Agriculture & Food Security

Tunisia Designates Two Ramsar Sites [viewed]

21 September 2012: 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 two wetlands of International Importance, Barrage Mlaabi and Complexe des zones humides des Chott el Guetayate et Sebkhet Dhreia et Oueds Akarit, Rekhama et Meleh.

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LAC Forestry and Environmental Communicators Network Formed [viewed]

FAO19 September 2012: A workshop of Latin American journalists and other communicators organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Tropical Agriculture Center for Research and Higher Education (CATIE) has led to the creation of a new "Network of Forest and Environmental Communicators."

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Event: International Banana Symposium [viewed]

Scientific experts, researchers, government agencies and private industries working on banana issues will gather for an international banana symposium co-organized by the Taiwan Banana Research Institute (TBRI), Council of Agriculture (COA) of Taiwan, Bioversity International and the Banana Asia Pacific Network (BAPNET). The symposium's theme will be “Banana health management, use diversification and adaptation to climate change.” Bioversity International is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Abstracts should be submitted by 30 September 2012.  

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EFSA to Consider Relevance of Study's Findings about Glyphosate, or Roundup, Toxicity [viewed]

EFSA19 September: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a press release stating that it will consider the results of a recent study that investigates the potential toxicity of glyphosate used as a herbicide and of a glyphosate-tolerant variety of genetically modified (GM) maize.

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Event: World Ocean Council “Sustainable Ocean Summit” [viewed]

The World Ocean Council's second Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS 2013) will be held in Washington D.C., US, to further advance leadership and collaboration among the diverse ocean business community in addressing marine environment and sustainability challenges. The SOS brings together the wide range of industries involved in the use of marine space and resources, and will address priorities for cross-sectoral industry leadership and collaboration in ocean sustainability, including: ocean policy, regulations and governance; marine spatial planning; the role of industries in ocean and climate observations; biofouling and invasive species; fisheries and aquaculture interaction with other industries; cross-sectoral collaboration in responsible use of the Arctic; sound and marine life; cargo issues, port waste reception facilities and marine debris; marine mammal interactions; the role of finance, insurance and legal sectors in ocean sustainability. The theme for the SOS 2013 is ‘Oceans 2050'.  

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UN Announces Forest Heroes Award Winners [viewed]

International Year of Forests 201117 September 2012: The UN's social media team has compiled videos featuring the work of each winner of the first Forest Heroes Award, issued by the Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF). Awards were issued to one winner in each region, in addition to a special award for Jose Claudio Ribeiro and Maria do Espirito Santo of Brazil, who were murdered after working to halt illegal logging in the Amazon.

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European Court of Justice Rules Against National Authorization Requirements [viewed]

6 September 2012: The European Court of Justice has ruled that the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) approved at the EU level cannot be made subject to an additional national authorization procedure. Also according to the ruling, cultivation cannot be prohibited pending the adoption of coexistence measures.

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Event: First Global Meeting of Indigenous Peoples Forum [viewed]

In response to the request of Indigenous Peoples' groups to have a more systematic dialogue with UN agencies, an Indigenous Peoples' Forum has been established at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The first global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples Forum at IFAD will be held in conjunction with the IFAD Governing Council. The IFAD Policy on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples, approved by the Executive Board in September 2009, introduces this Forum, which was established in February 2011 during a workshop in Rome, as “an instrument to systematically engage Indigenous Peoples at the local, national and international levels through a process of dialogue and consultation between representatives of Indigenous Peoples, IFAD staff and member States.” The workshop set forth the governance and participation criteria of the Forum as well as the objectives. Resolutions coming out of break-out groups and plenary discussions will be presented to IFAD's Governing Council.  

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Analysis of Dryland Biodiversity Launched at World Conservation Congress [viewed]

9 September 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC) and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have launched a report titled "Conserving Dryland Biodiversity."

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Event: GEF STAP Workshop on Soil Organic Carbon and Carbon Benefits Project [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) is organizing two workshops in Kenya to consider the role of soils in delivering global environmental benefits, and to share the tools developed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-GEF Carbon Benefits Project. A scoping workshop for the GEF on soil organic carbon for global benefits will be held 10-12 September at UNEP. On 13-16 September 2012, STAP and UNEP will lead a review workshop of the tools developed by the UNEP-GEF Carbon Benefits Project (CBP). The meeting will be held at Voi Wildlife Lodge in Tsavo.  

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