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GSP Holds African Training Workshops; Releases Online IYS Resources [viewed]

gsp_yisApril 2015: The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has made available a number of training materials as well as awareness raising resources as part of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. They include: ‘Symphony of the Soil,' a film exploring traditional knowledge as well as cutting-edge science; an infographic depicting important soil functions; and training materials on digital soil mapping used in capacity building workshops for African soil scientists.

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FAO and WWC Explore Future of Water for Agriculture [viewed]

fao_wwcApril 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Water Council (WWC) released a "white paper" on water use in agriculture, in anticipation of increases in water demand and food production goals to 2050. The policy paper was published as an input to the High Level Panel on Water for Food Security, held during the Seventh World Water Forum (WWF 7) in April 2015.

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Bioversity Examines Role of Biodiversity in Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalApril 2015: Bioversity International has released a brochure discussing the role of agricultural biodiversity at the genetic, species and landscape levels in climate-smart agriculture.

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WAVES Highlights African and Australian NCA-Related Events and Publications [viewed]

wavesApril 2015: The World Bank recently hosted a two-day event, titled 'Advancing Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) in Government, Business, and Finance: Theory, Practice and Enabling Conditions,' as reported in the April edition of the WAVES (Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services) newsletter. The meeting, which convened from 8-9 April 2015 in Washington DC, US, brought together representatives from the public, business and finance sectors to align approaches on accounting for natural capital, build consensus and establish priorities to work together.

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Saiga, Pelicans and Elephants in the CMS Spotlight [viewed]

CMSApril 2015: The Centre for Wild Animals of Kalmykia in the Russian Federation, a captive breeding center for Saiga Antelopes, has lost almost its entire stock of animals due to an unidentified disease, according to the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). From a captive population of more than 90 animals, only four individuals remain, including just one adult male. A 2014 drought along with supplementary feeding may have contributed to the loss.

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Event: World Forum on Ecosystem Governance [viewed]

The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is modeled after the World Economic Forum, but with a focus on the planet's natural capital. The Forum will periodically bring together world specialists and leaders to promote more effective governance to respond to ecosystem threats. The first event is the High Level Consultations from 25-27 June 2015 in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province, China, followed by the Young Professionals' Academy on 27 October 2015 in Beijing, China. The Technical Roundtable Discussions will be held 28-30 October 2015 in Beijing, China and will build around the guidance provided by the High Level Consultations. The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is a partnership of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), the Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA), and the Beijing Municipal Government. The 1st World Forum on Ecosystem Governance will serve as a pilot for an expanded Forum in 2017.  

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Event: Africa Weeks for the Animals [viewed]

The 6th Annual Africa Weeks for the Animals celebrates African animals by highlighting through various events wildlife, citizens, advocates, and organizations involved in the conservation and protection of African wildlife.  

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Event: Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop [viewed]

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat is convening the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop to support experts from national-level agencies of developing countries to contribute to enhanced implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets on marine and coastal areas. The workshop will focus on providing experts with the guidelines, information and tools to strengthen scientific and technical capacity on the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs), the application of the ecosystem approach and area-based management tools, including marine spatial planning, and the application of environmental impact assessments. Following the training, experts are expected to develop and implement training programmes in their countries.  

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Global Soil Week 2015: Healthy Soils and Land Justice Underpin Transformation to Sustainability [viewed]

global_soil_week24 April 2015: “A transformation towards sustainable soil management is possible if all actors are integrated in the search for solutions.” This statement was among concluding remarks made by Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Third Global Soil Week. Töpfer welcomed the contribution of the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting “this sends a strong signal” of the growing shift from silos towards "a systems approach” in addressing multiple agendas.

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LAC Region Discusses 'Blue Solutions' and Launches Project on BillFish Conservation [viewed]

common_ocean_blue_solutions22 April 2015: In April, the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region worked to advance coastal, marine and sustainable fisheries management through a forum convened by the Blue Solutions Initiative and the launch of the Caribbean Billfish Project by the Common Oceans Program, a Global Environment Facility-funded (GEF) initiative coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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