Climate Change

CBD Secretariat Invites Nominations for LAC REDD+ Workshop [viewed]

8 April 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is seeking nominations for a Latin America and Caribbean regional consultation and capacity building workshop on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks), including on relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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FAO Creates Partnership for Mediterranean Forests [viewed]

6 April 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has created a new partnership with 11 other organizations and institutions to tackle the threats of climate change facing forests in the Mediterranean region. The announcement came during the Second Mediterranean Forest Week, held from 5-8 April 2011, in Avignon, France.

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Event: CBD Latin America and Caribbean Capacity-Building Workshop on REDD-Plus Including Relevant Biodiversity Safeguards [viewed]

Organized by the CBD Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador and with financial support from the Government of Japan and the UN-REDD Programme, the purpose of this workshop is to consult with parties on the development of advice on relevant biodiversity safeguards, so that REDD-plus actions are consistent with the objectives of the CBD and avoid negative impacts on and enhance benefits for biodiversity.  

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Event: IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012 [viewed]

The Congress theme will be Nature+, a slogan that captures the fundamental importance of nature and its inherent link to every aspect of people's lives. The Congress will explore many of the most pressing environmental and development challenges from this perspective and how strong and resilient nature is intricately linked to solving these issues, including Nature+climate, nature+livelihoods, nature+energy and nature+economics.  

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Event: Rediscovering Wood, the Key to a Sustainable Future [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) with the Government of India will hold this international conference on how the production and use of wood products can contribute to sustainable development. The conference will focus on the socioeconomic, aesthetic and cultural dimensions of wood use.  

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UNCCD Invites Input through Knowledge Needs Assessment [viewed]

March 2011: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is currently undertaking a knowledge needs assessment to identify the current state of tools and practices, along with appropriate options for, knowledge management and sharing pertaining to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD).

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Event: World Oceans Day 2011 [viewed]

The theme for World Oceans Day 2011 is "Our oceans: greening our future." The UN General Assembly officially designated 8 June as annual World Oceans Day in Resolution 63/111 to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.  

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Guest Article #2: The Nagoya Biodiversity Compact [viewed]

In early May 2010, the world received a wake-up call. Global Biodiversity Outlook 3, based on the best available scientific evidence and drawing from 120 national reports of Parties to the Convention, warned of the consequences of our current development path. The continuing loss of species and habitats, predicted to accelerate under the growing impact of climate change, has placed so much pressure on the life-supporting ecosystems of our world, that many risk passing a “tipping point.” We were reminded that the status of biodiversity for millions of years to come will be determined by the actions that human society takes in the coming decades.

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GEF Project in Komi Republic Saves Emissions by Reducing Fires and Illegal Logging [viewed]

5 April 2011: A Global Environment Facility Project is reported to be helping the Government of Komi (Russian Federation) to improve the sustainability of the national protected area system and measure carbon stocks and reduced emissions from deforestation.

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CCCCC Publishes March-April 2011 Issue of Climate Change News Update [viewed]

4 April 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has published its fourth Climate Change News Update. The March-April 2011 issue of News Update compiles major international and regional climate change news, including climate change-related events, studies, reports and resource materials.

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