Biodiversity

Event: 49th Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The GEF Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas (biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, sustainable forest management) and integrated approach pilots (sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa), and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. A CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council meeting.  

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World Environment Day 2015 Focuses on SCP [viewed]

WED 20155 June 2015: Celebrations and events took place around the globe on the occasion of World Environment Day (WED), which focused on the theme, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.' The theme encouraged consumers to rethink their lifestyles and decrease impacts on natural resources by making one change towards more responsible resource consumption and conscious consumer decision-making.

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GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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ITC Publications Address Wildlife Trade and Climate Change and Agri-Food Trade [viewed]

ITC5 June 2015: International trade in wildlife can be sustainable and contribute to biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods if certain conditions are in place, according to a publication released by the International Trade Centre (ITC) on World Environment Day (WED). Also commemorating WED, ITC released a study on the perceptions of agri-exporters in Peru and Uganda on climate change.

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UNDP-GEF Annual Report Provides Performance Ratings of US$10.35 Billion in Projects [viewed]

UNDP - GEF22 May 2015: The UN Development Programme Global Environmental Finance Unit (UNDP-GEF) released its seventh annual performance report, providing progress and quality ratings of environment and sustainable development projects to the value of US$10.35 billion.

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CIFOR, UNEP Investigate REDD+ Benefit Sharing Projects [viewed]

cifor_unep_cbfp2 June 2015: In order to support benefit sharing, which is garnering attention in REDD+ preparedness, especially as countries move towards results based payments, projects in Kenya, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are gathering experiences and developing and testing decision-making support tools.

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GEF Council Consultation with CSOs Discusses CSO Engagement, Knowledge Management [viewed]

iisdrs_gef1 June 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation meeting with civil society organizations (CSOs) gathered approximately 100 participants to focus on three topics: a dialogue with the GEF CEO; strengthening CSO engagement in the GEF; and knowledge management in the GEF. Just after the close of the consultation, the first meeting of the new Working Group on Implementation of the GEF Public Involvement Policy (PIP) convened, involving members of the GEF CSO Network, the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Council. The day-long CSO Consultation took place immediately before the 48th meeting of the GEF Council, which will convene at the same venue from 2-4 June 2015.

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UN Scientific Advisory Board Discusses "Big Ideas" for the Future of Humanity and the Planet [viewed]

United Nations26 May 2015: The third meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General, which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 25-26 May 2015, discussed a call by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for members to express “scientific concerns you have about the future of people and the planet” for his consideration.

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CIAT, WorldFish Call for Mapping Climate Change Risks to Fish Production [viewed]

ciat_ccaf_worldfish19 May 2015: WorldFish and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), on behalf of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), have published a submission to the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 42) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), titled ‘Climate Change and Aquatic Animal Disease,' which addresses climate change impacts on aquaculture.

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UNEP Annual Report 2014 Highlights “Crucial Crossroads” for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNEPMay 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released its annual report for 2014, highlighting its policy and research work in support of decision making on sustainable development. The year's work included analyses of: emissions cuts required to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celcius (2°C); financing needs for adaptation to climate change; and ecosystems as drivers of economic growth.

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