Intergovernmental Process

First Meeting of CELAC Environment Ministers Creates Working Group to Define Regional Agenda [viewed]

6 February 2012: The first Meeting of Environment Ministers of the recently constituted Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) has created a working group to define a regional environmental agenda. The Ministers also informally agreed to cooperate during the preparations for, and conduct of, the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20).

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CIFOR Assesses Indonesian Moratorium on Forest Concessions [viewed]

January 2012: Following the Indonesian Government's declaration in May 2011 of a two-year moratorium on new forest concession licences, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a working paper examining the significance of this moratorium on forest governance.

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CIFOR, UNODC Examine Measures to Control Illegal Logging in Indonesia [viewed]

January 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have released a working paper titled "Lessons for REDD+ from Measures to Control Illegal Logging in Indonesia," which examines the illegal logging context, including drivers, government regulations and moratoria, plantation development, certification options, and forest law enforcement and governance in Indonesia.

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CIFOR Examines Role of Indonesian Wetlands in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

January 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an information brief, titled "Addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation in tropical wetland ecosystems of Indonesia," which calls for research to address information and communication gaps related to land use and carbon dynamics.

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Event: Stakeholder Consultation Meeting on Agriculture Biotechnology in Africa [viewed]

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are hosting a stakeholder consultation meeting to present and discuss the findings and recommendations of a study on agriculture biotechnology for Africa. It is expected that participants will prioritize key areas to be addressed, as well as identify and agree on roles, responsibilities and resources needed to enhance support for data collection, capacity building, renewed cooperation on biotechnology in the region, and outreach and communication to the public at large.  

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CIFOR Newsletter Deconstructs COP 17 for Forests [viewed]

31 January 2012: The latest newsletter of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) provides an assessment of the outcomes of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), concluding that it delivered mixed results for forests.

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Inter-agency Report Focuses on the Green Economy in Marine Sectors [viewed]

25 January 2012: An inter-agency report, titled "Green Economy in a Blue World," concludes that the ecological health and economic productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems can be enhanced from well-managed marine sectors.

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Bioversity International Releases Manual on Dietary Diversity Projects [viewed]

January 2012: In a recently issued manual on "Improving nutrition with agricultural biodiversity," Bioversity International outlines approaches to implement field projects that assess and improve dietary diversity, as well as nutrition and health outcomes.

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Bioversity International, CIAT Release Online Reference for Genetic Resources in Guatemala [viewed]

January 2011: Bioversity International has developed and released a new online resource to facilitate the conservation and use of wild plant species in Guatemala that are related to cultivated crops. The conservation of crop wild relatives is important due to their role in breeding improved crop varieties that are hardier, more productive, more nutritious, more disease and drought resistant, and better adapted to climate change stresses.

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IFPRI Reviews Research That Has Provided Insights on Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

January 2012: Over recent years, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a series of highly cited reports on the potential effects of climate change on vulnerable populations, and opportunities for agriculture to contribute to mitigating climate change.

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