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Event: 19th Senior Officials Meeting of the Environment Management Group [viewed]

The 19th meeting of the senior officials of the Environment Management Group (EMG) will be hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The meeting will consider the strategic direction of the EMG, and the 2014-2015 work plan.  

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ICARDA Highlights Dryland Research Program and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo5 September 2013: In the September issue of its newsletter, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) describes the launch of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Dryland Systems in South Asia.

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UNODC Report Addresses Ivory Trade in Eastern Africa [viewed]

UNODC4 September 2013: The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released a report, titled 'Transnational Organized Crime in Eastern Africa: A Threat Assessment,' which highlights the scale of ivory poaching and its threat to elephant populations in the region, among other issues.

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Coral Triangle Atlas Presents Maps of Regional Change [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative LogoSeptember 2013: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI) has released an online GIS database of maps on environmental and economic change in the coastal and marine zones of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.

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Event: Third International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species [viewed]

Co-organized by Bioversity International, Ghana's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and other organizations, the 'Third International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species: For a Food-Secure Africa' will promote knowledge sharing and debate under three themes: improving the resilience of agricultural and livelihood systems; upgrading value chains of neglected and underutilized species; and creating an enabling environment.  

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CGRFA Circulates Survey on Climate Change and Genetic Diversity Conservation and Use [viewed]

CGRFA3 September 2013: The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has circulated a survey to help identify lessons learned about the ways and means to conserve and use genetic diversity to build resilience to climate change in food and agriculture systems.

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WCO Report Reviews Compliance under Trade-Related MEAs [viewed]

wco28 June 2013: The World Customs Organization (WCO) released its annual Illicit Trade Report, which for the first time presents information across five thematic areas in one publication and recognizes the linkages among illicit trade in different commodities. Among its six chapters, the Report features an Environment Section that reviews compliance with the main multi-lateral environment agreements (MEAs) with international trade-related provisions.

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Event: Expert Meeting on Taking to Scale Tree-Based Ecosystem Approaches [viewed]

The Program on Forests (PROFOR) is convening this expert meeting as part of a project to promote tree based ecosystem approaches in order to enhance food security, improve resilience to climate change and sequester carbon. As such, the meeting will introduce the draft report titled, ‘Tree-Based Ecosystem Approaches at Scale: Evidence of drivers and impacts on food security, climate change resilience and carbon sequestration'. The meeting will also review lessons learned and identify a possible framework for scaling up tree based ecosystem approaches.  

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ACTO Parties Review Progress on Implementation of CITES E-Permitting Systems [viewed]

Cites Otca30 August 2013: During a meeting in Quito, Ecuador, from 22-23 August 2013, members of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) noted substantial progress on the implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) e-permitting systems and Single Window environments, especially in Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. 

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Event: 27th Meeting of the CITES AC, 21st Meeting of the CITES PC and Joint AC/PC Session [viewed]

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Animals Committee (CITES AC) will hold its 27th meeting in Veracruz, Mexico, back-to-back with the 21st meeting of the CITES Plants Committee (CITES PC) and will include a two-day long joint session. The AC will meet from 28 April-1 May 2014; the CITES AC/PC session will be held from 2-3 May 2014; and the CITES PC will meet from 4-8 May 2014.  

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