Biodiversity

CBD Notification: Review of the Work Programme on Mountain Biodiversity [viewed]

Review of implementation of the CBD programme of work on mountain biological diversity 23 July 2008: In a 23 July 2008 Notification, the

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting parties

and relevant organizations to provide information on the status and trends of,

and threats to, mountain biological diversity, and progress made in the

implementation of the Programme of Work on Mountain Biological Diversity for

consideration by the fourteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific,

Technical and Technological Advice, tentatively scheduled to be held in

May/June 2010 in Bonn, Germany.

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UNCCD's Global Mechanism Advising COMESA on Carbon Finance Platform [viewed]

Global Mechanism responds to call for cooperation with COMESA

21 July 2008: The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention

to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that it has been invited by the

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to join an advisory

group assisting with the development of a Carbon Fund/Facility.

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World Bank: Countries Chosen as Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Members [viewed]

First Countries Named to Benefit from Forest Carbon Partnership Facility 21 July 2008: Fourteen

developing countries - Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Democratic Republic of Congo,

Gabon, Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Lao PDR, Liberia, Madagascar Mexico, Nepal,

Panama, and Vietnam - will be beneficiaries of funding from the Forest Carbon

Partnership Facility (FCPF), launched at the Bali climate negotiations. The

FCPF partners donor countries, the World Bank, and developing countries in an

effort to build capacity for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest

degradation.

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FAO's Harmonized World Soil Database to Facilitate Assessments of Soil's Carbon Storage and Sequestration Capacities [viewed]

New database for soil information

21

July 2008: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced the

development of a new database on the world's soils. This database seeks to

improve knowledge of current and future land productivity, as well as the

carbon storage and carbon sequestration potential of the world's soils. Using

the database, the FAO has also produced a global Carbon Gap Map, which allows

for the identification of areas where soil carbon storage is greatest and the

physical potential for billions of tons of additional carbon to be sequestrated

in degraded soils.

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WMO Secretary-General Outlines Efforts to Counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

Speech by Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on The European Union and its Overseas Entities:<br /> Strategies to counter Climate Change and<br /> Biodiversity Loss 11 July 2008: In a speech delivered during the conference

The European

Union (EU) and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to Counter Climate Change and

Biodiversity Loss,” which was hosted on Reunion Island,

Mauritius, from 7-11 July 2008, under the auspices of the French Presidency of

the Council of the EU, Michel Jarraud,

Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), provided

an overview of the Organization's history and work in tackling climate change.

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CBD Executive Secretary Outlines Benefits of REDD Initiatives [viewed]

Message of the Executive Secretary Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf 14 July 2008: On the occasion of the

Technical Workshop on Protected Areas in the Amazon, which took place from 14-16 July 2008 in Amacayacú National Park,

Colombia, the

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, outlined the benefits of reducing emissions from

deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) initiatives.

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Exhibit on Amazon Forest and Climate Change Opens at UN Headquarters [viewed]

10 July 2008: In the North-East Gallery of the UN Visitors'

Lobby, an exhibit entitled “The Amazon Forest & Climate Change” opened on

10 July 2008, and will be on display until 6 August 2008.

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CBD'S Djoghlaf Highlights Risks of Agricultural Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

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2 July 2008: On the occasion of the Fourth International

Conference on Sustainable Agriculture for Food, Energy and Industry, held from

2-5 July 2008, in Sapporo, Japan, the Convention on Biological Diversity's

(CBD) Executive Secretary, Ahmed Djoghlaf, highlighted that around 20% of

domestic animal breeds are at risk of extinction, with an average of one breed

lost each month.

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G8: Summit Concludes with Agreement on Climate Change [viewed]

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8 July 2008: The Group

of Eight Industrialized Countries (G8) Hokkaido Toyako

Summit took place from 7-9 July 2008

in Japan. On 8 July, the G8 leaders agreed on a Document on Environment and

Climate Change. The leaders of the G8

agreed to share with parties to the UNFCCC the vision of a goal of achieving at

least 50% reduction of global emissions by 2050, recognizing that this global

challenge can only be met by the contributions from all major economies,

consistent with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and

respective capabilities.

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MEM: Leaders Meeting of Major Economies on Energy Security and Climate Change Develops Declaration [viewed]

9 July 2008: The

Leaders Meeting of the Major Economies took place on 9 July 2008, in Hokkaido,

Japan, in conjunction with the G8 Summit. The leaders of Australia, Brazil,

Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy,

Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom,

and the United States issued a Declaration, which had been agreed during a

previous meeting held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 21-22 June 2008.

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