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Mediterranean SCP Center Documents PCBs Applications, Advises on Waste Management [viewed]

SCP/RAC6 May 2015: The Regional Activity Center for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) has compiled applications of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) for owners and public officials, as part of its collaboration with the PCBs component of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded MedPartnership project for the Environmentally Sound Management of equipment, stocks and wastes containing or contaminated by PCBs in national electricity companies of Mediterranean countries. The SCP/RAC is a Stockholm Convention Regional Center, focusing on cooperation with Mediterranean countries.

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Event: United Nations Environment Programme Stakeholder Forum: Ottawa [viewed]

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for North America is hosting a stakeholder

forum at the University of Ottawa on 26 May 2015. The session will address UNEP's contributions to the United

Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process. It will also inform participants

about the implementation of key decisions from the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), including resolutions regarding air quality, chemicals with a focus on lead in paint, and illegal trade in wildlife.  

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Event: Mobilization of Woody Biomass for Energy and Industrial Use [viewed]

This one-day workshop is being convened to review progress and achievements from the implementation of three EU-funded projects on biomass energy. The projects, Infres, LogistEC and EuroPrunning, demonstrate practical options for the production, harvesting and use of woody biomass as an energy source with a particular focus on forest residues, prunings and dedicated plantations.  

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Mediterranean Forum Calls for Public-Private Partnerships on Sustainable Food Production and Regional Trade [viewed]

food_security_barcelona_may20156 May 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) jointly organized a two-day event, titled 'Private Sector Forum on Food Security in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Region,' which sought to develop a sustainable approach to food production and trade in the region.

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UNFF Side Events Consider Financing, Science and Policy [viewed]

iufro_fao_cifor_icraf6 May 2015: As the eleventh meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) considers the future of the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF), in its margins, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a study on national forest funds while members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) presented their work on strengthening the science-policy interface.

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Event: IUFRO ALL Division Meeting – Division 7 Forest Health [viewed]

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will be holding the first global meeting of its Division on Forest Health. The meeting will be convened under the theme, ‘Global Change and Forest Health' and will consider climate change, biological invasions, air pollution, forest pathology, forest entomology, and their interactions. Proposals on sessions will be accepted until 1 May 2015.  

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ITPS Working Session Endorses Inaugural Global Soil Status Report [viewed]

globalsoilpartnership22 April 2015: The 3rd Working Session of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), which took place from 13-17 April 2015, in Potsdam, Germany, finalized and endorsed the first 'Status of the World's Soil Resources Report,' which will be launched on 5 December 2015 during celebrations of the International Year of Soils 2015.

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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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