UNU

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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Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative Launched [viewed]

3 November 2011: EcoAgriculture Partners is carrying out the programming and planning for the international initiative on "Landscapes for People, Food and Nature" together with a group of eight co-organizers partners. This three-year collaborative initiative aims to scale up successful strategies that improve livelihoods and food security, conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services, and help address climate change.

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CBD, UNU-IAS to Cooperate on Master Programme in Environmental Governance and Biodiversity [viewed]

11 October 2011: The UN University-Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) launched a Master of Science (MSc) programme in environmental governance with a specialization in biodiversity from a multi-disciplinary perspective. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and UNU-IAS will allow the CBD Secretariat to collaborate in managing the new MSc programme, and UNU-IAS to support implementation of the Convention.

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IPBES Workshop Proposes Scope and Nature of IPBES Assessments [viewed]

September 2011: The report of the International Science Workshop on Assessments for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is now available. Participants considered the draft of scientific assessments for IPBES, and issued a document containing recommendations and options for policy makers. 

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UNU and Ghana Collaborate on Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Change [viewed]

8 September 2011: The UN University (UNU) has signed an agreement with partner institutions in Ghana on an initiative on “Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: An Integrated Approach.” This initiative is part of the Climate and Ecosystem Change Adaptation and Resilience Research (CECAR) Africa project, which focuses on the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystem in developing countries to climate change in Africa.

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Event: International Symposium on Costs and Benefits of REDD Plus: What, Who, How and When? [viewed]

This symposium is co-organized by Hiroshima University, the UN University's Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), the Forest Research Institute Malaysia, The Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, and the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature. It seeks to take stock of current knowledge and information on costs and benefits of REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries), and to provide an opportunity to deliberate funding systems to support REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) that protect ecosystem services as well as secure the socioeconomic well-being of local communities.  

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FAO Recognizes Japanese Satoyama Sites As Globally Important Agricultural Systems [viewed]

30 June 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) recently recognized two Satoyama areas in Japan as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) sites. The GIAHS initiative aims to safeguard and support ecologically valuable, traditional farming systems and agricultural practices that conserve biodiversity and the natural landscape.

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Event: Climate Change Legal Negotiations: Implications for Forest Governance, Equity and Livelihoods [viewed]

The UN University (UNU) is organizing this event focused on legal negotiations in climate change. During the event, a panel will discuss mechanisms for access and benefit sharing related to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including lessons for climate change legal negotiations from access and benefit sharing agreements. The panel will also discuss the implementation of global environmental agreements within local realities and highlight experiences of communities from different tropical regions in addressing the challenge of ensuring development objectives in an equitable and just manner.  

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Event: Indigenous Peoples, Marginalized Populations and Climate Change Workshop [viewed]

This is the first of a series of two workshops organized by the UN University (UNU), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The workshop will bring together representatives of indigenous peoples and marginalized populations, natural and social scientists, and other experts in relevant domains. The aim of the workshops is to identify, compile and analyse relevant indigenous and local observations, knowledge and practices related to understanding climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation. This first workshop, which will focus on climate change vulnerability, adaptation and traditional knowledge, will be held in collaboration with the Mexican National Institute of Ecology (INE).  

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New Publication Addresses Global Ocean Protection [viewed]

23 November 2010: Published by IUCN, the Nature Conservancy, the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), the UN University-Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), and Agence des aires marines protégées, the report "Global Ocean Protection: Present status and future possibilities" provides evidence-based recommendations on improving and accelerating actions on delivering ocean protection and management through marine protected areas (MPAs).

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