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Event: Capacity-Building Workshop for Mesoamerica on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration to Support Achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

This workshop, organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), is part of a series being organized with financial assistance from Japan, Germany, Canada and the Republic of Korea. Through the workshop, the Secretariat plans to offer capacity-building to Parties within an integrated and participatory approach to promote holistic planning and implementation at the landscape level. The workshop aims to offer support in: development of national targets and plans for ecosystem conservation and restoration; integration of these targets and plans into updated National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and mainstreaming into broader national policies, plans and programmes; and use of appropriate assessment, policy and planning tools to promote ecosystem conservation and restoration at appropriate levels. The Mesoamerican workshop will take place back-to-back with an Inter-Regional Workshop on REDD+ and Aichi Biodiversity Targets.  

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Japan Notifies on Inclusion of 18,000 Samples into ITPGR MLS [viewed]

ITPGRAugust 2014: Japan has notified the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) about the inclusion of almost 18,000 samples of crop and forages into the Treaty's Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) and the publication of its associated data, adding value to that material for breeders and researchers.

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Event: Fourth High-Level Round Table on the ITPGR [viewed]

Titled 'The International Treaty, Climate Change and Food Security,' the Fourth High-Level Round Table on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will take place on the occasion of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly and the UN Secretary General's Climate Change Summit. It aims to facilitate high-level discussion of how monetary and non-monetary benefits generated from the utilization of plant germplasm under the Treaty can support agricultural innovation for breeding climate-smart seeds; discuss how to address climate change impacts on food crops through Treaty systems; and showcase the value of the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund and its projects for climate adaptation of food crops.  

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ICRAF Focuses on Value of Forests beyond Carbon [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)July 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) released the July 2014 issue of its newsletter, 'Transformations,' highlighting the many values of forests beyond carbon. In particular, the newsletter introduces the book, 'Trees for Life,' which provides examples of how farmers in developing countries are using trees to improve their livelihood options.

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FAO Study Analyzes Global Fish Stock Status and Production Potential [viewed]

FAO25 July 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Fisheries and Aquaculture Department has released a study, titled ‘Developing new approaches to global stock status assessment and fishery production potential of the seas.' The study focuses on two approaches to estimating fisheries' status: determining single-stock status; and estimating ecosystem production based on satellite estimates of primary productivity.

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FAO Steering Committee Discusses ITPGR Action Plan for Near East and North Africa [viewed]

FAO13 July 2014: Hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the first meeting of the Steering Committee discussed the implementation of the Near East and North Africa (NENA) Action Plan for the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR).

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ITPGR Secretariat Issues Publication on Farmers and Climate Change [viewed]

ITPGRJuly 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published a booklet titled, "Enabling Farmers to Face Climate Change,' which provides an overview of the projects that are being implemented as part of the second project portfolio of the ITPGR Benefit-sharing Fund.

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FAO Stresses Importance of Native Tree Species in Restoration [viewed]

FAO17 July 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a report, titled 'Genetic Considerations in Ecosystem Restoration Using Native Tree Species,' which focuses on the use of native species in large-scale landscape restoration projects to enhance biodiversity, improve the conservation status of select species and boost ecosystem resilience.

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Event: International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is organizing this symposium to highlight existing practices in agroecology and exchange information on the latest research and science in the field. The symposium is expected to result in an action plan for a follow-up process for Africa and Asia; contributions to an international framework for research on agroecology, including relevant economic, social, environmental and climatic aspects; and informational material such as video interviews and agroecological practices for online sharing. The two-day preliminary agenda will include inter alia: a keynote on the landscape of agroecology; plenaries covering ecosystem services, social processes and virtuous cycles in agroecology; and a high-level segment. The symposium supports Strategic Objective 2 (“Increase and improve provision of Goods and Services from Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in a sustainable manner”) of the FAO Strategic Framework.  

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WBCSD, IUCN to Head Natural Capital Protocol Consortia [viewed]

natural-capital-coalition8 July 2014: The Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) has selected two consortia, which will be managed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), to develop a framework to help businesses understand and manage their impacts and dependencies on the natural environment.

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