Cooperation & Partnerships

Forest and Farm Facility Grant Winners Plan for Strengthened Producer Organizations [viewed]

FAO29 January 2015: Winners of the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) call for proposals met to exchange experiences and discuss ways to strengthen the role of forest and farm producer organizations. Key issues discussed include: strengthening and linking global and regional networks, reflecting local realities in global policy, ensuring that global decisions are transmitted to local actors, and building capacity for communication and information sharing networks.

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Event: Webinar on Increasing Awareness of Soil Biodiversity and Carbon [viewed]

This webinar, titled “Learning from wetlands – the case for dry soils,” is being convened by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and Wetlands International. It aims to build knowledge and expand the understanding of policy and scientific issues related to reducing emissions from soil carbon based on lessons learned from peatlands and other wetlands. The webinar will address topics, such as: building scientific knowledge on soil carbon; establishing policy and regulatory frameworks; and implementing projects and programmes for reducing emissions. The webinar is targeted towards Focal Points, national biodiversity managers, sustainable land management (SLM) experts and other technical specialists in Africa. Outcomes include the identification of priority actions to enhance the consideration of soil biodiversity and carbon for implementing the CBD. Those who are interested should register before 6 February 2015.  

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Event: Second Meeting of the ITPGR Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of PGRFA [viewed]

The Committee will provide advice to the Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) on the coordination of the programme of work on sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other relevant processes, and the development of a toolbox on the sustainable use of PGRFA.  

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Guest Article #46: How to Translate REDD+ Benefit Sharing Practice into Policy: Seven Needs and Insights on How to Fulfill Them [viewed]

In 2010, when the international community decided to add the “+” to REDD in the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 16) Cancun Agreements, they expanded the focus of the REDD+ initiative to include not only reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, but also conservation and enhancement of forest stocks and sustainable forest management.

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CGRFA Finalizes State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources Report; Agrees on Guidelines on ABS and Genetic Diversity for Climate Adaptation [viewed]

cgrfa1526 January 2015: The fifteenth session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) addressed a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues, including: animal, forest and plant genetic resources; access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA); biodiversity and nutrition; and climate change and GRFA. The session was held from 19-23 January 2015, in Rome, Italy.

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Negotiations Consider Four Elements of Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

Post-2015 Development Agenda21 January 2015: At the first sessions of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, UN Member States and other participants addressed the four elements expected to comprise the new agenda: a declaration; a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, along with eventual indicators; their means of implementation (MOI) and a new Global Partnership for Development; and follow-up and review of implementation. The “stocktaking session” was the first of eight scheduled sessions to prepare the outcome that will be adopted at the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September 2015.

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Davos Session Focuses on Deforestation Free Supply Chains [viewed]

UNDP23 January 2015: Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) opened a drafting session discussion during the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos addressing the drivers of deforestation linked to agriculture. The event built on commitments made at the UN Climate Summit in New York, US towards deforestation free supply chains and considered how such commitments can be achieved when considering agricultural commodities.

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Event: ICLEI World Congress 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) World Congress will be held under the theme of 'Sustainable Solutions for an Urban Future' in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The week-long triennial event will include: the ICLEI Council Meeting; plenaries on trends and targets, financing, accelerating local action and the SDGs; and sessions on 'Urban China,' water and innovative city leaders. Alongside the Congress, parallel events are planned, including an Urban Nature Forum, Researchers' Symposium and technical site visits in the city of Seoul. An expected outcome of the Congress is the collation of local governments' proposals into coherent themes and agendas so that they may contribute to the international debate.  

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Event: Fourth GMS Environment Ministers Meeting [viewed]

The Asian Development Bank is organising this event in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on development in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), bringing together over 200 leading policy and decision makers from government and non-government organisations for a series of events on the theme, “Increasing Investments in Natural Capital in the GMS”. The three days of meetings will include a natural capital business forum, a biodiversity landscapes forum, a youth environment meeting and one-day natural capital dialogue. Environment ministers from the six GMS countries of China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam will meet on the third day.  

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Event: Central America and the Caribbean Soil Partnership Workshop (IYS 2015) [viewed]

This is one of a series of Regional Soil Partnership Workshops being convened as part of activities to commemorate the International Year of Soils 2015, under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP). One of the objectives of the workshops is to consolidate collaboration among Focal Points to the GSP. Activities during the workshops will include: establishing steering committees where these are not currently available; appointing chairs for working groups' pillars; and finalizing the regional implementation plans. This event is being organized as part of the International Year of Soils 2015.  

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