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IUFRO World Congress Welcomes New President, Presents Declaration [viewed]

Iufro11 October 2014: The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) has concluded its 24th World Congress, convened under the theme, ‘Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People – the Role of Research.' The 'Salt Lake City Declaration' was presented at the conclusion.

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International Organizations Call for Research on Ebola and Wildlife Links [viewed]

iucn-cbd-grasp-cifor8 October 2014: On the occasion of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), Jane Smart, Global Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s Biodiversity Conservation Group, highlighted the links between the spread of Ebola and biodiversity loss. The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have also announced calls and support for research into the links between bushmeat consumption and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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CIFOR Calls for Social Equity in PES [viewed]

CIFOR8 October 2014: In an assessment of payments for ecosystem services (PES) mechanisms, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) concludes that social equity issues are often overlooked. The study, titled 'Social Equity Matters in Payments for Ecosystem Services,' finds that in an effort to maximize efficiency and the use of budgets, conservation outcomes may actually be put at risk.

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UNEP-WCMC Models Policy Scenarios for Land, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in East Africa [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc6 October 2014: A workshop by the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and partners on scenario-guided policy analysis concluded that there is a need for increased integration between plans for agricultural development and environmental management. The workshop, which focused on the future of development, food security and the environment under climate change in East Africa, meant to identify important future policy questions for the region guided by research, and more specifically, modeling.

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Event: IFPRI Workshop on Biofuels and Food Security Interactions [viewed]

This workshop, organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), will explore present and future interactions between biofuels and food security, and draw lessons from analysis and field experience relevant for project developers, researchers and policymakers. The event will be organized around six discussion topics: economic security and development; energy security; environmental security; biofuels and food price volatility; institutional aspects, innovation and consequences of inaction; and integration and cross-cutting issues. Aimed at participants from the academia, international organizations active in the field, governmental organizations, the private sector and other interested parties, the workshop will seek to identify areas of consensus regarding barriers, gaps and opportunities related to: the assessment of biofuel-food security interactions; and recommendations for future research and implementation.  

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EUFORGEN Celebrates 20 Years of Protecting Forest Genetic Diversity [viewed]

euforgen-bioversity-europefoests7 October 2014: The European Forest Genetic Resources Programme (EUFORGEN) celebrated its 20th anniversary, highlighting significant achievements such as the adoption and implementation of the pan-European genetic conservation strategy for forest trees and the establishment of tree genetic resource in situ conservation sites.

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IFPRI, AfDB Publish Review of GM Crops in Africa [viewed]

ifpri-afdbOctober 2014: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and African Development Bank (AfDB) have released a report detailing the current status of biotechnology in Africa, with particular focus on genetically modified (GM) crops. The report, titled 'GM Agricultural Technologies for Africa: A State of Affairs,' considers the potential pros and cons of expanding Africa's currently limited use of GM crops and outlines the barriers to their adoption.

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Database Provides Genetic Markers for Tropical Trees [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)17 September 2014: An interactive open-access database, called tropiTree, provides detailed information on genetic markers for 24 species of trees, which are important to smallholders in tropical agroforestry systems. Reduced sequencing costs made the development of the genetic markers in the database possible for ‘non-model' (or genetically under-researched) species.

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Bioversity Brochure Highlights Contributions to Aichi Targets [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalOctober 2014: Bioversity International has released a brochure on its contributions to the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The brochure highlights partnerships with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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IWMI Study Analyzes Cost Recovery in Large-Scale Irrigation Systems [viewed]

IWMI logo24 September 2014: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a report, titled ‘Revitalizing Canal Irrigation: Towards Cost Recovery.'

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