Biodiversity

AMCEN Session Launches Reports on Biodiversity, Climate Change, Mountains, South-South Cooperation [viewed]

amcen_unep4 March 2015: A series of reports launched at the 15th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) address: biodiversity decline; progress toward the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Targets in Africa; development, food security and livelihoods in mountain communities; achievements from the China-Africa Cooperation Programme; climate change adaptation; and youth.

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SOER 2015 Highlights Challenges in Achieving European Environment Goals [viewed]

EEA2 March 2015: “The level of ambition of existing environmental policy may be inadequate to achieve Europe's long-term environmental goals,” according to ‘The European environment - state and outlook 2015 - synthesis report' (SOER 2015). The report finds that the region faces substantial challenges in protecting its natural capital, stimulating resource-efficient, low carbon economic and social development, and safeguarding its population from environmental health risks. The European Environment Agency (EEA) produces the SOER every five years.

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UNESCO Conference Focuses on Interaction between Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

UNESCO10 February 2015: Participants explored the scientific community's approaches to climate change, including its links to biodiversity, at a conference on the theme ‘Assises du Vivant 2015 - Biodiversity and Climate Change in Interaction: Creating new life possibilities.' The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized the conference as part of preparations for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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UNEP Seeks Comments on Access-to-Information Policy [viewed]

UNEP25 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is requesting comments on its Access-to-Information-Policy, which contains the principles and procedures governing access to information at UNEP. The policy was issued on 6 June 2014, and is currently in a pilot phase. According to UNEP, it seeks to make accessible the information concerning UNEP's work and the information it generates, in a manner consistent with the relevant policies and practices of the UN Secretariat.

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International Forum Urges Adoption of Climate-Smart Agriculture, Agro-Ecology [viewed]

logo_french_agricultural20 February 2015: Speaking at the International Forum on Agriculture and Climate Change, which was organized by the Government of France as the first in a series of events leading up to the December 2015 climate change conference, José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), urged a “paradigm shift” in agriculture. He described today's predominant model of agricultural production as “not suitable for the new food security challenges of the 21st century.”

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Governments Advance Revision of Mediterranean Sustainable Development Strategy [viewed]

unep-map18 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the France-based NGO Plan Bleu supported a regional conference in Malta, in which stakeholders and Parties to the Barcelona Convention reviewed a revised sustainable development strategy for the Mediterranean region. Participants considered six thematic areas of the revised Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD): seas and coasts; natural resources; rural development and food; climate; sustainable cities; transition towards a green economy; and governance.

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Guest Article #126: Connecting the Dots Between Development, Biodiversity, and Climate Change [viewed]

Last fall, two major international meetings on intertwined topics, biodiversity and climate change, occurred back-to-back. In Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at its 12th session adopted several decisions on climate change and biodiversity, including targets for restoring and conserving ecosystems as a safeguard against climate change impacts.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Input on New and Emerging Issues, Climate Change-Related Matters [viewed]

CBD17 February 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a series of notifications calling for views and information on new and emerging issues to be considered by the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), the potential impacts of geoengineering on biodiversity, and other climate change-related activities, including experiences with ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

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GOC Proposes Indicators for SDG on Oceans and Seas [viewed]

gocFebruary 2015: The Global Ocean Commission (GOC) has released proposed indicators for a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on oceans and seas. GOC released the indicators as a contribution to the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.

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UK Allocates £40 Million to BioCarbon Fund [viewed]

Worldbanklogo27 January 2015: The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) announced a contribution of £40 million to the World Bank administered BioCarbon Fund (BCF). The funding will support the BCF Initiative on Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL) in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from land use, deforestation and forest degradation.

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