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International Congress on Marine Protected Areas Calls for Law of Sea Negotiations on Conservation [viewed]

impac27 October 2013: Participants at the Third International Congress on Marine Protected Areas (IMPAC3) discussed strategies to meet the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Aichi Target 11 under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, which calls for at least 10 per cent of all coastal and marine areas to be managed as conservation or protected areas by the year 2020.

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FAO, EBRD Launch Sustainable Forestry Investment Roadmap for the Russian Federation [viewed]

fao-ebrd23 October 2013: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have announced an Investment Roadmap for the sustainable use of forest resources in the Russian Federation.

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Event: Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers [viewed]

The Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers is co-organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the island of Jeju. The course aims to deepen the understanding of biosphere reserve managers regarding the concept and vision of biosphere reserves, raise their awareness of the vulnerability of island and coastal biosphere reserves to climate change, and transfer technical knowledge. Created in 2009, the World Network of Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves aims to study, implement and disseminate island and coastal strategies to preserve biodiversity and heritage, promote sustainable development, and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.  

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World Food Day Focuses on Sustainable Food Systems [viewed]

word-food-day-201316 October 2013: Organizations and communities globally celebrated World Food Day on 16 October 2013, under the theme 'Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.' World Food Day is celebrated in 150 countries and is held on the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in 1945.

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Event: INC-Forests4 Informal Consultations [viewed]

Heads of delegations of all INC-Forests Parties are invited to attend informal consultations prior to the opening the final Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4).  

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Land Tenure Journal Focuses on Fisheries Tenure [viewed]

FAOOctober 2013: The Land Tenure Journal, an open-access journal of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), has released a thematic issue focusing on fisheries tenure, with articles on fisheries in Grenada, Norway, South Africa, Tanzania and Southeast Asia.

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Event: Central and Eastern Europe Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Measures [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will seek to identify strategies and actions to mainstream biosafety into national measures and strengthen the capacities of Parties in the Central and Eastern European Region to effectively implement the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The workshop will: take stock of the status of implementation of the Protocol in the region and share experiences and lessons learned in the mainstreaming of national measures; identify mechanisms to improve Parties' legal and administrative measures to implement obligations under the Protocol; and promote awareness of the objective and core requirements of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress and review the challenges and opportunities with regard to its ratification and implementation.  

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Event: Workshop of the Network of Laboratories for the Detection and Identification of Living Modified Organisms [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop intends to support representatives of the network of laboratories created to facilitate the identification of living modified organisms (LMOs) under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The workshop aims to develop an implementation strategy to guide and assist Parties in reaching the outcomes of the Protocol's Strategic Plan that are relevant to the detection and identification of LMOs, and draft a set of recommendations for consideration by the Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties of the Protocol (COP-MOP) at its seventh meeting to be held in October 2014.  

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WILD10 Announces New Initiatives, Funds and a Policy Statement [viewed]

wild1011 October 2013: The tenth World Wilderness Congress (WILD10) convened in Salamanca, Spain, from 4-10 October 2013, with the theme 'Make the World a Wilder Place,' and concluded with the adoption of the 'Salamanca Statement' as well as the launch of new initiatives focused on youth and cities.

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IPBES Regional Consultations Reports Available in Preparation for IPBES-2 [viewed]

ipbesOctober 2013: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has concluded a series of regional consultations, for which the reports are now available. The consultations were held in Nairobi, Kenya (Africa region), Budapest, Hungary (Eastern Europe region), Sao Paolo, Brazil (Latin American and the Caribbean region), Leipzig, Germany (Pan-European Stakeholder group) and Ramsar City, Iran (Asia region).

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