Climate Change

UNDP Administrator Addresses B4E Summit [viewed]

28 April 2011: The 2011 Global Summit "B4E - Business for the Environment," an international conference for dialogue and business-driven action for the environment organized in partnership between WWF and Global Initiatives, was held from 27-29 April 2011, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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CPF Calls for Increased Community-Based Forest Management [viewed]

22 April 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), which includes 14 international organizations specializing in the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests, has called on governments to increase communities' role in forest management.

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CBD Liaison Group to Address Geo-Engineering [viewed]

21 April 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has called for experts to participate in a liaison group to work on defining climate-related geo-engineering and assessing the potential impacts of geo-engineering on biodiversity.

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Report Identifies Most Vulnerable Places in Arctic Ocean [viewed]

27 April 2011: A report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) identifies 13 of the richest and most vulnerable places in the Arctic Ocean that should be considered for protection as summer sea ice melts and industrial activity expands into newly accessible areas. Such places include the Bering Strait, Chukchi Beaufort Coast, Barents Sea Coast and Great Siberian Polynya.

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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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