Reports and Books
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological diversity, CBD (2004) expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

The objectives of the Convention are the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources. The Convention sets out broad commitments by Governments to take action at the national level for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. Since its entry into force, the Parties have translated the Convention into a series of programmes of work. Each programme of work establishes a vision for, and basic principles to guide, future work, identifies goals, objectives and activities, determines potential outputs and suggests a timetable and means for achieving these outputs.


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2004
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Natural allies: UNEP and civil society
United Nations Environment Programme

The planet's ecosystems are facing unprecedented challenges. Reversing global environmental declines demands the full and effective participation of all sectors of society. Natural Allies provides a clear picture of how civil society can and does work with UNEP, both benefiting from and strengthening UNEP's programme of work.


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2004

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Pacific Islands: GIWA regional assessment
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents the GIWA assessment of the Pacific Islands region, which comprises more than 20 Island nations or territories that exhibit enormous geomorphological, climatic, cultural and demographic diversity within a vast ocean expanse. The region is unique because its inhabitants, who have close links with, and great cultural, economic and spiritual dependence on, their terrestrial and marine environment, are often the owners and users of these resources and ultimately govern their conservation and sustainable use. In addition to highlighting the overexploitation of fish and other living resources in densely populated areas, this report emphasises the vulnerability of many of these small Island states to the impacts of climate change, particularly sea level rise and fluctuations in rainfall, which has enormous influence on the availability of freshwater in the region. The root causes of overexploitation and freshwater shortage are illustrated using several case studies and potential policy options and mitigate these problems in the future are discussed.


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2004
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Arctic Flora and Fauna: Status and Conservation
Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)

Arctic Flora and Fauna: Status and Conservation is the first truly circumpolar overview of Arctic biodiversity written for the nonspecialist. It provides the reader with a clear understanding of the importance of the Earth's largest ecoregion and its status in the face of a rapidly changing world.


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2004

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