Sustainable Use

Bioversity Publication Addresses Implementation of the ITPGR MLS in India [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalOctober 2013: Titled 'A road map for implementing the multilateral system of access and benefit-sharing in India' and published by Bioversity International and partners, this publication is a collection of 14 papers addressing a range of issues that are important to consider as India develops its strategy for implementing the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and its multilateral system (MLS) of access and benefit-sharing (ABS).

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Leaders Propose Oceans Goal, Highlight Biodiversity at UNGA 68 High-level Debate [viewed]

United Nations1 October 2013: Leaders speaking at the 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate highlighted, in their remarks regarding biodiversity, a call for a stand-alone oceans goal in the post-2015 agenda, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), sustainable fisheries management, as well as the importance of sustainable mountain development to conservation.

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Event: First Edition of the Water and Sea Workshops [viewed]

The role of the Water and Sea workshops is to federate, within different fields, all the actors involved around issues related to water resources management, marine ecosystems preservation, and the deployment of the potential of the seas and oceans. These workshops aim to promote innovative solutions, and to foster the sharing of good practices and knowledge. Workshop partners include the International Hydrological Programme and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.  

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FAO and FEM Announce Partnership for European Mountain Forests [viewed]

FAO7 October 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Edmund Mach Foundation (FEM) have announced a partnership to strengthen knowledge and capacity for sustainable forest management (SFM) in Europe.

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Coral Triangle Project to Receive US$4.5 Million [viewed]

worldbank-coraltraingle30 September 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved US$4.5 million for the regional Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services Project. Focused on Indonesia and the Philippines, the project aims to design models for valuing mangrove, sea grass and coral reef ecosystems services to inform policy and decision-making, in this biodiversity epicenter.

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Regional Economic Integration Organizations Can Now Accede to CITES [viewed]

CITES3 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that an amendment to the Convention will enter into force allowing regional economic integration organizations to accede to the Convention. The amendment, known as the 'Gaborone amendment,' was adopted in Gaborone, Botswana, 30 years ago, on 30 April 1983. 

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AFWC 19th Session Discusses Natural Resources and Africa's Economy [viewed]

fao-afwc1 October 2013: The 19th session of the African Forestry Wildlife Commission (AFWC) met in Windhoek, Namibia, from 30 September to 4 October, 2013. In his opening statement, Namibia's Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa, noted with regret that Africa is leading in losing natural resources, especially forests. 

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CBD Secretariat Circulates New Issue of Civil Society Newsletter [viewed]

square-bracketsOctober 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the eighth issue of [square brackets], the CBD newsletter for civil society, with a special focus on enhancing stakeholder engagement and the emergence of biocultural rights under the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS).

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Event: World Wetlands Day 2014 [viewed]

The theme for the 2014 World Wetlands Day is 'Wetlands and Agriculture' as 2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming. The slogal for the Day is 'Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth,' placing a focus on the need for the wetland, water and agricultural sectors to work together for the best shared outcomes.  

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Mountain Partnership Documents Global Progress on Sustainable Development in Mountain Areas [viewed]

Mountain Partnership1 October 2013: Released at the Fourth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership in Erzurum, Turkey, the global report, 'Mountains: Our Life, Our Future: Progress and Perspectives on Sustainable Mountain Development,' consolidates ten regional reports on environmental and social issues affecting mountains. The regional reports were prepared for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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