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ITPGR Celebrates Tenth Anniversary, Releases List of Benefit-sharing Grantees [viewed]

14 November 2011: On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), a high-level celebration was hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the ITPGR Secretariat released the list of new projects to be funded under the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund, to support farmers and breeders to adapt key crops to climate change.

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GEF Council Approves Projects on Biodiversity and Blue Carbon [viewed]

10 November 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, at its 41st Council Meeting, approved decisions on the administration of the GEF, as well as a work programme including several biodiversity-related projects on protected areas, and an innovative International Waters initiative, the “Blue Forests” effort to estimate the carbon sequestration capacity of coastal habitats like mangroves, sea grass beds, coral reefs and salt marshes, and demonstrate their economic value.

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Asia-Pacific Forestry Week Focuses on New Challenges and Opportunities [viewed]

11 November 2011: The Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2011 brought together around 1500 people to discuss forests and forestry in Asia and the Pacific. The event was organized under the theme "New Challenges, New Opportunities," and participants discussed governance, communication and the future of the region's forests.

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Event: WIPO IGC 22 [viewed]

The 22nd session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will continue text-based negotiations for an international instrument/instruments, focusing on traditional cultural expressions.  

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Event: WIPO IGC 21 [viewed]

The 21st session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will continue text-based negotiations for an international instrument/instruments, focusing on traditional knowledge.  

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Event: WIPO IGC 20 [viewed]

The 20th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will continue text-based negotiations for an international instrument/instruments, focusing on genetic resources.  

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Event: Ecological Organic Agriculture: The Alternative for Africa [viewed]

This conference aims to re-address the balance and build awareness of accessible and resilient organic based production systems and position organic agriculture higher on the agenda of African governments, policy makers and the international donor community.  

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FAO Outlines Approach for Integrating Climate Change in Forest Programmes [viewed]

10 November 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the National Forest Programme Facility have released a publication titled, "Climate Change for Policy-Makers: An approach for integrating climate change in forest programmes in support of sustainable forest management." The report aims to assist senior officials in government administrations and representatives of other stakeholders to prepare the forest sector for the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change.

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FAO Aquaculture Report Highlights Biodiversity Concerns [viewed]

9 November 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the "World Aquaculture 2010" report, which finds that aquaculture continues to be the fastest-growing animal food producing sector. It recommends that as the sector further expands, intensifies and diversifies, it should recognize relevant environmental and social concerns, and make conscious efforts to address them in a transparent manner, backed with scientific evidence.

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UNEP Tree Campaign Reaches 12 Billion Milestone [viewed]

8 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that over 12 billion trees have been planted in 193 countries under the Billion Tree Campaign. The milestone was reached following a tree planting campaign carried out in Kenya by the Green Africa Foundation, which has planted over 24 million trees to date.

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