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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Step up DRR Efforts and Resilience to El Niño, Human Mobility, Climate Change and Development Nexus Explored [viewed]

Adaptation_loss_and_damage30 June 2016: As May 2016 became the 13th consecutive month to break the global temperature records, the world's regions' need to adapt to the changing climate grew stronger. In 2015-2016, the periodic warming of the central to Eastern tropical Pacific, known as 'El Niño,' was the strongest since 1997-1998, causing some regions to receive more rain, and others to receive no precipitation. These changes impacted agriculture, food security and nutrition among the affected populations. During the past few weeks, the world's regions, States and sectors have redoubled adaptation efforts, focusing on building resilience and managing disaster risks. The news reported in this Update also demonstrate that the role of cooperation, innovation and knowledge dissemination in advancing climate change adaptation efforts cannot be underestimated.

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CBD SBI Adopts Recommendations on Actions to Enhance Implementation [viewed]

CBD8 May 2016: The first meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) adopted 13 recommendations related to: review of progress in implementation; strategic actions to enhance implementation; strengthening support for implementation; and improving the efficiency of the structures and processes of the CBD and its protocols.

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Event: Ocean Economy and Trade: Sustainable Fisheries, Transport and Tourism [viewed]

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Ocean Institute are hosting this seminar to discuss how international trade in goods and services can support the advancement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (To conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) and other related goals. The seminar also aims to enhance understanding of the oceans economy concept and its links to trade. The meeting will underscore the interdependencies of ocean-based sectors like fisheries, coastal tourism and maritime transport. Participants will also discuss: global oceans challenges and policy responses, including climate change and the implications of sea level rise; ocean biodiversity, large marine ecosystems (LMEs) and marine genetic resources (MGR); illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; and the role of fisheries in graduating from Least Developed Country (LDC) status.  

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Host of CBD COP 13 Releases Non-paper Supporting a Declaration on Biodiversity Mainstreaming [viewed]

mexico_cbd22 April 2016: Mexico intends to highlight the importance of biodiversity mainstreaming for the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its role as the host of the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with the aim of facilitating the adoption of a ‘Cancun Declaration.' Mexico has prepared a non-paper outlining possible elements of the declaration.

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LAC Environment Ministers Agree to Cooperate on Climate Change, SDGs, Chemicals [viewed]

UNEP31 March 2016: At a regional forum held in preparation for the Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), environment ministers from Latin American and Caribbean countries agreed on arrangements for cooperation on climate, air quality, and chemicals and waste. They also called for fast, ambitious and integrated action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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4th World Congress Adopts 10-year Roadmap for Biosphere Reserves, Approves 20 New Sites [viewed]

mab-unesco19 March 2015: Around 1,000 participants attending the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves approved a new 10-year Action Plan for the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), aimed at enhancing synergies with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Event: International Mountain Day 2016 [viewed]

International Mountain Day 2016 will focus on the theme ‘Mountain Cultures: Celebrating Diversity and Strengthening Identity'. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will lead global observance events that aim to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development, and build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments. In 2002, the UN General Assembly designated 11 December as International Mountain Day to foster understanding and respect for the traditional knowledge and techniques of mountain communities that are key to managing and enhancing fragile mountain ecosystems. Events in 2016 will also highlight ways to boost livelihoods in mountain areas through a focus on high value sustainable products and tourism. #WeLoveMountains  

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WAVES Series Showcases National Implementation of NCA [viewed]

wavesFebruary 2016: Research teams from Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco have presented to policymakers the findings of the Global Development Network's (GDN) one-year project on natural resource and wealth accounting. The three project teams focused on, inter alia, coastal degradation, land and water use, and how resource depletion affects the economy. Participants, including from the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership, discussed lessons learned from the project, how to link the work with other initiatives, and how to bridge the gap between researchers and policymakers.

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January 2016 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

finace_climateFebruary 2016: During the month of January, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Adaptation Fund, among others, reported on new funding approvals and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched publications on, inter alia, blended climate finance, climate co-finance tracking and climate risk management.

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NGOs and Cruise Lines Partner on Ocean Conservation, Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

ocean_conservation25 January 2016: Environmental non-government organizations (NGOs) and the cruise industry are collaborating to restore and protect the world's oceans. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) announced a five-year partnership to support global ocean conservation, reduce RCL's environmental footprint, and raise awareness about ocean conservation among RCL passengers. The Carnival Corporation participated in The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) two-day Mapping Ocean Wealth Forum, as part of the company's support to TNC's ocean conservation efforts.

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