Lucerne World Mountain Conference Calls for Strong Message at Rio+20 [viewed]

12 October 2011: The Lucerne World Mountain Conference adopted a Call for Action, including for adapting and developing mountain governance to avoid poverty, food insecurity and social exclusion. The Conference aimed to highlight the importance of mountains and feed into the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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European Commission Publishes Policy Brief on Biodiversity and Health [viewed]

October 2011: The European Commission has produced a policy brief that summarizes scientific information on the benefits biodiversity provides for human health and offers policy recommendations.

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Guest Article #7: Value Island Biodiversity – It's Our Life [viewed]

Biodiversity is a hot topic these days – a simple Google search will give you around 46 million results. But, what is biodiversity? It is a word coined to refer to the variety of all living things on Earth – all the species, genetic resources and ecosystems on the planet and how they function and interact. Biodiversity is the cornerstone of life in the Pacific – our plants, animals, and ecosystems are essential for livelihoods of Pacific people. Biodiversity has helped shape our culture and traditions.

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UNECE Supports Forestation Project of the Dry Bed of the Aral Sea [viewed]

UNECE13 October 2011: Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and Saghit Ibatullin, Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS), have announced a regional project on the forestation of the dry bed of the Aral Sea.

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RRI Dialogue Examines Role of Finance in Reducing Forest Loss [viewed]

12 October 2011: The 11th Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue convened under the theme “Status and Role of Public and Private Finance to Reduce Forest Loss and Degradation.” The Dialogue discussed lessons learned regarding the possibilities of a global forest carbon market, and the scope for individual projects.

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European Commission Unveils Agricultural Policy Reform Proposals [viewed]

12 October 2011: The European Commission has unveiled a draft reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period after 2013, which aims to strengthen the competitiveness, sustainability and permanence of agriculture throughout the EU in order to secure for European citizens a healthy and high-quality source of food, preserve the environment and develop rural areas.

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Arab League Meeting Focuses on Biodiversity and Desertification MEAs [viewed]

11 October 2011: The Secretariat of the League of Arab States organized the meeting of the "Arab Working Group on the implementation of biodiversity and desertification related Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)," at which representatives of Arab countries heard reports from the various MEAs on their work over the past year relevant to the Arab region. 

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GEF, UNCCD Publish Book on Sustainable Land Management Projects [viewed]

October 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariats have jointly published a book on sustainable land management (SLM) projects, highlighting the impact of many of these projects in achieving SLM, as well as experiences and lessons learned.

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UNCCD Names Two Drylands Ambassadors [viewed]

11 October 2011: On the sidelines of the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10), UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja named Dennis Garrity, outgoing Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre, and Deborah Fraser, South African gospel singer, as UNCCD Drylands Ambassadors.

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CBD, SPREP Hold Pacific Workshops on NBSAPs and Protected Areas [viewed]

4 October 2011: Biodiversity experts and officials from across the Pacific region met in two workshops to promote national implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA). The two workshops were held in parallel from 3-7 October 2011, in Nadi, Fiji.

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