Biodiversity

Working Group Considers Environmental Impacts of Anthropogenic Activities on Marine Biological Diversity [viewed]

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2 May 2008: Participants to the Second meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction have addressed the issue of environmental impacts of anthropogenic activities. A number of developing countries at the 28 April-2 May 2008 meeting in New York, US, organized by the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, expressed concern with ocean-based climate change mitigation activities, highlighting uncertainties regarding their impacts.

Norway, Australia, Marshall Islands and Mexico argued that these activities should be subject to the carrying out of an environmental impact assessment (EIA).

Above - L-R: Co-Chair Ambassador Robert Hill (Australia) and Co-Chair Juan Manuel Gómez-Robledo (Mexico).

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Biodiversity Loss Affects Human Health - Study [viewed]

24 April 2008: According to a new book, a new generation of medical treatments may be lost unless the current rate of biodiversity loss is reversed. The book, Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity, was supported by UNEP, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Development Programme and IUCN, and was edited and written by Eric Chivian and Aaron Bernstein, from Harvard Medical School, along with more than 100 contributing scientists.

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Adaptation Fund Board Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

Unfccc_2The Board of the Kyoto Protocol's Adaptation Fund met for the first time from 26-28 March 2008, in Bonn, Germany. The Fund, which was set up under the Kyoto Protocol and approved at the Bali Climate Change Conference in December 2007, will finance adaptation projects that assist developing countries to deal with the impact of climate change.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Emphasizes Drought Preparedness and Management Along with Drought Monitoring and Early Warning Systems [viewed]

Luc_gnacadjaIn his statement to mark 2008 World Meteorological Day, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja emphasized the increasing frequency of extreme weather and climate events, including droughts and water scarcity, and highlighted that “Desertification, land degradation and drought are strongly linked to climate change, soil degradation and biodiversity.”

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UNESCO Conference Says Biosphere Reserves Can Spur Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

BiosphereParticipants at the third World Congress of Biosphere Reserves, which took place from 4-9 February 2008, in Madrid, Spain, and was organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), have adopted the Madrid Declaration, which underlines that biosphere reserves can spur efforts “to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to promote the greater use of renewable energy,” as well as to tackle challenges such as the loss of traditional knowledge and cultural diversity.

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Expert Panel Discusses Forest Adaptation To Climate Change [viewed]

Climate_changes_2The Expert Panel on Adaptation of Forests to Climate Change, convened as part of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, met from 11-12 February 2008 in New York, US.

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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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