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Bioversity International to Run Training Course on Preservation of Plant Genetic Resources [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalJanuary 2014: In an effort to build capacity in the conservation of the thousands of species with difficult-to-store seeds or challenging clonal propagation, up to fifteen scientists will be trained in tissue culture, cryopreservation and in vitro conservation of crops, as well as in molecular techniques and protocols for conservation of plant seeds and tissues through a course at the Indian National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR).

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Event: GEO-XI [viewed]

The eleventh plenary session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XI) will, among other things, review the draft of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Implementation Plan for 2015-2025 that will guide GEO work for ten years.  

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CMS and UNEP/AEWA Launch Manual for NFPs [viewed]

cms aewa15 January 2014: The Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the UN Environment Programme/African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement UNEP/AEWA have announced the release of the 'Manual for the National Focal Points (NFPs) for CMS and its Instruments.'

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CGIAR Integrates TK and Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Communities into Research [viewed]

CGIAR15 January 2015: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has highlighted its efforts to link traditional knowledge (TK) of farmers to laboratory and experimental field based research, as well as steps members of the Group are taking to secure the TK rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.

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Bioversity Releases Seeds for Needs Policy Briefs [viewed]

seedsforneedJanuary 2014: Bioversity International has released policy briefs from its Seeds for Needs project, which seeks to combine climate change scenarios with information on crop diversity to better understand autonomous and planned adaptation strategies in the face of climate change.

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Event: 55th Session Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries [viewed]

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the advisory committee on sustainable forest-based industries (ACSFI) annual meeting brings together senior executives from private sector forest industries. The meeting will consider country reports, review past and ongoing activities of the ACSFI, consider related activities by FAO and review actions under the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA).  

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IPBES-2 Report Available and Call for Experts Now Open [viewed]

ipbes9 January 2014: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has announced the availability of the advance English version of the report summarizing the second session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-2) and has called for the nomination of experts relevant to the meeting's outcomes.

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OECD Releases 2013 Edition of Environment at a Glance [viewed]

OECD19 December 2013: The 2013 edition of 'Environment at a Glance,' a compilation of key environmental indicators published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), shows that progress has been made in some areas such as air pollution, transport and biodiversity protection, but underlines that more work is required to protect and sustainably use natural resources.

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Event: Arctic Biodiversity Congress [viewed]

Organized by the Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group, this event will promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through dialogue among scientists, policy-makers, government officials, industry, civil society and indigenous peoples. It is closely linked to the findings and recommendations of the first Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) released in May 2013.  

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International Forum on Wetlands Focuses on Impact Assessment [viewed]

Ramsar30 December 2013: The 'International Forum on Wetlands: Relevance of planning and environmental impact assessment on the conservation and wise use of wetlands' highlighted the importance of planning and assessing environmental impact to achieve wise use of wetlands in the Americas.

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