Climate Change

CBD Releases March Issue of REDD+ and Biodiversity Newsletter [viewed]

March 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the March issue of its “REDD-plus & Biodiversity e-Newsletter.”

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Event: [Cancelled] International Conference on Groundwater Resources Management: Adaptation Measures to Water Scarcity Science and Policy Responses [viewed]

Due to unforeseen circumstances the "Second UNESCO-UCI International Conference on Groundwater Resources Management" has been cancelled. This Conference is jointly organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Irvine, California (UCI). This Second UNESCO-UCI 2011 Conference on ‘Groundwater Resources Management' will evaluate the progress made in groundwater management since the First Conference in 2008. The four themes of the conference are: the role of groundwater in adapting to the impacts of global and climate changes; strengthening groundwater management for sustainable development; innovative methods and technologies for groundwater management; and groundwater education, cooperation and governance. The Conference results will be presented at the 6th World Water Forum (March 2012, Marseille, France) and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20, in June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).  

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Event: 28th Session on the European Forestry Commission Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds [viewed]

This meeting will be jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Turkey.  

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Event: First Meeting of Plenary on IPBES [viewed]

The first session of a plenary meeting on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will adopt the platform's rules of procedure and modalities for participation and membership. The plenary is also set to hear offers from governments to host the platform's secretariat and is expected to decide on a detailed work programme and budget. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will convene the meeting, working closely with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNEP) and other relevant organizations. The plenary will be in the form of an open-ended intergovernmental meeting, which is provisionally scheduled for two sessions. Two sessions of the plenary meeting are necessary to allow IPBES to become fully operationalized. At the first session, it is expected that government representatives will consider the draft principles and procedures governing the work of IPBES, its governance structure, the processes for nomination and election of officers and the nomination and selection of host institution(s) and host country for the platform. The second session will then be in a position to determine these modalities and institutional arrangements and consider the detailed draft work programme.  

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UNFF CLI Addresses Challenges of Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

10 March 2011: The Governments of Japan and Indonesia co-hosted an international seminar entitled "Challenges of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM): Integrating Environmental, Social and Economic Values of Forests." The seminar, a Country-Led Initiative (CLI) in support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), was held in Tokyo, Japan from 8-10 March, as a collaborative initiative for the 2011 International Year of Forests. 

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Event: COMIFAC Heads of State Summit [viewed]

 

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UNCCD Invites Comments Related to Refinement of Impact Indicators [viewed]

31 March 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has invited stakeholders to provide comments on the "white paper" for the refinement of the UNCCD set of impact indicators.

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Institution Selected to Organize 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference [viewed]

31 March 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that the Bureau of the Convention's Committee on Science and Technology (CST) has selected Global Risk Forum, Davos, Switzerland (GRF Davos) as the lead institution to organize the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference.

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FAO Submission to UNFCCC Focuses on Food Security [viewed]

31 March 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has made a submission to the UNFCCC Secretariat on "Climate Change and Food Security in the Context of the Cancun Agreement."

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UNEP/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme Releases March Newsletter [viewed]

31 March 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the March 2011 edition of its newsletter, including the announcement of a new collaborative project on Blue Carbon and recent events in which UNEP/GRID-Arendal has participated.

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