Capacity Building & Education

IUFRO-FORNESSA Congress Discusses Conservation, Sustainable Management of African Forests and Trees [viewed]

29 June 2012: The First International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)-Forestry Research Network of SubSaharan Africa (FORNESSA) Regional Congress took place on the theme, “Forests and Trees: Serving the People of Africa and the World.” The draft Nairobi Resolution, containing key needs for enhancing goods and services from forests and trees in African landscapes, was presented to participants at the end of the Congress.

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ITTO Joins Tropical Forest Challenge [viewed]

28 June 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has partnered with WWF Switzerland on the Tropical Forest Challenge, a search for the most innovative for-profit solutions from around the world to conserve tropical forest biodiversity.

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FAO, OIE Unveil Global Strategy for Controlling Foot-and-Mouth Disease [viewed]

27 June 2012: The Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have presented a new Global Strategy to combat foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The Global Strategy aims to decrease the number of disease outbreaks in infected countries until they attain FMD-free status, and to maintain the official FMD-free status of countries that are already FMD-free.

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World Bank Issues Recommendations on Biosafety Regulation in Developing Countries [viewed]

World BankJune 2012: The World Bank released a report on the Status and Impact of Biosafety Regulation in Developing Economies since Ratification of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The report recommends that developing countries harmonize risk assessment requirements, and ensure that development priorities such as agricultural productivity, food security and rural development are considered in biosafety decision-making along with environmental concerns.

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Pacific Community Holds Consultations on Phytosanitary Matters [viewed]

SPC29 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) hosted a meeting of the the Pacific Plant Protection Organization (PPPO), a regional plant protection organization recognized by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), and a Regional Technical Meeting of Plant Protection (RTMPP) to discuss phytosanitary issues including pest and disease control, quarantine measures, international trade and implementation of international standards.

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Voluntary Commitments Total 715 After Rio+20 [viewed]

RIO+2028 June 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has reported receiving 715 voluntary commitments, including commitments that will mobilize more than US$500 billion in action towards sustainable development. These include 52 government commitments, 82 UN/IGO commitments and 581 Major Group and civil society commitments. 

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UNESCO-IOC Reports on Robotic Sensors, Awareness Raising Boat Race [viewed]

UNESCO IOC28 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that, during the transatlantic Krys Ocean Race from France to New York, US, a boat representing the Multi One Attitude Foundation deployed ocean robots to conduct ocean monitoring.

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BioCAN Holds Training Workshop for Amazon Environmental Information Platform [viewed]

15 June 2012: The Andean Community's biodiversity program, BioCAN, provided training for the environmental authorities of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as well as the staff of national teams responsible for building the Community's Amazon Regional Information Platform (PIRAA). Participants exchanged experiences and agreed on protocols and tools for managing information on biodiversity and environment in the Amazonian regions of the Andean Community (CAN).

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Japan Designates Nine New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

26 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Japan has designated nine new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing that Party's total number of Ramsar Sites to 46.

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ITTO Awards 28 Fellowships in Sustainable Tropical Forestry [viewed]

26 June 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has awarded 28 fellowships to promote human resource development and strengthen professional expertise in tropical forestry. The fellowships support recipients to pursue training courses in tropical forest management, graduate-level research, internships and attendance of international conferences and symposia, among other activities.

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