Sustainable Use

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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UNDP, UNEP Toolkit Showcases Community Approaches to ICCAs [viewed]

UNDP UNEP5 June 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched 'A toolkit to support conservation by indigenous peoples and local communities,' which highlights community approaches to the conservation of Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs).

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Event: Fifth Session of the ITPGR Governing Body [viewed]

The fifth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will address, among other issues: implementation of the Treaty's Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS), including reviews and assessment under the MLS and implementation of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA); implementation of the ITPGR Funding Strategy; sustainable use of plant genetic resources; Farmers' Rights; implementation of the Global Information System; operation of the Third Party Beneficiary; and Work Programme and Budget for the 2014/2015 biennium. The meeting will be preceded by two days of regional consultations on 22-23 September 2013.  

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FAO Reviews the Future of Pinus radiata Plantations [viewed]

2FAO8 May 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released its Forest Paper No. 170 titled, ‘Sustainable Management of Pinus radiata Plantations.' The report examines plantations starting with site section through to production, with a particular emphasis on Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain.

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UN Secretary-General, Prince of Wales Highlight Urgency of Addressing Poaching, Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

CITES UNEP23 May 2013: In his report to the UN Security Council on the activities of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa and on the Lord's Resistance Army-affected areas, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted that increases in poaching, mainly targeting elephants, are a growing security concern in Central Africa. 

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Sandwatch Stakeholder Workshop Presents Activities Carried out in Aceh, Indonesia [viewed]

Sandwatch21 May 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on a Sandwatch stakeholder workshop involving SMA Negeri 1 and MTsN Lhoknga, teachers from schools in coastal Aceh Besar district, government officials, Panglima Laôt and local NGOs.

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International Biodiversity Day Focuses on Water [viewed]

IDB22 May 2013: 'Water and Biodiversity' was the theme for this year's International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), celebrated on 22 May, to coincide with the UN designation of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation.

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UNEP Launches Global Sustainable Consumption and Production Clearinghouse [viewed]

scp21 May 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in its role as Secretariat of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP 10YFP), has launched The Global SCP Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse uses social networking principles to create a “one-stop hub” for SCP knowledge and cooperation.

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CBD Circulates Logo, Booklet and Messaging for International Day for Biological Diversity [viewed]

International-day-for-biological-diversity-201317 May 2013: In preparation for the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), to be celebrated on 22 May 2013, with celebrations around the globe focusing on the theme 'Water and Biodiversity,' the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the IDB's logo, booklet and messages, all of which are available for use by parties in their celebrations.

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CITES Receives National Ivory Action Plans and Recommends Suspension of Trade with Guinea [viewed]

CITES16 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced that it has received National Ivory Action Plans from China, Kenya, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Uganda, Tanzania and Viet Nam, the first group of countries identified as primary source, transit and import countries affected by illegal trade in ivory.

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