Biodiversity

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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Impacts of Europe's Changing Climate – 2008 Indicator-Based Assessment [viewed]

Impacts of Europe's changing climate - 2008 indicator-based assessment 29 September 2008: This European Environment Agency (EEA) report presents past and projected climate change and impacts in Europe, based on approximately 40 indicators, and identifies sectors and regions that are vulnerable and require adaptation.

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CBD Launches Online Discussion on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

CBD Launches Online Discussion on Biodiversity and Climate Change 26 September 2008: In preparation for the first meeting of

the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change,

to be held from 17-21 November 2008, in London, UK, the Secretariat of the

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is launching an internet-based

discussion group at: http://www.cbd.int/climate/forums/public/.

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AEWA MOP-4 Adopts Resolution on Climate Change and Migratory Waterbirds, Conservation Guidelines [viewed]

L-R: Bert Lenten, AEWA Executive Secretary; MOP-4 Chair Tovondriaka Rakotobe, Madagascar; Vice-Chair Abdoulaye N'Diaye, Senegal; Vice-Chair Olivier Biber, Switzerland; and Tim Jones, report writer 20 September 2008: The fourth Meeting of the Parties (MOP)

to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) took place from 15-19

September 2008, in Antananarivo, Madagascar. With regard to climate change, the

meeting adopted a resolution on climate change and migratory waterbirds, as

well as conservation guidelines on measures needed to help waterbirds adapt to

climate change.

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Africa Commission Conference Examines African Economic Growth in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

H.E. Raila Odinga, Prime Minister, Kenya, highlighted the relevance of the meeting towards addressing climate change in the context of job creation. 19 September 2008: The Danish Government's Africa Commission

held a thematic conference on employment and economic growth in the context of

climate change in Nairobi, Kenya, on 18 September. The event was the fourth in

a series of five thematic conferences, initiated by the Africa Commission,

convened between June-October 2008, in various African cities.

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