Publication

UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on Eighth Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

18 April 2012: The March/April issue of the UN-REDD Newsletter provides updates on progress in implementation of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) in a number of countries.

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CIFOR Report Examines Gender, Tenure and Sustainable Forest Management in Uganda [viewed]

April 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a report documenting how women have been able to participate in community forest decision making in Uganda in the context of a series of national efforts toward the devolution of forest rights.

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Ramsar Releases Technical Note on Wetland Losses [viewed]

18 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released a briefing note on avoiding, mitigating and compensating for wetland loss, which is a supporting background document to Draft Resolution XI.9, on "An Integrated Framework and guidelines for avoiding, mitigating and compensating for wetland losses," proposed by the Ramsar Standing Committee for consideration by the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11).

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IUCN Conservation Oceania Highlights Activities on Climate Change and Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

March 2012: The March issue of the monthly update of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) news in the Oceania Region features articles on: the Declaration by Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) leaders on environment and climate change issues; new solar home systems in Tonga; and a workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing Arising from their Utilization.

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FAO Releases Asia-Pacific Forestry Briefs [viewed]

FAOApril 2012: Policy briefs resulting from the second Asia-Pacific Forestry Sector Outlook Study (APFSOS II) highlight concerns with biodiversity loss in the region, a need for improved governance and better forest management at the field level, and a call for enhanced training and awareness of forestry issues. APFSOS II was issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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IOSEA Note Reports on Sixth Meeting of Signatory States [viewed]

April 2012: Due to a security breach of the Indian Ocean - South East Asian (IOSEA) Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) website, the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) distributed a note in lieu of the monthly IOSEAN newsletter. The note offers an update on recent IOSEA/CMS developments.

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Bioversity International Announces it is Reducing European and Developed Country Activities [viewed]

April 2012: In the April issue of its "Newsletter for Europe," Bioversity International has announced that it will no longer carry out direct research in Europe or other developed country regions, in order to better align with a focus on the use of agricultural biodiversity by smallholders in developing countries, and in situ conservation, as is consistent with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and Bioversity International.

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OECD Working Paper Reports on Adaptation-related Biotechnology [viewed]

OECD26 March 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a working paper that shows an increase in innovations in adaptation-related agricultural biotechnology, with the development of crops that are resilient to drought, saline soils and extreme temperatures.

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UNODC Publication Highlights Environmental Impacts of Corruption [viewed]

12 April 2012: A collection of papers, titled "Corruption, Environment and the UN Convention Against Corruption," has been published by the UN Office on Drigs and Crime (UNODC) to highlight the role of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in fighting corruption and illegal trade.

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UNEP Highlights Study on the Role of Bats in Transitioning to a Green Economy [viewed]

5 April 2012:  The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has highlighted a new study on how Mexican bats with Brazilian roots are boosting the US cotton industry. The study was published in the journal "Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment," and was co-authored by Rodrigo Medellin, Ambassador of the Year of the Bat and Scientific Councillor to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).

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