Agriculture & Food Security

IPPC Releases Report of Capacity Building Development Committee [viewed]

IPPCJanuary 2013: The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has released the report of the first meeting of the IPPC Capacity Development Committee (CDC) and an updated version of the IPPC National Phytosanitary Capacity Development Strategy.

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Tunisia Designates Lake as Ramsar Site [viewed]

Ramsar24 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Tunisia has designated a new Wetland of International Importance, the Complexe Lac de Tunis.

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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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UN Special Rapporteur Calls on EU to Consider Development in Agricultural Policy [viewed]

17 January 2013: The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, has urged the European Parliament to integrate development policy into amendments to the European Union's (EU) Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

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Event: Technical Consultation on Flag State Performance [viewed]

The Second Resumed Session of the Technical Consultation on Flag State Performance (FI-805) will take place from 4-8 February 2013. It is envisaged that this session will conclude the negotiations on the development of the draft Criteria to assess the performance of flag States, bringing the Technical Consultation to a close. The finalized draft Criteria will be forwarded to the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) for endorsement and decision on any follow up actions to be taken.  

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Event: FIRMS 8th Session of the Steering Committee Meeting [viewed]

The 8th session of the Fishery Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS) Steering Committee Meeting will take place from 4-5 and 8 February 2013. FIRMS is a global monitoring system that provides access to a wide range of information on the status and trends of marine fishery resources including their management. It draws together a unified partnership of international organizations, regional fishery bodies and, in the future, national scientific institutes, collaborating within formal agreement to report and share information on fisheries resources.  

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GRASP Challenges TV Personality to Better Inform Viewers on Palm Oil [viewed]

21 January 2013: Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) ambassadors Jane Goodall and Richard Wrangham challenged popular television host Mehmet Oz to clarify his endorsement of red palm fruit oil so that consumers might appreciate the negative impacts of unsustainable palm oil cultivation on great apes and their habitat.

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UNEP Report Points to Cropland Expansion as Driver of Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

UNEP16 January 2013: A new report on Crop Expansion and Conservation Priorities in Tropical Countries, published in the journal PLoS One and involving scientists from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), analyzes crop distribution and expansion in 128 tropical countries and maps overlaps between conservation priorities and cultivation potential. The paper highlights the threat to biodiversity from the expansion of agricultural lands.

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Event: Eighth Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures [viewed]

The Eighth Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), will address, among other issues: progress towards the establishment of a robust international standard setting and implementation programme; sustainable IPPC implementation; improved phytosanitary capacity of IPPC members; the IPPC implementation and review and support system; and effective dispute settlement systems.  

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Regional GeoPortal for Fouta Djallon Highlands in West Africa Highlighted at Regional Meeting [viewed]

18 January 2013: New land cover mapping results and a geospatial portal for data dissemination and sharing were highlighted at a recent meeting held by the Fouta Djallon Highlands Integrated Natural Resources Management Project.

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