Technology Transfer

ICARDA Newsletter Focuses on Water Productivity, Drought-Resistant Fodder and Improved Seed Varieties [viewed]

February 2013: The February issue of the newsletter of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) highlights recent research and partnerships related to water, genetic diversity and climate-adapted crops in Ethiopia, India, Iraq, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

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Event: Second Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action [viewed]

The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) will be held in Bonn, Germany, from 29 April-3 May 2013. The ADP will meet in accordance with the ADP conclusions adopted at the Climate Change Conference held in December 2012, in Doha, Qatar. Workstream 1 discussions are expected to continue addressing the 2015 agreement, including its scope, structure and design, as well as the application of the Climate Change Convention principles. Workstream 2 is expected to address the pre-2020 ambition, which may include discussions on mitigation and adaptation benefits to the impacts of climate change, finance and capacity building to support implementation of the Convention.  

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EEA Calls for Improved Governance of Technological Risk [viewed]

EEA23 January 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on the precautionary principle and technological innovation titled “Late Lessons from Early Warnings: Science, Precaution, Innovation,” which includes 20 historical and contemporary case studies.

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Ramsar STRP Panel Appointed for 2013-2015 [viewed]

Ramsar22 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) announced that Ramsar's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) Oversight Committee has made the appointments of the Chairs, members and invited experts of the STRP for 2013-2015.

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GEF Showcases the Relevance of MPAs for Long-term Sustainable Development [viewed]

GEFDecember 2012: The December 2012 edition of "the greenline," the newsletter of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), notes the successes of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as an efficient tool to achieve the Aichi target 11 on the conservation of coastal and marine areas.

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Event: 81st General Session of the World Organization on Animal Health [viewed]

The 81st Session of the World Organization on Animal Health (OIE) will consider recommendations forwarded by the OIE Regional Commissions, and discuss technical issues including modern approaches and the use of new technologies for the control and eradication of aquatic and terrestrial animal diseases that fully consider animal welfare and minimize the impact on food security.  

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UNGA Second Committee Approves Resolution on CBD Implementation [viewed]

11 December 2012: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has approved draft resolution A/C.2/67/L.58 on the “Implementation of the Convention of Biological Diversity and its contribution to sustainable development.” 

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UNEP Launches Blue Carbon Portal [viewed]

19 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched “The Blue Carbon Portal,” a website that aims to improve understanding of blue carbon habitats – marine ecosystems that capture and store atmospheric carbon – and highlight initiatives that support them.

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Fiji Workshop Identifies Climate Change Adaptation Priorities for Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

SPC14 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported on the outcomes of a workshop on priority adaptation measures to climate change for fisheries and aquaculture in Fiji, including the identification of inshore fish aggregating devices (FADs) as a key “win-win” adaptation to meet increased demand for fish in areas with degraded coral reefs.

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Event: 20th World Congress of Soil Science [viewed]

The Korean Society of Soil Science and Fertilizer will host the 20th World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS), which will take place under the theme, ‘Soils Embrace Life and Universe.' The Congress will be held in commemoration of the 90th Anniversary of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS). It will address a range of topics focused on soil in space and time; soil properties and processes; soil use and management; and the role of soils in sustaining society and the environment. The Congress will include symposiums and oral sessions on the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), Soil Information and Food Security, and Soils for Peace, among other topics, as well as poster sessions, a soil parade and other events.  

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