Agriculture & Food Security

Event: Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management Meeting [viewed]

The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) will meet on the sidelines of the 61st International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) General Assembly. CPW was established in March 2013, to help generate better understanding of critical wildlife management issues and their linkages to human-wildlife-conflict, food security, sustainable livelihoods and good governance.  

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ITPGR Report on Enhancing Implementation in Asia Released [viewed]

ITPGR7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has released the report of the first Asian meeting of the national focal points of the Treaty. The report, inter alia, outlines areas for cooperation among Asian countries to enhance ITPGR implementation.

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Event: Second Symposium on Fishery Dependent Information and iMarine Workshop [viewed]

This symposium is an international conference for resource managers, scientists and the fishing sector on the collection and interpretation of information in the context of the ecosystem approach. The conference, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), will explore the role of fishers in collecting data, the use of fisher-collected data and knowledge in science, management and policy-making and the broader role of stakeholders in this process. It will be immediately followed by the 'iMarine data platform for collaborations' workshop on 7 March 2014. iMarine is the data initiative for fisheries management and conservation of marine living resources. The workshop will showcase how its data infrastructure is capable of addressing the challenges of the ecosystem approach.  

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ITPGR Launches Work on Measures to Enhance Benefit-sharing [viewed]

ITPGR26 February 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) is inviting parties to submit relevant information for studies on enhancing the function of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS).

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Bioversity International, IFAD Projects in Yemen and Brazil Publish Results on NUS [viewed]

Bioversity International3 March 2014: As part of a legacy of investment since 2001 by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Bioversity International in supporting neglected and underutilized species (NUS), a set of publications in international journals has been released documenting results from NUS activities in Brazil and Yemen.

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World Ocean Summit Focuses on Governance and Sustainability [viewed]

world-ocean-summit26 February 2014: The second World Ocean Summit, hosted by The Economist in partnership with National Geographic, brought together over 250 leaders from business, government, academia, international institutions, and NGOs to address growing concerns about the unsustainable impact of humans on the world's oceans.

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Event: Eleventh Meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

In accordance with its work plan, the Compliance Committee will address the following issues: consistency between the information in national reports and the Biosafety Clearing-House; the methodological approach proposed for the Protocol's third assessment and review; the third national reporting format; general issues of compliance; and the Committee's report and recommendations to the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 7) to be held in October 2014.  

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Event: Workshop on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus Assessment in the Sava River Basin [viewed]

The Workshop on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus Assessment in the Sava River Basin is expected to contribute to further integration of water policy, as well as dialogue with key stakeholders, both of which have been identified as key objectives in river basin management. The workshop aims to provide inputs to the Sava nexus assessment, as well as opportunities for stakeholders to contribute to developing the assessment's approach and scope, and influence the materials to be used. Sectoral authorities, the private sector and civil society will have the opportunity to discuss: needs and policy challenges related to intersectoral coordination and cooperation; and how the assessment could link to and provide information for decision making at various levels. The Sava River Basin was selected as one of the transboundary basins where the nexus assessment will be conducted, based on interest expressed by the International Sava River Basin Commission's (ISRBC) member countries. Participation in the assessment will benefit participating countries and actors through: increased resource-use efficiency and policy coherence; identification of opportunities for improving inter-sectoral coordination and transboundary cooperation; and increased capacity to address intersectoral impacts. The workshop is being organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the ISRBC, while the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Environment and Security Initiative are funding the nexus assessment.  

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Ramsar Update January-February 2014 [viewed]

Ramsar24 February 2014: Over the January-February 2014 period, the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands has celebrated World Wetlands Day and reported on the designation of new sites in Belarus, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and France.

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World Bank Announces Finance for Indonesian Coral Reef Conservation [viewed]

World Bank - GEF21 February 2014: The World Bank has announced a US$47.38 million project loan focused on the rehabilitation of Indonesia's coral reefs. This financing is the last tranche of a three-phase program that began in 1998. The loan is supplemented by a US$10 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Indonesia has also pledged US$5.74 million for the 5-year project. 

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