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FAO Recommends Actions for Implementing the Non-legally Binding Instrument on Forests [viewed]

FAO1 November 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), with support from the Governments of Germany and Japan, has published a report, titled ‘Implementing the Non-legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests.'

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Japan Ratifies ITPGR [viewed]

ITPGR28 October 2013: Japan has acceded to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), bringing the total number of Parties to 130.

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CGRFA Secretariat Prepares for Report on Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

FAOOctober 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has invited countries to nominate a national focal point for coordinating the preparation of their country report as a contribution to the preparation of the report on the State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture, as well as to report on the conditions under which specific genetic resources for food and agriculture are exchanged and utilized in all subsectors.

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Event: Panel Discussion in Advance of the Second Plenary Session of the IPBES [viewed]

Sponsored by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), this event will seek to increase awareness about the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and to bring participants up-to-date on the issues that will be addressed in the Second IPBES Plenary. Presentations will include an overview of the intersessional activities that have taken place in 2013, and some of the key issues that will be addressed in the Second Plenary, including the Stakeholder Engagement Strategy and some of the thematic and methodological assessments that have been proposed as priorities for the IPBES Work Programme 2014-2018.  

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Event: IPBES Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation Meeting [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Asia-Pacific consultation meeting is organized by the Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and Office of the Science Advisor, and supported by the Norwegian Environment Agency, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE)-the Government of Malaysia, and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Meeting objectives are to provide an opportunity to discuss and consider regional perspectives for the IPBES Work Programme 2014-2018 as well as other issues of the IPBES-2 agenda, including procedures and approaches for working with different knowledge systems and the IPBES conceptual framework.  

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Event: Informal Consultation on IPBES and Capacity Building [viewed]

This meeting will be held back-to-back with the 'High level Forum on Biodiversity and Development for Post-2015,' and aims to build further understanding and a convergence of views on how capacity building could and should be addressed in the context of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The consultation is organized by Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and Office of the Science Advisor, and supported by the Norwegian Environment Agency, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE)-the Government of Malaysia, and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).  

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FAO Examines Role of Biotechnology in Small-Scale Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Systems [viewed]

FAO29 October 2013: Covering 19 case studies where biotechnology has been used to serve the needs of smallholders in developing countries, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a publication titled, 'Biotechnologies at Work for Smallholders.' 

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Event: 15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

The 15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) is expected to convene in 2015. The Commission provides the only permanent forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters specifically relevant to biological diversity for food and agriculture. The Commission aims to reach international consensus on policies for the sustainable use and conservation of genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from their use.  

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FAO, EBRD Launch Sustainable Forestry Investment Roadmap for the Russian Federation [viewed]

fao-ebrd23 October 2013: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have announced an Investment Roadmap for the sustainable use of forest resources in the Russian Federation.

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Brazzaville Declaration to Address Illegal Timber Trade [viewed]

FAO23 October 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced the adoption of the Brazzaville Declaration to combat illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin. The Declaration was agreed to by government representatives, civil society and timber industry representatives at the Forum International sur le Développement Durable de la Filière Bois dans le bassin du Congo.

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