Intergovernmental Organization

CGIAR-CBD Partnership Focuses on Tree Diversity and the Aichi Targets [viewed]

12 October 2012: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) forest, trees and agroforestry research program and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in support of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets to reduce the rate of deforestation by half and ensure the sustainable management of forestry systems.

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European Parliament Conference Explores Agroforestry in the European Context [viewed]

10 October 2012: The European Parliament Intergroup on climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development convened a conference, titled "Agroforestry: Trees for a Sustainable European Agriculture," in order to explore how agroforestry could be better integrated into agricultural policies and practices.

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SPREP Trains Tongans in Mangrove Surveying Techniques [viewed]

SPREP12 October 2012: A survey by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has found the Vava'u Mangrove to be in generally good condition, based on use of the Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Geographical Positioning Systems (GIS) and the Pacific Mangrove Monitoring Manual.

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EFSA Reviews Study on GM Maize, Herbicide Toxicity [viewed]

EFSA4 October 2012: The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has published an initial review of a recent study (Seraldini et al. 2012) that raises concerns about the potential toxicity of genetically modified (GM) maize and of a herbicide containing glyphosate. The EFSA review concludes that the quality of the study is insufficient to be considered for risk assessment.

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European Commissioner for Environment Calls for End to Marine Abuse [viewed]

EU9 October 2012: At the Fisheries (PECH) Committee meeting of the European Parliament, Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment, called for an end to abuse of the marine environment.

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EU Adopts Integrated Maritime Policy [viewed]

EU8 October 2012: At the Informal Ministerial meeting on EU Integrated Maritime Policy, held in Limassol, Cyprus, on 8 October 2012, European Ministers for maritime policy and the European Commission adopted the Limassol Declaration, an agenda for generating growth and jobs in marine and maritime sectors. 

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EC Proposes Draft Regulation on Biopiracy and Research [viewed]

EU4 October 2012: The European Commission (EC) has introduced a draft Regulation to implement the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS), aimed at protecting the rights of those possessing genetic resources and traditional knowledge, while providing researchers in the EU with reliable, more legally certain access to samples of these resources at low cost.

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WorldFish Center Presents Lessons Learned for Small Fisheries [viewed]

8 October 2012: In the context of declining fisheries, and with a view to evaluating the success of large and small fisheries programmes in the Philippines, the WorldFish Center has produced a brief on lessons learned on small-scale fisheries from eight regional sites. The brief underscores the need for better clarification of management functions between administrative levels, through scaling up small-scale fisheries management and expanding institutional partnerships.

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European Fisheries Commissioner Highlights Commission's Sustainable Fisheries Initiatives [viewed]

3 October 2012: At a seminar on “Future Fisheries,” Maria Damanaki, the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, noted that, although the European Union is lagging behind the rest of the world with regard to the sustainable management of fisheries resources, some progress is being made through the introduction of new management initiatives, such as new rules against illegal fishing.

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Pacific Agricultural and Forestry Ministers Endorse Regional REDD+ Framework [viewed]

SPC1 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) announced that the Third Regional Meeting of Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry, which convened on 28 September 2012, in Nadi, Fiji, endorsed the Pacific Islands Regional Policy Framework for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation and forest conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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