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29 March 2011: The UN Secretary-General's Eminent Persons Group on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) has released its report, titled “Compact for Inclusive Growth and Prosperity.” The report finds that the structural limitations of LDCs must be addressed in order to close the gap between LDCs and the rest of the world, and outlines objectives and targets for a new Programme of Action (PoA), including on small island developing States (SIDS) and climate change.
28 March 2011: The proposed agenda and draft work programme, together with the annotated agenda, for the 60th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board, to be held from 11-15 April in Bangkok, Thailand, are now available.
The 2011 celebration of this annual observance will be organized under the theme "Forests Keep Drylands Working."
This event will be the fourth such event organized by the UNCCD Secretariat, and will take place in parallel to the meetings of the UNFCCC subsidiary body meetings to provide a forum for UNFCCC and UNCCD decision-makers to exchange ideas. Panel Session 1 will focus on climate financing and its long-term impacts on climate adaptation and mitigation at the local level. Panel Session 2 will examine the implication of the REDD+ and Cancun agreements for the drylands. Panel Session 3 will examine green growth and green economy.
This training course will focus on multi-stakeholder governance design in forested landscapes. Themes to be addressed include: globalization, increased resource extraction, climate change, collaborative learning, and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). The course is organized by the Centre for International Forestry Research and Wageningen University.
29 March 2011: Over 37,000 mangrove seedlings have recently been planted on the islands of Aranuka, Butaritari, Maiana, Makin and in North and South Tarawa, Kiribati, as part of a project supported by the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), AusAID and the New Zealand Aid Programme with the aim of reducing Kiribati's vulnerability to climate change, climate variability and sea level rise.
March 2011: At its first meeting, the International Working Group on Coastal "Blue" Carbon underscored the need for active and effective measures to protect the large and vulnerable carbon pools stored in seagrasses, tidal marshes, and mangroves, and to restore and reestablish their carbon sequestration capacity.
This senior-level meeting coordinated by the Organization of American States (OAS) will discuss Latin America and the Caribbean's (LAC) critical energy and climate issues. Participants will also take stock of initiatives under the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) and plan for the region's Energy and Climate Ministerial to be hosted by Colombia in April 2012. Among the topics slated for discussion are energy efficiency, land use and forestry, climate change/adaptation, cleaner fossil fuels and accelerating clean energy deployment in LAC.
25 March 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) held its eighth Participants Committee Meeting (PC8) from 23-25 March 2011, in Dalat, Viet Nam.