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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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Event: International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation in Transboundary Tropical Forests [viewed]
This Conference is organized by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), in the framework of the International Year of Biodiversity in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and IUCN, with the support of the Government of Ecuador. Its results, conclusions and recommendations will be brought to the attention of participants at the CBD COP 10 that will be held in Nagoya, Japan, in October 2010. The objective of the Conference is to review the status and ways ahead for the conservation, management and financing of biodiversity in tropical transboundary conservation areas (TBCAs).
The UNCCD Secretariat is organizing this meeting with relevant institutions that have experience related to the implementation of the sub-set of two impact indicators.