Conservation

FAO Assesses Food Waste Impacts on Land, Climate, Water and Biodiversity [viewed]

FAO11 September 2013: The Food and Agriculture of the UN (FAO) has released a study documenting the environmental impacts of global food wastage as well as its direct economic impacts, which it reports add up to $750 billion annually.

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Indonesia Establishes REDD+ Managing Agency [viewed]

Indonesia Flag10 September 2013: The Government of Indonesia announced the establishment of a national REDD+ agency as part of its climate change partnership with the Government of Norway. The REDD+ Managing Agency will report directly to the President and will manage the reduction of emissions from both forests and peatlands.

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UNESCO Releases 2013-2014 Edition of Biosphere Reserves Map [viewed]

unesco-map6 September 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published the 2013-2014 edition of the map of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, which shows the worldwide distribution of the 621 biosphere reserves located in 117 countries, including 12 transboundary/transcontinental sites.

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CBD Secretariat and Partners Publish Study on Valuing Biodiversity of Dry and Sub-Humid Lands [viewed]

dry-and-sub-humid-landsSeptember 2013: Published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Offering Sustainable Land-use Options (OSLO) Consortium, the technical study, titled 'Valuing the biodiversity of dry and sub-humid lands,' provides policy-relevant information on valuation methods in the drylands context and guidance for their use.

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UNEP, INTOSAI-WGEA Sign MOU to Track Progress in MEA Implementation [viewed]

unep-intosai9 September 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions - Working Group on Environmental Auditing (INTOSAI-WGEA). The MOU aims to track progress in implementing multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) covering climate change, biodiversity and hazardous waste.

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ICARDA Highlights Dryland Research Program and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo5 September 2013: In the September issue of its newsletter, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) describes the launch of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Dryland Systems in South Asia.

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UNODC Report Addresses Ivory Trade in Eastern Africa [viewed]

UNODC4 September 2013: The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released a report, titled 'Transnational Organized Crime in Eastern Africa: A Threat Assessment,' which highlights the scale of ivory poaching and its threat to elephant populations in the region, among other issues.

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Coral Triangle Atlas Presents Maps of Regional Change [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative LogoSeptember 2013: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI) has released an online GIS database of maps on environmental and economic change in the coastal and marine zones of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.

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Event: Third International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species [viewed]

Co-organized by Bioversity International, Ghana's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and other organizations, the 'Third International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species: For a Food-Secure Africa' will promote knowledge sharing and debate under three themes: improving the resilience of agricultural and livelihood systems; upgrading value chains of neglected and underutilized species; and creating an enabling environment.  

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CGRFA Circulates Survey on Climate Change and Genetic Diversity Conservation and Use [viewed]

CGRFA3 September 2013: The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has circulated a survey to help identify lessons learned about the ways and means to conserve and use genetic diversity to build resilience to climate change in food and agriculture systems.

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