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UNFF Special Event Marks International Day of Forests [viewed]

Unff21 March 2014: In commemoration of the second International Day of Forests, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) organized a special event under the theme, ‘Celebrating Forests for Sustainable Development,' which included a panel discussion on ‘Women as agents of change for forests and sustainable development.'

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International Day of Forests Commemorated Worldwide [viewed]

International Day of Forests21 March 2014: In celebration of the second International Day of Forests, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the important benefits of forests: habitat provision for 80 percent of all terrestrial biodiversity; support of an estimated 1.6 billion people; adaptation and mitigation to climate change; and the maintenance of a timber and wood industry that accounts for almost 1 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP).

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Bioversity International Case Study Explores Community-Based Biodiversity Management in Nepal [viewed]

Bioversity International13 March 2014: Bioversity International has published a case study on community-based biodiversity management (CBM) for watershed restoration in the Kaski District of Nepal. The study reports lessons from Bioversity International's work with Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD), alongside other national and international research organizations, to organize local groups in the region to develop and advance CBM activities, including participatory plant breeding, training workshops and community seedbanks.

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Event: CBD Capacity-building Workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on ABS for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

This workshop aims to promote awareness of the core provisions of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS), and strengthen the capacity of participating countries to undertake the necessary steps to ratify/accede to the Protocol and prepare for its effective implementation, with a view to contributing to the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 16 on the Protocol. It will include a one-day training session on the pilot phase of the ABS Clearing-House.  

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Event: WIPO IGC 27 [viewed]

At its 27th meeting, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is expected to hold a 10-day, text-based negotiating session focusing on traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.  

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CMS, ASCOBANS Event Focuses on Marine Debris and Migratory Whales and Dolphins [viewed]

cms-ascobans18 March 2014: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS) sponsored, with support from Defra, UK, WhaleFest 2014, to celebrate whales and dolphins. The main theme of the event focused on the issue of marine debris. 

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FAO Publishes Lessons from Biotechnology Experiences in Developing Countries [viewed]

FAOMarch 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a paper on lessons learned from experiences with the use of biotechnologies in crops, livestock and fish by smallholder farmers in developing countries.

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Project Discusses Neglected and Underutilized Species Conservation in Bolivia and Peru [viewed]

nuscommunityMarch 2014: A synthesis article on the approach and results of an International Fund for Agricultural Development-Neglected and Underutilized Species (IFAD-NUS) project in Bolivia and Peru has been published. 

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Event: UNFF Special Events for the International Day of Forests 2014 [viewed]

The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is organizing a series of activities at UN Headquarters in New York, US to celebrate the International Day of Forests 2014. The celebrations will feature a week-long series of film-screenings, a two-week exhibit of award-winning photographs and children's art and a special half-day event on 21 March, which will include a panel discussion on 'Women as agents of change for forests and sustainable development'. The special event will also screen award-winning short films that celebrate forests for people. The event will conclude with a general discussion. The Forest Film Festival screenings will run from 17-20 March 2014 and the MY FOREST, OUR FUTURE Art and Photo Exhibit will run from 17-28 March 2014.  

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Event: International Day of Forests 2014 [viewed]

In 2012, the UN General Assembly declared 21 March as the International Day of Forests to “celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests”. A wide range of special events will celebrate the International Day of Forests 2014.  

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