FCPF, GEF Organize Brazil-Africa Event on REDD+ and Community Forestry [viewed]

11 February 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), with the help of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), the Office National des Forêts International (ONFI) and a grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), organized a 10-day South-South exchange on community forestry and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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Event: Ninth Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Convention for Co-operation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the West and Central African Region [viewed]

Participants from the 22 countries that have in common the Atlantic Coast of Africa will meet for one week to debate and make decisions on issues relevant to the wise use of marine and coastal resources from Mauritania to South Africa.  

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WIPO Working Group Streamlines Text on Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

2 March 2011: Experts meeting at the second Intersessional Working Group of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) focused on the consolidation and streamlining of text on the protection of traditional knowledge.

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CBD Invites Nominations for North Africa and Middle East Workshop on NBSAPs [viewed]

1 March 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited North African and Middle Eastern countries to nominate one representative each for participation in a regional workshop on national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).

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CITES Announces Assistance on NBSAPs [viewed]

24 February 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has published a notification concerning the national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Event: Conference and Exhibition on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa: Fostering Innovation [viewed]

This conference, organized by the Institute for Science and Sustainable Development (ISSD), will address the role of biotechnologies in the transformation of African economies. It aims to: provide a sound scientific knowledge base on issues related to technology transfer and capacity building; identify more efficient ways and means of building capacity and developing sustainable and useful institutions; present lessons learned and identify success factors regarding biotechnology, knowledge transfer and capacity building; and serve as a forum for cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary dialogue between scientists and policy makers on issues related to development, use and application of biotechnology. The exhibition will feature international and local biotechnology companies and provide opportunities to network and exchange ideas relating to the promotion of biotechnology for Africa.  

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Event: 33rd Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Economics and Statistics [viewed]

The meeting will address possible reform of institutional arrangements under the Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Additional topics will include: guidance of work areas, including markets and statistics; forest resources assessment; forest sector outlook studies; social and cultural aspects; policy and cross-sectoral issues; the status of the joint wood energy enquiry; and a roundtable on forest information challenges.  

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Event: International Conference on Agricultural Intensification of SSA Humid Highland Systems [viewed]

The Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium Research Programme (CRP) on the Humid Tropics will be holding an international conference to take stock of the state of the art of agricultural intensification in the highlands of sub-Saharan Africa, and to chart the way forward for agricultural research for development in the Humid Tropics CRP and the CIALCA Consortium. The conference will have four themes: farming production unit components; integration of components of farming systems; drivers for adoption of agricultural intensification strategies; and knowledge-intensive approaches. The conference will be convened in English and French, with simultaneous translation available.  

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Event: International Conference: Global Partnership for Plant Conservation [viewed]

This conference, titled "Supporting the worldwide implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation," is organized by the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation in association with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. It will be hosted by the Missouri Botanical Garden.  

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Event: CBD Workshop for North Africa and Middle East on Updating NBSAPs [viewed]

This regional workshop is jointly organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the Technical Secretariat of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE) of the League of Arab States, and the Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with the financial support of the Japan Biodiversity Fund. Its purpose is to: strengthen national capacities for the development, implementation, reviewing, updating and communication of national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs); help facilitate national implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020; and translate the post-2010 strategic plan into national targets and commitments. The workshop will include a session on further developing a regional strategy on invasive alien species, to be facilitated by the Global Invasive Species Programme.  

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