Agriculture & Food Security

FAO Stresses Importance of Neglected Crops to Tackle Climate and Food Security Challenges [viewed]

FAO10 December 2012: Addressing a seminar on "Crops for the 21st Century," José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), described the importance of conserving crop diversity, noting that approximately 7,000 plant species have been consumed as food throughout human history, and that many of these species are disappearing.

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SPC Scientists Urge WCPFC to Agree on Tuna Fishery Reference Points [viewed]

SPC10 December 2012: Scientists from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have urged negotiators working on a tuna fish stocks management mechanism for the Western Central Pacific to agree on reference points to drive the process.

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GEF CEO Launches Forum on Innovation and Partnership [viewed]

6 December 2012: Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environmental Fund (GEF), announced launch of the Forum on Innovation and Partnership on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The initiative aims to foster "thought provoking" discussion on creative innovation and technology transfer.

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Portugal Designates Lake and River as New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

5 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Portugal has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing that country's total to 30 Ramsar Sites.

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UNGA Second Committee Approves Resolution on Caribbean Sea [viewed]

28 November 2012: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) has approved draft resolution A/C.2/67/L.41 on “Towards the sustainable development of the Caribbean Sea for present and future generations.” The resolution falls under the agenda item on follow-up to and implementation to the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation (MSI) of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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World Bank Provides Update on Indigenous Community Climate Change Planning Project [viewed]

World Bank29 November 2012: The World Bank has provided an update of a Bank-supported project in Colombia that assists indigenous communities in the Putumayo Department plan for adaptation to climate change. The project won a small grant in 2009 during the Bank's annual "Development Marketplace" competition.

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Sixth Forest Day Focuses on Interlinkages Between Forests and Agriculture [viewed]

3 December 2012: Forest Day 6 was convened by members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) on the margins of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Ramsar Evaluates Risk to Wetlands from Climate Change-Induced Sea-Level Rise [viewed]

3 December 2012: The Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has released a Briefing Note, titled "Evaluating the risk to Ramsar Sites from climate change induced sea level rise," together with its web map service and data sets. These resources present a preliminary assessment of coastal Ramsar Sites that are at risk of inundation as a consequence of sea level rise.

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Viet Nam Designates National Park as Fifth Ramsar Site [viewed]

27 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Viet Nam has named the Mui Ca Mau National Park as its fifth Wetland of International Importance.

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Event: World Soil Day [viewed]

At its 144th meeting, held from 11-15 June 2012, the FAO Council adopted a decision requesting the wider UN System to recognize 5 December as World Soil Day and to institutionalize its observance. To recognize the Day, an event focused on "Securing healthy soils for a food secure world: A day dedicated to soils" will be organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, to raise awareness on the importance of soils in achieving food security, as well as their pivotal role for providing a range of ecosystem services. World Soil Day was first proposed by the International Union of Soil Sciences in 2002.  

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