Publication

Policy Update #8: Do We Need a New Treaty to Protect Biodiversity in the Deep Seas? [viewed]

For ten years negotiators in New York have been debating, under the aegis of the UN General Assembly, the need for a new international agreement to protect biodiversity in the deep seas. A final decision is expected by the end of 2015, following key negotiations on 20-23 January 2015 on the feasibility, scope and parameters of a new treaty.

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Scientists Warn: Four Planetary Boundaries Crossed [viewed]

Stockholm Resilience Center16 January 2015: A team of 18 researchers has published findings that human activity has now moved the Earth beyond four of the nine planetary boundaries identified by scientists in 2009. The transgressed boundaries are: climate change; loss of biosphere integrity; land-system change; and altered biogeochemical cycles (phosphorus and nitrogen). The team's paper was published in Science on 16 January 2015.

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FAO Stresses Genetic Diversity in Coping with Climate Change [viewed]

copingclimatechange19 January 2015: Genetic resources have a critical role to play in feeding the world, especially as climate change advances, according to a book titled 'Coping with Climate Change: The Roles of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.' The book was released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), led by its Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA).

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ITTO TTM Highlights Drastic Increase in China's Redwood Imports [viewed]

Itto16 January 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 1-15 January issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, highlighting a dramatic increase in redwood imports to China, with October 2014 values more than twice the figures in the same period of 2013. The report also notes that the export of redwood furniture from China only increased by 18% between 2013 and 2014.

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Biovision Paper Outlines Concerns on Food and Nutrition Security in Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

Biovision14 January 2014: Biovision-Foundation for Ecological Development has published a discussion paper outlining the priorities of several organizations for the final stage of the post-2015 negotiations, including on means of implementation, finance, monitoring and accountability, indicators, and goals and targets.

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CCAFS, CTA Demonstrate Value of Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa [viewed]

CGIAR CCAFS15 January 2015: The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) released a book highlighting climate-smart agricultural practices across Africa, based on eight case studies. The book intends to increase awareness of, and support for, agricultural approaches that improve livelihoods and enhance food security while contributing to climate change mitigation.

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Global Soil Partnership Newsletter Focuses on UN World Soil Day [viewed]

globalsoilpartnershipDecember 2014: The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has released the fifth edition of its newsletter celebrating the first official UN World Soil Day, which was held on 5 December 2014 in more than 80 countries, and the launch of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015 with events held in Rome, Italy; New York, US; Bangkok, Thailand; and Santiago, Chile.

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CIFOR Identifies Obstacles to Carbon Accounting for Charcoal [viewed]

CIFOR12 January 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a report examining data needs for estimating the contribution of charcoal production and consumption to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The study focuses on Zambia but notes that charcoal is used for cooking by millions of people across Africa.

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ICLEI-CBC Releases Report on Biodiversity Summit 2014 [viewed]

iclei-cbc6 January 2015: Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) - Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC) released the report of the 2014 Cities and Subnational Governments Biodiversity Summit. The Summit was held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, in parallel to the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12).

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COMIFAC Quarterly Report Highlights Biodiversity-Related Activities [viewed]

COMIFACJanuary 2015: The Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) released a summary of its activities covering the period July to September 2014. The summary highlights progress in the implementation of the COMIFAC ‘Convergence Plan' including the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework.

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