Agriculture & Food Security

Ramsar Reports on Small Grants Fund Project in Moldova [viewed]

20 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on a workshop on wetlands management, which was the last activity of the 2010 Ramsar Small Grants Fund (SGF) project "Developing a Wetland National Policy for the Republic of Moldova."

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UNEP Launches Blue Carbon Portal [viewed]

19 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched “The Blue Carbon Portal,” a website that aims to improve understanding of blue carbon habitats – marine ecosystems that capture and store atmospheric carbon – and highlight initiatives that support them.

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EU Releases Statistical Pocketbook on Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry [viewed]

18 December 2012: Eurostat, the EU's statistical office, has released the 2012 edition of the pocketbook on agriculture, fishery and forestry statistics.

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IPPC Holds First Meeting of Capacity Development Committee [viewed]

IPPC3 December 2012: The initial meeting of the Capacity Development Committee of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) developed a long-term work plan including innovative ideas for implementing the IPPC's globally agreed strategy on capacity development.

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ADB Releases Second Edition of the Greater Mekong Subregion Atlas of the Environment [viewed]

ADBDecember 2012: In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program, initiated in 1992, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched the second edition of its GMS Atlas of the Environment.

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CBD Releases Report of Biosafety COP/MOP 6 [viewed]

CBD5 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has made available the final report of the sixth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 6).

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OECD Biotechnology Forum Discusses Achievements, Promise of Life Sciences [viewed]

OECDNovember 2012: The Biotechnology Research and Policy Forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on the Evolving Promise of the Life Sciences took place on 12 November 2012, in Paris France. The Forum considered, among other issues, risks related to emerging pathogens in the environment, and opportunities and challenges in marine biotechnology.

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Fiji Workshop Identifies Climate Change Adaptation Priorities for Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

SPC14 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported on the outcomes of a workshop on priority adaptation measures to climate change for fisheries and aquaculture in Fiji, including the identification of inshore fish aggregating devices (FADs) as a key “win-win” adaptation to meet increased demand for fish in areas with degraded coral reefs.

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Results Available from Pacific Efforts Against Illegal Fishing [viewed]

SPCDecember 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has released the results of a two-week surveillance operation, named “Kurukuru 2012,” aimed at detecting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities in the Pacific.

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GEF-UNDP Publication Analyzes Investments to Restore and Protect Oceans and Coasts [viewed]

14 December 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a joint publication titled “Catalysing Ocean Finance,” on 14 December 2012, in Washington, DC, US. The two-volume publication demonstrates how public investment can reverse declines in global ocean health, scale up ocean planning and policy tools, leverage financial flows and transform ocean markets towards sustainability.

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