Biodiversity for Development

Brazzaville Declaration to Address Illegal Timber Trade [viewed]

FAO23 October 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced the adoption of the Brazzaville Declaration to combat illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin. The Declaration was agreed to by government representatives, civil society and timber industry representatives at the Forum International sur le Développement Durable de la Filière Bois dans le bassin du Congo.

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Bioversity International Organizes Training Workshops [viewed]

Bioversity International22 October 2013: In an effort to build research capacity on the conservation of neglected and underutilized species (NUS) of domestic and wild food species, Bioversity International has organized a series of training workshops in Africa.

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Environmental Management Group Appoints Director [viewed]

emgOctober 2013: The Environmental Management Group (EMG) has announced the appointment of Elliott Harris as Director of the EMG Secretariat. Harris, a national of the Bahamas, is based in the New York office.

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Event: Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers [viewed]

The Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers is co-organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the island of Jeju. The course aims to deepen the understanding of biosphere reserve managers regarding the concept and vision of biosphere reserves, raise their awareness of the vulnerability of island and coastal biosphere reserves to climate change, and transfer technical knowledge. Created in 2009, the World Network of Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves aims to study, implement and disseminate island and coastal strategies to preserve biodiversity and heritage, promote sustainable development, and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.  

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Members of Scientific Advisory Board Appointed [viewed]

UNESCO18 October 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on the appointment of the 26 members of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board. The Board will seek to influence and shape action by the international community to advance sustainable development and eradicate poverty. The first session of the Board will take place at the beginning of 2014.

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Event: UN Environmental Assembly of UNEP [viewed]

The next meeting of the UN Environmental Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which has replaced the UNEP Governing Council, is scheduled for June 2014.  

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World Food Day Focuses on Sustainable Food Systems [viewed]

word-food-day-201316 October 2013: Organizations and communities globally celebrated World Food Day on 16 October 2013, under the theme 'Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.' World Food Day is celebrated in 150 countries and is held on the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in 1945.

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Global Partnership for Oceans Releases Blue Ribbon Panel Report [viewed]

globalpartnershipforoceans16 October 2013: A panel of leaders from 16 countries, representing government, the private sector and civil society, has released recommendations for actions to improve ocean health. The Blue Ribbon Panel was convened by the World Bank to provide multi-stakeholder perspectives on achieving ecological, social and economic goals in the management of global oceans in support of the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO).

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FAO Calls for Partnerships to Address Global Aquaculture Demand [viewed]

FAO15 October 2013: At the seventh session of the Committee on Fisheries Sub-Committee on Aquaculture (COFI AQ), over 50 countries endorsed a Global Aquaculture Advancement Partnership (GAAP) programme to bring together a broad range of public and private sector stakeholders to find sustainable aquaculture solutions.

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Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference Calls for Greater Private Sector Cooperation [viewed]

Asean4 October 2013: Participants at the Fourth Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Heritage Parks Conference in Tagaytay City, the Philippines, called for the sustainable management of protected areas, along with increased cooperation with the private sector in conserving and managing biodiversity, based on the appropriate valuation of natural resources.

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