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Meeting of the EC Environment Council Discusses Biofuels Policy, Genetic Resources [viewed]

21 March 2013: The first Environment Council of the European Commission under the Irish Presidency, held on 21 March 2013, included policy debates on: the European Commission's proposal to minimize the climate change impacts of biofuels; proposed changes to the directive on environmental impact assessments; and access and benefit sharing of genetic resources.

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TEEB for Business Releases Report on Organizational Change for Natural Capital Management [viewed]

21 March 2013: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Business Coalition (TEEB for Business) has released a report on behavior change motivations for natural capital management (NCM), titled "Organisational Change for NCM: Strategy and Implementation." Based on data from 26 companies, the study identifies the availability of freshwater, renewable energy, climate regulation, fiber and food as the most important natural capital risks over the next 3-5 years.

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FAO Releases Report on the State of Mediterranean Forests [viewed]

FAO21 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report, titled “State of Mediterranean Forests 2013,” which details the social and environmental changes affecting forests in the Mediterranean region, as well as the contributions that forests make to agriculture, water, energy, tourism and other economic sectors.

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WHMSI Approves Six Migratory Marine Species Projects for Funding [viewed]

21 March 2013: The Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative (WHMSI) has approved funding for six projects under its Small Grant Fund. The decision, taken during the WHMSI Steering Committee meeting on 28-29 January 2013, follows a call for proposals issued during the fall of 2012.

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Event: 41st meeting of the CMS Standing Committee [viewed]

The 41st meeting of the CMS Standing Committee is scheduled to convene in November 2013. The Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) was established by Resolution 1.1 of the Conference of the Parties (COP). Its functions are to provide policy and administrative guidance between regular meetings of the COP. It consists of representatives of every global region, of the Depositary and, where applicable, of the country that plans to host the next meeting of the COP.  

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First International Day of Forests Celebrated [viewed]

21 March 2013: A number of high-level officials have issued statements in celebration of the first-ever International Day of Forests, including the UN Secretary-General, and the Heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

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Outreach Materials Released in Support of First International Day of Forests [viewed]

21 March 2013: A number of organizations have developed and released outreach and communications materials in support of the first International Day of Forests, an event to be held annually on 21 March. The materials focus on the key messages presented by the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) with regards to: forests and air; water; biodiversity; land; forests and resilience to natural disasters; forests as a key part of the climate change solution; healthy forests, healthy people; and forests are our livelihoods, wealth.

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CPF Provides 360° View of the International Year of Forests [viewed]

21 March 2013: On the occasion of the first International Day of Forests, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has released a 360° view of forests based on information gathered during the International Year of Forests in 2011.

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Strategic Framework on Mediterranean Forests Presents Policy Options for Integrated Forest and Woodland Management [viewed]

February 2013: In preparation for the third Mediterranean Forest Week (III MFW), the Strategic Framework on Mediterranean Forests (SFMF) has been released.

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Event: ITPGR Technical Workshop for Strengthening the Capacities of the National Programmes in Latin America [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), this technical workshop aims to strengthen the capacities of the National Programmes on Plant Genetic Resources in Latin America (CAP-FITOGEN). The workshop will: contribute to the improvement of skills and capacity of the technical staff in the area of conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture; promote the use and adoption of several data management tools adapted to the needs of the national programmes of the region; and gather information on the need to further develop new tools within the framework of the Global Information System on Plant Genetic Resources.

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