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UN-REDD Programme Invites Comments on Free, Prior and Informed Consent Guidelines [viewed]

14 December 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has announced that the draft Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) are open for public review. Comments are requested by 15 January 2012.

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UNESCO-IOC Launches Cooperation with Agulhas and Somali Current LME [viewed]

12 December 2011: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IOC) has signed an Aide Memoire with the Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) project of the UN Development Programme (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Durban Oceans Day Discusses Marine Biodiversity Issues [viewed]

3 December 2011: Oceans Day 2011 addressed several issues related to marine biodiversity, including the ecosystem approach, payment for ecosystem services (PES), invasive marine species, ocean acidification, coral bleaching and fish stocks depletion.

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Publication Assesses Capacity Building Services for REDD+ in the Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

1 December, 2011: The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), with support from the UN-REDD Programme through the UN Environment Programme, has launched an interim policy brief on a project on the strengths and gaps in capacity building services for REDD+ readiness in a sample of Asia-Pacific countries.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Outlines Planned Activities for Durban [viewed]

UN-REDD Newsletter - Novermber 201123 November 2011: The November issue of the UN-REDD Newsletter highlights a number of recent activities and reports related to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks), and outlines UN-REDD's planned activities at the Durban Climate Conference.

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Event: Second Session of a Plenary Meeting on IPBES [viewed]

The second session of a plenary meeting to determine the modalities and institutional arrangements for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will take place in Panama from 16-21 April 2012. The plenary is convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in cooperation with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and other organisations. The deadline for registration (see website for registration form) is 31 January 2012.  

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IPBES Stakeholder Day Addresses Operationalization of Platform, Intersessional Work [viewed]

October 2011: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Stakeholder Day addressed the operationalisation of the platform and the involvement of non-governmental stakeholders. Held prior to the first session of a plenary meeting on IPBES, the meeting allowed representatives of civil society and the scientific community to learn about the platform and exchange views on issues under consideration in the plenary process.

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GEF Council Approves Projects on Biodiversity and Blue Carbon [viewed]

10 November 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, at its 41st Council Meeting, approved decisions on the administration of the GEF, as well as a work programme including several biodiversity-related projects on protected areas, and an innovative International Waters initiative, the “Blue Forests” effort to estimate the carbon sequestration capacity of coastal habitats like mangroves, sea grass beds, coral reefs and salt marshes, and demonstrate their economic value.

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Event: Climate Change Mitigation with Indigenous Peoples: Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the UN University (UNU), in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The workshop aims to: reflect the range of perspectives concerning indigenous peoples/local communities and climate change responses (including mitigation); support the build-up of understanding and peer-reviewed literature in the field of indigenous peoples, local communities and climate change mitigation; compile data and grey literature that are relevant for understanding climate change mitigation involving local and indigenous knowledge holders, local populations, and developing country scientists; support Indigenous peoples', local communities' and developing country scientists' engagement and research in international climate dialogues; provide policy makers with relevant information on the mitigation potential of indigenous peoples and local communities; and outline a publication in a Special Issue of a peer-reviewed scientific journal.  

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UN Agencies Release Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability Ahead of UNCSD [viewed]

1 November 2011: Several UN entities have issued a Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability, which highlights the role of oceans in sustainable development and offers recommendations ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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