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IPBES Interim MEP Report Calls for Improved Member Selection [viewed]

ipbes9 May 2014: The Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), through Decision IPBES-2/2 (para 3), requested that the interim Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) prepare a report by June 2014, reflecting on “the lessons learned with regards to its functioning and how to improve it.” The report, now published, highlights nine lessons learned.

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Event: 72nd Session of the Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) will consider the 'Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy,' which consists of five pillars: sustainable production and consumption of forest products, a low carbon forest sector, decent green jobs in the forest sector, long term provision of forest ecosystem services, and policy development and monitoring of the forest sector in relation to a green economy. The workshop will also address forest resources assessment and reporting issues and develop guidance on implementation of the UNECE/ Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Integrated Programme of Work.  

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Mountain Partnership Highlights Importance of Mountains to Water and Ecosystems in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

Mountain Partnership7 May 2014: The Mountain Partnership has identified "water" and "ecosystems and biodiversity" as priority areas under which mountains should be included in the post-2015 development agenda.

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EU Program Applies Voluntary Guidelines to Strengthen Land Governance in Ten African Countries [viewed]

FAO EU16 April 2014: The EU has launched a program designed to improve the food security and land governance of family farmers in ten African countries. The project underscores the importance of secure land and resource tenure to the achievement of development goals.

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Forest Communicators Network Aims to Broaden Reach with Simpler Messaging [viewed]

forest-communicators-networkd29 April 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Team of Specialists on Forest Communication (also known as the Forest Communicators' Network or FCN) met to discuss opportunities and challenges for communicating on forest-related issues. The meeting stressed the importance of adapting messages to different audiences and focused on the best use of social media and innovative communication approaches.

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Workshop Addresses Earth Observations and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus [viewed]

fao-esa-gwsp27 March 2014: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted the Workshop on Earth Observations (EO) and the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus. Participants discussed: examples of EO contributions to WEF nexus assessments; information needs of WEF policy-makers; gaps in monitoring information and services that could be addressed by EO; and development of a synthesis report on the state of EO applications to WEF issues.

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AgWA Meeting Discusses Agricultural Water Management [viewed]

FAO20 March 2014: The Partnership for Agricultural Water for Africa (AgWA) Steering Committee and Partners Meeting took place recently to review AgWA activities from 2012-2013 and discuss activities for the period 2014-2015 and agree on how to move forward.

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Cubango-Okavango River Audit Released by FAO, OKACOM [viewed]

okacom-fao2014: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM) published a synthesis report on the Cubango-Okavango River Basin Water Audit (CORBWA) Project, which synthesizes sixteen basin and country-level thematic reports. The report includes an introduction presenting the basin and OKACOM, water audits and the methodology, other sections address: trends in water resources availability; water use in the Cubango-Okavango River Basin; the value and costs of water resources; the policy environment; policy options; and conclusions and recommendations.

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UN-REDD Highlights Agreement with Indigenous Peoples in Panama [viewed]

unredd29 April 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the first issue of its 2014 newsletter, which highlights an agreement between the National Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples in Panama (COONAPIP) and the Government of Panama's National Environment Authority (ANAM). 

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GSP ITPS Endorses Plans of Action on Soils Pillars [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)28 April 2014: At its Second Working Session, the Global Soil Partnership's (GSP) Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) endorsed Plans of Action for three Pillars on: promoting the sustainable management of soil resources (Pillar 1); encouraging investment, technical cooperation, policy and education awareness (Pillar 2); and on the harmonization of methods, measurements and indicators for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources (Pillar 5).

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