Sustainable Use

ICRAF Hosts Launch of African Plant Breeding Academy [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 December 2013: At an event hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the African Plant Breeding Academy was launched by the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC). The Academy will aim to boost research on neglected crop species across the continent.

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ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Update on Benefit-sharing Projects [viewed]

ITPGRDecember 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published an update on the projects sponsored by the second round of the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund, currently in implementation in 31 countries across Asia, Africa, the Near East, and Central and South America.

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UN-REDD Discusses Tenure Policy Issues [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeDecember 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released a policy brief on REDD+ and the tenure of land, forests and other natural resources. The brief highlights the contribution of tenure in identifying stakeholders and facilitating equitable benefit sharing in REDD+.

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Event: International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests [viewed]

This forum, convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the National Forest Financing Fund of Costa Rica, will highlight the benefits from payments for ecosystem services (PES) as well as build capacity for the development and implementation of PES in tropical countries, with a view to supporting sustainable forest management (SFM).  

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Event: Insects to Feed the World [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Wageningen UR are convening a global conference on insects as a source of food and feed in order to build a better understanding of the state of knowledge on the more than 1900 species currently used, identify obstacles to expanded use, and build awareness and partnerships for further exploitation of insects for food and feed.  

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FAO's Unasylva Highlights Forests and Trees for Food Security [viewed]

FAODecember 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 2013 volume of Unasylva on the theme 'Forests for Food Security and Nutrition.' The volume features articles arising from the FAO-hosted first global conference to address the role of forests and trees outside forests, in food security and nutrition – the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. 

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Ramsar Addresses Wise Use of Urban and Peri-urban Wetlands [viewed]

Ramsar12 December 2013: The Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has released a briefing note, titled 'Towards the wise use of urban and peri-urban wetlands,' which expands on the 'Principles for the planning and management of urban and peri-urban wetlands' agreed by the contracting parties and aimed at helping managers and planners of towns and cities ensure the wise use of wetlands.

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UNGA's Oceans and Law of the Sea Resolution Focuses on Marine Debris, Climate Change [viewed]

UNGA9 December 2013: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted, by a recorded vote of 115 in favor to one against (Turkey), with two abstentions (Colombia, Venezuela), its annual omnibus resolution on oceans and the law of the sea (Resolution A/RES/68/70).

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Metsä2013 Adopts the Rovaniemi Action Plan [viewed]

metsa201313 December 2013: Metsä2013, the Joint Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) European Forestry Commission (EFC) announced the adoption of the 'Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy.'

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UNODC Develops Guidelines for Ivory Sampling to Combat Illegal Trade [viewed]

ICCWC6 December 2013: The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), together with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), recently hosted a meeting to develop guidelines for ivory sampling and analysis to be employed at wildlife crime scenes and by forensic laboratories.

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