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Saudia Arabia and FAO Cooperate on Managing Water, Forests, Crop Production [viewed]

FAO17 May 2012: During the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia committed US$66.7 million to implement Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) technical assistance projects in the areas of transfer of technology, sustainable natural resource management including for water and forests, sustainable crop production and capacity building, among others.

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FAO, International Partners Launch Peat and Climate Change Mitigation Initiative [viewed]

17 May 2012: Considering that peatlands drainage and peat fires contribute to almost a quarter of carbon emissions from the land use sector, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has worked with Wetlands International to develop an informal network of organizations committed to reducing emissions from peatlands.

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Peru Seeks FAO Support to Coordinate Its Forestry Sector [viewed]

FAO7 May 2012: The Peruvian Government has formally asked the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to coordinate the various entities and initiatives, public and private, national and international, involved with its forestry sector. The request was formulated during an FAO programming mission to Peru in April 2012.

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Event: 31st Session of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization's 31st Regional Conference for the Near East is focusing on food waste, climate change impacts and the creation of a regional trust fund for agricultural development. Climate change discussions are expected to focus on freshwater, fisheries, and forestry and land use management.  

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FAO Publishes Yearbook of Forest Products for 2006-2010 [viewed]

FAO14 May 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published the 64th issue of its Yearbook of Forest Products, containing annual data on the production and trade in forest products from 2006-2010.

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Event: CBD Southern Indian Ocean Workshop to Facilitate Description of EBSAs [viewed]

This workshop is convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). It aims to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs), and will include one day of training on the application of EBSA criteria, as well as a four-day workshop. The workshop will include CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the Southern Indian Ocean region: Australia, Comoros, France, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and the UK.  

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Global Guidelines on Tenure of Land, Forests and Fisheries Adopted [viewed]

11 May 2012: The 38th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) endorsed the new Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. The new guidelines outline principles and practice for governments to refer to when making laws and policies on land, fisheries and forest rights. They aim to promote food security and sustainable development by improving access to resources and protecting stakeholders' rights.

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Event: Fourth Meeting of ITPGR Committee on SMTA and MLS [viewed]

The Ad Hoc Technical Advisory Committee on the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) and the Multilateral System (MLS) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) advises the Treaty Secretary on implementation questions raised by users.  

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AfDB, FAO Working to Restore Rwandan Fishing Sector [viewed]

AfDB8 May 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has initiated the Inland Lakes Integrated Development and Management Support Project (PAIGELAC) to assist in restoring and improving Rwanda's fisheries sector.

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CPF Launches Wangari Maathai Award [viewed]

Wangari Maathai Award9 May 2012: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has launched a new award, in commemoration of Wangari Maathai. It will recognize individuals who work towards preserving, restoring and sustainably managing forests and communicating the role that forests play in rural livelihoods and the environment.

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