Intergovernmental Organization

SPREP Analyzes Ecosystem-based Adaptation Options in Fiji [viewed]

SPREPMarch 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has released a report titled “An economic analysis of ecosystem-based adaptation and engineering options for climate change adaptation in Lami Town, Fiji.” Building on a vulnerability and adaptation assessment of Lami Town, the report presents a cost-benefit analysis of four adaptation scenarios.

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ICARDA Newsletter Documents Sustainable Agriculture Efforts in Drylands [viewed]

March 2013: The March Newsletter from the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) describes ICARDA's efforts to encourage long-term salinity management investments in Iraq's agriculture sector, micronutrient research in lentils, conservation farming in Iraq, and training on characterizing goat and sheep diversity for conservation and sustainable use in Ethiopia. 

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Bioversity International Publishes Global Strategy on Cocoa Conservation [viewed]

March 2013: A global strategy document on the conservation of genetic diversity and the sustainable use of cacao has been coordinated by CacaoNet and released by Bioversity International.

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Event: 28th General Meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative [viewed]

The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) will hold its 28th General Meeting (GM28) in Belize. Launched at the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 1) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1994, ICRI brings together governments, the CBD and the Ramsar Convention Secretariats, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), development banks such as the World Bank, regional organizations such as the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and international organizations such as the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). ICRI members use annual General Meetings to interact, discuss past and upcoming ICRI-related activities and adopt resolutions or recommendations that bring international attention to specific issues affecting coral reefs.  

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Bioversity International Workshop Addresses Maintenance of Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

5 March 2013: In the context of limited interventions on the ground for on-farm conservation of genetic diversity of crop varieties, Bioversity International and partners held a workshop to learn lessons on the roles of custodian farmers for conservation, use and dissemination of agricultural biodiversity.

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Event: Workshop on Biodiversity and Resilience of Agroecosystems [viewed]

This workshop is the first of a series in preparation for the 2014 Resilience Conference, which will convene in Montpellier, France (http://www.resilience2014.org/). The workshop is organized by CIRAD (Agricultural Research for Development) and Bioversity International. It will focus on the role of biodiversity in the management of multiple agroecosystem services in development contexts, and the contribution of biodiversity to resilience. Key interdisciplinary themes of the workshop will consider: the critical contribution of scales, interactions and feedbacks; tradeoffs and synergies; and the role of spatio-temporal heterogeneity in determining the impact of biodiversity on regulatory processes. Key contributions from the social sciences, specifically perspectives relating to human well-being, and the role of institutions, including governance structures, markets, and public policy as they relate to supporting biodiversity's impact on resilience will also be explored. The objective of the workshop series is to bring together the French and international scientific communities for an in depth exploration of the multiple dimensions of resilience following the theme of the 2014 Resilience Conference: “Adaptation, Transformation and Development”.  

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GRID-Arendal Newsletter Reports on Pacific Marine Planning Tool [viewed]

February 2013: The GRID-Arendal Marine Programme, a center collaborating with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has released the February issue of its newsletter (Marine Newsletter #2), featuring articles on the Pacific Marine Planning Decision Support Tool and on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Oceans and Coasts Knowledge Portal.

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Bioversity International Spatial Data on Cultivated Plants and Wild Relatives Available Online [viewed]

1 March 2013: Over the past 40 years, Bioversity International has gathered information on cultivated plants and wild relatives from around the world, resulting in over 200,000 samples, which are now available online in the Collecting Missions Database.

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Bioversity International and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Agreement Supports Banana Research [viewed]

1 March 2013: As part of global efforts to support the conservation of bananas and plantains, Bioversity International and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven have come to an agreement to store Bioversity's collection of banana and plantain germplasm at the university in Leuven, Belgium.

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FAO and CGIAR Partnership to Increase Collaboration on Research and Innovation [viewed]

FAO28 February 2013: A new five year Memorandum of Understanding between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has been signed to help the FAO provide the CGIAR with advice on agricultural research priorities.

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