Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

ITTO Announces Additional Funding for Forest Monitoring in the Amazon [viewed]

ITTO logo12 June 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) announced the continuation of the project on ‘Monitoring deforestation, logging and land use change in the Pan Amazonian Forest – PANAMAZON II,' which supports monitoring of forest cover in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.

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UNFF11 Bureau Announced [viewed]

Unff11 June 2013: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has announced the members of the bureau for its eleventh meeting (UNFF11) to be held in 2015 under the theme ‘Forests: progress, challenges and the way forward for the international arrangement on forests.'

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UNCCD Announces Semi-Finalists for Land for Life Award, Invites Photo Submissions [viewed]

UNCCD logo10 June 2013: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the semi-finalists for the 2013 Land for Life Award. The three winners will be announced on 17 June, World Day to Combat Desertification. In addition, the Secretariat has invited submissions for its third photography contest.

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COMIFAC Engages Community Radio in Forest Certification [viewed]

COMIFAC10 June 2013: The Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) announced the launch of a project to engage community radio stations in awareness raising and the promotion of forest certification in the Congo Basin.

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FAO Launches Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook [viewed]

FAO6 June 2013: As part of its efforts to address knowledge gaps and support the implementation of climate-smart agriculture, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a sourcebook on climate-smart agriculture approaches.

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UNEP-WCMC Prepares Publication on Measuring and Reporting Progress under the UNCCD [viewed]

improving-measurement-and-reporting-of-progress6 June 2013: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has prepared a publication, titled 'Improving Measurement and Reporting of Progress for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD),' which presents the UNCCD's experience with introducing the Performance Review and Assessment of Implementation System (PRAIS).

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ITTO TTM Reports on Reduced Timber Demand in the EU [viewed]

Itto1 June 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has launched the 16-31 May issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report. The report highlights stories on slumping timber demand in the European Union (EU) leading to a stall of the planned expansion of the forestry industry in West Africa. In contrast, the report states that exports of pine sawnwood from Brazil have increased, while in China emphasis within timber trade has shifted to short-term agreements to avoid currency volatility.

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Event: Fifth Session of the ITPGR Governing Body [viewed]

The fifth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will address, among other issues: implementation of the Treaty's Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS), including reviews and assessment under the MLS and implementation of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA); implementation of the ITPGR Funding Strategy; sustainable use of plant genetic resources; Farmers' Rights; implementation of the Global Information System; operation of the Third Party Beneficiary; and Work Programme and Budget for the 2014/2015 biennium. The meeting will be preceded by two days of regional consultations on 22-23 September 2013.  

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CBD Secretariat Launches Survey to Assess Effectiveness of Biosafety Protocol [viewed]

CBD28 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to complete a survey to gather information for the second assessment and review of the Protocol's effectiveness.

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Trondheim Conference Focuses on Biodiversity Mainstreaming [viewed]

Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity31 May 2013: Hosted by the Norwegian Government in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank, the seventh Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity was held from 27-31 May 2013, in Trondheim, Norway, under the title 'Ecology and Economy for a Sustainable Society.'

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