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May 2012 Blog Posts (34)

Small State islands get prepared for Rio+20

Meeting took place to address Small Island Developing States position for the UN Conference on Sustainable development in Rio+20, goal to Achieving Sustainable Energy for All.

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Added by stefano valentino on May 24, 2012 at 13:54 — No Comments

New platform to promote water supply

A new platform aims to promote water solutions. Watershed Connect supports projects that recognize the linked economic and ecological benefits of healthy natural water resources.

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Added by stefano valentino on May 24, 2012 at 9:29 — No Comments

Global leaders in sustainable development to speak at landmark IIED conference in Rio

Government ministers, heads of UN agencies, business leaders, senior scientists and other experts in sustainable development are set to show that a fairer, greener world is a realistic vision when they speak at a major conference convened by the International Institute for Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro on 16-17 June.

 

IIED has designed ‘Fair ideas: sharing solutions for a sustainable planet’ to share expertise, ideas and practical experiences from…

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Added by Mike Shanahan on May 23, 2012 at 12:59 — No Comments

Press info for "World Wide Views on Biodiversity"

Dear colleagues,

the citizen participation project „World Wide Views on Biodiversity“ (WWViews) might fit your interests, so we want to inform you about it in time. WWViews will take place at the 15th of September 2012 in about 30 countries on five continents. Hundred citizens per country deliberate in a daylong meeting on what has to be done to halt the worldwide loss of biological diversity. The project was created by the Danish Board of Technology…

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Added by Markus Schmidt on May 21, 2012 at 11:27 — No Comments

Reducing pesticide use complex issue says study

New research highlights the complex array of factors that influence farmers' decisions on pesticide applications. The study highlights that economic instruments (e.g. pesticide taxes) alone are not sufficient to shift farmers to lower pesticide use. Instead, the research suggests that professional values drive farmers' choices about pesticide use.

The study, amongst Danish farmers, found that farmers could be divided into distinct groups based on the factors which influenced…

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Added by Emma Weitkamp on May 17, 2012 at 8:10 — No Comments

Weeds such as clover important for agricultural biodiversity

New research suggests that agri-environment schemes should focus on restoring common weeds to agricultural fields. The study highlights the importance of clover, thistles and buttercups, amongst others as these plants appear to help stabilise the supportive links between different species found in farmlands.

The study explored a farm in the UK, exploring seven different food webs. More than 560 organisms were included in the study, which included plant and animal parasites, as…

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Added by Emma Weitkamp on May 17, 2012 at 8:03 — No Comments

IIED conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro (16-17 June)

Working closely with partners in Brazil and elsewhere, IIED will host an information-sharing event on the 16 and 17 June. Fair ideas will open up a space for researchers and practitioners working for a greener, fairer world to add important knowledge, experience and momentum to the official summit.

To register (free) or read the full conference programme, visit the Fair…

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Added by Mike Shanahan on May 16, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

Report Calls for REDD+ to Invest in Forest Communities

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New Haven, Conn, USA: Income generated from REDD+ should be given to forest communities to invest in their future, recommends a new report by The Forests Dialogue (TFD). Investing locally in this way should be part of understanding REDD+ as integral to broader development among forest-dependent communities.

The new report Giving REDD+ Life, examines the relationship between REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest…

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Added by Mike Shanahan on May 16, 2012 at 11:51 — No Comments

More global protection for biodiversity

New recommendations by the 16th session of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice address marine and coastal biodiversity, and biodiversity and climate change.

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Added by stefano valentino on May 15, 2012 at 11:46 — No Comments

Unclear outcome for Earth Summit talks

Some of the main proposals in a draft text for negotiation at a UN sustainable development conference next month are being watered down at informal talks in New York, observers say, heightening fears the summit will fail to deliver.

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Added by stefano valentino on May 15, 2012 at 11:39 — No Comments

How biodiversity can help improve nutrition

 A new project has been launched to address the narrowing variety of foods in diets, titled the “Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project” focus on sustainable use of components of biodiversity.

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Added by stefano valentino on May 15, 2012 at 11:34 — No Comments

Launch of the global biodiversity committee

Governments from more than 90 countries have agreed to establish an independent panel of scientists to assess the very latest research on the state of the planet’s fragile ecosystems.

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Added by stefano valentino on May 14, 2012 at 11:20 — No Comments

EU guidelines against soil degradation

Soil sealing – the covering of the ground by an impermeable material – is one of the main causes of soil degradation in the EU putting biodiversity at risk, increasing the risk of flooding.

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Added by stefano valentino on May 14, 2012 at 11:15 — No Comments

EU MEPs against non ecological agro-subsidies

As the EU failed to meet its biodiversity target for 2010, biodiversity conservation should now be built into key EU policies and environmentally harmful subsidies should be phased out by 2020.

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Added by stefano valentino on May 14, 2012 at 11:11 — No Comments

Saving forests, saving indigenous people

A document has been published by Asia Indigenous people pact (AIPP) a document which focuses on several aspects of forest conservation, biodiversity and livelihood.

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Added by stefano valentino on May 14, 2012 at 11:06 — No Comments

Conservation: source of income for the poor

According to a new study, some of the world’s poorest people would gain $500bn per year if the service they provide through conserving natural habitats was given an economic value.

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Added by stefano valentino on May 14, 2012 at 11:03 — No Comments

Revisiting Mountain Perspective: Reasons And Challenges

This article is in the series of responses to ongoing discussion on ‘Mountain Perspective’ at http://bit.ly/yYlbpl . It looks in to the aspects of mountain perspective and specificities as mentioned by Dr. N. S. Jodha during 1992s, and compares them in present  context.

For the reference of readers and forum…

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Added by Climate Himalaya on May 12, 2012 at 4:21 — No Comments

Need to Rewrite the Mountain Perspective!

Tagged as fragile, remote and marginal, these three aspects have featured prominently in discussions and deliberations concerning development in the mountains in our part of the world. Retired but active academician N S Jodha, a former senior staff with the Kathmandu-based Integrated Center for International Mountain Development, has been credited for using these three features to define, what in popular parlance is called, ‘the mountain…

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Added by Climate Himalaya on May 12, 2012 at 4:18 — No Comments

New land grabs found in Uganda

A new report by Friends of the Earth reveals widespread violations of people’s rights and environmental destruction from a land grab project initially funded by the World Bank in Uganda.

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Added by stefano valentino on May 11, 2012 at 11:32 — No Comments

Feeding the world is not that simple

With upwards of two billion extra mouths to feed in the coming decades, food security has become a mantra in debates about Europe’s farm-support programme.

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Added by stefano valentino on May 10, 2012 at 15:21 — No Comments

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