Event: Fifth International Marine Debris Conference [viewed]

This conference is co-organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The event will highlight research advances, allowing sharing of strategies and best practices to assess, reduce and prevent the impacts of marine debris.  

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Caribbean Consultation Considers Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Wealth Generation [viewed]

A consultation for Caribbean nations was held from 26-27 April 2010, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The event was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) as part of a regional initiative entitled, “Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Why these are Important for Sustained Growth and Equity in Latin America and the Caribbean.” The initiative aims to prepare a report on the role of biodiversity in wealth generation and support of wellbeing in the region. The seventh in a series of consultations, the Caribbean consultation discussed emblematic policies in Caribbean nations, and identified key sectors for promoting investment in biodiversity and ecosystem services, as well as existing barriers to such investments. Participants also discussed insights from case studies from Paraguay and Indonesia, and recommended inputs to the regional report, ways to convince decision makers and dissemination strategies. In the final plenary, participants recommended key messages and ways to enrich the regional initiative.

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Event: Seventh Consultation on the UNDP Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean - Biodiversity and Ecosystems [viewed]


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Event: Ecohealth 2010: The Third Biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology and Health (IAEH) [viewed]

This conference will bring together academic institutions, government bodies and civil society groups to discuss jointly the major challenges facing people, wildlife and ecosystems internationally in 2010 and the future. Placing major emphasis on the perspectives of peoples most vulnerable to the harms of ecosystem destruction, including indigenous peoples, women, and young people, the three main themes for the conference are: urban ecohealth; biodiversity and ecohealth; and sustainability and future priorities for ecohealth.  

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UNPFII 9 Calls for Development Models Based on Indigenous Values, Cultures and Identities [viewed]

30 April 2010: The ninth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which convened from 19-30 April 2010, at  UN Headquarters in New York, US, considered economic and social issues and their impacts, including the financial crisis, climate change, forests and the actions of multinational corporations, among other issues.

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SAARC Summit Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

29 April 2010: The Sixteenth Meeting of the Heads of State or Government of the Member States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was held in Thimphu, Bhutan, from 28-29 April 2010, around the theme of climate change.

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Mediterranean Dialogue Addresses Environment and Renewable Energy [viewed]

26 April 2010: The First Ministerial Conference on the Environment and Renewable Energy within the framework of the 5+5 Mediterranean Dialogue convened on 26 April 2010, in Oran, Algeria, with representatives from Northern Mediterranean countries (Spain, France, Italy and Portugal) and five Southern Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia).

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World Bank Holds Seminar on Climate Change and Africa [viewed]

25 April 2010: The need for Africa to speak with one voice and make itself heard at the upcoming 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the UNFCCC, to be held in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of 2010, was highlighted during a seminar on climate change and Africa organized by the World Bank.

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People's World Conference on Climate Change Adopts Declaration [viewed]

23 April 2010:The People's World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth convened in Cochabamba, Bolivia, from 19-22 April 2010. An initiative of Bolivian President Evo Morales, the Conference provided a forum to discuss the structural and systemic causes of climate change and propose substantive measures that facilitate the well-being of mankind in harmony with nature.

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Event: UN-REDD Workshop: Identifying and Promoting Ecosystem Co-Benefits from REDD+ [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).  

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