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FAO and ITTO Discuss PES in Tropical Forests [viewed]

ITTO FAO11 April 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the National Forestry Financing Fund (FONAFIFO) of Costa Rica convened a workshop on payments for environmental services (PES) aimed at building understanding of the importance of PES in tropical forests, and sharing best practices and lessons learned.

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FAO Data Show Rising Agriculture Emissions, Declining Net Land-use Change Emissions [viewed]

FAO11 April 2014: Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries and other land uses (AFOLU) have doubled over the past fifty years, according to estimates released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). Without increased efforts to address and reduce these emissions, the FAO cautions that emissions could increase an additional 30% by 2050.

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IFPRI Paper Outlines Agricultural Strategies for Coping with Climate Change [viewed]

ifpri-fao-cgiarApril 2014: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) released a discussion paper that identifies climate adaptation strategies for agricultural systems, with the aim of achieving food security and reducing poverty. The paper discusses how to transform crop, fisheries, forests and livestock systems under a changing climate and identifies ways the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and CGIAR can support such changes.

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Event: Seventh Executive Forest Policy Course: People, Land Use and Forestry in the Pacific – Policy Challenges in the 21st Century [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC), is organizing this course to: provide information on the impacts of global change and processes on forestry in the Pacific region; share experiences of integrated land use as it impacts sustainable land management (SLM); and facilitate the development of tools for policy analysis adapted to the Pacific.  

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Event: First Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS [viewed]

Established by the fifth session of the Governing Body to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS) of the ITPGR, at its first meeting, will examine: factors leading to the current short-fall of income to the Benefit-sharing Fund; innovative approaches already identified; further possible innovative approaches; the concepts involved in revisiting Articles 6(7), 6(8) and 6(11) of the standard Material Transfer Agreement and their inter-relationship; and other measures that can enhance monetary benefit-sharing. The meeting will be preceded by a day of regional consultations, held on 13 May.  

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Event: World Mountain Forum 2014 [viewed]

The World Mountain Forum 2014 (WMF 2014) will showcase and discuss available local, regional and global experiences in mountain development, as well as identify likely opportunities and challenges for the future of sustainable mountain development. The meeting's outcomes are meant to feed into and inform, inter alia, the discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda process. The WMF 2014 will cover the following topics: family farming, water and food security; climate change; mountain cities; and mountain communities.  

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African Range States Adopt Casablanca Declaration on CITES Shark and Manta Ray Listings [viewed]

FAO CITES9 April 2014: The 'Regional Consultative Workshop on Capacity Assessments for the Implementation of New CITES Listings of Sharks and Manta Rays' brought together fisheries authorities from ten States and concluded with the adoption of the Casablanca Declaration. The Declaration presents a road map for implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) listings of sharks and manta rays that were adopted at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) in March 2013. 

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IMO Environment Committee Considers Ballast Water Systems, Ship Recycling Convention [viewed]

IMO10 April 2014: The 66th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) granted Basic Approval to four, and Final Approval to two, ballast water management systems that make use of Active Substances. The Committee also reviewed work under the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009.

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UNESCO-IOC Forecasting Harmful Algal Blooms [viewed]

UNESCO IOC9 April 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC) is working to forecast the occurrence of harmful algal blooms (HABs), toxic species often described as red tides. HABs threaten desalination efforts and water security as well as the economy and health of arid nations, according to UNESCO.

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FAO Identifies Opportunities for Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Latin America [viewed]

FAO8 April 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report documenting agriculture within and around 10 major cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Titled, 'Growing Greener Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean,' the report explores the status of and ways to promote urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) in the region. 

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