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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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IFPRI Considers Socioeconomic Impacts of GM Crops [viewed]

IFPRI Logo23 September 2013: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a report offering guidance to practitioners, regulators, policymakers and researchers on incorporating socioeconomic considerations in biosafety regulations and approval processes for genetically modified (GM) crops.

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UN-NGLS Report Discusses Four Regional Civil Society Objectives for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNDP NGLS22 September 2013: The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) published a report titled ‘Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda,' which synthesizes four months of consultations with 120 regional civil society networks on the post-2015 agenda. The report concludes that obstacles to achieving sustainable development are political, not technical, and recognizes post-2015 discussions as an opportunity to mobilize leadership and support for transformational change.

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CMS Reports on High Andean Flamingos Action Plan, Reduction of Barriers to Migratory Species [viewed]

CMSAugust 2013: The June-August issue of the Bulletin of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) features a guest article by Rüdiger Strempel, Chair of the Jastarnia Group, on the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS) Advisory Committee meeting, in addition to articles on the draft Action Plan for the High Andean Flamingos and the International Action Plan adopted to reduce barriers to migratory species in Central Asia.

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Guest Article #19: Ecosystems Can Put the World on the Path to Resilient Food Security: Implications for Policy [viewed]

With the global population approaching 9.6 billion by 2050,[1] huge demand will be placed on states and the environment to provide sufficient food. Already, 870 million people on the planet are chronically undernourished.[2] Innovative solutions are therefore urgently needed to address food insecurity.

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International Expert Workshop Discusses Conceptual Framework of IPBES [viewed]

IPbesSeptember 2013: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released the report of the 'Expert Workshop on the Conceptual Framework for IPBES,' which was held from 25-26 August 2013 and convened by the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) at the request of the first IPBES Plenary and co-hosted by South Africa and the United Kingdom, with additional support from Japan.

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CITES Prepares for the Implementation of Regulations on Shark and Rays [viewed]

CITES14 September 2013: Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have exactly one year to implement the listings of oceanic whitetip shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, great hammerhead shark, smooth hammerhead shark, porbeagle shark and manta rays, which they adopted at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP16) in March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. The listings will enter into force on 14 September 2014.

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Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for SIDS 2014 Concludes in New York [viewed]

ipm-sids16 September 2013: The Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) concluded in New York, US, on 16 September 2013.

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CIFOR, ICRAF and FORDA Celebrate Partnerships in Forestry Research [viewed]

cifor-icraf-fordaSeptember 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and the Forestry Research and Development Agency (FORDA) of Indonesia released a report describing their collaboration on forestry research.

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CBD Secretariat Celebrates Biosafety Protocol's 10th Anniversary [viewed]

CBD11 September 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released several videos and other materials to mark the tenth anniversary of the coming into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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