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CMS Announces Launch of Migratory Landbirds Study Group [viewed]

CMS29 March 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced the launch of the Migratory Landbirds Study Group (MLSG). The Group will identify primary research and monitoring gaps in support of the CMS Migratory Landbirds Action Plan. 

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OECPR Meets to Prepare for First UNEA Session [viewed]

First UNEA Session28 March 2014: The Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened for the first time, in preparation for the first UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UNEP  in June 2014. Delegates did not approve any draft decisions, but will continue inter-sessional work to finalize several areas, including UNEP's Programme of Work, budget, and a draft stakeholder engagement policy.

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Expert Meeting Proposes Land Target for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

Global Land Indicator Initiative28 March 2014: Participants at an Expert Group Meeting on Land Indicators, organized by the Global Land Indicator Initiative (GLII), agreed on a Communiqué on land indicators. The Communiqué proposes a land target and two indicators for inclusion in the post-2015 development agenda.

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FAO Africa Regional Conference Tracks Continental Trends in Food and Nutrition [viewed]

FAO28 March 2014: Though seven of the ten fastest growing economies of the world are in Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) notes that the continent has made the least progress in reducing poverty in comparison to South Asia and Latin America. Against this backdrop, FAO hosted the 28th Regional Conference for Africa, which focused on identifying actions to accelerate economic transformation and investment in sustainable agriculture centered on smallholder farmers, including youth and women.

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Experts Meet to Develop Action Plan for Pacific Loggerhead Turtle [viewed]

CMS27 March 2014: Fifteen experts convened to develop a Single Species Action Plan for the Pacific Loggerhead Turtle, agreeing that key threats to this species include bycatch in fisheries, entanglement and ingestion of marine debris. 

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FAO and Guatemala Partner for Forests, Food Security and Livelihoods [viewed]

FAO27 March 2014: On the occasion of the International Day of Forests, the Government of Guatemala and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced a number of agreements to strengthen links between forests and trees and food security, climate change responses, and sustainable development.

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GEF-UNDP Project Conserves Marine Biodiversity, Supports Sustainable Livelihoods in Malaysia [viewed]

GEF UNDP27 March 2014: Tioman Island, Malaysia, has adopted a "reef etiquette" philosophy following a six-year project financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The project expanded Malaysia's marine park system by 6,400 hectares and addressed illegal fishing and relationships between local communities and conservation authorities.

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Rome-Based Agencies Recommend Five Targets on FSN, Agriculture [viewed]

WFP FAO IFAD27 March 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have recommended five targets on food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture for the post-2015 development agenda.

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FOREST EUROPE Reports on Forest and Water Meeting [viewed]

iufro-forest-fao-icraf26 March 2014: FOREST EUROPE has reported on the outcomes of the workshop ‘Forests and Water: From Research to Application,' which discussed the relationship between water and forests, and the future of international agreements on these issues.

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UNESCO AfriMAB Book Showcases Biosphere Reserves in Africa [viewed]

UNESCO26 March 2014: The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and Biosphere (MAB) regional network for Africa, AfriMAB, has announced the release of a book that showcases experiences from nine African countries in the management of Biosphere reserves. The 21 papers included in the publication seek to exchange knowledge, share experiences and guide implementation of the MAB programme in developing countries.

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