Stakeholder Participation

Central Asian Countries Adopt CMS Action Plan on Migratory Species and Impacts of Mining [viewed]

CMS24 June 2013: Representatives from Germany, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan met on the island of Vilm, Germany, to adopt an action plan to protect migratory species such as Saiga antelopes, wild camels, Mongolian gazelles and Asiatic wild ass from mining infrastructure development in Central Asia.  

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Draft CBD Study on Article 8(j) Work Programme Tasks and the ABS Protocol Available for Peer Review [viewed]

CBD12 June 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated for peer review a draft study on how tasks 7 (guidelines to ensure equitable benefit-sharing, prior informed consent and identification of obligations of countries of origin and user countries), 10 (standards and guidelines for the reporting and prevention of unlawful appropriation of traditional knowledge and related genetic resources) and 12 (guidelines to assist governments in implementing Article 8(j)(traditional knowledge)) of the revised programme of work on Article 8(j) and related provisions of the Convention could best contribute to work under the Convention and the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS).

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Event: Expert Workshop on the Conceptual Framework for IPBES [viewed]

An international expert workshop on the conceptual framework for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be convened by the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and co-hosted by the Governments of South Africa and the UK, with additional support from the Government of Japan. The goal of the workshop is to share among the experts and the stakeholders work to-date on and to provide inputs to the development of a draft conceptual framework for the Platform. The outcome of this workshop will form the basis of a recommendation by the MEP of a conceptual framework for adoption by the Plenary at its second session scheduled to take place in Antalya, Turkey, from 9-16 December 2013.  

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Event: Scaling-Up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resource Rights [viewed]

This international conference will bring together the wide diversity of stakeholders — governments, local communities, Indigenous Peoples' organizations, private investors, food and resource companies, and conservation organizations — that have a direct, common, and urgent interest in clarifying and securing the ownership of lands and resources. Together, these leaders will share experiences on leading strategies to recognize and secure local land rights, including mapping and other technical interventions, legal and policy reforms, international standards and accountability, and innovative financial mechanisms to support real action and progress. The conference will aim to increase the profile and prioritization of community land rights as a global concern, catalyze new ideas and alliances, and secure commitments to take these strategies forward in coming months and years.  

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Event: Private Sector Dialogue on Efforts to Combat Illegal Logging and Associated Trade and Promote Trade in Legal Forest Products [viewed]

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), in collaboration with the Program on Forests (PROFOR), will hold an event to exchange knowledge and enhance collaboration between the government and the private sector with regard to timber producing, processing and consuming countries. The event will be held on the margins of the Forth Meeting of the APEC Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade.  

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FAO Email Conference Discusses Challenges and Opportunities of Genomics in Developing Countries [viewed]

FAO16 June, 2013: The Biotechnology Forum of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a compilation of messages posted during an email conference on 'Impacts of genomics and other 'omics' for the crop, forestry, livestock, fishery and agro-industry sectors in developing countries,' held 4-24 March 2013.

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Bioversity International Calls for Fellows on Forest Genetic Resources [viewed]

Bioversity International17 June 2013: Bioversity International has issued a call for the 2013 Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo fellowship, which supports research on understanding the status of and threats to genetic resources of priority forest tree species, and methods for conservation and sustainable management of genetic resources of important tree species.

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UN Poverty-Environment Initiative Deepens Efforts on Gender, Equality and Stakeholder Partnerships [viewed]

UNDP UNEP12 June 2013: The UN Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) launched its 2013-2017 programme, announcing that its new phase will consolidate current programme achievements, further integrate gender and equality concerns, and strengthen stakeholder partnerships for the long-term mainstreaming of poverty-environment issues.

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ICRAF Builds Partnerships to Develop Seed Crops from Unique African Tree [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)6 June 2013: In an effort to help develop the sustainable production of oil from the seeds of Allanblackia species in equatorial Africa, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has engaged in a public-private partnership with Unilever and a collection of public non-profit organizations, called the Novella Africa Initiative. The partnership has developed a model for over 10,000 collectors or growers of Allanblackia to plant over 20,000 seedlings in Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania.

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World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Reducing “Foodprints” [viewed]

unep-world-environment-day5 June 2013: Commemorated annually on 5 June since 1972, this year's World Environment Day (WED) was celebrated around the theme, 'Think.Eat.Save - Reduce Your Foodprint,' and highlighted the importance of achieving a sustainable food future through a reduction in food waste. This year's celebrations were hosted by Mongolia, with thousands of activities taking place worldwide.

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