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Guest Article #43: Making Access and Benefit-sharing Work for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

The ‘Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization' to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been hailed as a giant step towards the implementation of the third objective of the CBD: the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources, including by appropriate access to them. Implementing this third objective will contribute, it is hoped, to the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of its components, the other two objectives of the CBD.

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IPBES-3 Opens with Discussions on Work Programme [viewed]

ipbes12 January 2015: The third session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3) opened on 12 January 2015, in Bonn, Germany. Delegates heard opening statements from dignitaries, regional groups and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and discussed: organizational matters; membership of the Platform; credentials; and reports from the IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) members on implementing the work programme 2014–2018.

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FAO, GOF Announce 14 Regional ABNJ Leaders [viewed]

fao-gof-gefJanuary 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Ocean Forum (GOF) have announced the selection of 14 leaders for the first Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Regional Leaders Program. The program aims to strengthen the capacity of leaders from small island developing States (SIDS) and developing countries to more effectively participate in global and regional ABNJ processes and to address issues in marine ABNJ.

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Event: International Forests and Water Dialogue [viewed]

At the margins of the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC), this dialogue will convene under the theme, 'Forests USE water! And forest ecosystems PROVIDE water!' and focus on the links between water and forests including trade-offs and synergies between water yield and other forest ecosystem services. In addition, a five-year action plan will be launched to support and increase coordinated international and national action on forest-water linkages in science, policy, economics and forest practices. Participants will be able to actively contribute to the debate and to the five-year plan. The dialogue will be hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which is calling for abstracts, videos and posters.  

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Event: Third Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly [viewed]

The third Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly is scheduled for 22-24 June 2015, in Rome, Italy. The provisional agenda and further information will be communicated as per the Rules of Procedure.  

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Event: FAO Expert Workshop on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is convening an expert workshop within the framework of the project, ‘Strengthening Criteria and Indicators (C&I) for Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) and their use in Forest Policy and Practice'. The workshop will consider progress in project implementation, develop a roadmap for strengthening the use of C&I, and provide guidance on next steps for the project. The meeting is by invitation only.  

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ABNJ Tuna Project to Provide Guidance on Addressing IUU Fishing [viewed]

FAO29 December 2014: Implementing port State measures is critical for ensuring the sustainability of the world's tuna resources, according to the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Tuna Project. The project is preparing a publication that highlights the role of port State measures in addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in both national jurisdictions and the high seas.

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Event: Global Landscapes Forum 2015 [viewed]

The third annual Global Landscapes Forum will take place on 6 December 2015, in Paris, France, conciding with the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). A successor to past Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days, the Forum focuses on land use as a key sector for achieving global climate and sustainability goals, and brings together stakeholders from different land-use sectors. In previous years, Global Landscapes Forum coordinating partners have included the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).  

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FAO: Improved Crop Varieties, Eco-Friendly Farming Must Happen in Tandem [viewed]

FAO19 December 2014: More than 50 crop production specialists attended a meeting organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy, which concluded that cereal-based farming systems must be part of the transition to sustainable agriculture in order to meet the increased demand for maize, rice and wheat. FAO estimates that over the next 35 years, farmers will: have to increase annual production of these crops on more degraded farmland, and with less water, fossil fuel and agrochemicals; and face increased droughts, pest and disease threats, and extreme weather events brought on by climate change.

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Event: Third Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

The Third Global Scientific Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) is the result of a Netherlands-led initiative aimed at simultaneously addressing the themes of agriculture, food security and climate change. The Conference will continue the work of the first and second conferences, held in Wageningen, the Netherlands, in 2011, and Davis, California, US, in 2013. The initiative has structured its work around two parallel processes: one to address the science of CSA and the other to focus on policy. The conference, which will focus on vulnerable countries and populations, filling research gaps and closing the science-policy divide, will be an opportunity for researchers to update knowledge of CSA and make recommendations to policymakers. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the CGIAR Consortium are among the conference organizers.  

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