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Guest Article #57: Forest and Farm Producer Organizations: An Operating System for the Sustainable Development Goals [viewed]

In the village of Thach Ngoa, Viet Nam, members of a small producer group of forest farmers are seeing big returns on a winning decision to start distilling oil from the local star anise tree. The oil is a major source of shikimic acid, an important component in anti-influenza drugs, making star anise a valuable forest crop. Following training by the Viet Nam National Farmers Union, group members have invested more than €2,000 in distillation equipment and are making a good profit, selling to provinces bordering China as well as local buyers. After just one year, some 30 people are now employed collecting fruit, working in the plant and selling the oil.

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Expert Workshop Addresses Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

fao_workshop24 May 2016: An international expert workshop produced a six-point plan to strengthen collaboration on the use of criteria and indicators to guide and track progress towards sustainable forest management, calling for joint work on a set of global forest indicators and for better integration of criteria and indicators into policy and planning.

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UNEP Report Outlines Contributions to Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

contributions-unep-strategic-plan-biodivMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report outlining the actions it has taken in support of implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi targets over the period 2013-2016, including examples drawn from a number of projects and initiatives contributing to one or multiple targets.

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FAO Report Highlights Potential of Dryland Fisheries to Support Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

fao_fisheries14 June 2016: Small-scale dryland fisheries resources have the potential to contribute to ending hunger and promoting local food security and nutrition, according to a report, titled 'Fisheries in the Drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa: Fish Come with the Rains,' published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The report documents the resilience of fish resources to climatic variability and identifies opportunities for designing and implementing policies and programmes to reduce food insecurity and conflicts in Africa's dryland environments.

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CFS Working Group Finalizes Draft Guidelines on Connecting Smallholders to Markets [viewed]

CFS9 June 2016: Held under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Connecting Smallholders to Markets finalized a set of draft recommendations to governments aiming to address key challenges in and opportunities for improving the access of smallholder farmers to markets. The draft recommendations will be forwarded the to the 43rd Plenary Session of the CFS in October 2016.

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Alicia Bárcena Named IRP Co-Chair [viewed]

irp8 June 2016: Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), was appointed co-chair of the International Resource Panel (IRP), a body of natural resource scientists and experts hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Bárcena will co-chair the panel with Janez Potočnik, former EU Commissioner for the Environment and IRP co-chair since 2014.

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GEF Council Marks 25th Anniversary, Approves Work Program for US$398.68 Million, CBIT Trust Fund [viewed]

gef509 June 2016: The 50th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, which marked the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the GEF, approved a Work Program comprising 38 project concepts and four programmatic frameworks, with total resources amounting to US$398.68 million. In addition, the GEF Council established a new trust fund for the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT), which was created in response to a request by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, as reflected in the decision adopting the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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UNEP Report Examines Marine Litter in Caribbean Region [viewed]

cep71June 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report, titled ‘Regional Action Plan for Marine Litter (RAPMaLi) for the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) 2014,' in concert with World Oceans Day. The RAPMaLi aims to provide a comprehensive toolkit to assist small island developing States (SIDS) to incorporate waste management across all sectors.

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Event: 49th Session of the IOC Executive Council [viewed]

The 49th Session of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission's (UNESCO-IOC) Executive Council will review the Commission's work plans within the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and the SAMOA Pathway. The Council meets once per biennium.  

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World Oceans Day Raises Awareness on Plastic Pollution, SDG 14 [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2016: The world celebrated World Oceans Day under the theme, ‘Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.' Events around the world aimed to promote the prevention of plastic pollution in the world's oceans, and highlighted the role of healthy oceans in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 calls to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."

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