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Event: Ministerial Conference on Water for Food Crops and Food Security to Address Climate Change and Drought through the ITPGR [viewed]

The 'Ministerial Conference on uses of Water for agricultural purposes, Food Crops and Food Security to Address Climate Change and Drought through the International Treaty' is organized by the Sultanate of Oman and will be held immediately prior to the opening of the fifth session of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) Governing Body.  

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Event: Scaling-Up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resource Rights [viewed]

This international conference will bring together the wide diversity of stakeholders — governments, local communities, Indigenous Peoples' organizations, private investors, food and resource companies, and conservation organizations — that have a direct, common, and urgent interest in clarifying and securing the ownership of lands and resources. Together, these leaders will share experiences on leading strategies to recognize and secure local land rights, including mapping and other technical interventions, legal and policy reforms, international standards and accountability, and innovative financial mechanisms to support real action and progress. The conference will aim to increase the profile and prioritization of community land rights as a global concern, catalyze new ideas and alliances, and secure commitments to take these strategies forward in coming months and years.  

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Event: Private Sector Dialogue on Efforts to Combat Illegal Logging and Associated Trade and Promote Trade in Legal Forest Products [viewed]

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), in collaboration with the Program on Forests (PROFOR), will hold an event to exchange knowledge and enhance collaboration between the government and the private sector with regard to timber producing, processing and consuming countries. The event will be held on the margins of the Forth Meeting of the APEC Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade.  

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FAO Email Conference Discusses Challenges and Opportunities of Genomics in Developing Countries [viewed]

FAO16 June, 2013: The Biotechnology Forum of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a compilation of messages posted during an email conference on 'Impacts of genomics and other 'omics' for the crop, forestry, livestock, fishery and agro-industry sectors in developing countries,' held 4-24 March 2013.

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CITES CoP16 Decisions and Resolutions Enter into Force [viewed]

CITES14 June 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that the new listings of species and the 165 Decisions and 36 Resolutions adopted or revised at the 16th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP16), which convened in Bangkok in March 2013, entered into force on 12 June 2013.

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GGIM Working Group Releases Report on Global Map for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNGGIMJune 2013: The UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) released the report of a working group tasked with considering a Global Map for Sustainable Development (GM4SD), the 'Development of a Global Map for Sustainable Developmen'” (E/C.20/2013/6/Add.1). The report describes the working group's progress, proposes a road map for consideration and highlights disaster and urban hazard mapping as a key input into the GM4SD.

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Bioversity International, IUCN and IFAD Stress Agricultural Biodiversity for Global Health [viewed]

ifad-iucn14 June 2013: The heads of Biodiversity International, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have published an editorial article describing the functions of agricultural biodiversity for human and ecosystem health, as well as threats to this natural resource base.

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Event: Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference [viewed]

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) will organize the Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHP) Conference in the Philippines, with support from the GIZ Biodiversity and Climate Change Project, and the Government of the Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Tourism. The conference is for park managers in Southeast Asia to discuss how to achieve international biodiversity targets and identify opportunities for international cooperation. Thematic sessions will be organized on: effective management of protected areas; biodiversity and climate change; integrating biodiversity values; ecotourism, business and biodiversity; and indigenous and local communities in protected areas. AHP conferences take place every three years. The ACB serves as the secretariat of the AHP Programme, which aims to ensure that park managers, policy makers, conservationists, scientists and other stakeholders benefit from available best practices and lessons on the management of AHPs and other protected areas. The ASEAN Declaration on Heritage Parks was agreed and signed by the environment ministers of the 10 ASEAN Member States in December 2003 in Yangon, Myanmar. There are more than 32 ASEAN Heritage Parks in the region.  

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Event: Food, Forests, and Landscapes [viewed]

This event is being convened by the International Food Policy Research Institute
 (IFPRI) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), and will explore how the landscape approach can address food security challenges while protecting biodiversity and combatting climate change. IFPRI and CIFOR are members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The session will be webcast live.  

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Bioversity International Considers Gender in Forest Research [viewed]

Bioversity International13 June 2013: Bioversity International announced the outcomes of the first workshop convened under its Gender Research Fellowship Programme on the theme of forest genetic resources, research and gender. The workshop aimed to identify differences between men and women with regard to the management of forests, as well as forest-related skills and knowledge.

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