Intergovernmental Organization

European Program for Plant Genetic Resources Releases Steering Committee Report [viewed]

January 2013: The European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR) has released the Steering Committee Report from its 13th Meeting, during which participants discussed the transition of the ECPGR program to its next phase (2014-2018)

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Event: Sixth International Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference [viewed]

The sixth meeting of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will focus on case studies and the practical application of the ecosystem services concept to planning, management and decision-making. The ESP is organizing the conference, in cooperation with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. Other partners include the UN Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Global Mechanism (GM), and the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), among others.  

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Event: Semantics for Biodiversity – International Workshop [viewed]

This workshop, co-organized by Bioversity International, Institut de Recherche pour le Development (IRD), Centre de Recherche Agronomique pour le development (CIRAD), Institut de Biologie Computationelle (IBC) and Universite de Montpellier II, will define key challenges identified by the bioinformatics community, discuss solutions and identify opportunities emerging from interactions across plant science and informatics disciplines. A key focus of the workshop will be the use of semantic technologies to design and develop systems that support research on agricultural and wild biodiversity conservation and management for food security, including strategies for resilience to climate change pressure, ecosystem monitoring and territory mapping. The invitation to send pre-submissions for papers and abstracts is open until 24 February.  

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SPC Holds Cost-Benefit Analysis Workshop [viewed]

SPC29 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) held a workshop at the Kiribati Institute of Technology to train government officers to use cost-benefit analysis (CBA) as a framework to improve decision making and project quality, in particular for projects affected by climate change.

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EEA 2013 Work Programme to Address Freshwater, Biodiversity, Land Use, SCP [viewed]

28 January 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released its “Annual Management Plan 2013,” which outlines the EEA work programme that will address a broad range of issues including: biodiversity; freshwater; marine environment; ecosystems; environment and health; sustainable consumption and production (SCP); land use; and agriculture and forests.

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IRENA, CMS and AEWA Call for Proposals on Renewable Energy and Migratory Species [viewed]

January 2013: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published a call for proposals on "Renewable Energy Technologies Deployment and Migratory Species." 

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Loss of Species Threatens Human Survival, Reports EU News Update [viewed]

23 January 2013: The new "Science for Environment Policy-Thematic Issue on Biodiversity, Agriculture and Health," published by the European Commission, features two alerts highlighting how species extinction threatens human well-being.

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CIFOR Reports on Role of Forest Concessions in Orangutan Conservation [viewed]

15 January 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) published a report on logging concession areas in Indonesia and their impact on orangutan conservation. The study, titled "Understanding the Impacts of Land-Use Policies on a Threatened Species: Is There a Future for the Bornean Orang-utan?" reveals that 29 percent of the orangutans remaining in the wild inhabit forest concessions where selective harvesting is permitted. An additional 25 percent of the population can be found in undeveloped oil palm and tree plantation concessions.

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EEA Calls for Improved Governance of Technological Risk [viewed]

EEA23 January 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on the precautionary principle and technological innovation titled “Late Lessons from Early Warnings: Science, Precaution, Innovation,” which includes 20 historical and contemporary case studies.

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ICRAF Publication Highlights Lessons Learned from PES Projects [viewed]

17 January 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released working paper no. 161, titled "Payments for ecosystem services schemes: project-level insights on benefits for ecosystems and the rural poor." The paper examines 36 payments for ecosystem services (PES) projects in which beneficiaries of ecosystem services make direct financial transfers to land owners and users in order to secure management practices that will conserve the identified services.

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