Technology Transfer

Saudia Arabia and FAO Cooperate on Managing Water, Forests, Crop Production [viewed]

FAO17 May 2012: During the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia committed US$66.7 million to implement Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) technical assistance projects in the areas of transfer of technology, sustainable natural resource management including for water and forests, sustainable crop production and capacity building, among others.

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EEA Report Assesses Progress Towards a Green Economy in Europe [viewed]

EEA16 May 2012: In the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the European Environment Agency (EEA) has produced a publication titled "Environmental Indicator Report 2012." The Report assesses progress within the EU to support the transition to a green economy, and presents established indicators that illustrate progress towards improving resource efficiency and indicators that depict the risk of passing environmental thresholds.

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Event: Oceans of Potential Conference [viewed]

The “Oceans of Potential” conference is an initiative of Plymouth's marine science organizations and coordinated by Plymouth Marine Laboratory. It will bring together stakeholders from a broad range of disciplines to discuss the opportunities offered by oceans, including renewable energy, carbon sequestration, human health, bioengineering and new approaches to food production. Keynote speakers will include: Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Director-General, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Executive Secretary Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC); and Jacquie McGlade, Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA). The conference will include a public debate on ‘Sustainable fisheries in a changing world'.  

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Peru Seeks FAO Support to Coordinate Its Forestry Sector [viewed]

FAO7 May 2012: The Peruvian Government has formally asked the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to coordinate the various entities and initiatives, public and private, national and international, involved with its forestry sector. The request was formulated during an FAO programming mission to Peru in April 2012.

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Event: 31st Session of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization's 31st Regional Conference for the Near East is focusing on food waste, climate change impacts and the creation of a regional trust fund for agricultural development. Climate change discussions are expected to focus on freshwater, fisheries, and forestry and land use management.  

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CITES E-Permitting Meeting Highlights Role in Sustainable Development [viewed]

CITES14 May 2012: Asian countries recently discussed the development and use of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora's (CITES) e-permitting systems, and e-permitting's role in promoting legal, sustainable and traceable international trade in CITES-listed species.

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IOSEA E-News Highlights Turtle Release, Capacity-Building Programmes [viewed]

IOSEAMay 2012: The May issue of  the Indian Ocean-South East Asian (IOSEA) Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) e-newsletter reports on turtle releases in Eritrea and capacity-building in Myanmar.

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AfDB, FAO Working to Restore Rwandan Fishing Sector [viewed]

AfDB8 May 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has initiated the Inland Lakes Integrated Development and Management Support Project (PAIGELAC) to assist in restoring and improving Rwanda's fisheries sector.

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UNSG Releases Report on Marine Renewable Energy [viewed]

UN logo4 April 2012: The UN Secretary-General has released his report on oceans and the law of the sea, which aims to facilitate discussions on the topic of focus of the 13th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (“the Informal Consultative Process” or ICP), namely marine renewable energies.

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UNRISD Paper Examines Sustainable Development through Policy Integration in Latin America [viewed]

May 2012: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has published a paper on "Sustainable Development through Policy Integration in Latin America," as part of the Occasional Paper series for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The paper examines three projects, two in Brazil and one in Ecuador, to understand how social and political actors govern natural resource use to promote ecosystem protection, biodiversity, renewable energy use and poverty reduction.

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