Bioversity International Explores Dry Forest Restoration in Colombia [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalMarch 2014: Bioversity International released a poster report on best practices and protocols for ecosystem restoration in tropical dry forests in Colombia, where only 8% of original extent remains. The report notes the importance of selecting species and designing restoration interventions based on genetic considerations, species functional traits and the projected impacts of climate change. 

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LAC Countries Build Momentum for Climate Agreement, Chemicals and Waste Management [viewed]

UNEP16 March 2104: The 19th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) resulted in a declaration and set of decisions to support the mainstreaming of environmental considerations into development, and establish a regional cooperation agenda to advance sustainable and inclusive development.

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FAO Survey Reports on Incidents of Low-level GMO Presence in International Trade [viewed]

FAO13 March 2014: A survey released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) shows an increase in the number of incidents of detection of low levels of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in international shipments of food and feed.

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FAO Publishes Lessons from Biotechnology Experiences in Developing Countries [viewed]

FAOMarch 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a paper on lessons learned from experiences with the use of biotechnologies in crops, livestock and fish by smallholder farmers in developing countries.

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Project Discusses Neglected and Underutilized Species Conservation in Bolivia and Peru [viewed]

nuscommunityMarch 2014: A synthesis article on the approach and results of an International Fund for Agricultural Development-Neglected and Underutilized Species (IFAD-NUS) project in Bolivia and Peru has been published. 

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Event: FAO Technical Consultation on Low Levels of Genetically Modified (GM) Crops in International Food and Feed Trade [viewed]

This consultation will facilitate international dialogue among Members of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) on low levels of genetically modified (GM) crops in international food and feed trade. It aims to raise awareness and improve understanding of the issue and its causes, as well as potential impacts on international trade and food security. Participants will consider several technical studies and surveys prepared by FAO and a series of presentations by technical experts and practitioners.  

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Event: UNFF Special Events for the International Day of Forests 2014 [viewed]

The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is organizing a series of activities at UN Headquarters in New York, US to celebrate the International Day of Forests 2014. The celebrations will feature a week-long series of film-screenings, a two-week exhibit of award-winning photographs and children's art and a special half-day event on 21 March, which will include a panel discussion on 'Women as agents of change for forests and sustainable development'. The special event will also screen award-winning short films that celebrate forests for people. The event will conclude with a general discussion. The Forest Film Festival screenings will run from 17-20 March 2014 and the MY FOREST, OUR FUTURE Art and Photo Exhibit will run from 17-28 March 2014.  

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Event: International Day of Forests 2014 [viewed]

In 2012, the UN General Assembly declared 21 March as the International Day of Forests to “celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests”. A wide range of special events will celebrate the International Day of Forests 2014.  

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International Declaration Adopted to Protect Sargasso Sea Biodiversity [viewed]

iucn-sargassoseaalliance12 March 2014: The Azores, Bermuda, Monaco, the UK and the US have signed the Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea. The Declaration will provide a platform for the creation of a Sargasso Sea Commission, the aim of which will be to minimize the adverse effects of shipping and fishing in the area. 

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Nominations for MIDORI Prize Now Open [viewed]

midori7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that nominations for the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014 are now open. Established in 2012, the MIDORI Prize is an international prize honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. 

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