Agriculture & Food Security

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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World Bank Supports Natural Capital Accounting in the Philippines [viewed]

waves28 May 2014: The World Bank has approved a $700,615 grant to support the development and institutionalization of natural capital accounting (NCA) in the Philippines. The Philippine Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystems (Phil-WAVES) project will build capacity and generate data and indicators for the sustainable management of minerals and mangroves, and promote the integration of sustainable development principles in the country's policies and programs.

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WorldFish and Partners Release Publication on Sustainable Aquaculture Scenarios [viewed]

wri-worldfish-worldbank5 June 2014: Farmed fish and shellfish production will need to increase by 133% between 2010 and 2050 to meet projected fish demand globally, according to a study by the World Resources Institute (WRI), WorldFish, the World Bank and Kasetsart University. The study findings are presented in a report, titled ‘Improving Productivity and Environmental Performance of Aquaculture,' which the organizations launched in a webinar on the occasion of World Environment Day.

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Bioversity International's 10-Year Strategy 2014-2024 Released [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalJune 2014: Bioversity International has released its '10-Year Strategy' for 2014-2024, which aims to enable the organization's response to emerging challenges and trends and aligns its work with recent developments on the global agenda, such as outcomes from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) and the incipient Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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FAO Guide Aims to Improve Emergency Response in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors [viewed]

FAOJune 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report, titled ‘Fisheries and aquaculture emergency response guidance,' which draws on lessons learned during responses to disasters that affected the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. The guide aims to save the lives and livelihoods of people affected by disasters, climate change and human activity-related hazards, and humanitarian emergencies in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

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Liaison Group Recommends Measures for Biosafety Capacity Building [viewed]

CBD30 May 2014: The tenth meeting of the Liaison Group on Capacity-Building for Biosafety has developed a series of recommendations to improve implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, as an integral part of strategies and measures to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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