Sustainable Use

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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ITPGR Governing Body Focuses on Enhancing Implementation [viewed]

ITPGR28 September 2013: The Fifth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has adopted a series of resolutions that aim at enhancing implementation, including through the establishment of an Ad hoc Working Group on enhanced implementation of the Treaty's Multilateral System for Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS).

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New Strategic Framework Launched at Conference on New and Underutilized Species [viewed]

Bioversity International29 September 2013: Bioversity International launched a new framework for addressing neglected and underutilized species (NUS) at the 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species: for a food-secure Africa held in Accra, Ghana, from 25-27 September 2013.

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SPC Pacific Forestry Meeting Focuses on REDD+, Food Security and Trade [viewed]

SPC29 September 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), convened the Pacific Regional Forestry Technical Meeting under the theme 'Sustainable Forest Management for a Resilient Future in the Pacific Region.'

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ICARDA Supports Conservation Agriculture and Integrated Pest Management Activities [viewed]

ICARDA-LogoSeptember 2013: In the September edition of its monthly update, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) highlights the impacts of its work on conservation agriculture in Iraq, on wheat disease in Central Asia and on integrated pest management.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for Sustainable Land Management Day [viewed]

rcp-unccd1126 September 2013: On its last day, the Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Sustainable Land Management (SLM) Day . The Rio Conventions Pavilion is meeting in conjunction with the Eleventh Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), taking place from 16-27 September 2013, in Windhoek, Namibia.

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Bioversity International Highlights Crops Diversity for Climate Adaptation [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalSeptember 2013: In a brief released on the sidelines of the fifth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) being held in Muscat, Oman, from 24-28 September 2013, Bioversity International explores the importance of using on farm crop varieties to help populations adapt to climate change.

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