Sustainable Use

UNU Book Presents Case Studies on Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity [viewed]

February 2013: A new book published by the United Nations University - Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) includes case studies on biodiversity and traditional knowledge provided by several Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs), which highlight the way traditional and indigenous knowledge on biodiversity is increasingly recognized in a variety of social, cultural, economic and environmental contexts, and further demonstrates the links between biological and cultural diversity.

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CGRFA Releases Report of Sixth Technical Meeting on Plant Genetic Resources [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2013: The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the report of the sixth meeting of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA), held from 14-16 November 2012, in Rome, Italy. The Working Group's recommendations will be considered by the CGRFA at its 14th meeting, to be held from 15-19 April 2013, in Rome, Italy.

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UNEP's AEO-3 Highlights Health Effects of Environmental Change [viewed]

21 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Third African Environment Outlook (AEO-3) Summary for Policy Makers, commissioned by the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). The report focuses on the links between environment and health, and includes subsections on: air quality; biodiversity; chemicals and waste; climate change and variability; coastal and marine resources; freshwater and sanitation; and land.

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Experts Present Work on LMEs Management in a Changing Climate [viewed]

UNDP - GEF16 February 2013: Representatives from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Council for Exploration of the Sea, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have presented their work to scientists, experts, educators and media at a one-day conference on “Stress, Sustainability and Development of Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) during Climate Change.”

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Internal Evaluation Group (IEG) Report Gives Mixed Marks to World Bank on Forests [viewed]

5 February 2013: An evaluation conducted by the Internal Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank Group (WBG) gives mixed marks to the Bank's performance on the three objectives related to conservation, poverty alleviation and economic development set forth in its 2002 Forest Strategy.

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CIFOR Reports on Beetle Harvesting in Cameroon [viewed]

19 February 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in collaboration with the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), and the Cameroon Association of Research on Biodiversity and Development (ACBIODEV), has released a publication titled "Making a living with forest insects: beetles as an income source in Southwest Cameroon."

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FAO's Fishery Resources Monitoring System to Cover Socioeconomic Issues [viewed]

13 February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has reported that the Steering Committee of the Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS), which aims to provide access to a wide range of high-quality information on the global monitoring and management of fishery marine resources in support of decision making, has decided to widen FIRMS' scope to include socioeconomic issues.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Submissions on Article 8(j)-Related Issues [viewed]

CBDJanuary 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification outlining a list of specific requests for input from parties, other governments, indigenous and local communities, NGOs and relevant organizations emanating from decisions of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) regarding the work programme on Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge).

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Maldives to Become UNESCO Biosphere Reserve by 2017 [viewed]

18 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reported that, in response to the Hyderabad Call for Biodiversity Champions in support of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the Government of the Maldives has pledged that the entire country and its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will become a UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve by 2017.

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Bioversity International Identifies Good Practices for Management of On-farm Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

February 2013: In a revised edition of "On-farm Management of Agricultural Biodiversity in Nepal: Good Practices," Bioversity International presents a series of tools and lessons learned on identifying agricultural biodiversity and empowering farmers and communities to manage this resource.

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