Guest Article #54: IPBES to Release its First Assessment Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production [viewed]

A bit of history

The Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was established in Panama in 2012 by over 100 governments. The aim of IPBES, like its older sister the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is to critically review available knowledge and to provide this knowledge to policy makers, in response to their request, in order to inform decision making. The focus of IPBES is on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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Policy Update #17: Living in Harmony with Nature to Transform Our World: The CBD's Contribution to SDG Implementation [viewed]

Part II: The Role of CBD National Reporting for Integrated SDG Implementation

Next to bottom-up implementation, another key feature of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is integration. The targets under the SDGs deliberately refer to multiple goals and different issue areas to facilitate mainstreaming across sectors and policy coherence in implementation. The second installment of this two-part policy update explores how implementation action and reporting under the CBD Strategic Plan can support this objective.

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December 2015-February 2016 NAMA Update [viewed]

nama_update14 February 2016: This update provides information about individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, and related support, publications and events for the period from December 2015 to mid-February 2016. During this period, NAMAs registered as seeking support included ones on rural electrification in the Gambia and efficient use of biomass in Georgia. NAMAs in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), Vanuatu, Peru, Colombia, Kenya and China received support. Several reports, guides and other publications on NAMAs were also launched during this period.

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FOREST EUROPE Publishes Expert Studies on Forest Genetic Resources [viewed]

foresteuropeFebruary 2016: The European Forest Genetic Resources Programme (EUFORGEN), operating in the framework of FOREST EUROPE, has published a series of studies on genetic conservation, genetic monitoring, use and transfer of forest reproductive material, forest genetic resource conservation in the climate change context, and policy implications.

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Policy Update #16: Living in Harmony with Nature to Transform Our World: The CBD's Contribution to SDG Implementation [viewed]

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).

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CIFOR Publication Explores Impacts of Land-Use Changes in Tropical Landscapes [viewed]

agrarian_change_tropical_landscapesFebruary 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.

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FAO Updates on Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines [viewed]

governance_tenure_feb2016February 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).

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Untapped Source of Wheat Diversity Offers Climate Adaptation Potential [viewed]

plant_biotechnology_journal10 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.

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UNEP, Zayed International Foundation Partner on Green Economy Textbook [viewed]

unep_zayed29 January 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment will produce an international textbook on inclusive green economy, covering macroeconomic theory and specific sectoral policies. The textbook will provide researchers with a comprehensive analytical framework for studying green economy and will contain regional perspectives to enable policy design.

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"Little" Book Supports Sustainable Landscape Management [viewed]

little_sustainable_bookJanuary 2016: 'The Little Sustainable Landscapes Book: Achieving sustainable development through integrated landscape management' aims to clarify and disseminate sustainable landscape management methods and catalyze their implementation across private and public sectors worldwide. The book was produced by experts from the Global Canopy Programme (GCP), EcoAgriculture Partners, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), with additional support and funding from diverse bilateral and multilateral development agencies.

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