Biodiversity

UNESCO Outlines Best Practices of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

mab-unesco22 May 2013: The Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and partners have released a book, titled 'Best Practices of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves,' which compiles the presentations of the Island Biosphere Reserves that attended the 2nd meeting of the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves: Sustainable Development and Climate Change, held in Jeju, Republic of Korea, in September 2012.

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Sandwatch Stakeholder Workshop Presents Activities Carried out in Aceh, Indonesia [viewed]

Sandwatch21 May 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on a Sandwatch stakeholder workshop involving SMA Negeri 1 and MTsN Lhoknga, teachers from schools in coastal Aceh Besar district, government officials, Panglima Laôt and local NGOs.

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UNEP Launches Global Sustainable Consumption and Production Clearinghouse [viewed]

scp21 May 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in its role as Secretariat of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP 10YFP), has launched The Global SCP Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse uses social networking principles to create a “one-stop hub” for SCP knowledge and cooperation.

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Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Report Underscores Significance of Climate Change [viewed]

CAFF15 May 2013: The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) report, released at the Arctic Council Ministerial, emphasizes that climate change is the most significant driver in overall Arctic biodiversity change, and that it exacerbates other threats to Arctic biodiversity. Released by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council, the report also calls for an ecosystem-based approach to management, and recommends integrating biodiversity into other policy fields.

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CIFOR Reviews REDD+ Policy Networks in Indonesia [viewed]

CIFOR26 April 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a brief that outlines CIFOR's perspective on the state of REDD+ policy networks in Indonesia, noting that REDD+ has successfully been adopted and promoted in Indonesia, with the intention of improving forest governance.

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UNFCCC Publishes Workshop's Report on Ecosystem-Based Approaches [viewed]

UNFCCC10 May 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report on the technical workshop on ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation to climate change (FCC/SBSTA/2013/2), which was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 21-23 March 2013. The workshop sought to enhance parties' and expert organizations' understanding of ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation, share best practices and lessons learned, and identify areas for further work.

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Experts Assess Biofuels Screening Toolkit at UNIDO Biofuels Conference [viewed]

UNIDO7 May 2013: Participants at the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Biofuels Conference have assessed the Biofuels Screening Toolkit, which was developed to help ensure the sustainability of biofuels production, in recognition of the potential negative effects of biofuels production on the environment and on food security.

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European Commission Adopts Green Infrastructure Strategy [viewed]

European Union 6 May 2013: The European Commission adopted a green infrastructure strategy designed to: promote green infrastructure in the main policy areas; improve research and data, strengthen the knowledge base and promote innovative technologies; improve access to finance for green infrastructure projects; and support EU-level green infrastructure projects.

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UNDP Reports on Environment and Sustainable Development Work in 2008-2012 [viewed]

UNDPApril 2013: The UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Environment and Energy Group (EEG) has released a report, titled ‘Towards Transformational Change: UNDP's Work in Environment and Sustainable Development 2008-2012.' The publication features a collection of stories from around the world in four strategic areas: mainstreaming environment and energy; mobilizing environmental finance; promoting adaptation to climate change; and expanding access to environmental and energy services for the poor.

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Report of the Adaptation Fund Board's 20th Meeting Released [viewed]

Adaptation Fund6 May 2013: The Adaptation Fund has released the meeting report from the 20th meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB), during which it approved a new project in Argentina, and placed projects in Belize, Ghana and Uzbekistan in the pipeline.

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