Intergovernmental Organization

ICRAF Reports on the Role of Agroforestry in Food Security [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 July 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) announced the publication of a working paper, titled ‘Agroforestry, food and nutritional security,' which highlights the contribution of agroforestry to food security and the policies required to maintain and enhance this contribution.

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Bioversity International Annual Report Documents Successes in Conservation of Agricultural and Forest Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity International8 July 2013: Bioversity International has released its 2012 Annual Report, which describes key research and project outcomes carried out by the organization related to the conservation of biodiversity, increased understanding of climate change impacts on agriculture, and opportunities for sustainable agricultural production.

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European Commission Funds LIFE+ Biodiversity, Climate Projects [viewed]

European Union 3 July 2013: The European Commission is providing €281.4 million in funding for projects under the LIFE+ programme. The 248 new projects address nature and biodiversity conservation, environmental policy and governance, climate change, and information and communication of environmental issues.

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop for the Pacific on the Preparation of the Fifth National Report [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with support from the Governments of Japan and Fiji and in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), this workshop aims to strengthen countries' capacities in assessing the status and trends of biodiversity, in reviewing implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and in measuring progress towards the Aichi biodiversity targets.  

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Bioversity International Profiles Farmers Supporting Crop Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity International26 June 2013: In a publication titled 'Custodian farmers of agricultural biodiversity: selected profiles from South and South East Asia,'  Bioversity International describes the role of farmers from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal and Thailand in safeguarding the biodiversity of a wide variety of crops including mangoes, millet, indigenous vegetables and rootstocks.

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Event: Global Landscapes Forum [viewed]

This Forum will convene on the margins of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by the Collaborative Programme on Forests (CPF) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). The Forum will focus on four main themes: investing in sustainable landscapes and livelihoods; landscape policy and governance; synergies between adapting to, and mitigating climate change in landscapes; and landscapes for food security and nutrition. The Global Landscapes Forum will combine into one event two annual conferences on the role of forests and agriculture in mitigating and adapting to climate change: Forest Day and Agricultural and Rural Development Day.  

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Event: Expert Workshop on the Conceptual Framework for IPBES [viewed]

An international expert workshop on the conceptual framework for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be convened by the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and co-hosted by the Governments of South Africa and the UK, with additional support from the Government of Japan. The goal of the workshop is to share among the experts and the stakeholders work to-date on and to provide inputs to the development of a draft conceptual framework for the Platform. The outcome of this workshop will form the basis of a recommendation by the MEP of a conceptual framework for adoption by the Plenary at its second session scheduled to take place in Antalya, Turkey, from 9-16 December 2013.  

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Event: Scaling-Up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resource Rights [viewed]

This international conference will bring together the wide diversity of stakeholders — governments, local communities, Indigenous Peoples' organizations, private investors, food and resource companies, and conservation organizations — that have a direct, common, and urgent interest in clarifying and securing the ownership of lands and resources. Together, these leaders will share experiences on leading strategies to recognize and secure local land rights, including mapping and other technical interventions, legal and policy reforms, international standards and accountability, and innovative financial mechanisms to support real action and progress. The conference will aim to increase the profile and prioritization of community land rights as a global concern, catalyze new ideas and alliances, and secure commitments to take these strategies forward in coming months and years.  

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44th GEF Council Meeting Approves US$369.82 Million Work Program [viewed]

gef4420 June 2013: The 44th Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program amounting to US$369.82 million, comprising 48 projects on biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), as well as multi-focal area projects.

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Event: Private Sector Dialogue on Efforts to Combat Illegal Logging and Associated Trade and Promote Trade in Legal Forest Products [viewed]

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), in collaboration with the Program on Forests (PROFOR), will hold an event to exchange knowledge and enhance collaboration between the government and the private sector with regard to timber producing, processing and consuming countries. The event will be held on the margins of the Forth Meeting of the APEC Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade.  

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