National Action

Event: Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food Security will examine the implementation of the Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. It will also examine a review of the draft updated Genebank Standards, the process for the preparatoin of the Third Report on the State of the World's Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the status and trends in teh conservation and use of micro-organisms and invertebrates in rice and root crop-based production systems, and access and benefit-sharing for plant genetic resources.  

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Event: Ad Hoc Technical Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

In 2011, the Commission decided to establish an Ad Hoc Technical Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and requested the Director-General of FAO to convene a three-day meeting of the Working Group. The Members of the Working Group, as elected by the Commission at its Thirteenth Regular Session, include, from Africa: Cameroon, Eritrea, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia; from Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Lao (People's Democratic Republic), Thailand; from Europe: Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, UK; from Latin America and the Caribbean: Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay; from Near East: Iran (Islamic Republic of), Lebanon, Yemen; from North America: Canada, US; and from Southwest Pacific: Australia, Cook Islands.  

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ICI, UNEP-WCMC and BirdLife Hold Workshop on Biodiversity Criteria [viewed]

22 August 2012: The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) convened a workshop on options for integrating biodiversity criteria into International Climate Initiative (ICI) projects in forests and wetlands. The workshop was supported by the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and Birdlife International, and brought together biodiversity and climate change experts along with ICI project leaders.

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Spain Designates 74th Ramsar Site [viewed]

19 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Spain has designated Lagunas de Ruidera as its 74th Wetland of International Importance.

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World Heritage Centre Signs MOU with French MPA Agency for Indian Ocean Sites [viewed]

6 July 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that the World Heritage Centre (WHC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the French Marine Protected Area (MPA) Agency (AAMP), in support of the conservation of marine World Heritage sites.

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Event: Second World Heritage Marine Site Managers Conference [viewed]

The second World Heritage marine site managers conference will be co-hosted by the World Heritage Centre (WHC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the French Marine Protected Area Agency (AAMP).  

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Cameroon Designates Two New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

6 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Cameroon has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its total number of Ramsar sites to seven.

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UNCCD Newsletter Highlights Land for Life Award Winners [viewed]

August 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released issue 4.2/4.3 of UNCCD News. The latest issue features stories on the three winners of the UNCCD's first Land for Life Award.

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Romania Designates Four Ramsar Sites [viewed]

1 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Romania has designated four new sites for the List of Wetlands of International Importance. All four new sites are associated with the Danube River, and all are exceptionally important for waterbirds, according to Ramsar.

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International Sava River Basin Commission Holds Ecotourism Workshop [viewed]

31 July 2012: The International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) held an international workshop on the development of ecotourism in the context of cross-border cooperation. The Commission was set up in 2004 among the Governments of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, to cooperate for the sustainable use of the Sava River's resources and improved living conditions for populations in the Basin.

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