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Event: CBD Expert Meeting on Article 10 of the ABS Protocol [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this expert meeting will focus on issues related to the global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism provided for under Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing. Participants will review the synthesis of the online discussions on Article 10, and identify potential areas of common understanding and areas for further examination.  

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Event: INTERPOL-UNEP International Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference [viewed]

The INTERPOL-UNEP conference will bring together executive leaders to design a joint international strategy to tackle environmental crime. Cooperation between intergovernmental organizations and the environmental enforcement actions of focus for the international community in the coming years will be the main topics of discussion during the conference. The Conference will see the 1st Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee (ECEC) meeting held from 7-8 November 2013, which will bring together executive leaders from around the world to design and develop strategies to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of national and international responses to environmental compliance and enforcement. The Conference will also host the 24th Meeting of the INTERPOL Wildlife Crime Working Group, 18th Meeting of the INTERPOL Pollution Crime Working Group, and 2nd Meeting of the INTERPOL Fisheries Crime Working Group, all of which will be held in parallel to and will present their findings to the ECEC.  

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New Bioversity International Director General Announces Initiatives [viewed]

Bioversity International26 July 2013: Upon joining Bioversity International as Director General, Ann Tutwiler has announced new initiatives and a vision to enhance the organization's work.

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FAO Newsletter Celebrates 300 Years of Sustainable Forestry [viewed]

FAO31 July 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released the 12th issue of InFo News, highlighting 300 years of sustainable forestry and honoring Hans von Carlowitz, a German administrator who was the first person to define the concept of sustainability.

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Event: CBD Expert Workshop on Enhancing Biodiversity Data and Observing Systems in Support of the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 [viewed]

This workshop will discuss ways in which collection of, access to, and use of biodiversity data and observations could be enhanced to support evidence-based decision-making and planning with a view to achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and corresponding national targets. It is organized by the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON). Conclusions from the workshop are expected to be formally reported to the SBSTTA 17 meeting in the following week and will support the consideration of scientific and technical needs related to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.  

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Event: Mediterranean Regional Office of the European Forest Institute Week [viewed]

The Mediterranean Regional Office of the European Forest Institute (EFIMED) week consists of an Annual Meeting (2013) and a scientific seminar convened under the theme ‘managing the Mediterranean forest as a complex socio-ecological system'. An EFIMED marketplace will also be held in order to allow members to present information on their projects and organizations.  

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Event: 19th Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission [viewed]

Created in 1959, the African Forestry Wildlife Commission (AFWC) is one of six Regional Forestry Commissions established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) to provide a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. It meets every two years. FAO encourages wide participation of government officials from forestry and other sectors as well as representatives of international, regional and sub-regional organizations that deal with forest-related issues in the region, including NGOs, and the private sector.  

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Global Initiative Bridges Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

Bioversity International23 July 2013: Following outcomes from the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), global leaders in agriculture and biodiversity joined together in July 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to launch the Bridging Agriculture and Conservation Initiative.

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International Land Coalition Synthesizes Issues on Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Lands [viewed]

ILCJuly 2013: Building on the goal of securing equitable access to land and resources for the rural poor, the International Land Coalition has published a synthesis paper, titled 'Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources.'

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ICIMOD Partnership Promotes Herbal Medicine in Nepal [viewed]

ICIMOD25 July 2013: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has established a five-year partnership with Dabur Nepal in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region of Nepal to promote herbal medicine and aromatic plants.

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