Biodiversity for Development

IFAD Annual Report Documents Investments in Adaptation and Gender [viewed]

July 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released its 2012 Annual Report, which describes the achievements of its programme of work through 240 projects in 94 countries, as well as its new strategic framework for 2011-2015.

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NRF Calls for Papers on Forests and Sustainability [viewed]

July 2012: The Natural Resources Forum (NRF), a quarterly journal issued by the UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), has called for papers for a special issue on forests, to be published in 2013. NRF notes that articles submitted should address forests from a sustainable development perspective, and be relevant to policymaking.

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Event: World Food Day [viewed]

World Food Day 2012 will focus on "Agricultural Cooperatives - Key to Feeding the World" at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The World Food Day organizers have also released an informational brief on agricultural cooperatives.  

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EU Releases New List of LIFE Programme Projects [viewed]

20 July 2012: The EU has issued a list of new projects funded by the LIFE Programme, which is the primary fiscal instrument the EU uses to fund environment and conservation projects contributing over €2.5 billion to over 3500 projects since its inception in 1992. The newly funded projects cover, inter alia: biodiversity and endangered species conservation; waste management and recycling; ecosystem and habitat conservation; water systems; adaptation to climate change; greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation; renewable energy and energy efficiency; air pollution; green transportation; soil degradation; and oceans and coasts.

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MERCOSUR Leaders Discuss Sustainable Development Post-Rio+20 [viewed]

29 June 2012: The Presidents of the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR) Member States have issued a declaration addressing sustainable development, climate change, global mercury negotiations and mining. The leaders were meeting during a semi-annual summit, held on 29 June 2012, in Mendoza, Argentina. Immediately thereafter, a summit with the Associate States of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru adopted two additional declarations.

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COFI 30 Builds on Rio+20 Momentum [viewed]

13 July 2012: Participants at the 30th session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI 30) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which took place one month after the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), noted that Rio+20's momentum could be used to address pressing concerns, such as illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, the management of shark fisheries and shark by-catch, the impacts of proliferating ecolabels, and the sustainability of small-scale fisheries.

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UNESCO Council Adds 20 New Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

UNESCO11 July 2012: At its 24th session, the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added 20 new sites, including two transboundary sites, to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR). The network now includes 598 reserves in 117 countries.

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FAO, Brazil Launch Joint Promotion of Agro-Environmental Policies in LAC [viewed]

FAO6 July 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Government of Brazil have initiated a technical cooperation project to strengthen agro-environmental policies in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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UNGA President Provides Summary of Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

15 June 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has released the report of its second high-level interactive dialogue on Harmony with Nature, held in New York, US, on 18 April 2012. This dialogue focused on scientific findings on the impacts of human activities on the functioning of the Earth System.

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Global Conference Identifies Priorities for Biodiversity Data Management [viewed]

6 July 2012: The Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference (GBIC) has agreed on key priorities to foster the use of information technologies and social networks to: improve understanding of the role of biodiversity in sustaining human lives and livelihoods; and support biodiversity conservation. Participants agreed to develop an outlook document that will set priorities for biodiversity informatics, with a view to establishing an effective system for forecast and rapid response.

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