Biodiversity, climate change and community action (IISD / ENB)

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Linkages update – Thursday, 7 June 2007

Earth Negotiations Bulletin <enb@iisd.org>

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY CELEBRATIONS ADDRESS BIODIVERSITY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND COMMUNITY ACTION

Berlin, 6 June—On the occasion of World Environment Day, several events were held in Berlin, Germany, on 5 June 2007. Participants attended a press conference to convey a message to the G8 summit, (convening 6-9 June 2007 in Heiligendamm, Germany), a policy dialogue on strategic opportunities and priority actions for G8 members and global leaders to build upon synergies between the climate change and biodiversity agendas, and the 2006 Equator Prize award ceremony. The message to the G8 summit calls on G8 leaders to take leadership for renewed commitments to climate change and biodiversity conservation. The policy dialogue addressed policies such as compensation for avoided deforestation and a review of the economic impacts of biodiversity loss.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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