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International Mountain Day Celebrates Family Farming [viewed]

Mountain Partnership11 December 2014: International Mountain Day took place under the theme, ‘Farming in mountains, farming for families.' The Day, which focused on the contributions of mountain farming families to livelihoods, was also one of the last events celebrating the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF).

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IPBES Publishes Short Note on its Operating Principles [viewed]

ipbes10 December 2014: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has prepared a "short note" on how it ensures credibility, relevance, legitimacy and transparency through its rules of procedure and the processes approved by its Plenary.

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FAO Infographic Reveals Growing Agriculture and Livestock Emissions [viewed]

FAO9 December 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) published a factsheet on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU), which highlights global emissions of about 10 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. These emissions are not offset by the two billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent removed from the atmosphere by forests and land, according to the infographic.

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ITPGR Holds Regional Workshops for Benefit-Sharing Fund Project Applicants [viewed]

ITPGRDecember 2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) organized a series of regional workshops for those preparing to submit full proposals to be funded under the third cycle of the Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund.

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Iraq Joins ITPGR [viewed]

ITPGRDecember 2014: Iraq has acceded to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), bringing the number of parties to 133.

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Syr Darya Basin Focus of Push for Transboundary Cooperation [viewed]

UNECE-FAO-Global Water Partnership4 December 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) convened an assessment workshop for the Syr Darya Basin covering Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The assessment is part of the ‘nexus approach' designed to link water, food security and energy.

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FAO Reveals Forestry Decline over Previous Decade [viewed]

FAODecember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a Forest Finance Working Paper on the contribution of the forestry sector to employment, value-added, and export earnings at global, regional and national levels. Overall, the report states that in 2011, the global export of forest products reached about US$421 billion.

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ABNJ Tuna Project Launches Shark Assessment and Management Activities [viewed]

FAO8 December 2014: The Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Tuna project launched its shark and bycatch activities at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Annual Meeting in Apia, Samoa. The project aims to reduce the impact of tuna fisheries on marine ecosystems, support implementation of sustainable, efficient fisheries management practices and reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing through strengthened and harmonized monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS).

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Global Landscapes Forum Launches Initiatives and Publications [viewed]

cifor-undp-fao-unep7 December 2014: The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), which convened the 6-7 December 2014 at the margins of the twentieth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), launched a number of major publications and initiatives while bringing together 1500 experts to discuss the role of landscapes approaches in addressing climate change and meeting sustainable development goals.

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IAEA, FAO Use Nuclear Techniques to Combat Soil Degradation [viewed]

fao-iaea4 December 2014: A number of projects utilizing nuclear techniques and undertaken jointly by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have led to a significant decrease in soil degradation in several countries. Such techniques can help protect soil from degradation, which affects 1.9 billion hectares of land or 65% of global soil resources, according to IAEA, which also estimates that soil erosion, the main driver of degradation, results in an annual loss of 75 billion tons of fertile soil, and costs approximately US$400 billion annually.

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