Biodiversity

World Bank Reports on Reforestation Benefits in Rio de Janeiro [viewed]

World Bank11 November 2013: The World Bank has reported on the impacts of reforestation efforts around Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, including species recovery, reduced vulnerability to natural disasters, and new economic benefits from the generation of carbon credits.

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GEF Council Approves US$259.84 Million Work Program [viewed]

45th-meeting-of-the-GEF-Council7 November 2013: The 45th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council considered, inter alia: the progress report on the pilot accreditation of GEF Project Agencies; the mid-term evaluation of the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR); the mid-term evaluation of the National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE); an update on the GEF-6 replenishment; a review of GEF Agencies on their application of environmental and social safeguards and gender mainstreaming; and an update on the development of the GEF 2020 strategy. The GEF Council also approved a Work Program amounting to US$259.84 million.

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNGA Image5 November 2013: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) debated issues under its agenda item on sustainable development, including climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR), biological diversity, desertification, small island developing States (SIDS), and the role of a post-2015 development agenda.

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UNEP-China Project Hosts Workshop on Mainstream Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

UNEP31 October 2013: A Regional Network Coordination Workshop that focused on linking networks and mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) was hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-China project on 'Enhancing capacity, knowledge and technology support to build climate resilience of vulnerable developing countries.'

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CSO Consultation Discusses GEF2020 Strategy Ahead of Council Meeting [viewed]

Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson4 November 2013: The GEF Council Consultation Meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) convened on 4 November 2013, the day before the 45th meeting of the GEF Council opened in Washington, DC, US. During an opening dialogue, Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii discussed the GEF 2020 strategy and emphasized that it is important to have a long-term strategy encompassing an environmental degradation driver-focused approach. She also welcomed Conservation International and WWF-US as two new GEF Project Agencies.

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IMO Meeting Adopts Amendments to Regulate Marine Geoengineering [viewed]

IMO18 October 2013: The 35th Consultative Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972 (London Convention) and 8th meeting of Contracting Parties to the 1996 Protocol thereto (London Protocol) concluded with the adoption of amendments to the London Protocol addressing marine geoengineering.

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ADB Study Estimates Cost of Climate Change in East Asia [viewed]

ADB17 October 2013: Protecting East Asia's most vulnerable sectors from climate change would cost US$36.6 billion annually, less than 0.3% of the region's GDP, according to the 'Economics of Climate Change in East Asia,' a report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Event: Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers [viewed]

The Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers is co-organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the island of Jeju. The course aims to deepen the understanding of biosphere reserve managers regarding the concept and vision of biosphere reserves, raise their awareness of the vulnerability of island and coastal biosphere reserves to climate change, and transfer technical knowledge. Created in 2009, the World Network of Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves aims to study, implement and disseminate island and coastal strategies to preserve biodiversity and heritage, promote sustainable development, and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.  

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Event: UN Environmental Assembly of UNEP [viewed]

The next meeting of the UN Environmental Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which has replaced the UNEP Governing Council, is scheduled for June 2014.  

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IPCC 37 Adopts Methodological Reports, Hears Updates on AR5 Progress [viewed]

IPCC18 October 2013: The 37th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 37) considered and adopted two methodology reports: '2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands' (Wetlands Supplement) and '2013 Revised Supplementary Methods and Good Practice Guidance Arising from the Kyoto Protocol' on land use, land-use change and forestry (KP LULUCF Supplement).

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