WIPO Seminar on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge Shares Practices and Experiences [viewed]

Wipo1 April 2015: Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a seminar shared regional, national and local practices, experiences and case studies regarding intellectual property and genetic resources and traditional knowledge and cultural expressions.

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IPPC Governing Body Agrees to Develop Electronic Phytosanitary Certification System [viewed]

IPPC20 March 2015: The annual meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), has agreed to develop a global system of electronic phytosanitary certificates, known as e-Phyto.

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Event: Third Meeting of Signatories - Aquatic Warbler MoU [viewed]

The Aquatic Warbler Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was concluded in Minsk, Belarus, under the auspices of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and became effective on 30 April 2003. It aims to safeguard the Aquatic Warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola), which is the rarest migratory songbird of Europe, and the only globally threatened passerine bird found in mainland Europe. The third meeting of the Signatories of the MoU Concerning Conservation Measures for the Aquatic Warbler will take place from 20-21 May in Ventė, Lithuania.  

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Event: 2nd Africa Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference 2015 (EBAFOSC 2) [viewed]

Taking place under the theme, 'Re-imagining Africa's Food Security Now and into the Future under a Changing Climate,' this conference will convene a number of round-tables, discussions and plenary sessions to discuss how ecosystem based adaptation (EBA) can be used to improve food security across the continent. Sessions will address: building scalable and inclusive business models for EBA-driven agriculture; innovative financing models for EBA-driven agriculture; the role of youth, women, and information technology in EBA-driven agriculture; the roles of education, the private sector and South-South cooperation in advancing EBA; innovations to reduce post-harvest food loss; and climate change and resilience through EBA as well as policy frameworks and implementation.  

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Technologies to Support MRV and Track Private Sector Deforestation Commitments [viewed]

cifor_profor_unep_wcmc1 April 2015: During March, the month that marked the celebration of the International Day of Forests, a number of significant forest-related research studies, tools and technologies were released.

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Birds in the Spotlight at CMS [viewed]

CMS31 March 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced that this year's theme for World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) will be 'Energy – make it bird-friendly!' It will "highlight the importance of deploying energy technologies in a way that prevents, minimizes and mitigates impacts on migratory birds and their habitats."

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FOREST EUROPE, PROFOR, GEF Focus on Advancing SFM in Europe [viewed]

world_bank_gef_forests31 March 2015: Across Europe, new publications and projects and ongoing policy discussions are supporting expanded action on sustainable forest management (SFM).

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Forest Management Projects Feature Communities in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

fao_cifor_itto_gef_wb_profor31 March 2015: A number of partnerships, projects and research with regard to forests in Asia and the Pacific have focused on stakeholder engagement, data collection and monitoring, and the sustainable management of forest resources in various countries in the region.

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ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund Supports Community Seed Network in Guatemala [viewed]

ITPGRMarch 2015: With support from the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), a project implemented by the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala and focusing on the documentation and conservation of genetic diversity of maize and beans has strengthened the local association of farmers and established a local seed network. The project started with the establishment of a local network to assess storage practices, the availability of seed and sowing practices, as well as the information on and perception of the negative impacts of climate change.

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Event: Wildlife Forum [viewed]

This one-day Wildlife Forum, organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) during the World Forestry Congress (WFC), will address challenges and opportunities in sustainable wildlife management, highlighting the experiences of countries, organizations, indigenous peoples, local communities and the private sector in addressing poverty alleviation and livelihood security issues while protecting wildlife.  

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