Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CGIAR and Partners to Sequence 100 African Orphan Crop Species [viewed]

icraf-aocc20 January 2014: The African Orphan Crops Consortium has announced the names of one hundred species that will be researched over the coming years in an effort to improve food security and nutrition for smallholder farmers in Africa. The first species to be considered by the Consortium will be the Baobab.

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Event: Seventh GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium [viewed]

Information and expertise on Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) implementation in the Asia-Pacific region will be exchanged under five working groups on: the Asian Water Cycle Initiative; agriculture and food security; forest carbon tracking; Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network; and ocean observation and society.  

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Draft Updated Synthesis of Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity Available for Peer-Review [viewed]

CBD10 January 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated for peer-review the draft updated synthesis of the impacts of ocean acidification on marine biodiversity, which will be submitted for consideration to the eighteenth meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), to be held in June 2014.

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Ministerial Summit Renews GEO's Mandate [viewed]

geox17 January 2014: The Group on Earth Observations' (GEO) Tenth Plenary Session (GEO-X) and Geneva Ministerial Summit renewed GEO's mandate and launched the process for the development of a second 10-Year Implementation Plan for the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to cover 2015-2025.

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Bioversity International to Run Training Course on Preservation of Plant Genetic Resources [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalJanuary 2014: In an effort to build capacity in the conservation of the thousands of species with difficult-to-store seeds or challenging clonal propagation, up to fifteen scientists will be trained in tissue culture, cryopreservation and in vitro conservation of crops, as well as in molecular techniques and protocols for conservation of plant seeds and tissues through a course at the Indian National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR).

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Event: GEO-XI [viewed]

The eleventh plenary session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XI) will, among other things, review the draft of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Implementation Plan for 2015-2025 that will guide GEO work for ten years.  

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Event: CBD Workshop for Central Asia and Central and Eastern Europe on the Fifth National Report [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will focus on the preparation of the fifth national reports under the CBD, including: assessing the status and trends of, and threats to, biodiversity; implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans and biodiversity mainstreaming; and assessing progress towards the Aichi biodiversity targets and relevant 2015 targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including the pilot online reporting system to monitor progress on implementation.  

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Mountain Partnership Calls for Including Mountains in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

Mountain Partnership10 January 2014: Representatives from Argentina, Italy, Kyrgyzstan and Peru called for including mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during an event on the margins of the seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs. Also at the event, which took place on 8 January 2014, in New York, US, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat introduced two policy briefs highlighting sustainable mountain development as a priority. 

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CMS and UNEP/AEWA Launch Manual for NFPs [viewed]

cms aewa15 January 2014: The Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the UN Environment Programme/African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement UNEP/AEWA have announced the release of the 'Manual for the National Focal Points (NFPs) for CMS and its Instruments.'

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CGIAR Integrates TK and Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Communities into Research [viewed]

CGIAR15 January 2015: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has highlighted its efforts to link traditional knowledge (TK) of farmers to laboratory and experimental field based research, as well as steps members of the Group are taking to secure the TK rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.

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