ICRAF Focuses on Value of Forests beyond Carbon [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)July 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) released the July 2014 issue of its newsletter, 'Transformations,' highlighting the many values of forests beyond carbon. In particular, the newsletter introduces the book, 'Trees for Life,' which provides examples of how farmers in developing countries are using trees to improve their livelihood options.

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Event: Second Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing will continue considering measures to increase user-based payments and contributions to the Benefit-sharing Fund, and additional measures to enhance the functioning of the MLS. The meeting will be preceded by regional and inter-regional consultations, to be held on 8 December 2014.  

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Event: WIPO Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this workshop will include about 14 participants from each of the seven geo-cultural regions recognized by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. It aims to: impart basic knowledge of the main principles of the intellectual property system from a traditional knowledge perspective; explain the negotiations taking place in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC); and raise awareness of the available intellectual property tools and WIPO materials that are relevant to the protection of traditional knowledge.  

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Event: Nagoya Protocol on ABS COP/MOP-1 [viewed]

The first meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) will be held during the second week of CBD COP-12. It will address, among other issues, the ABS clearing-house, compliance, capacity building and awareness-raising, and the need for and modalities of a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism.  

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Event: 7th Annual ESP Conference 2014 [viewed]

The 7th Conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will convene under the title, 'Local action for the common good'. The conference will focus on the use of ecosystem services at the local level, with a special emphasis on Costa Rica and Latin America. Several EU-funded projects will present their results on Community-Based Ecosystem Management: CiVi.Net, COBRA, EcoADAPT and COMETLA. The Conference is organized by the Ecosystem Services Partnership with Fundación Neotrópica as its local host, and is supported by CATIE, Universidad Nacional, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature - Commission on Ecosystem Management (IUCN-CEM). The program of the Conference consists of a mix of plenary sessions, including keynote and panels; workshops, open topic sessions, special sessions and field trips.  

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July 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank-AfDB-ADB-IDB-EBRD-GEFJuly 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) undertook a variety of activities during July. Projects were approved across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, addressing issues such as transboundary water management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, hydropower and climate resilience.

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CBD Reacts to Recognition of Biodiversity in SDG Proposal [viewed]

CBD25 July 2014: Biodiversity and ecosystems are included throughout the 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The CBD describes the OWG's final outcome as “extremely positive from the perspective of the CBD and the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,” noting the agreement sets the stage for better links between the implementation of the CBD's agenda and the post-2015 development agenda.

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Arctic Council Task Force Discusses Advancing Scientific Cooperation [viewed]

Arctic Council23 July 2014: The Scientific Cooperation Task Force (SCTF) of the Arctic Council held its third meeting and exchanged views on a draft document related to advancing scientific cooperation among the Arctic States. The Task Force will continue working on the document at its next meeting in September in Tromsø, Norway.

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FAO Study Analyzes Global Fish Stock Status and Production Potential [viewed]

FAO25 July 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Fisheries and Aquaculture Department has released a study, titled ‘Developing new approaches to global stock status assessment and fishery production potential of the seas.' The study focuses on two approaches to estimating fisheries' status: determining single-stock status; and estimating ecosystem production based on satellite estimates of primary productivity.

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UNDP Launches PARCS Project in Croatia [viewed]

UNDPJuly 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a programme called PARCS, which seeks to conserve globally significant marine and terrestrial biological diversity in Croatia. The programme will strengthen the management of the country's 19 most important parks by improving the model of protected areas management and boosting investment in infrastructure.

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