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Natural Resources Natural Resources News / 28 April 2016
BiodiversityBiodiversity News
FAO Report Provides Guidance on ABS Elements for GRFA
Read More: FAO Report Provides Guidance on ABS Elements for GRFA
April_2016: The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report on the Elements to Facilitate Domestic Implementation of Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) for Different Subsectors of GRFA (‘ABS Elements'). The report aims to support governments considering legislative, administrative or policy measures for ABS to take into account the importance of GRFA, their special role in food security and the features of the subsectors of GRFA while complying with international ABS instruments. continued...
Host of CBD COP 13 Releases Non-paper Supporting a Declaration on Biodiversity Mainstreaming
Read More: Host of CBD COP 13 Releases Non-paper Supporting a Declaration on Biodiversity Mainstreaming
22_April_2016: Mexico intends to highlight the importance of biodiversity mainstreaming for the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its role as the host of the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with the aim of facilitating the adoption of a ‘Cancun Declaration.' Mexico has prepared a non-paper outlining possible elements of the declaration. continued...
CGIAR Discusses Agricultural Research's Role in Poverty Reduction in a Changing Climate
Read More: CGIAR Discusses Agricultural Research's Role in Poverty Reduction in a Changing Climate
14_April_2016: The third Science Forum of the Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) of the CGIAR Consortium discussed pathways through which agricultural research can support the inclusive development of rural economies under conditions of climate change. continued...
IPBES Secretariat Releases Report of Fourth Plenary Session
Read More: IPBES Secretariat Releases Report of Fourth Plenary Session
April_2016: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released the report of the fourth session of its Plenary (IPBES-4). continued...
LandLand News
IYP 2016 Events Promote Pulses as “Climate-Smart” Food of the Future
Read More: IYP 2016 Events Promote Pulses as “Climate-Smart” Food of the Future
20_April_2016: Two events organized as part of the International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016) have called for increased efforts to scale up global production of pulses, such as beans, chickpeas, and lentils, due to their multiple benefits as nutrient-dense, soil improving and “climate-smart” crops. The International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands (ICP 2016) took place from 18-20 April in Rabat, Morocco, while the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) hosted a seminar in Rome, Italy addressing the links between pulses and soils (the focus of international efforts in 2015), on 19 April 2016. continued...
Countries Pursue National and Regional Actions on Land Degradation Monitoring and Restoration
Read More: Countries Pursue National and Regional Actions on Land Degradation Monitoring and Restoration
April_2016: Capacity development efforts by the Action Against Desertification (AAD) programme in West Africa, the first-ever nationwide assessment of contaminated soil in Serbia, a handbook for community restoration of degraded coastal dune ecosystems in the Mexican state of Veracruz, and cost-benefit analyses of sustainable soil fertility management practices in Kenya are among recently-announced initiatives to boost local monitoring of land degradation and desertification as well as community-level adaptation efforts. continued...
Water and SanitationWater and Sanitation News
ESCAP Toolkit Builds Capacity for Flood Forecasting and Early Warning
Read More: ESCAP Toolkit Builds Capacity for Flood Forecasting and Early Warning
25_April_2016: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched a toolkit to help flood management practitioners in transboundary river basins improve their flood forecasting and early warning capabilities, drawing on real-time satellite data and flood modeling techniques. continued...
Natural Resources Natural Resources Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
IUFRO ALL Division Meeting – Division 7 Forest Health Istanbul, Turkey 25 Apr - 29 Apr
CBD 20th Meeting of SBSTTA and First Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation Montreal, Quebec, Canada 25 Apr - 6 May
First Meeting of the Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of the High Andean Flamingos and their Habitats Cusco, Peru 26 Apr - 28 Apr
Fourth African Regional Conference on Irrigation and Drainage (ARCID) Aswan City, Egypt 26 Apr - 28 Apr
Third Meeting of the CFS OEWG on Nutrition Rome, Lazio, Italy 29 Apr
Jump-starting the SDGs in Germany: Natural Resources and Sustainable Consumption and Production Berlin, Germany 2 May - 4 May
ADB Board of Governors 49th Annual Meeting Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany 2 May - 5 May
First Great Green Wall Global Conference Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal 2 May - 7 May
Forest Carbon Partnership Facility PC21 Washington D.C., US 3 May - 5 May
30th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Europe Alanya, Antalya, Turkey 4 May - 6 May
Climate Action 2016 Washington D.C., US 5 May - 6 May
33rd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC 33) Rome, Lazio, Italy 9 May - 13 May
15th Session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues New York City, US 9 May - 20 May
World Migratory Bird Day 2016 worldwide 10 May
2016 Potsdam Ocean Governance Workshop Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany 12 May - 13 May
 
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