Agriculture & Food Security

CBD Magazine Focuses on Corporate Canada's Approach to Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

CBDJune 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the latest edition of its Magazine on Business and Biodiversity, titled 'Business 2020,' which focuses on how various Canadian companies are addressing biodiversity issues.

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COFI Takes Action on IUU Fishing by Endorsing Flag State Performance Guidelines [viewed]

FAO11 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Committee on Fisheries (COFI) endorsed the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance at its 31st session. The Guidelines aim to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of living marine resources and marine ecosystems.

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CIFOR Reviews Scientific Evidence on Palm Oil and Biodiversity [viewed]

CIFORApril 2014: An Info Brief published by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) finds that evidence documenting the impacts of palm oil plantations on biodiversity is limited. Based on available studies, the brief recommends using a precautionary approach alongside best practices for environmental management, while avoiding the conversion of additional natural forests to plantations.

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Event: First Session of the CGRFA Team of Technical and Legal Experts on ABS (TTLE ABS-1) [viewed]

The Team of Technical and Legal Experts on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) is expected to participate in designated portions of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group meetings dedicated to addressing ABS issues, to help inform and shape discussions and outputs.  

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Climate Adaptation Marketplace Launched on Coral Triangle Day [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative9 June 2014: Coral Triangle Day, which took place under the theme ‘Shared waters, Shared solutions,' celebrated the marine biodiversity of the Coral Triangle region, which includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Events included community beach cleanups, film screenings, fisher education programs, sustainable seafood dinners, twitter campaigns and the launch of a 360° seaview infographic.

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FAO and Norway Will Launch Vessel to Study Marine Ecosystems, Climate Change [viewed]

fao-norway9 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced that it will partner with Norway to build a state-of-the-art research vessel as part of its efforts to support sustainable fisheries management.

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Equator Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

equatorinitiative9 June 2014: The UN-led Equator Initiative has announced the recipients of its Equator Prize, which recognizes “local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” Winners from around the world are using community-based, grassroots action to tackle climate change, environment and poverty.

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Event: Third Session of the CGRFA Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources [viewed]

The third session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) will address issues related to the Global Plan of Action on Forest Genetic Resources, genetic diversity and climate change, biodiversity and nutrition, application and integration of biotechnologies, and access and benefit-sharing for forest genetic resources.  

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Event: Seventh Session of the CGRFA Working Group on PGRFA [viewed]

The seventh session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) will address, among other issues: implementation and monitoring of the Second Global Plan of Action for PGRFA; preparation of the third report on the state of the world's PGRFA; genetic diversity and climate change; biodiversity and nutrition; application and integration of biotechnologies; and access and benefit-sharing for PGRFA.  

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World Oceans Day Celebrated Globally [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2014: The UN commemorated World Oceans Day on 8 June 2014, under the theme, 'Together we have the power to protect the ocean!' The Day also lent special attention to the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and fell on the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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