of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) presented in a sub-plenary session on biodiversity, climate change and forestry.

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CBD Selects Sponsored Experts for REDD Workshop [viewed]

18 August 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the list of sponsored experts for the Global Expert Workshop on Biodiversity Benefits of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD), to be held from 20-23 September 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Event: Japan-CARICOM Public Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity [viewed]

This public symposium is co-organized by the UN University (UNU), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It will be held back-to-back with the second Japan-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ministerial-level conference and will bring together the foreign ministers of the 15 CARICOM member countries. The ministers will be joined by Japanese academics and experts to discuss the threats from climate change faced by CARICOM countries, in particular those that are small island States. These include more frequent and intense hurricanes, subsequent flooding and erosion, and rising sea level. The symposium will also explore further cooperation between CARICOM and Japan.  

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Event: Second Intersessional Meeting for UNCSD [viewed]

The first meeting of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom I) of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) called for three intersessional meetings to be convened ahead of the June 2012 event. Intersessional II will take place on 15-16 December 2011. The Organization of Work, preliminary programme of side events, and Guidance Note from the Bureau are available on the meeting webpage.  

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