Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

IASS Policy Brief Highlights Land and Soil Linkages in Nine SDGs [viewed]

iass_global_soil_forum22 April 2015: A policy brief by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, titled ‘Grounding the post-2015 Development Agenda: Options for the protection of our precious soil and land resources,' highlights the crucial roles that soils and land will play in achieving at least nine of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and suggests options for monitoring, follow-up, and review of soil- and land-related targets.

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Global Soil Week Side Event Discusses Benefits of Sustainable Rangeland Management [viewed]

eld-iucn-fao22 April 2015: A side event convened by partner organizations involved in the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative (ELD) at the 3rd Global Soil Week reviewed preliminary economic valuations conducted in Mali, Jordan and Sudan that quantified the economic costs and benefits of ecosystem services derived from implementing sustainable management practices such as agroforestry, restoration and planned grazing management at the landscape level.

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Global Soil Week Considers Role of Soil Carbon in Uniting Post-2015 Land, Soil Science and Climate Agendas [viewed]

global_soil_unccd21 April 2015: A focus on soil carbon sequestration could offer a common entry point for improved collaboration among science-policy bodies dealing with different aspects of land management, soil science and climate change. These were among the conclusions of a joint session led by the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) on the opening day of the Third Global Soil Week.

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Beating Famine Conference Discusses Upscaling of Evergreen Agriculture in African Drylands [viewed]

beating_famine21 April 2015: The Beating Famine Southern Africa Conference, held 14-17 April 2015, in Lilongwe, Malawi, explored strategies for expanding farmer-managed natural regeneration, alongside other sustainable land management practices, to help smallholder farmers boost their productivity and resilience to climate change. The conference also discussed ways to align these strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other international aspirations, while preserving a “unique Southern African voice.”

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Technical Study on Synthetic Biology [viewed]

cdb_8220 April 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a report that discusses the potential positive and negative impacts of synthetic biology on biodiversity, and assesses the adequacy of the Convention and other risk assessment and regulatory regimes to address these impacts.

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Bioversity Shares Draft on Mutually Supportive Implementation of ITPGR and Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalApril 2015: Bioversity International has shared a discussion draft exploring the mutually supportive implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS). The draft was developed through a series of interactions involving the national focal points for the ITPGR and the Nagoya Protocol, experts and stakeholders.

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World Water Forum Focuses on Implementation, Commits to “Getting on with the Job” [viewed]

7_world_water_forum17 April 2015: The world's largest water meeting, the Seventh World Water Forum, concluded with a fresh commitment to action towards four overarching goals: water security for all; water for development and prosperity; water for sustainability; and constructing feasible implementation mechanisms.

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ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund Project Supports Peruvian Potato Farmers [viewed]

ITPGR8 April 2015: A project supported by the Benefit-Sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has helped more than 440 Peruvian potato farmers conserve and manage their native potato varieties through the establishment of seed orchards in 23 communities as well as through other activities.

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CBD Secretariat Surveying National Approaches on Assessing Progress towards Aichi Targets [viewed]

CBD2 April 2015: In preparation for the meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated a survey, conducted in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), to collect information related to the different approaches used by Parties to assess national progress towards the achievement of the Aichi biodiversity targets, as well as on the use of global-level data to support monitoring of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

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Event: CBD AHTEG on Indicators for the Strategic Plan on Biodiversity [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 is expected to: identify a small set of measurable potential indicators to monitor global progress towards achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and prepare guidance on the different types of indicators and approaches used to monitor progress in implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity at regional, national and sub-national levels.  

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