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FAO Explores Bio-Based Packaging for Food and Drinks [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), during the preparatory meeting for the 56th meeting of the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-Based Industries (ACSFI), discussed ongoing work on bio-based packaging for saving food and greening the food and drinks supply chain (FDSC).

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Event: FAO and UNECE Workshop: More Heat with Less Wood [viewed]

This workshop will address the challenges of fostering sustainable firewood use for heating and cooking in households of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region. It will provide a platform for exchanging experiences throughout the region on how to improve wood energy applications, and participants will be invited to develop guidance for providing an enabling policy framework to optimize the use of wood as a clean and healthy source of energy for households. The workshop will result in two outcomes: a collection of best practices; and a roadmap for policy makers. Participants will review and discuss the draft documents, which will be provided prior to the workshop. Participants from development agencies, academia, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations addressing heating and cooking are expected to attend the workshop. A parallel exhibition will raise awareness regarding the complexity of, and potential improvement in, firewood use in households, including regarding health and resource efficiency. It will showcase the different aspects of efficient firewood use in households, encouraging people to learn about wood, where its energy is stored, how it is transformed to heat and how to preserve this heat for household use.  

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Event: CGRFA Special Event: Food Security and Genetic Diversity [viewed]

The objectives of this special event organized in conjunction with the fifteenth session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) are to raise awareness on the importance and contribution of genetic resources to food security and its different dimensions, and share experiences regarding the impacts of, as well as challenges and opportunities in, integrating biodiversity and genetic resources into national food security and nutrition objectives.  

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Photos Selected for 'Soils through Youth's Eyes' 2015 Calendar [viewed]

ypardJanuary 2015: As part of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) held a photo contest for a 2015 calendar based on the theme ‘Soils through Youth's Eyes.' The aim of the contest was to engage youth and have them illustrate the importance of this issue, from their own perspective.

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Global Soil Partnership Newsletter Focuses on UN World Soil Day [viewed]

globalsoilpartnershipDecember 2014: The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has released the fifth edition of its newsletter celebrating the first official UN World Soil Day, which was held on 5 December 2014 in more than 80 countries, and the launch of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015 with events held in Rome, Italy; New York, US; Bangkok, Thailand; and Santiago, Chile.

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Event: An Introduction to the What, Why and How of Forest Governance Assessment [viewed]

This World Bank e-institute online webinar explains the 3-pillar framework for forest governance developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Program on Forests (PROFOR). Targeting REDD+ and Forest Investment Program (FIP) practitioners, the webinar aims to increase understanding of forest governance, build capacity for conducting and assessing forest governance and identify opportunities for stakeholder engagement.  

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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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