Technology Transfer

GEF Greenline Newsletter Showcases Project Results in Asia and Africa [viewed]

GEF3 February 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released the January issue of its Greenline Newsletter, featuring articles on adaptation projects in the Himalayas and Bhutan, a new interactive project tracking tool, and findings of the GEF Evaluation office, among others.

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SBSTTA 16 Poster Session to Focus on Oceans, Coasts and Islands [viewed]

CBD1 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that the theme of the poster session for the 16th meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) is "Oceans, Coasts, Islands: Achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets."

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Ramsar, Ducks Unlimited Strengthen Cooperation [viewed]

12 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) and Ducks Unlimited have signed a renewed Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to reinforce their partnership. Ducks Unlimited is a grassroots, volunteer-based organization dedicated to wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

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WEF Addresses Energy Poverty, Rio+20 [viewed]

30 January 2012: The World Economic Forum (WEF) held its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 January 2012, gathering industry, business, government and other world leaders to discuss current issues. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in two panels, on ending energy poverty and on the perspectives for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), warning “we cannot build a green economy on the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable people.”

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CBD Invites Second Peer Review of Draft Studies on Climate-Related Geo-Engineering [viewed]

CBD24 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited parties to participate in the second peer review of the draft study on the impacts of climate-related geo-engineering on biodiversity, and on the draft study on the regulatory framework of climate-related geo-engineering relevant to the CBD.

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Inter-agency Report Focuses on the Green Economy in Marine Sectors [viewed]

25 January 2012: An inter-agency report, titled "Green Economy in a Blue World," concludes that the ecological health and economic productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems can be enhanced from well-managed marine sectors.

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Seed Potato Roadmap Developed for East African Countries [viewed]

January 2012: The International Potato Center (CIP) has developed a five-year strategy, a "Seed Potato Value Chain Roadmap," for Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, to increase the availability of high-quality seed potatoes and promote improved seed-potato management.

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Bioversity International Explores Cryopreservation for Conservation of Coffee Biodiversity [viewed]

December 2011: Noting the importance of genetic diversity of coffee to provide resistance to pests and diseases, as well as the challenges of conserving coffee seeds, Bioversity International is experimenting with options for conserving genetic resources at temperatures of -196 degrees celsius with liquid nitrogen. The cryopreservation study was performed at the Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigacion y Ensenanza (CATIE), in Bolivia, one of the world's largest field collections of coffee.

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Event: Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer and South-to-South Cooperation [viewed]

The Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) and the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD are jointly organizing an international workshop on technology transfer between Sahel and Maghreb countries and local stakeholders, in the context of the GM's South-to-South Cooperation programme, SolArid, from 25-26 January in Tunis, Tunisia. The workshop will seek to capitalize on existing initiatives and lessons learned at sub-regional and national levels, in order to upscale potential technology transfer initiatives to combat desertification between North and West Africa, and within the sub-regions themselves. The workshop will cover: the strategic thrusts and priority actions for combating desertification and enhancing natural resource management and rural development; opportunities for sub-regional collaboration based on an analysis of the stakeholders' strengths and requirements in terms of knowledge and/or technical skills; capacity-building on resource mobilization for technology transfer; and identification of potential partners to support the identified initiatives. The event will bring together representatives of sub-regional institutions including the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), specialized organizations such as the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control (CILSS), and representatives from national ministries and development agencies.  

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GEF Approves First Access and Benefit Sharing Project Under Nagoya Protocol Fund [viewed]

GEF12 January 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved the first project under the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF). The project seeks to discover nature-based products of interest to the pharmaceutical and agro-chemical industries in Panama, including compounds to cure cancer and other tropical diseases.

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