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FAO Assesses Food Waste Impacts on Land, Climate, Water and Biodiversity [viewed]

FAO11 September 2013: The Food and Agriculture of the UN (FAO) has released a study documenting the environmental impacts of global food wastage as well as its direct economic impacts, which it reports add up to $750 billion annually.

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FAO Highlights Governance and Natural Resource Management in Africa [viewed]

FAOAugust 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Office for Africa has issued a newsletter highlighting articles and reports on promoting good governance in natural resource management in the region.

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ACTO Parties Review Progress on Implementation of CITES E-Permitting Systems [viewed]

Cites Otca30 August 2013: During a meeting in Quito, Ecuador, from 22-23 August 2013, members of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) noted substantial progress on the implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) e-permitting systems and Single Window environments, especially in Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. 

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ICARDA Annual Report Stresses Innovations on Climate Resilience [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo29 August 2013: The 2012 Annual Report of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) notes that despite significant challenges due to the on-going conflict in Syria, the Center has made significant achievements in translating research into action and policy impact, highlighting its leadership in the high-level international conference on Food Security in the Dry Lands, as well as enhanced partnerships with Canada and South Asia.

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Event: Round Table on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice Regarding LMOs/GMOs [viewed]

Jointly organized by the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, this round table will address: key issues of concern for Parties and stakeholders with respect to access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice regarding living modified organisms (LMOs)/genetically modified organisms (GMOs); challenges in implementing the Aarhus Convention's Almaty Amendment on GMOs, the Lucca Guidelines on GMOs and the Protocol and ways to address them; opportunities for cooperation and capacity building; and priorities for future work.  

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Event: 10th World Wilderness Congress [viewed]

The World Wilderness Congress is the longest-running, international public conservation project and environmental forum in the world. The Tenth World Wilderness Congress (WILD10) will convene some 1200 delegates from up to 50 countries, as well as 50,000 stakeholders on-line. Leaders in science, management, policy, indigenous communities, business, communication, and culture will investigate and act upon the question, "How can we protect, maintain and restore wild nature while also providing enhanced social and economic opportunities for human society?" during WILD10.  

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Event: Resumed INC-Forests4 [viewed]

The final Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4) will reconvene to complete negotiations on the agreement and to finish negotiating the draft elements of a document by which the agreement would be presented to ministers at the Extraordinary Ministerial Conference of FOREST EUROPE, scheduled for late 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  

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Event: Saker Falcon Task Force – Stakeholders' Action Planning Workshop [viewed]

The Saker Falcon Task Force (STF) aims to find long-term solutions for the conservation and management of the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) throughout its range. This workshop will bring together representatives from Range State governments, partners, other stakeholders and interested parties to review all available information on the species and to develop a 2nd Draft of the Saker Falcon Global Action Plan. STF is an initiative led by the Coordinating Unit of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Bird of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) under the auspices of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).  

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CBD Biosafety Newsletter Celebrates 10th Anniversary of the Biosafety Protocol [viewed]

CBDAugust 2013: Marking the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the latest edition of the Biosafety Protocol Newsletter, published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), reviews progress, experiences and lessons learned during the first decade of the Protocol's implementation.

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Recommendations Presented to Strengthen Trans-Boundary Protected Areas in the Congo Basin [viewed]

cofimaccbfp12 August 2013: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) in collaboration with the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) announced the results of a study on trans-boundary protected areas in the Congo Basin funded by the Government of Germany.

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