Committee on World Food Security Launches Online Consultation on Global Strategic Framework [viewed]

26 July 2011: The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched an online consultation on the CFS' Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition (GSF). The GSF will serve as framework to enhance the role of the CFS and to guide food security and nutrition policies and action at all levels.

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ECOSOC Establishes Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management [viewed]

27 July 2011: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has agreed to establish a committee of experts on global geospatial information management to coordinate international dialogue on spatial data infrastructures and enhance cooperation in that field.

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US Designates 30th Ramsar Site [viewed]

26 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of the United States has named the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge as its 30th Ramsar Site.

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IDB Approves Loan to Improve Animal and Plant Health, Food Quality in DR [viewed]

IDB26 July 2011: The Dominican Republic is to receive a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for a programme to help the country safeguard the quality of food consumed locally or exported, by improving the prevention and control of plant and animal pests.

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Bioversity International Newsletter Features Stories on IYF 2011 [viewed]

July 2011: Bioversity International has published the July 2011 issue of its "Newsletter for Europe," featuring stories on the International Year of Forests 2011, preparation of the State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources, and the European Information System on Forest Genetic Resources.

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Ramsar Releases Report from Mission to Spanish Site Doñana [viewed]

25 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the report of the mission to Ramsar Site Doñana, in Spain, carried out on 20-22 January 2011, is now available in Spanish. The mission was conducted together with the World Heritage Centre 0f the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), acting as the advisor for natural sites.

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Biosafety Protocol News Discusses National Administrative Systems [viewed]

July 2011: The ninth issue of "Biosafety Protocol News," a magazine published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), focuses on national administrative systems for biosafety. Contributions to the issue outline experiences and lessons learned from Africa, Asia, the EU, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (Pacific Islands) [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Expanded Constituency Workshop will gather participants from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.  

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Event: Second Regional Forum for People and Forests [viewed]

In collaboration with Thailand's Royal Forest Department, RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests, the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are organizing a forum that will explore the theme: Community Forestry: Key to Solving Current and Emerging Challenges. The forum is part of the global celebrations of the International Year of Forests 2011.  

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Event: GEF SGP Workshop for Asia Pacific [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) will hold a workshop for programme managers and national coordinators in the Asia Pacific region.  

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