Biodiversity

FAO unveils new bioenergy assessment tool [viewed]

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The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released a new decision-support tool to ensure that countries can enter the rapidly growing field of bioenergy industry to produce benefits for the poor without jeopardizing their food security.

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CBD Executive Secretary says species at risk from climate change [viewed]

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Speaking at the International Civil Society Forum “100 Days to the UN Biodiversity Conference,” CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf said biodiversity faces a “tremendous challenge, compounded by climate change.

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CIFOR announces Forest Day 2 for December 2008, Poznan, Poland. [viewed]

Ciforlogo_2CIFOR is planning to co-host Forest Day 2 in collaboration with partner organizations in the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), coinciding with UNFCCC COP-14.

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ITTO to host International Expert Meeting to Address Climate Change through the Sustainable Management of Tropical Forests [viewed]

Head_logoThe International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) will convene an International Expert Meeting from 30 April-2 May in Yokohama, Japan, to promote the role of tropical forests and their sustainable management in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Message to the Beijing International Conference on Combating Desertification [viewed]

Un_secretarygeneral_ban_kimoon In a message to the Beijing International Conference on Combating Desertification, held Beijing, China, from 22-24 January, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the “impact of desertification is intensifying due to climate change, which is reducing the availability of freshwater, fertile soil, and forest and vegetation.”

The Secretary-General said the Conference offers a timely opportunity for combating climate change and achieving sustainable development in areas affected by land degradation.

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UNEP announces 2008 Champions of the Earth Award Winners [viewed]

Insertimage_unepUNEP has announced the winners of the 2008 Champions of the Earth award for spearheading initiatives in many different areas, from environmental policy to cutting-edge research, with a particular focus on sustainable development and the fight against climate change.

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UNEP Executive Director speaks to European Parliament about Bali Road Map, REDD and Adaptation [viewed]

Achim_steinerIn a speech to Members of the European Parliament, Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), stressed the urgency of addressing the impacts of climate change on water resources.

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The Joint Liaison Group of the three Rio Conventions releases brochure on climate change, biodiversity and land degradation [viewed]

Cbd_logo The Joint Liaison Group of the three Rio Conventions (the Convention on Biological Diversity, Convention on Climate Change, and Convention to Combat Desertification) has issued an information brochure on the important contribution of forests to the achievement of their respective goals and objectives.

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CBD Executive Secretary outlines cooperation on climate change with Ramsar [viewed]

 

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In a statement on World Wetlands Day, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, highlighted that the CBD Secretariat is cooperating with the Ramsar Secretariat for the CBD COP-9 review of opportunities for further action to support the conservation and sustainable use of the biodiversity of wetlands in relation to climate change.

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CBD Executive Secretary Gives Singapore Environment Lecture: Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Ahmed_djoghlaf_3In his Singapore Environment Lecture 2008, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, stressed that “climate change is real, and represents a global challenge not only for humankind, but for every life on Earth.” Addressing the relationship between climate change and security, Executive Secretary Djoghlaf said “the loss of biodiversity is also another major threat to peace and security as it undermines the capacity of the ecosystems to continue providing their goods and services and sustaining life on Earth.

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