Technology Transfer

CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Climate Change and Biodiversity Relationships to Forests [viewed]

4 November 2012: In the October issue of its Newsletter, the Center for International Forestry Research's (CIFOR) new Director General, Peter Holmgren, presents a vision for sustainability objectives in forest ecosystems to complement sustainability in agriculture.

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ITPGR Workshop Considers Platform on Co-Development and Transfer of Agricultural Technologies [viewed]

October 2012: At a workshop organized within the framework of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), participants discussed the recommendation of the High-level round table on the Treaty to establish a platform for the co-development and transfer of technologies, within the context of non-monetary benefit-sharing under the Treaty.

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UNESCO IOC Executive Secretary Issues Statement on Risks of Geo-Engineering [viewed]

UNESCO IOC23 October 2012: Following the recent communication to the general public of a large-scale climate engineering experiment carried out in July 2012, Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Director General and Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has issued a response.

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Ramsar Releases New Version of Interactive Wetlands Maps [viewed]

22 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has released an updated version of interactive maps of Wetlands of International Importance.

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ITTO Publication Reviews Timber Tracking Technologies [viewed]

October 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released a review of technologies for tracking timber. The report, titled ‘Tracking Sustainability,” provides a summary of electronic and semi-electronic technologies employed to follow the path of timber and timber products through the supply chain.

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IMO's Environment Committee Considers Energy Efficiency, Ballast Water Management and Ship Recycling [viewed]

IMO9 October 2012: The 64th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) addressed issues related to energy efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling. The session also led to the establishment of a new Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in the Saba Bank, in the north-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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EU Adopts Integrated Maritime Policy [viewed]

EU8 October 2012: At the Informal Ministerial meeting on EU Integrated Maritime Policy, held in Limassol, Cyprus, on 8 October 2012, European Ministers for maritime policy and the European Commission adopted the Limassol Declaration, an agenda for generating growth and jobs in marine and maritime sectors. 

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CO2 World Symposium Launches New Centre on Ocean Acidification, Prize for Ocean Health [viewed]

The shell pictured here is a victim of ocean acidification. Its normally-protective shell is so thin and fragile, it is transparent. © NOAA8 October 2012: The Third Symposium on "The Ocean in a High CO2 World" brought together experts and decision makers to discuss the impacts of ocean acidification, including socioeconomic consequences, and to consider management and policy implications. Participants reiterated that the primary means of protecting the oceans from acidification is to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emission, calling for greater global concerted efforts.

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CBD Study Examines Climate-related Geoengineering, Impacts on Biodiversity [viewed]

September 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a study examining technical and regulatory matters on geoengineering in relation to the CBD. Circulated as CBD Technical Series No. 66, the study finds that there is no satisfactory climate geoengineering approach currently available, and that  international law provides an incomplete basis for the governance of geoengineering.

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FAO's Russian Forest Sector Outlook Study Calls for Significant Investment and Reform [viewed]

FAO25 September 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Government of the Russian Federation have released "The Russian Forest Sector Outlook Study to 2030," which covers the 20% of the world's forests located in the Russian Federation, projecting increased forest product production under all scenarios. However, in order to maximize sustainable forest management benefits, the report calls for significant investment, reform and protection.

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