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Guest Article #29: Making Access and Benefit-sharing Work for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

The ‘Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization' to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been hailed as a giant step towards the implementation of the third objective of the CBD: the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources, including by appropriate access to them. Implementing this third objective will contribute, it is hoped, to the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of its components, the other two objectives of the CBD.

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IPBES-3 Opens with Discussions on Work Programme [viewed]

ipbes12 January 2015: The third session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3) opened on 12 January 2015, in Bonn, Germany. Delegates heard opening statements from dignitaries, regional groups and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and discussed: organizational matters; membership of the Platform; credentials; and reports from the IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) members on implementing the work programme 2014–2018.

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GEF Updates on Sustainable Cities, Deforestation and Food Security Programmes [viewed]

GEF5 January 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released its first updates on three 'integrated approach' programmes focused on: sustainable cities; taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains; and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. The updates provide an overview of the history, background and aims of each programme as well as their next steps. Each of the three programmes is expected to submit a Programmatic Framework Document to the 48th GEF Council Meeting in June 2015.

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FAO, GOF Announce 14 Regional ABNJ Leaders [viewed]

fao-gof-gefJanuary 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Ocean Forum (GOF) have announced the selection of 14 leaders for the first Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Regional Leaders Program. The program aims to strengthen the capacity of leaders from small island developing States (SIDS) and developing countries to more effectively participate in global and regional ABNJ processes and to address issues in marine ABNJ.

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IMO Highlights 2014 Actions on Pollution Prevention, Marine Protection [viewed]

IMOJanuary 2015: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has highlighted a series of eight environmental protection actions undertaken throughout 2014, including revisions to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annexes on emission controls and implementation dates for cleaner engines and actions taken by its Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC).

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Event: Les Assises du Vivant 2015: Biodiversity and Climate Change in Interaction [viewed]

This 2015 edition of the Les Assises du Vivant dialogues of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will bring together scientists, civil society and other stakeholders to discuss the links between biodiversity and climate change in the run-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The event, titled 'Biodiversity and Climate Change in Interaction: Creating new life possibilities,' will focus on three themes, namely: rethinking conservation - towards 'no regrets' strategies; developing ecological solidarity and environmental justice by 'teaming up' with the rest of the living world; and doing business differently by articulating performance and resilience.  

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Policy Update #4: Biodiversity, People and Parks: Nature-Based Solutions Bring All Three Together for Sustainable Development [viewed]

Taking place just once every 10 years, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) allows for a long view – both of past achievements in biodiversity conservation and of the trajectory of conservation efforts. In this regard, WPC in Sydney, Australia, in November 2014 was uniquely placed, occurring at the mid-point between the adoption of the Aichi Targets in 2010 and their deadline for achievement in 2020.

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ABNJ Tuna Project to Provide Guidance on Addressing IUU Fishing [viewed]

FAO29 December 2014: Implementing port State measures is critical for ensuring the sustainability of the world's tuna resources, according to the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Tuna Project. The project is preparing a publication that highlights the role of port State measures in addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in both national jurisdictions and the high seas.

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GRID-Arendal Highlights Blue Forests Project Launch [viewed]

GRID ARENDALDecember 2014: GRID-Arendal's interim marine newsletter highlights the launch of the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Blue Forests Project, which will explore how to harness the value of carbon and other coastal ecosystem services to improve ecosystem management.

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Event: Global Landscapes Forum 2015 [viewed]

The third annual Global Landscapes Forum will take place on 6 December 2015, in Paris, France, conciding with the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). A successor to past Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days, the Forum focuses on land use as a key sector for achieving global climate and sustainability goals, and brings together stakeholders from different land-use sectors. In previous years, Global Landscapes Forum coordinating partners have included the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).  

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