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Biodiversity Cities Summit Produces Gangwon/Pyeongchang Resolution[viewed]

The Biodiversity Summit for Cities and National Governments 2014 held in parallel with the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) has produced the 'Gangwon/Pyeongchang Resolution on Cities and Subnational Governments for Biodiversity.'

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EU Presents B4Life Flagship Initiative[viewed]

In a side event on the theme, 'Does biodiversity matter for development?' held at the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP12), the EU launched the 'Development Cooperation B4Life Flagship Initiative.' Over the next seven years, the EU will use the Biodiversity for Life (B4Life) Initiative to support developing countries' efforts to protect biodiversity, ensure sustainable livelihoods and combat wildlife crime.

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FOREST EUROPE Launches Photo Competition[viewed]

FOREST EUROPE has opened the second edition of its photography competition, ‘Show off your Forest.' The competition is intended to showcase the value of forests in protecting people in FOREST EUROPE signatory countries.

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Community-based Conservancies in Tajikistan Receive 2014 Markhor Award[viewed]

During a side event to the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) honored community-based conservancies in Tajikistan with the CIC Markhor Award.

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CIFOR Explores Potential Benefits of Oil Palm Production[viewed]

On the occasion of World Food Day, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) published a book exploring how the production of oil palm can, if managed correctly, contribute to a rapid decline in rural poverty without causing widespread deforestation.

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UN Chronicle Focuses on Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade[viewed]

The September edition of the 'UN Chronicle,' the magazine of the UN, is dedicated to the topics of poaching and illegal wildlife trade, with a focus on causes and possible solutions. The volume features articles by John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace; Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP); and Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs And Crime (UNODC), among others.

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FAO Journal Explores Agroforestry and Urban Food Security Links in Africa[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released Volume 28, Issue 2 of its 'Nature & Faune Journal,' which focuses on 'Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Africa's Urban Food and Nutrition Equation.'

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ITPGR High-Level Round Table Discusses Climate-Adapted Crops for Food Security[viewed]

Held on 24 September 2014 in New York, US during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly and on the occasion of the Climate Summit 2014, the fourth High-Level Ministerial Round Table on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) convened under the topic 'The International Treaty, Climate Change and Food Security.' High-level representatives discussed the importance of climate-adapted crops in helping farmers face challenges confronting the global food system.

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UNEP-WCMC Study Predicts Climate Change will Drive Fish Towards the Poles[viewed]

A study on the impact of climate change on fish stocks by scientists from the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has identified ocean hotspots for fish extinction and a link between rising temperatures and fish movement. Using the climate change scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the study finds that fish could move away from their present-day habitats at rates of 16-26 km per decade.

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ITTO and CITES Highlight Partnership[viewed]

On the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held an event to discuss the agencies' joint work programme, which coordinates the listing of timber species in CITES annexes through the implementation of projects across Latin-America, Africa and Asia.

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