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General Assembly Launches International Year of Quinoa [viewed]

20 February 2013: The UN General Assembly launched the International Year of Quinoa with a High-Level Panel discussion during its plenary at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Bolivian President Evo Morales and First Lady of Peru Nadine Heredia participated in the launch, which will be celebrated under the theme "A future sown thousands of years ago." 

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CIFOR Reports on Beetle Harvesting in Cameroon [viewed]

19 February 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in collaboration with the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), and the Cameroon Association of Research on Biodiversity and Development (ACBIODEV), has released a publication titled "Making a living with forest insects: beetles as an income source in Southwest Cameroon."

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FAO's Fishery Resources Monitoring System to Cover Socioeconomic Issues [viewed]

13 February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has reported that the Steering Committee of the Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS), which aims to provide access to a wide range of high-quality information on the global monitoring and management of fishery marine resources in support of decision making, has decided to widen FIRMS' scope to include socioeconomic issues.

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CBD Secretariat Outlines Intersessional Activities on ABS [viewed]

CBD7 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued two notifications related to intersessional activities on the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and related developments: one outlining activities to be undertaken in the biennium 2013-2014, with information to be submitted in preparation for the third meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP), and invitations for direct actions by governments and relevant organizations in accordance with Decision XI/1 on the status of the Nagoya Protocol; and another addressing Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol on a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism and announcing an online consultation through discussion groups, tentatively scheduled to begin on 8 April 2013.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Submissions on Article 8(j)-Related Issues [viewed]

CBDJanuary 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification outlining a list of specific requests for input from parties, other governments, indigenous and local communities, NGOs and relevant organizations emanating from decisions of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) regarding the work programme on Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge).

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Event: Caribbean Subregional Workshop on Capacity-building for the Effective Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will provide an update on recent developments under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, including the Strategic Plan, the capacity-building framework and action plan and other decisions relating to capacity-building. The workshop also aims to promote understanding of the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress and explore opportunities and challenges regarding its ratification.  

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Bioversity International Launches Forest Genetic Resources Training Guide [viewed]

18 February 2013: Bioversity International released a series of training materials on forest genetic resources aimed at increasing knowledge among non-specialists.

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CBD Calls on Biosafety Protocol Parties to Nominate Laboratories, Online Discussion Groups on LMO Identification [viewed]

CBD14 February, 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a reminder for the nomination of laboratories used for the detection and identification of living modified organisms (LMOs) for the creation of an electronic network of laboratories.

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Bioversity International Identifies Good Practices for Management of On-farm Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

February 2013: In a revised edition of "On-farm Management of Agricultural Biodiversity in Nepal: Good Practices," Bioversity International presents a series of tools and lessons learned on identifying agricultural biodiversity and empowering farmers and communities to manage this resource.

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CBD Secretariat Outlines Inter-sessional Activities on Socio-economic Considerations Regarding LMOs [viewed]

CBD31 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published an outline of inter-sessional activities on socio-economic considerations arising from the impact of living modified organisms (LMOs) on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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