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Natural Resources Natural Resources News / 11 February 2016
BiodiversityBiodiversity Policy Update
Living in Harmony with Nature to Transform Our World: The CBD's Contribution to SDG Implementation
Stefan Jungcurt, Ph.D., Thematic Expert on Biodiversity, IISD Reporting Services (Germany) - Living in Harmony with Nature to Transform Our World: The CBD's Contribution to SDG Implementation
by Stefan Jungcurt, Ph.D., Thematic Expert on Biodiversity, IISD Reporting Services (Germany)

Part_1:_The CBD Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets Bottom-up implementation – the principle whereby countries select their own targets, strategies and reporting modalities for implementation – is a key feature of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). continued...
BiodiversityBiodiversity Policy Update
The LEO Portal: A New Way to Support MEA Implementation
Jennifer Allan, Writer/Editor, IISD Reporting Services - The LEO Portal: A New Way to Support MEA Implementation
by Jennifer Allan, Writer/Editor, IISD Reporting Services

In_September 2015, a new informational tool was launched that promises to help improve transparency and consistency among multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). The Law and Environment Ontology (LEO) Portal is a priority for the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Initiative, as it fills a need for a “controlled vocabulary” to facilitate searching, locating and retrieving MEA information. continued...
BiodiversityBiodiversity News
PARCC Project Links Climate Assessments and Biodiversity Protection in West Africa
Read More: PARCC Project Links Climate Assessments and Biodiversity Protection in West Africa
9_February 2016: An end-of-project workshop for partners of the Protected Areas Resilient to Climate Change (PARCC) explored how to use the results of new regional climate projections and in-depth vulnerability assessments to improve the management of protected areas in West Africa. The meeting took place in Banjul, The Gambia, from 24-29 January 2016. continued...
WAVES Series Showcases National Implementation of NCA
Read More: WAVES Series Showcases National Implementation of NCA
February_2016: Research teams from Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco have presented to policymakers the findings of the Global Development Network's (GDN) one-year project on natural resource and wealth accounting. The three project teams focused on, inter alia, coastal degradation, land and water use, and how resource depletion affects the economy. Participants, including from the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership, discussed lessons learned from the project, how to link the work with other initiatives, and how to bridge the gap between researchers and policymakers. continued...
BiodiversityBiodiversity News (continued)
Untapped Source of Wheat Diversity Offers Climate Adaptation Potential
Read More: Untapped Source of Wheat Diversity Offers Climate Adaptation Potential
10_February 2016: Researchers from Bioversity International and other research institutions have discovered a mostly unexplored source of wheat diversity that could offer valuable traits for improving resilience of wheat production to the impacts of climate change. continued...
UNEP, Partners Launch Kenya Green University Network
Read More: UNEP, Partners Launch Kenya Green University Network
5_February 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Kenya Green University Network (KGUN) to promote environmental and sustainability practices among Kenyan universities. The network will serve as a knowledge and innovation hub and support the sharing of best practices to support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change. continued...
ForestsForests News
CIFOR Publication Explores Impacts of Land-Use Changes in Tropical Landscapes
Read More: CIFOR Publication Explores Impacts of Land-Use Changes in Tropical Landscapes
February_2016: A new publication, titled ‘Agrarian change in tropical landscapes,' documents the results of a research project that explored what happens when significant environmental change occurs in forested tropical landscapes, primarily driven by agricultural development. Coordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a member of the CGIAR Consortium, the Agrarian Change project conducted in-depth studies of seven landscapes around the world that exhibit various scenarios of changing forest cover, agricultural modification, and integration with local and global commodity markets. continued...
LandLand News
African Union and FAO Expand Great Green Wall Partnership
Read More: African Union and FAO Expand Great Green Wall Partnership
5_February 2016: The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have launched a €41 million ‘Action Against Desertification' project that aims to support six African countries - Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal - with the large-scale restoration of production landscapes affected by desertification and land degradation. The project is funded under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) programme of support to the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. continued...
FAO Updates on Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines
Read More: FAO Updates on Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines
February_2016: The latest edition of the Governance of Tenure newsletter, produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), provides a roundup of trainings and consultative activities aimed at enhancing the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (Voluntary Guidelines). continued...
Natural Resources Natural Resources Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Seventh International Conference of the African Soil Science Society (ASSS) Ouagadougou, Kadiogo, Burkina Faso 7 Feb - 14 Feb
Workshop on Synergies among the Biodiversity-Related Conventions Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 8 Feb - 11 Feb
Africa Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia 9 Feb - 12 Feb
Sixth Global Meeting of the Farmers' Forum Rome, Lazio, Italy 15 Feb - 16 Feb
International Symposium on Agricultural Biotechnologies Rome, Lazio, Italy 15 Feb - 17 Feb
2nd Meeting of Signatories to the Migratory Sharks MOU San Jose, Costa Rica 15 Feb - 19 Feb
ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2016: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 15 Feb - 19 Feb
2016 GEF ECW for the Southern Africa Constituency Gaborone, South-East, Botswana 16 Feb - 19 Feb
39th Session of IFAD's Governing Council Rome, Lazio, Italy 17 Feb - 18 Feb
Stakeholder Days Prior to IPBES-4 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia 20 Feb - 21 Feb
CMS Expert Meeting on EBSAs TBA 22 Feb - 24 Feb
Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission - 26th Session Philippines 22 Feb - 26 Feb
Asia-Pacific Forestry Week Pampanga, Philippines 22 Feb - 26 Feb
Fourth Session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-4) Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia 22 Feb - 28 Feb
Second Meeting of the CFS OEWG on Nutrition Rome, Lazio, Italy 24 Feb
 
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