Biodiversity for Development

EEA "Signals 2012" Focuses on Consumption and Production Patterns [viewed]

EEA5 June 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released the 2012 edition of its "Signals" report, titled "Building the Future we Want," which focuses on the impacts of consumption and production patterns, and ways to reduce their impact on the environment. 

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CPF Publishes Sustainable Forest Management Fact Sheets [viewed]

5 June 2012: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), a group of 14 international forest-related organizations, has released eight fact sheets on sustainable forest management (SFM).

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Equator Initiative Announces 2012 Prize Winners [viewed]

UNDP23 March 2012:  The Equator Initiative announced the 25 local community groups that will receive the Equator Prize 2012 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to sustainable development. The prize recipients will be recognized during a high-level event at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: 43rd Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum [viewed]

The 43rd meeting of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF 43) will take place from 27-31 August 2012. The meeting will be preceded by a Smaller Island States (SIS) Leaders' Meeting and Pacific African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States Leaders' Meeting. PIF 43 will include a Formal Session, Leaders' Retreat, and post-Forum Dialogue Partners' Plenary Session. Also at this meeting the world's largest marine park, announced by the Cook Islands in December 2011, will be launched.  

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ICP 13 Discusses Marine Renewable Energies [viewed]

1 June 2012: The 13th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (Consultative Process, or ICP 13) brought together representatives from governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and academic institutions to examine this year's topic, marine renewable energies (MREs).

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UNDP Announces Accomplishments in India Biosphere Reserve [viewed]

UNDP31 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Tamil Nadu have reported on results of the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust (GOMBRT), which receives financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency Considers Post-UNCSD Strategy [viewed]

15 May 2012: The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency has released key findings from a forthcoming report, titled “Roads From Rio+20: Pathways to Achieve Global Sustainability Goals by 2050,” analyzing the contribution of technology and changes in consumption patterns to accomplishing sustainable development objectives. The report proposes: a shared vision for 2050; strong short-term targets; and strong government policy action, building on business and civil society strengths.

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Natural Resources Forum Highlights Soil Erosion, Water Security, CSR Practices [viewed]

May 2012: The May 2012 issue of Natural Resources Forum, a quarterly journal issued by the UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), features articles on: challenging established narratives on soil erosion and shifting cultivation in Laos; water security; and a Chilean fruit exporters survey on variation in implementation of corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices in emerging economies' firms.

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Rio+20 Secretariat Lists Voluntary Commitments [viewed]

RIO+2024 May 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has begun listing voluntary commitments to deliver concrete results for sustainable development.

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UNEP-WCMC Briefing Notes Address Biodiversity in Rio+20 Outcomes [viewed]

24 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has released four briefing notes describing its contributions to implementing outcomes on biodiversity and ecosystem services under Agenda 21, the Rio Conventions and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI). The notes further offer ways for UNEP-WCMC to contribute to the development and delivery of the outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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