Biodiversity

Pacific Islands Roundtable Focuses on Climate Solutions [viewed]

5 July 2010: The 13th meeting of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation was held from 5-9 July 2010, in Apia, Samoa, under the theme “Climate Solutions: Invest in Biodiversity.”

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EU Launches Consultation on EIA Directive [viewed]

6 July 2010: The European Commission has launched a public consultation in relation to the review of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive. The consultation covers, among other things, the development of synergies with other EU policies, such as climate change and biodiversity.

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GBEP Newsletter Highlights Progress on Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

1 July 2010: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has published its eighth newsletter, which discusses, inter alia, the recent G8 Summit in Muskoka, Canada, GBEP's new partners, and new online resources for greenhouse gas (GHG) measurement.

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Event: International Seminar on the Role of Agrobiodiversity in Addressing Hunger and Climate Change [viewed]

 

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GEF Council Approves Major Reforms in New Funding Cycle [viewed]

2 July 2010: The 38th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council took place in Washington DC, US, from 29 June-1 July 2010, and approved major reforms aimed at helping developing countries to meet international environmental challenges, including those related to climate change and biodiversity.

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UN-REDD Approves US$8.7 Million for REDD+ Readiness [viewed]

2 July 2010: The UN-REDD Programme's Policy Board approved an additional US$8.7 million to fund global activities aimed at supporting national REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks) readiness.

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ECLAC Releases Report on Achieving the MDGs with Equality [viewed]

1 July 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released a report titled "Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with equality in Latin America and the Caribbean. Progress and challenges." 

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African Rice Research Aims to Meet Food Security Goals and Respond to Climate Change [viewed]

21 May 2010: The Africa Rice Center has reported on new research that shows that African rice is not inherently lower yielding than Asian rice and describes the adaptability of African rice to harsh growing conditions in Africa, hence its value for developing improved varieties suited to a changing climate.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Nominations for Participation in REDD Workshop [viewed]

29 June 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited nominations of two country-designated technical experts to participate in the Global Expert Workshop on Biodiversity Benefits of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD), tentatively scheduled to take place from 20-24 September 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Event: Global Expert Workshop on Biodiversity Benefits of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries [viewed]

This workshop is convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the UN-REDD Programme and with the financial support of the Government of Germany. Its purpose is to support the efforts of parties in addressing reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) in the framework of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in a way that contributes to the implementation of the CBD programme of work on forest biodiversity.  

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