Intergovernmental Organization

CBFP, China Discuss SFM in Forest Dialogues [viewed]

congo_basin_forest_partnership18 April 2013: Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) members participated in two informal forest dialogues with China, both of which were held in Douala, Cameroon. Since 2007-2008, CBFP members have engaged in informal dialogues with Chinese actors on sustainable forest management (SFM) and issues such as certification, timber traceability and the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan of the European Union. The two recent dialogues aimed to improve forest governance, reduce poverty and more sustainably manage forest resources.

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EU Votes to Adopt Ban on Fish Discards [viewed]

European Union 16 April 2013: The European Union (EU) Parliament voted to adopt a ban on discarding unwanted fish caught in the Skagerrak, a strait connecting the Baltic and the North Seas. The ban, which will be implemented between 2014 and 2016, requires all fishing vessels to land all caught fish, regardless of fish size or species.

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Bioversity International Project Explores Link between Farming and Biodiversity in Cuba [viewed]

Bioversity International16 April 2013: A UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-Global Environment Facility (GEF) Project, implemented by Bioversity International, will be officially launched in May to address issues of farming and biodiversity conservation within two Cuban "Man and the Biosphere Reserves."

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CGIAR Reports Success from CRP-FTA First Year of Implementation [viewed]

CIFORApril 2013: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (CRP-FTA) has released its 2012 CRP Performance Monitoring Report.

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UNDP, EU and GEF Partner to Protect Iona National Park [viewed]

UNDP15 April 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced a project in coordination with the Angolan Ministry of Environment, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the European Union (EU), to protect the 1.5 million hectare Iona National Park. The US$10 million project also aims to assess the size and dynamics of plant and animal populations, and enforce anti-poaching efforts, making Iona a model national park.

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Event: CGIAR Science Forum: Nutrition and Health Outcomes: Targets for Agricultural Research [viewed]

In September 2013, the biennial Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Science Forum will bring together scientists, practitioners, experts and leading thinkers to examine emerging challenges and recent scientific advances in the areas of nutrition, health and agriculture. The Forum seeks to identify key research areas where there is potential to deliver impacts and, critically, it aims to facilitate the formation of new partnerships to address them. The event will reach out to scientists and scientific communities who may not be part of CGIAR, but who have potentially important contributions to make to the CGIAR research portfolio, and therefore to the global agriculture research agenda for a food secure future.  

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OECD Updates Rio Markers Dataset [viewed]

OECD3 April 2013: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has updated its dataset for "Aid activities targeting Global Environmental Objectives."

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Bioversity International Releases Book on Nutrition and Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

25 March 2013: Bioversity International has published "Diversifying Diets: Using Agricultural Biodiversity to Improve Nutrition and Food Security," which explores the current state of knowledge on the role of agricultural biodiversity in diet, nutrition and food security, with a focus on key research, implementation gaps and strategies for improving nutrition.

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SPREP Announces Partnership with Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology [viewed]

SPREP22 March 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced a partnership with the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST). The new partnership will involve research on marine pollution, biodiversity and ocean acidification.

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Meeting of the EC Environment Council Discusses Biofuels Policy, Genetic Resources [viewed]

21 March 2013: The first Environment Council of the European Commission under the Irish Presidency, held on 21 March 2013, included policy debates on: the European Commission's proposal to minimize the climate change impacts of biofuels; proposed changes to the directive on environmental impact assessments; and access and benefit sharing of genetic resources.

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