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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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CITES CoP 16 Closes with Renewed Commitment to Halt Species' Decline and Wildlife Crime [viewed]

15 March 2013: The sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) adopted 55 new listing proposals, saw the first global meeting of wildlife enforcement networks and adopted measures to address wildlife crime.

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Brazil's SiBBr Surveys National Biodiversity Data and Informatics Capacity [viewed]

15 March 2013: Brazil's Sistema de Informação sobre a Biodiversidade Brasileira (SiBBr) has launched a survey of the data on biodiversity and ecosystems held by over 200 institutions across the country.

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IUCN and ICSU Solicit Views on Stakeholder Engagement in IPBES [viewed]

15 March 2013: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council for Science (ICSU) have set up a survey to inform the development of the first draft of a stakeholder engagement strategy and to collect views on stakeholder engagement in the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

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Nominations Invited for GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award [viewed]

March 2013: Announced on the sidelines of the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP 16), the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP)-Ian Redmond Conservation Award is seeking applications for possible recipients.

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FAO Circulates Proposed Amendments to CGRFA Rules of Procedure [viewed]

FAO8 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has circulated two proposed amendments to the Rules of Procedure of its Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), to be considered during the CGRFA's fourteenth session, to be held from 15-19 April 2013, at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

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Event: World Migratory Bird Day 2013 [viewed]

Every year on the second weekend in May, dedicated organizations and people around the world plan World Migratory Bird Day events to celebrate migratory birds in their region and to raise awareness about the need for their conservation. This year's World Migratory Bird Day theme is “Networking for migratory birds.” It seeks to highlight the importance of ecological networks and networks between organizations and individuals for the long-term conservation of migratory birds.  

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