Publication

Mountain Partnership Highlights Importance of Mountains in Post-2015 Process [viewed]

Mountain PartnershipJanuary 2014: As part of its efforts to contribute to the post-2015 development agenda process, the Mountain Partnership has released a series of policy briefs on energy, forests and biodiversity, and climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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Report of Joint Aarhus/CBD Roundtable Available Online [viewed]

cbd-aarhus18 December 2013: The 'Roundtable on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice Regarding Living Modified Organisms/Genetically Modified Organisms,' which was organized jointly by the UN Economic Commission for Europe Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), identified key challenges, needs and good practices with regard to accession and implementation of these two treaties.

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FAO Publishes New Genebank Standards [viewed]

FAO30 January 2014: A report, titled 'Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture,' which was published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), is designed to guide users in implementing the most appropriate technologies and procedures for the collection, conservation and documentation of crop diversity. The publication aims to improve the conservation of food crops, many of which are crucial to food and nutrition security.

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EEA Reports Increase in European Bat Populations [viewed]

EEA30 January 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a comprehensive study showing that bat populations in Europe are increasing after historic declines. The study looks at trends from 16 of the 45 bat species found across the continent, compiling data from ten existing monitoring schemes in 9 countries, for the first time. 

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ICRISAT Identifies Climate Resilient Chickpea Germplasm [viewed]

ICRISAT24 January 2014: As part of the effort to develop climate change adaptation measures that support smallholder farmers in Asia and Africa, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has identified beneficial traits within 40 lines of chickpea germplasm.

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IUFRO Newsletter Reports on First Meeting of Group on Decision Support Systems [viewed]

IufroJanuary 2014: The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) has released the first issue in the 43rd volume of its newsletter, which highlights work on decision support systems, forest science, education and climate change.

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FAO Compiles Experiences on Adaptation in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has assembled descriptions of 26 current or recent fisheries and aquaculture programmes that have addressed climate change adaptation in developing countries.

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CIFOR Presents Research Priorities [viewed]

CIFOR2013: At the conclusion of 2013, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a publication that details its research priorities for 2013 to 2014, emphasizing current research themes and emerging priorities.

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Congo Basin Countries Consider Trans-boundary Biosphere Reserve [viewed]

cbfp17 January 2014: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) has reported on the review of the feasibility of establishing a UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world biosphere reserve in Gabon, Cameroon and the Congo.

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Draft Updated Synthesis of Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity Available for Peer-Review [viewed]

CBD10 January 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated for peer-review the draft updated synthesis of the impacts of ocean acidification on marine biodiversity, which will be submitted for consideration to the eighteenth meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), to be held in June 2014.

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