UN Programme, Agency or Fund

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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Migratory Bird Day Celebrates Birds' Cultural Roles [viewed]

13 May 2012: Events took place around the world to mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), initiated in 2006 as a global campaign to raise awareness of the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats. Between 12-13 May, bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions were held to celebrate WMBD 2012.

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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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CMS Publication "Living Planet" Now Available in French and Spanish [viewed]

11 May 2012: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has released French and Spanish versions of “Living Planet: Connected Planet." The publication highlights the importance of ecological networks for migratory animals.

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IOSEA E-News Highlights Turtle Release, Capacity-Building Programmes [viewed]

IOSEAMay 2012: The May issue of  the Indian Ocean-South East Asian (IOSEA) Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) e-newsletter reports on turtle releases in Eritrea and capacity-building in Myanmar.

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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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SPREP Announces Biodiversity Project for Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu [viewed]

SPREP3 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced the inception of a US$1.7 million project on the conservation of biodiversity in the Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu. Project activities will use an ecosystem-based management approach, emphasizing the connectivity between systems including the land, sea and people.

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Event: First Meeting of ITPGR Committee on Sustainable Use of PGRFA [viewed]

The Ad Hoc Technical Advisory Committee on sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) will advise the Secretary and Bureau of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) on a number of issues. These issues include: identification of needs and opportunities to facilitate the sustainable use of PGRFA; development of a toolbox on sustainable use of PGRFA in order to assist Parties in the implementation of ITPGR Article 6; elaboration of a draft work programme on sustainable use of PGRFA, based on elements generated by stakeholder consultations; and cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the International Agricultural Research Centres of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and other international processes and institutions in the field of sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.  

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