Biodiversity

ITPGR High-Level Round Table Discusses Climate-Adapted Crops for Food Security [viewed]

ITPGRSeptember 2014: The fourth High-Level Ministerial Round Table on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) convened under the topic 'The International Treaty, Climate Change and Food Security.' High-level representatives discussed the importance of climate-adapted crops in helping farmers face challenges confronting the global food system.

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UNEP-WCMC Study Predicts Climate Change will Drive Fish Towards the Poles [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc14 October 2014: A study on the impact of climate change on fish stocks by scientists from the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has identified ocean hotspots for fish extinction and a link between rising temperatures and fish movement. Using the climate change scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the study finds that fish could move away from their present-day habitats at rates of 16-26 km per decade.

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September 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

wb.adb.ebd.afdb.gefSeptember 2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM); and reducing disaster risk from flood and drought.

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Bioversity International Promotes Agrodiversity for Climate Resilience in Papua New Guinea [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalOctober 2014: A publication by Bioversity International presents the results of a pilot project on the use of agricultural biodiversity for mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change. Initiated in Papua New Guinea in 2011, the project ‘Seeds for Needs,' implemented in partnership with the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) of Papua New Guinea, combines information from sweet potato and taro genebanks, and geographic information systems (GIS) to predict future climate scenarios and shortlist the most useful crop varieties for farmers in adapting to climate change.

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UN-REDD Explores Links with Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

unreddOctober 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released a policy brief on how REDD+ is contributing to the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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Liberia and Norway Partner to Halt Deforestation [viewed]

liberia-norway23 September 2014: Following the New York Declaration on Forests agreed to at Climate Summit 2014, Liberia and Norway announced a six-year US$150 million partnership to end deforestation in Liberia by 2020.

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FAO Launches Software for Forest Monitoring [viewed]

FAO10 October 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of Open Foris, a suite of open source software tools to monitor forest inventory. Piloted in ten countries, the tools allow for data entry on smart phones or tablets.

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UNEP, Partners Offset CBD COP 12 Emissions [viewed]

unep-cbd7 October 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with several partners, has launched an initiative aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). A dedicated ‘Carbon Offsetting Fund' will operate though 17 October, seeking to encourage conference participants, as well as the general public, to offset their emissions resulting from the event.

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UNEP-WCMC Models Policy Scenarios for Land, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in East Africa [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc6 October 2014: A workshop by the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and partners on scenario-guided policy analysis concluded that there is a need for increased integration between plans for agricultural development and environmental management. The workshop, which focused on the future of development, food security and the environment under climate change in East Africa, meant to identify important future policy questions for the region guided by research, and more specifically, modeling.

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CBD Secretariat Releases Synthesis of Ocean Acidification Research [viewed]

CBD8 October 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has compiled recent research on ocean acidification into its Technical Series No. 75, titled 'An Updated Synthesis of the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity.' The report synthesizes the best available knowledge on acidification, explaining that while the globe has experienced acidification before, the changes happening today are occurring faster than at any time in at least the last 66 million years.

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