Biodiversity

ITTO Organizes Regional Forum on Wood-Based Bioenergy [viewed]

Asia Pacific Regional Forum on Promoting Wood-Based Bioenergy Using Wood Residues and Waste 17 October 2008: The Asia Pacific Regional Forum on Promoting Wood-Based Bioenergy Using Wood Residues and Waste, which was held from 14-17 October 2008, in Jakarta, Indonesia, was organized by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).

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CBD Secretariat Launches REDD Newsletter [viewed]

REDD Newsletter 16 October 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is launching a bi-monthly e-newsletter to inform CBD National Focal Points and other interested recipients about biodiversity aspects in relation to “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation” (REDD).

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On World Food Day, CBD's Executive Secretary Addresses the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 15 October 2008: In his message on the occasion of World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October 2008, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), stressed that “biodiversity, the foundation of all crops and domesticated livestock and the variety within them, is the basis for providing stability to agriculture.”

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CDM Executive Board Releases Proposed Agenda and Work Programme of its 43rd Meeting [viewed]

8 October 2008: The proposed agenda and annotations,

together with the draft work programme, for the 43rd meeting of the Executive

Board (EB43) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) are now available on the

CDM website.

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UNEP Announces Projects to Prove Investments in Nature-Based Assets Serve as Key Adaptation Measures [viewed]

Country Pilots to Prove Investments in Nature-Based Assets Give High Economic, Social and Environmental Rate of Return 6 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in

cooperation with governments, is drawing up some projects to demonstrate that

re-investing in damaged ecosystems can generate significant economic,

environmental and social returns.

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Experts Selected for CBD Biodiversity and Climate Change AHTEG [viewed]

6 October 2008: The list of experts for the first meeting of

the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on biodiversity and climate change of

the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been approved by the Bureau of

the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and

the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties.

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UN Officials Mark World Habitat Day Urging that Urbanization Should Not Come at Expense of Environment [viewed]

Urbanization must not come at expense of environment, say UN officials 6 October 2008: Top UN officials marked World Habitat Day by

drawing attention to the need to raise awareness of the problems of rapid

urbanization, its impact on the environment and the challenges of rising urban

poverty. The UN has designated the first Monday in October each year as World

Habitat Day, to reflect on the state of towns and cities and the basic right to

adequate shelter for all. This year, Luanda, Angola, led the observance of the

celebration, which focused on the theme “Harmonious Cities.”

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IFPRI Publishes Essays on Policy Responses to Food Crisis [viewed]

Policy Responses to Food Crisis October 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRPI) has published three essays addressing critical questions regarding policy responses to the current food crisis. The essays by Joachim von Braun, IFPRI Director General, Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), and Namanga Ngongi, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), point to the dangers and pitfalls of misguided policies, but also to the potential opportunities for responding in a way that prevents future crises and ensures food security in the long term. In addition to the most pressing questions of delivering immediate relief to populations affected by hunger and the strategic issues of the long-term stabilization of food production and food markets, the essays also address impacts of current biofuel policies and climate change on agriculture.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Information on Agricultural Biodiversity with regard to Climate Change [viewed]

CBD Secretariat Calls for Information on Agricultural Biodiversity with regard to Climate Change 3 October 2008: In accordance with Decision IX/1 of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the

CBD Secretariat has invited parties, other governments and relevant

organizations to supply information on various aspects of agricultural

biodiversity conservation, including lessons learned about the conservation and

sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity, for consideration in climate

change adaptation and mitigation planning and cross-sectoral planning in

agricultural areas.

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Winners of the 2008 Equator Prize Announced: Special Recognition for Community Approaches in Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

Equator Initiative selects winners for global biodiversity conservation Prize

1 October 2008: The UN-backed Equator Initiative has

announced the 25 winners of the Equator Prize 2008, which recognizes

exceptional leadership in slashing poverty through conservation and sustainable

biodiversity efforts.

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