Ecosystem Approach

Paris Climate Change Conference Opens with Financial Pledges at Leaders Event [viewed]

iisdrs_cop2130 November 2015: Heads of State and Government attending the Leaders Event on the first day of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) addressed, inter alia: the inclusion of gender for ensuring climate justice; the importance of differentiation; the legal form of the agreement; the periodicity of the review process; transparency and accountability rules; whether or not to anchor loss and damage in a permanent mechanism; the role of natural capital accounting; the link between climate change and development; balancing mitigation and adaptation finance; technology transfer in providing mitigation support; and the need to address the degradation of forests, desertification, and biodiversity loss.

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World Bank Finances Forest Ecosystem Management in the Kyrgyz Republic [viewed]

world_bank_new24 November 2015: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a total financing of US$16.11 million for the Kyrgyz Republic's Integrated Forest Ecosystem Management Project, which aims to strengthen the capacity of government and communities to improve sustainable forest ecosystem management. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will support implementation of the project with a grant of US$4.11 million.

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World Forum on Natural Capital Issues Open Letter to World Leaders [viewed]

unep_natural_capital27 November 2015: The 2nd World Forum on Natural Capital, held under the theme 'Solutions for a changing world,' discussed ways to help business and sustainability leaders identify the economic importance of protecting and restoring the natural environment. Delegates to the Forum were invited to sign a letter urging world leaders attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris “to acknowledge and address the fact that climate change cannot be tackled without halting the rapid erosion and loss of natural capital.”

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Event: Land Day at UNFCCC COP 21 [viewed]

This one-day event will take place on the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, and will address the overall theme of ‘Land Degradation Neutrality as a solution to climate change'. A series of panel discussions will explore interlinkages between the achievement of land degradation neutrality (LDN) targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. Specific sessions will address, among other topics: ecosystem based adaptation; evergreen agriculture and land restoration; ecological rainfall infrastructure: a new perspective on how forests and trees matter for climate; and ‘Desertification, Land degradation and Climate Change - Time to Act!' The event will also explore civil society contributions to LDN, including through the ‘4 per mill' initiative to spur a transition towards agroecology.  

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Bioenergy Conference Discusses Support for 2030 Agenda, COP 21 Outcomes [viewed]

icraf_iass20 October 2015: Government representatives and high-level experts from academia, civil society and the private sector recently discussed the amount of bioenergy in the energy-mix that is required to satisfy growing energy demands, while at the same time contributing to decarbonizing the global economy and ensuring sustainable development.

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UNESCO, Partners Disseminate Management Manual for African Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

UNESCONovember 2015: The Management Manual for UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserves in Africa has been widely disseminated to staff and national committees of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) in Africa. One of the main objectives of the manual is to build the capacity of present and future managers of Africa's 85 biosphere reserves, as well as local partners, funding agencies and other interested parties, in order to improve the effectiveness and inclusiveness of biosphere reserve management structures.

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UNCCD Publishes Science-Policy Brief on 'Pivotal Soil Carbon' [viewed]

unccd_spi16 November 2015: The Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published its first "Science-Policy Brief." The brief provides an overview of key facts and figures, as well as policy recommendations, for optimizing the contribution of soil organic carbon in mitigating climate change and increasing agro-ecosystem resilience through improved soil quality.

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WAVES Partnership Updates on Results of Ecosystem Accounting in the Philippines [viewed]

wavesNovember 2015: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has published an update on its activities, including information on country projects and publications from the Philippines and Australia.

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AEWA MOP6 Adopts 22 Resolutions and 6 Action Plans [viewed]

aewa_mop614 November 2015: The Sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), ended with the adoption of 22 resolutions, including action plans for seabirds and guidelines for the sustainable use of waterbirds across the African-Eurasian Flyway.

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SPREP Supports Ecosystem-based Adaptation through Climate Change, Water and Tree Planting Projects [viewed]

SPREPNovember 2015: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has highlighted its Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) approach, which is contributing to climate change adaptation in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, ridge-to-reef management in the Solomon Islands, and tree planting in the Solomon Islands. Other SPREP activities featured on its news page include support for marine conservation through the Lui Bell scholarship.

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