Technology Transfer

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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WIPO IGC Continues Negotiations on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

24 April 2012: The 21st session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) advanced in its negotiations on an international instrument/instruments, focusing on draft articles on the protection of traditional knowledge.

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Event: 23rd Annual SPREP Meeting [viewed]

The SPREP meeting is held annually for its member countries and donors, to highlight progress made and discuss strategic plans and other regional conventions that pertain to SPREP's mandate.  

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Ramsar Releases Technical Note on Wetland Losses [viewed]

18 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released a briefing note on avoiding, mitigating and compensating for wetland loss, which is a supporting background document to Draft Resolution XI.9, on "An Integrated Framework and guidelines for avoiding, mitigating and compensating for wetland losses," proposed by the Ramsar Standing Committee for consideration by the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11).

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PACE-Net Conference Focuses on Water, Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Hazards [viewed]

18 April 2012: The Pacific-European Network (PACE-Net) Conference, which convened under the theme "Strengthening Pacific-European Collaboration in Research, Development, and Innovation," featured workshops on water, agriculture and forestry, natural hazards, fisheries, and mid-term research, development and innovation policies.

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OECD Working Paper Reports on Adaptation-related Biotechnology [viewed]

OECD26 March 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a working paper that shows an increase in innovations in adaptation-related agricultural biotechnology, with the development of crops that are resilient to drought, saline soils and extreme temperatures.

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Shortlist for 2014 European Green Capital Award Released [viewed]

12 April 2012: The European Commission has announced that out of 18 applicants for the 2014 European Green Capital award, Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt have been named as finalists. The award is presented annually to a city that represents “the vanguard of environmentally friendly urban living,” with cities being judged, inter alia, on: climate change contributions; transport; sustainable land use; nature and biodiversity; air quality; water production and management; water consumption and treatment; sustainable employment; and energy performance.

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GEF Supports Ethanol Production from Cassava Pilot Project [viewed]

28 March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a US$2.97 million grant to promote cassava-based bioenergy through technology innovation and South-South technology transfer from Thailand and neighboring countries.

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CGIAR Catalogues Best Practices for Genebank Conservation [viewed]

7 March 2012: While seed conservation is a common approach to conserving genetic diversity of plants, not all crops can be kept in seed form and thus their conservation requires alternative storage methods, which have been catalogued in a set of three publications from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

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CGIAR Launches Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas [viewed]

March 2012: Seeking to tap potential synergies for increasing food security and incomes, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has developed a Global Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, to be led by the International Potato Center (CIP) in collaboration with Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

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