Technology Transfer

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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ACTO Environment Ministers Adopt Lima Declaration, Agree to Combat Illegal Mining [viewed]

ACTO21 March 2012: The second meeting of the Environment Ministers of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) adopted a "Lima Declaration" agreeing on joint actions on environmental policy, including annual Environmental Ministerials and closer coordination in implementing multilateral environment agreements (MEAs). They also recommended that ACTO form a special working group to draft a common strategy to combat illegal mining in the Amazon Basin.

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ITTO Supports Development of Forest Planning Model in Guyana [viewed]

March 2012: The Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Environmental Services in Tropical Forests (REDDES) Programme of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has provided support to Guyana to develop a high-level decision support model for forestry.

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UNDP/SPC Introduces GIS Mapping for Land and Forest in Solomon Islands [viewed]

23 March 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the South Pacific Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) Division of the South Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government, plan to introduce a remote sensing mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) to map land and forest cover in the Solomon Islands.

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