Agriculture & Food Security

UNEP/GRID-Arendal Newsletter Features West African Training and Research, Green Economy Map [viewed]

1 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the May 2012 edition of its newsletter (Marine Newsletter #5), including an update on the UNEP Shelf Programme and its project on training and capacity building for West African coastal States, and a map of world fisheries and marine nutrition.

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FAO Advisory Committee Calls for Enhanced Role for Forest-based Industries [viewed]

FAO24 May 2012: The Advisory Committee on Paper and Wood Products (ACPWP) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) welcomed the proposed new FAO strategic objectives in which forestry and forest-based products play a key role.

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SPC Provides GIS Training for Monitoring Climate Change, Risks for Agriculture and Forestry [viewed]

1 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) convened a training session and consultation with Fiji's Ministry of Primary Industries, as well as agriculture and forestry personnel, on spatial information needs to inform decision making. The session covered information and best practices in applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to help identify and monitor climate change and disaster risks in the agriculture and forestry sectors.

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World Bank Publishes Paper on Inclusive Green Growth in LAC [viewed]

31 May 2012: The World Bank has released a new publication on inclusive green growth in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), highlighting experiences in promoting low-carbon growth within the region.

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IFOAM Endorses Pacific Organic Standard [viewed]

29 May 2012: The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has accepted the Pacific Organic Standard (POS) in its Family of Standards, a tool to provide multilateral equivalence in international trade in organic agriculture. As part of the IFOAM Family of Standards, POS will be automatically approved as equivalent by all countries that participate in the Family of Standards process.

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CPF Publishes Sustainable Forest Management Fact Sheets [viewed]

5 June 2012: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), a group of 14 international forest-related organizations, has released eight fact sheets on sustainable forest management (SFM).

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Bhutan Joins Ramsar, Designates Two Wetlands of International Importance [viewed]

31 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Bhutan has ratified the Ramsar Convention, which will come into force for Bhutan on 7 September 2012, making Bhutan Ramsar's 161st Contracting Party.

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POETCom Establishes Advisory Board for Pacific Organics [viewed]

29 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) has established an advisory board, with the task of advancing POETCom's vision of “Pacific organics - the key contributor to sustaining our cultures and improving farmer livelihoods, communities, people's health and our environment.”

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Equator Initiative Announces 2012 Prize Winners [viewed]

UNDP23 March 2012:  The Equator Initiative announced the 25 local community groups that will receive the Equator Prize 2012 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to sustainable development. The prize recipients will be recognized during a high-level event at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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IUCN SSC Species E-Bulletin Highlights ECBP's Equator Prize, Sawfish Meeting [viewed]

May 2012: The May issue of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) E-Bulletin highlights: the award of the Equator Prize to an IUCN-supported project; a meeting on sawfishes convened by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group; and the draft Guidelines on Trophy Hunting.

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