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FAO Journal Explores Agroforestry and Urban Food Security Links in Africa [viewed]

FAOOctober 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released Volume 28, Issue 2 of its 'Nature & Faune Journal,' which focuses on 'Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Africa's Urban Food and Nutrition Equation.'

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ITPGR High-Level Round Table Discusses Climate-Adapted Crops for Food Security [viewed]

ITPGRSeptember 2014: The fourth High-Level Ministerial Round Table on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) convened under the topic 'The International Treaty, Climate Change and Food Security.' High-level representatives discussed the importance of climate-adapted crops in helping farmers face challenges confronting the global food system.

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ITTO and CITES Highlight Partnership [viewed]

ITTO CITES15 October 2014: On the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held an event to discuss the agencies' joint work programme, which coordinates the listing of timber species in CITES annexes through the implementation of projects across Latin America, Africa and Asia.

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September 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

wb.adb.ebd.afdb.gefSeptember 2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM); and reducing disaster risk from flood and drought.

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IUCN Announces Call for Tiger Conservation Projects [viewed]

IUCN15 October 2014: The Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has announced a call for field-based projects for tiger conservation.

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MONUSCO Cites LRA in Garamba National Park Poaching [viewed]

monusco13 October 2014: During a visit to the Garamba National Park, the head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) called for increased national and international efforts to preserve the Park's wildlife. Despite intensified anti-poaching efforts, more than 60 elephants have been killed in the park since April 2014.

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Pacific Islands Highlight IAS as Regional Priority [viewed]

SPREP10 October 2014: At the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the Pacific Islands shared the 'Guidelines for Invasive Species Management in the Pacific' and highlighted a regional project on 'Prevention, control and management of invasive species in the Pacific islands.'

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WWF Living Planet Report Highlights Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

WWF30 September 2014: According the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), over half of the world's wildlife populations have been lost over the past four decades. The organization's ‘Living Planet Report 2014' also finds that humanity's current demand for resources is more than 50% larger than nature's regenerative capacity. Published in partnership with the Global Footprint Network, the Water Footprint Network, and the Zoological Society of London, the report provides a science-based analysis on the impacts of human activities on the health of the planet.

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CPW Calls for Work with Local Communities [viewed]

FAO14 October 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the first fact sheet from the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW), which outlines key issues and challenges associated with sustaining wildlife populations and habitats over time while considering the needs of people.

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Bioversity International Promotes Agrodiversity for Climate Resilience in Papua New Guinea [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalOctober 2014: A publication by Bioversity International presents the results of a pilot project on the use of agricultural biodiversity for mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change. Initiated in Papua New Guinea in 2011, the project ‘Seeds for Needs,' implemented in partnership with the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) of Papua New Guinea, combines information from sweet potato and taro genebanks, and geographic information systems (GIS) to predict future climate scenarios and shortlist the most useful crop varieties for farmers in adapting to climate change.

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