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Draft Proposal for UNEP-UNCCD Enabling Activities Umbrella Project Circulated [viewed]

UNCCD15 December 2011: A draft proposal for an enabling activities umbrella project has been posted on the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) website.

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TEEB and Earthscan Publish Study on Business and Enterprise [viewed]

15 December 2011: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) project, hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and led by Pavan Sukhdev, launched its latest report on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Business and Enterprise, published by Earthscan.

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Mountain Focus Group Discusses Strategy for UNCSD [viewed]

14 December 2011: The meeting of the Mountain Focus Group convened on 14 December 2011, and sought to forge a common understanding on including mountain development in the preparatory process for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the Conference itself.

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World Mountain Forum Underscores the Importance of Public-Private Partnerships [viewed]

11 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Fondation pour le Développement Durable des Régions de Montagne (FDDM), the BOTZA Association, the private sector and the Commune de Bagnes, have hosted the World Mountain Forum in Verbier, Switzerland. 

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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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UNEP Launches iPhone App on Ecosystems and Climate Change [viewed]

13 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched an iPhone application intended to draw attention to the critical role played by ecosystems in tackling climate change. The Blue and REDD Carbon iPhone application was launched at the Eye on Earth Summit, which is convening in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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CBD and UNEP-WCMC Release Draft Study on Standards and Certification Schemes [viewed]

December 2011: Authored by experts from the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and published as part of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Technical Series, a new draft study reviews the biodiversity requirements of 36 environmental standards, sampled from eight business sectors.

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Event: Meeting of the Mountain Focus Group [viewed]

The meeting of the Mountain Focus Group will follow up on a similar event held at the Swiss Mission in May 2011. Participants will share information on how to advance the effective implementation of the sustainable mountain development agenda in the preparatory process leading to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The meeting will work toward a common understanding on how best to include mountain development in the discussions and negotiations on Rio+20. The meeting is jointly organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Italian and Swiss Missions to the UN.  

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FAO Raises Alarms on Consequences of Mountain Forests Loss [viewed]

FAO9 December 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, has published a report titled "Mountain Forests in a Changing World" that brings attention to the threats to mountain forests including increasing temperatures and wildfires, population growth and food and fuel insecurity.

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In Interviews, Biodiversity Experts Discuss Benefits of IPBES [viewed]

December 2011: In a series of interviews, experts from international organizations, NGOs, academia and scientific bodies discuss the role of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and its benefits. The IPBES Secretariat recently released the interviews on its website.

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