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IUCN SSC Proceedings Highlight Importance of CBNRM [viewed]

16 December 2011: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) released the proceedings of the international symposium on community-based natural resource management (CBNRM), and its relevance to the conservation and sustainable use of CITES-listed species in exporting countries. Participants discussed markhor conservation efforts, incentives for local sustainable management of migratory species, and biological impacts of sustainable use.

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UNECE Hosts Expert Panel on Forests 2030 [viewed]

UNECE15 December 2011: Experts from governments, international organizations, NGOs and industry participated in a panel on "Forests 2030: The future of forests in Europe and North America," in Geneva, Switzerland. The panel was chaired by Michael Zammit Cutajar, former UNFCCC Executive Secretary, under the patronage of Janusz Zaleski, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Poland.

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CPF Calls for Investment in Mountain Ecosystems [viewed]

CPF14 December 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has issued a press release highlighting the need for increased investment in, and attention to, adaptation and resilience issues regarding fragile mountain ecosystems.

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Mountain Focus Group Discusses Strategy for UNCSD [viewed]

14 December 2011: The meeting of the Mountain Focus Group convened on 14 December 2011, and sought to forge a common understanding on including mountain development in the preparatory process for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the Conference itself.

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IFPRI Paper Analyzes Policy Options for Asynchronous GMO Imports [viewed]

December 2011: A program note published by the Program for Biosafety Systems of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) analyzes different options for countries to address the adventitious presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in cases of asynchronous approvals.

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UN-REDD Programme Invites Comments on Free, Prior and Informed Consent Guidelines [viewed]

14 December 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has announced that the draft Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) are open for public review. Comments are requested by 15 January 2012.

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Event: Meeting of the Mountain Focus Group [viewed]

The meeting of the Mountain Focus Group will follow up on a similar event held at the Swiss Mission in May 2011. Participants will share information on how to advance the effective implementation of the sustainable mountain development agenda in the preparatory process leading to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The meeting will work toward a common understanding on how best to include mountain development in the discussions and negotiations on Rio+20. The meeting is jointly organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Italian and Swiss Missions to the UN.  

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FAO Raises Alarms on Consequences of Mountain Forests Loss [viewed]

FAO9 December 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, has published a report titled "Mountain Forests in a Changing World" that brings attention to the threats to mountain forests including increasing temperatures and wildfires, population growth and food and fuel insecurity.

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FAO Council Adopts Second Global Plan of Action for PGRFA [viewed]

FAO1 December 2011: The Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) was adopted by the Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), as a new global framework for the conservation and sustainable use of plant diversity as a key element in fighting poverty and achieving increased food security, in the face of climate change.

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FAO Report Documents Impacts of Climate on Wildlife [viewed]

5 December 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) published a report, titled “Wildlife in a Changing Climate," describing consequences of climate change on wildlife, as well as potential measures to adapt to climate change, including restoring and adopting landscape approaches.

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