Biodiversity

CBD Secretariat Issues Notification on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

CBD17 September 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification on incorporating disaster risk reduction (DRR) into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) in advance of the adoption of a post-2015 framework for DRR that will succeed the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA). The document (SCBD/SAM/DC/DCo/VA/83873) highlights opportunities "to raise awareness of the importance of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets to achieving DRR objectives."

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Leonardo DiCaprio Named UN Messenger of Peace [viewed]

leonardi.di.caprio16 September 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has designated Leonardo DiCaprio, actor and environmental activist, as UN Messenger of Peace, with a special focus on climate change.

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Coffee Gene Sequencing Project Supports Climate Adaptation [viewed]

idb-fontagro11 September 2014: The complete sequence of the coffee genome has been released into the public domain in an attempt to accelerate plant variety selection in the face of climate change and to meet growers' specific needs. The genetic information of the Coffea arabica and Coffea eugenioides species, containing the location and characterization of more than 30,000 genes, was presented during the Conference of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC), held 8-13 September in Armenia, Colombia.

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Event: ITPGR High-Level Expert Workshop on Food Crops for Agriculture in Changing Climate: An Expert Communiqué [viewed]

To be held on the sidelines of the UN Climate Summit, this Expert Workshop will address the role of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) in addressing the challenges of producing more nutritious food on less land under the influence of climate change. The workshop will cover activities and initiatives under the Treaty in three segments: conservation and management of crop diversity; the Treaty systems for downstream use of crop diversity; and breeding and making available climate-smart varieties to farmers.  

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NGOs Outline Position on Paris Agreement [viewed]

paris.20158 September 2014: Christian Aid, Green Alliance, Greenpeace, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) have published a report outlining what needs to be agreed at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to be held in Paris, France, in December 2015, what has changed since 1992 on the road from Rio to Paris, the prospects for an agreement and why a global agreement is needed.

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GEF CEO Announces Largest-Ever Financing for SIDS [viewed]

GEF4 September 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Naoko Ishii has announced US$256 million in funding for projects on biodiversity, chemicals and wastes, forests and capacity building. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), during which the GEF also showcased its work with SIDS.

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NORDEN Report Assesses Climate Change Effects on Primary Nordic Industries [viewed]

Nordic Council LogoAugust 2014: The Nordic Council of Ministers (NORDEN) has published a report, titled ‘Climate change and primary industries: Impacts, adaptation and mitigation in the Nordic countries,' which focuses on the effects of climate change on the primary Nordic industries, namely agriculture, fishing and forestry.

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SIDS Conference Concludes with 297 Partnerships, Adoption of Outcome Document [viewed]

Samoa Partnerships Commitment4 September 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) took place from 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa, on the theme of ‘The Sustainable Development of SIDS Through Genuine and Durable Partnerships.' The Conference produced an outcome document, titled ‘SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway,' which was negotiated during the preparatory process at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and adopted during the closing plenary.

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August 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

idb-adb-wb-cif5 September 2014: During the month of August 2014, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the World Bank reported on various climate finance projects. The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) announced a publication on the ADB's climate finance projects in the Asia-Pacific, and the World Bank highlighted its climate and disaster risk screening policies.

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UNEP and IUCN Partner for Forest Restoration [viewed]

unep-iucn4 September 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have announced a partnership intended to support the 2011 'Bonn Challenge on Forests, Climate Change and Biodiversity,' which aims to restore at least 150 million hectares of degraded forest landscapes by 2020.

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