Agriculture & Food Security

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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Event: CBD Online Forum on Facilitating Public Access to Biosafety Information [viewed]

This online discussion group is organized as part of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Online Forum on Public Awareness, Education and Participation Concerning the Safe Transfer, Handling and Use of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs). The discussion group aims to enable exchange of views and information regarding facilitating public access to biosafety information in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. It will address the following themes: procedures for facilitating public access to biosafety information; format and language; timelines for providing information upon request; charging for providing information upon request; denial of information upon request; confidentiality; appeals; means of active dissemination; and biosafety records management systems. Parties, other governments and relevant organizations are invited to nominate individuals involved in, or responsible for, promoting public awareness, education and participation at the national level to participate in the Forum.  

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UNDP Announces Accomplishments in India Biosphere Reserve [viewed]

UNDP31 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Tamil Nadu have reported on results of the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust (GOMBRT), which receives financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Event: CBD Online Forum on Meaning, Scope and Importance of Public Access to Biosafety Information [viewed]

This online discussion group is organized as part of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Online Forum on Public Awareness, Education and Participation Concerning the Safe Transfer, Handling and Use of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs). The discussion group aims to facilitate exchange of views and information regarding the meaning, scope and importance of public access to information on biosafety in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. It will address the following themes: meaning and scope of public access to information; public right to information; and the rationale/importance of public access to biosafety information. Parties, other governments and relevant organizations are invited to nominate individuals involved in, or responsible for, promoting public awareness, education and participation at the national level to participate in the Forum.  

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Event: Fair on National Experiences with the Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

Organized jointly by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Government of India, this fair will be held at the margins of of the sixth meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 6). It will provide Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations with the opportunity to showcase their national experiences, good practices and lessons learned on various topics, including: national implementation of the Strategic Plan for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (2011-2020); development and implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks; design and implementation of biosafety capacity-building activities; use of the Biosafety Clearing-House; and implementation of the programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (2011-2015).  

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GEF Supports Sustainable Agroforestry Development in Venezuelan Amazon [viewed]

25 May 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) presented the results of an ongoing project that supports participative management for sustainable agroforestry development within the indigenous community of Piaroa Gavilán in the Venezuelan Amazon.

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