Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: CGRFA 16 [viewed]

The sixteenth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture.  

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Event: Webinar on Increasing Awareness of Soil Biodiversity and Carbon [viewed]

This webinar, titled “Learning from wetlands – the case for dry soils,” is being convened by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and Wetlands International. It aims to build knowledge and expand the understanding of policy and scientific issues related to reducing emissions from soil carbon based on lessons learned from peatlands and other wetlands. The webinar will address topics, such as: building scientific knowledge on soil carbon; establishing policy and regulatory frameworks; and implementing projects and programmes for reducing emissions. The webinar is targeted towards Focal Points, national biodiversity managers, sustainable land management (SLM) experts and other technical specialists in Africa. Outcomes include the identification of priority actions to enhance the consideration of soil biodiversity and carbon for implementing the CBD. Those who are interested should register before 6 February 2015.  

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Event: Second Meeting of the ITPGR Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of PGRFA [viewed]

The Committee will provide advice to the Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) on the coordination of the programme of work on sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other relevant processes, and the development of a toolbox on the sustainable use of PGRFA.  

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Event: Third Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS [viewed]

The Third Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-Sharing of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will be preceded by a day of regional and inter-regional consultations. According to its terms of reference, the Working Group is to develop a range of measures that will increase user-based payments and contributions to the ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund in a sustainable and predictable long-term manner, and enhance the functioning of the MLS by additional measures.  

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Negotiations Consider Four Elements of Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

Post-2015 Development Agenda21 January 2015: At the first sessions of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, UN Member States and other participants addressed the four elements expected to comprise the new agenda: a declaration; a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, along with eventual indicators; their means of implementation (MOI) and a new Global Partnership for Development; and follow-up and review of implementation. The “stocktaking session” was the first of eight scheduled sessions to prepare the outcome that will be adopted at the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September 2015.

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UNEP Manual Provides Guidance on Valuing SIDS' Ecosystem Services [viewed]

UNEP Logo26 January 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a manual on calculating the value of ecosystems in small island developing States (SIDS), with the aim of supporting a transition to a green economy. The manual underscores the importance of accounting for the contribution of ecosystem services to human well-being in order to quantify and value these benefits.

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Interest in Turtle Conservation on the Rise in South-East Asia [viewed]

IOSEA19 January 2015: The Indian Ocean-South–East Asian (IOSEA) Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Secretariat published a compilation of marine turtle-related news of the past 12 months, from around the Indian Ocean–South-East Asia region. The review includes news headlines, message board items, feature articles and longer monthly profiles published on the IOSEA website in 2014.

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IPBES-3 Adopts Stakeholder Engagement Strategy [viewed]

ipbes-stakeholderdays17 January 2015: The third session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3), held from 12-17 January in Bonn, Germany, has adopted the revised draft stakeholder engagement strategy (SES) and implementation plan. With stakeholder engagement viewed as an important element for the relevance, effectiveness, credibility and overall success of IPBES, the strategy aims to encourage the participation of scientists and other knowledge holders in the Platform's work and facilitate the use of the IPBES products, such as its policy support tools.

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IPBES-3 Adopts 2014-2018 Work Programme [viewed]

ipbes17 January 2015: The third session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3) concluded with delegates adopting a number of decisions, including on: the work programme for 2014-2018; a stakeholder engagement strategy (SES); a communications and outreach strategy; the financial and budgetary arrangements; and rules of procedure for the Platform on, inter alia, the conflict of interest (COI) policy.

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Scientists Warn: Four Planetary Boundaries Crossed [viewed]

Stockholm Resilience Center16 January 2015: A team of 18 researchers has published findings that human activity has now moved the Earth beyond four of the nine planetary boundaries identified by scientists in 2009. The transgressed boundaries are: climate change; loss of biosphere integrity; land-system change; and altered biogeochemical cycles (phosphorus and nitrogen). The team's paper was published in Science on 16 January 2015.

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