Biodiversity

UNFF8 Discusses Role of Forests in Future Climate Change Regime [viewed]

L-R: Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director; Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs; and Boen M. Purnama, UNFF8 Chair21 April 2009: Climate change featured heavily on the agenda of the second day of deliberations at the eighth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF8), currently convening at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The central focus of the discussion was the role of forests in a future climate regime.

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G8 Agriculture Ministers Adopt Declaration on the World Food Emergency [viewed]

© G8 Agriculture Ministers' Meeting.jpg20 April 2009: The Ministers of Agriculture of the G8 countries and Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, Argentina, Australia and Egypt convened from 18-20 April 2009, in Cison di Valmarino, Italy, to discuss food security under the theme “The World Food Emergency.” The meeting was also attended by the Heads of UN agencies that are members of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Task Force on Food Security and other intergovernmental bodies.

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CBD Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change Opens in Helsinki [viewed]

© CBD18 April 2009: The second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on 18 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland, and will continue until 22 April 2009.

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Event: 19th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC [viewed]

UNFCCC COP 19 and CMP 9 and the subsidiary bodies will convene in Warsaw, Poland.  

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UNEP's “Billion Tree Campaign” Surpasses Three Billion Trees Planted [viewed]

30 March 2009: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) “Billion Tree Campaign,” a campaign to plant trees around the globe, recently announced that, with the planting of over 300 million trees in Turkey in 2008, the initiative has resulted in the planting of over three billion trees.

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WHO and Biodiversity Experts Present Scientific Findings at Climate Congress [viewed]

Lower precipitation due to climate change causes water scarcity and reduced food production

12 March 2009: Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) presented findings regarding climate change impacts to human health at the international scientific congress titled “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions,” which ran from 10-12 March 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark. They noted the “adverse consequences” of climate change on health, highlighted the challenges inherent in addressing resulting impacts, and stressed the health benefits of mitigation activities. In addition, they underscored the uneven distribution of health impacts of climate change globally, identifying populations in small island developing States, mountainous regions, large urban areas, coastal areas, and areas that lack access to water among the most vulnerable.

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CBD Selects Experts for AHTEG on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

10 March 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the approved list of experts for the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on biodiversity and climate change, to be held from 18-22 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland.

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CBD-Commissioned Report Addresses Business Case for High-Biodiversity REDD Projects [viewed]

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

6 March 2009: EcoSecurities has published a report, commissioned by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). Titled “Challenges for a Business Case for High-Biodiversity REDD Projects and Schemes,” the report is dedicated to the exploration of market payment options for “high-biodiversity REDD” efforts, or those REDD measures that contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. 

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CBD Secretariat Launches Online Dialogue on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

CBD Secretariat

5 March 2009: In preparation for the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on biodiversity and climate change, to be held from 18-22 April 2009, in Helsinki, Finland, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is hosting an internet-based discussion group from 9-20 March 2009.

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CBD Secretariat Reports on Workshop on Mainstreaming of Biodiversity and Integration of Climate Change [viewed]

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

3 March 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) circulated its monthly bulletin of activities, including a brief report on the Capacity Development Workshop for the Pacific on National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), the Mainstreaming of Biodiversity and the Integration of Climate Change, held from 2-6 February 2009, in Nadi, Fiji.

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