Publication

CBD Secretariat Reports on CBD Administration from July to December 2013 [viewed]

CBDMay 2014: The 61st edition of the 'Biannual Report on the Administration of the Convention on Biological Diversity' (CBD), covering the period from July to December 2013, has been made available online.

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Bioversity International Analyzes Agricultural Biodiversity in Zambia [viewed]

Bioversity International8 May 2014: Farmers in Western Zambia are planting different crops as an adaptation strategy to unpredictable seasonal flooding, according to a working paper by Bioversity International, ‘Assessment of agrobiodiversity resources in the Barotse floodplain, Zambia.' Bioversity International conducted the study as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS), which aims to improve the livelihoods of rural communities through participatory action research.

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CBD Releases Results of Survey on Biosafety Protocol Implementation [viewed]

CBD6 May 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the results and a preliminary analysis of a survey to assess the state of implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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ICARDA Newsletter Documents Partnerships in Ethiopia, Jordan and Sudan [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo8 May 2014: The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) April 2014 Newsletter describes new and ongoing activities in Ethiopia, Jordan and Sudan, as well as efforts to safeguard ICARDA's genebank, which has been under threat due to civil conflict in Syria.

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COMIFAC Progresses in Regional Coordination for Forests [viewed]

COMIFACMay 2014: The Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) has reported on the finalization of the first draft of the revision of the sub-regional Convergence Plan adopted in 2005. The report was one part of the first quarterly update on the implementation of the 2014 annual work plan for the conservation and sustainable management of forests in Central Africa.

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CTI-CFF Agrees on Seascape Approach, Reviews MPA Nominations [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative28 April 2014: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) has reported on progress with regard to regional cooperation on ecosystem-based management and the conservation of marine protected areas (MPAs) throughout April. CTI-CFF activities have included a regional workshop on seascapes and a review of MPAs nominated for admission to the Coral Triangle MPA System (CTMPAS), which aims to promote connected, resilient and sustainably financed MPAs that conserve biodiversity and generate food and income for coastal communities.

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Bioversity Promotes Action on Neglected and Underutilized Crops in Africa [viewed]

Bioversity International30 April 2014: Bioversity International has released an Action Plan and a policy brief, titled 'Realizing the promise of neglected and underutilized species,' to foster action on neglected and underutilized species (NUS) as strategic assets for food security in Africa.

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Special Issue of Journal Presents Papers from UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference [viewed]

planet-riskApril 2014: Global Risk Forum (GRF) Davos has dedicated a special issue of its journal 'Planet@Risk' to the topic of desertification. All of the papers in the issue are based on presentations that were given during the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference, which addressed the theme of 'Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry subhumid areas.'

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UNEP, Microsoft Present First Global Biosphere Model [viewed]

microsoft-unep28 April 2014: Researchers at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Microsoft Research have developed the first computer model for simulating how organisms interact on a global scale. The model, named 'Madingley,' is able to provide long term predictions for the fate of ecosystems and identify risks to ecosystem services and the humans depending on them.

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UNEP Note Outlines Environmental Dimensions of Peaceful Societies [viewed]

UNEPApril 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a fifth publication in its series of Post-2015 Notes. ‘Environmental Dimensions of Resilient and Peaceful Societies' outlines measures for avoiding or resolving conflicts over environmental resources.

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