Climate Change

CBD Monthly Bulletin Highlights Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on REDD+ [viewed]

26 April 2011: In the March issue of its Monthly Bulletin of Activities, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) highlights several recent meetings and activities, including the opening for signature of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries, including on relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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IUCN Publishes Study on Resilience of Coral Reefs in Bonaire [viewed]

26 April 2011: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has published a study, based on surveys conducted in 2009 as part of the IUCN Climate Change and Coral Reefs Working Group global coral reef resilience assessments, on resilience characteristics of the coral reefs in the Bonaire National Marine Park. 

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ITPGR Secretariat Produces Training Materials on Treaty [viewed]

April 2011: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has produced the first in a series of five comprehensive educational modules on the operation of the Treaty.

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GEF Project Fosters Integrated Coastal Management and Mangrove Conservation in India [viewed]

21 April 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched a community-based natural resource management and mangrove conservation project in the Godavari River Estuary, India.

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CITES Plants Committee Convenes [viewed]

21 April 2011: The 19th meeting of the Plants Committee (PC 19) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened from 18-21 April 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. At its first meeting since the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to CITES in March 2010, the Committee laid out the groundwork for responding to the multiple mandates received from the Conference. 

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Researchers Discuss Wheat Rust Concerns, Links to Climate Change [viewed]

20 April 2011: Researchers from 31 countries meeting at an international symposium raised concerns about the increased vulnerability of wheat production in many countries to new varieties of stem rust, which could lead to epidemics threatening regional food security and rural livelihoods, as well as further increases in global food prices.

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Event: Stakeholder Meeting to Develop an Action Plan on Forests and the Green Economy [viewed]

The Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is organizing a meeting with stakeholders across the UNECE region (Western and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North America) to discuss the development of an action plan on forests and the green economy. Discussion will focus on: Sustainable Wood Consumption and Production; Low-carbon Forest Sector; Valuation of and Payments for Ecosystem Services; Monitoring and Governance; and Green Jobs. The action plan, once finalized, will be reviewed by the UNECE Timber Committee and FAO European Forestry Commission at their joint session, scheduled from 10-14 October 2011 in Antalya, Turkey. It will then be presented as a regional sectoral example at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in June 2012.  

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Event: Fifth Steering Committee and 24th General Assembly of the Inter-African Phytosanitary Council [viewed]

Organized by the African Union (AU) Commission, the fifth meeting of the Steering Committee and 24th General Assembly of the Inter-African Phytosanitary Council (AU-IAPSC) will assess the level of implementation of the recommendations of previous meetings, and adopt forthcoming programmes for 2012. The IAPSC was created under the aegis of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with the mandate to: prevent the introduction of crop pests and diseases into Africa; assist AU members in controlling and eradicating existing diseases; discourage and stop the uncontrolled commercialization and distribution of agro pharmaceuticals and chemicals in Africa; prevent damage to human health through toxic residues; guide member States on the implications of using biotechnologies for plant protection; and represent and assist African countries in the context of the Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures of the World Trade Organization. Challenges to be addressed at this meeting include: the long term strategies to react to increased threats from exotic pests due to increased trade and climate change; sustaining Africa's phytosanitary science capability in the face of declining resources and an erosion of the scientific basis; and improving coordination of national plant protection organizations and research programmes.  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter20 April 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has released the March/April edition of its newsletter, which features an article on the March 2011 Policy Board meeting held in Da Lat, Viet Nam, where partner country representatives, civil society organizations and donors spoke to the UN-REDD Programme about their evolving commitment to REDD+ and the value of their partnership with the Programme.

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IEA Report Proposes Steps for Sustainable Global Biofuels Expansion [viewed]

20 April 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report entitled “Technology Roadmap: Biofuels for Transport,” which describes the necessary steps to realize ambitious global biofuels targets.

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