Intergovernmental Organization

Pacific Community Holds Consultations on Phytosanitary Matters [viewed]

SPC29 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) hosted a meeting of the the Pacific Plant Protection Organization (PPPO), a regional plant protection organization recognized by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), and a Regional Technical Meeting of Plant Protection (RTMPP) to discuss phytosanitary issues including pest and disease control, quarantine measures, international trade and implementation of international standards.

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EFSA Launches Public Consultations on Risk Assessment of GM Animals [viewed]

EFSA21 June 2012: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public consultation on the draft guidance for the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) animals.

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ACTO Agrees to Initiate Electronic CITES Permitting [viewed]

19 June 2012: The Secretariats of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) signed an agreement for a joint project to develop electronic CITES permitting in the eight ACTO nations (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela) for the traceability of specimens of CITES-listed species in international trade.

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BioCAN Holds Training Workshop for Amazon Environmental Information Platform [viewed]

15 June 2012: The Andean Community's biodiversity program, BioCAN, provided training for the environmental authorities of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as well as the staff of national teams responsible for building the Community's Amazon Regional Information Platform (PIRAA). Participants exchanged experiences and agreed on protocols and tools for managing information on biodiversity and environment in the Amazonian regions of the Andean Community (CAN).

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JRC Releases Workshop Proceedings on Socio-economic Impacts of GM Crops [viewed]

June 2012: The EU's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published the proceedings of a workshop on socio-economic impacts of genetically modified (GM) crops. The report finds that there is insufficient evidence for a proper analysis of socio-economic impacts, and calls for the development of indicators to facilitate socio-economic studies.

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CIFOR Convenes "8th Roundtable" on Forests at Rio+20 [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) convened "Forests: The Eighth Roundtable at Rio+20," on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 19 June 2012.

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EU MarBEF Demonstrates Importance of Cultural Views in Conservation Policy [viewed]

21 June 2012: A study by the EU's MarBEF network (Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning EU Network of Excellence) finds that, while the European public is willing to pay for biodiversity conservation, its preferences regarding conservation of specific species vary with cultural and regional associations, including the impact of a species' "charisma." The study assessed the willingness-to-pay of 1502 participants to determine how they value mammals, fish, birds, invertebrates and algae.

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CGIAR Releases Updated Guidelines for Collecting Plant Genetic Diversity [viewed]

25 June 2012: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has made available an updated version of the Technical Guidelines for Collecting Plant Genetic Resources on the website of the Crop Genebank Knowledge Base, established under CGIAR's System-wide Genetic Resources Programme (SGRP).

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UNEP, EU Committee of the Regions Sign MoU on Sustainable Cities [viewed]

UNEP22 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the EU's Committee of the Regions (CoR). The MoU seeks to strengthen the role of local and regional authorities within the policy decision-making process, and emphasizes the importance of placing sustainable cities at the heart of the global strategy on sustainable development.

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World Summit of Legislators Scrutinizes Sustainable Development Efforts [viewed]

globe-international17 June 2012: The First World Summit of Legislators (WSL) convened on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), beginning an international process towards monitoring governments' delivery of commitments to the sustainable development agenda.

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