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Event: World Soil Day [viewed]

At its 144th meeting, held from 11-15 June 2012, the FAO Council adopted a decision requesting the wider UN System to recognize 5 December as World Soil Day and to institutionalize its observance. To recognize the Day, an event focused on "Securing healthy soils for a food secure world: A day dedicated to soils" will be organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, to raise awareness on the importance of soils in achieving food security, as well as their pivotal role for providing a range of ecosystem services. World Soil Day was first proposed by the International Union of Soil Sciences in 2002.  

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Event: Expert Consultation on Research and Management Priorities for High-Altitude Rangelands and their Interfaces [viewed]

The workshop on Research and Management Priorities for High Altitude Rangelands and their Interfaces in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), will bring together partners and international experts working on ecosystem interfaces of high-altitude rangelands to identify knowledge needs and priorities and to develop an advocacy plan for high-altitude rangelands in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. The workshop will build on ICIMOD's efforts to promote the conservation of rangelands and regional cooperation in transboundary landscapes, including the Kailash Sacred Landscape, as well as identify development opportunities for local communities dependent on high-altitude rangeland ecosystems.  

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Event: Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources - Second Session [viewed]

The second session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources will convene at FAO headquarters from 23-25 January 2013. It will be convened under the Regular Programme of the Organization. The Thirteenth Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 13) requested the Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources to meet before CGRFA 14, which will convene from 15-19 April 2013, to review the draft report on The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources and priority areas for action, as identified in Country Reports and regional consultations; and to review and evaluate options for a follow-up, and make recommendations to the Commission.  

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Event: International Conference for International Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Land and Sea Managers Network [viewed]

This conference will explore land and sea management themes such as the blue economy, sustainable livelihoods, women engaged in sustainable development and traditional ecological knowledge.  

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Event: Fourteenth Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-14) [viewed]

This meeting is being organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in conjunction with its twenty-seventh session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC27/GMEF) to be held from 18-22 February 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The objective of the Forum is to facilitate preparations of major groups and stakeholders towards the GC27/GMEF, which will hold ministerial-level consultations on emerging policy issues under the following themes: Implementing Rio+20: A strengthened environmental pillar of sustainable development; and Implementing a green economy as an important tool for achieving sustainable development.  

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Event: Fourteenth World Forestry Congress [viewed]

The 2015 World Forestry Congress, the first to be held in Africa, will come together under the theme, ‘Forests and People – Investing in a sustainable future'. The Congress, convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the government of South Africa, will consider how forests can be mainstreamed into global discussions on sustainable development and will facilitate the development of partnerships to address global forestry issues.  

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Registration Deadline to IPBES-1 Extended [viewed]

26 November 2012: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Interim Secretariat announced that the deadline for receiving registration forms and requests for governments and accreditation for major groups and stakeholders has been extended.

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FAO Launches Africa Forest Communicators Network [viewed]

FAO29 November 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced the launch of the Africa Forest Communicators Network, which aims to develop capacity for forest communication in the region.

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FAO Report Highlights Links between Mitigation and Adaptation, and Forests and Trees [viewed]

FAO29 November 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report highlighting its contribution to climate change adaptation and mitigation in forests.

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CARICOM Assesses Biodiversity-Related Statistics and Indicators [viewed]

CARICOM23 November 2012: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is consulting Community member governments to assess the current state of national environmental statistics collection, management, and dissemination. The focus is on statistics related to agriculture and land use, biodiversity, coastal and marine resources, and forestry. 

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