Biodiversity

WHO and Biodiversity Experts Present Scientific Findings at Climate Congress [viewed]

Lower precipitation due to climate change causes water scarcity and reduced food production

12 March 2009: Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) presented findings regarding climate change impacts to human health at the international scientific congress titled “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions,” which ran from 10-12 March 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark. They noted the “adverse consequences” of climate change on health, highlighted the challenges inherent in addressing resulting impacts, and stressed the health benefits of mitigation activities. In addition, they underscored the uneven distribution of health impacts of climate change globally, identifying populations in small island developing States, mountainous regions, large urban areas, coastal areas, and areas that lack access to water among the most vulnerable.

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CBD Selects Experts for AHTEG on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

10 March 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the approved list of experts for the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on biodiversity and climate change, to be held from 18-22 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland.

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CBD-Commissioned Report Addresses Business Case for High-Biodiversity REDD Projects [viewed]

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

6 March 2009: EcoSecurities has published a report, commissioned by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). Titled “Challenges for a Business Case for High-Biodiversity REDD Projects and Schemes,” the report is dedicated to the exploration of market payment options for “high-biodiversity REDD” efforts, or those REDD measures that contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. 

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CBD Secretariat Launches Online Dialogue on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

CBD Secretariat

5 March 2009: In preparation for the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on biodiversity and climate change, to be held from 18-22 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is hosting an internet-based discussion group from 9-20 March 2009.

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CBD Secretariat Reports on Workshop on Mainstreaming of Biodiversity and Integration of Climate Change [viewed]

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

3 March 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) circulated its monthly bulletin of activities, including a brief report on the Capacity Development Workshop for the Pacific on National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), the Mainstreaming of Biodiversity and the Integration of Climate Change, held from 2-6 February 2009, in Nadi, Fiji.

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UNEP Report Highlights Environmental Degradation in Amazon [viewed]

 A Strong Impact is Made on the Amazonia by its Economic Growth Model18 February 2009: The findings of a report supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), entitled “Environment Outlook in the Amazonia: GEO Amazonia,” reveal the variety of environmental degradation occurring in the Amazon region of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. The publication is part of UNEP's Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series and highlights population growth, urbanization and expanded economic activity, and the resulting deforestation, loss of biodiversity and climate change impacts in the region.

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UN Secretary-General and Al Gore Call for Launching a New Green Global Economy [viewed]

17 February 2009: In an op-ed published in the Financial Times, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former US Vice-President Al Gore call for using the economic stimulus that is needed to tackle the global economic crisis to launch a new green global economy.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Initiates Discussion on REDD [viewed]

13 February 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, has published a lead article on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD).

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CBD Holds Pacific Region Workshop on Protected Areas, Addresses Climate Change Considerations [viewed]

CbdlogozConvention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

9 February 2009: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is organizing a capacity-building workshop for the Pacific region for implementation of the programme of work on protected areas, from 9-12 February 2009, in Nadi, Fiji. The workshop is scheduled to consider: the inclusion of climate change considerations in the ecological gap-analysis of protected areas; and coordination of technical and financial support to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

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CBD Executive Secretary on World Wetlands Day: Climate Change Impacts the Water Cycle [viewed]

Poster of World Wetlands Day

2 February 2009: On the occasion of World Wetlands Day, celebrated on 2 February 2009, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, delivered a message stressing the need for integrated management of land and water.

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