FAO, Max Planck Institute Partner on Species-swapping Diseases [viewed]

30 May 2011: The Food and Agriculture of the UN (FAO) and Max Planck Institute have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaborating on studies of species-swapping diseases that move between wild and domestic animals and in some cases to humans, such as the A/H1N1 swine flu and the H5N1 avian flu.

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FAO Workshop on Seed Policy in West Africa Urges Support for Food Security Crops [viewed]

13 May 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Africa Rice Center held a Regional Workshop on Seed Policy in West Africa, during which participating agricultural experts called for development of "food security crops" (rice, millet, sorghum, cowpeas and maize).

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Forestry Leaders Formulate Recommendations on Education and Research [viewed]

May 2011: The Forestry Leaders Summit on forestry education and research, in which the International Year of Forests is a partner, brought together senior representatives of education and research institutions, as well as international organizations such as the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), to discuss improving the skill set of forestry graduates and enhancing forestry research's responsiveness to global forest policies.

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EU/AU Commissions Discuss Climate, Biodiversity and UNCSD [viewed]

1 June 2011: The fifth College-to-College meeting of the European Commission and the African Union (AU) Commission was held on 31 May-1 June 2011, in Brussels, Belgium, to develop shared policy agendas. During the meeting, participants discussed ways to enhance cooperation both on short-term challenges and on the long-term structural changes, such as green growth, climate change and biodiversity.

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Preparations Underway for UNGA Workshop on Sustainable Deep-Sea Fisheries [viewed]

1 June 2011: The UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS) organized an informal preparatory meeting for the upcoming workshop to discuss implementation of relevant paragraphs of UN General Assembly Resolutions 61/105 and 64/72 on the impacts of bottom fishing on vulnerable marine ecosystems and the long-term sustainability of deep sea fish stocks.

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CBD West Africa Workshops Build Capacity for NBSAPs, Protected Areas Management [viewed]

1 June 2011: Two parallel workshops on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) took place in West Africa, followed by a roundtable meeting on strengthening financing for protected area systems of seven countries in the region.

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UNEP, IFAD Launch Resource Management Policy, Call for Support for Sustainable Agriculture [viewed]

1 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) called for a dramatic increase in support for sustainable agriculture, including to smallholder farmers, as a way to drive green growth and reduce poverty, on the occasion of the launch of the Environment and Natural Resource Management (ENRM) Policy.

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FAO/ITTO Report: Deforestation Rates in Rainforest Basins "Alarming" [viewed]

1 June 2011: A report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) indicates that deforestation rates continue to be "alarming" in most of the 30 countries in the Amazon, Congo and Southeast Asian rainforest basins.

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IUCN Report Highlights Important Plant Areas in Mediterranean Region [viewed]

1 June 2011: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released a report titled "Important Plant Areas of the South and East Mediterranean Region: Priority Sites for Conservation. " The report lists 207 "Important Plant Areas" (IPAs) that support an extraordinary diversity of wildlife, as well as resources for local livelihoods.

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CBD Publishes Technical Study on REDD and Biodiversity [viewed]

1 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a study that provides scientific and technical information on ways to ensure that the design and implementation of policies for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) support the objectives of the CBD.

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