Europe

Event: Les Assises du Vivant 2015: Biodiversity and Climate Change in Interaction [viewed]

This 2015 edition of the Les Assises du Vivant dialogues of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will bring together scientists, civil society and other stakeholders to discuss the links between biodiversity and climate change in the run-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The event, titled 'Biodiversity and Climate Change in Interaction: Creating new life possibilities,' will focus on three themes, namely: rethinking conservation - towards 'no regrets' strategies; developing ecological solidarity and environmental justice by 'teaming up' with the rest of the living world; and doing business differently by articulating performance and resilience.  

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Event: Workshop on Building Resilient Communities through Urban Planning and the Integration of Natural Sciences [viewed]

This workshop, jointly organized by the Committee on Housing and Land Management of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Programme on Assessment and Management of Geological and Climate Related Risk (CERG-C) of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, will focus on the integration of hazards, risks analysis and natural sciences into policy making for cities and human settlements of the most vulnerable countries of the UNECE region.  

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Event: CMS Raptors MoU MoS2 [viewed]

Under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Coordinating Unit of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) will host the Second Meeting of Signatories (MoS2) to the Raptors MoU, with support from the Norwegian Environment Agency.  

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Policy Update #5: Biodiversity in 2014: A Year in Review [viewed]

It's all about the bass, the bass….no treble…..The popular tune for 2014 was all about the base….the natural resource base and how it could support solutions to the world's development problems.

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UNECE Water Convention Parties Discuss Reporting Mechanism [viewed]

UNECE16 December 2014: The Core Group on Reporting under the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes concluded its first meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, which reviewed and compared reporting mechanisms of relevance under other international agreements.

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December 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

Climate Finance Update19 December 2014: During December 2014, finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects was announced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank. Germany, Norway and the UK also reported on funding for projects to be undertaken in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the GEF and IDB released climate-related publications.

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FAO Reports on Record Wood Pellet Market [viewed]

FAO18 December 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released global forest data showing an increase in wood product production in 2013. The ‘2013 Global Forest Products Facts and Figures' also notes the emergence over the past five years of China and the Russian Federation as significant forest product producers and consumers.

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TTM Notes Higher Than Expected Sale of Controversial Red Sanders [viewed]

Itto16 December 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 1-15 December issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report highlighting the Rs 10 billion earned through the sale of confiscated red sanders logs by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, India. The sale was initially challenged in court, however the court ruled that the sale could proceed.

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SAMBAH Project Reveals New Data on Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise [viewed]

sambah-216 December 2014: The data collected through the EU Life+-funded Static Acoustic Monitoring of the Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise (SAMBAH) project shows for the first time a clear distinction between the population of porpoises inhabiting the Baltic Proper and the population in the Western Baltic, Belt Seas and Kattegat area during the months important for reproduction.

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FAO Newsletter Highlights Land Tenure Activities in Support of Voluntary Guidelines [viewed]

FAONovember 2014: In a November newsletter, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) showcases the application of its ‘Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security' in Guatemala. The newsletter also highlights issues and trends on land investments, notes support for the Voluntary Guidelines, describes events and other relevant news and lists recent publications.

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