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Event: 16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea [viewed]

The 16th meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will convene from 6-10 April 2015. The Consultative Process is intended to facilitate the annual review by the General Assembly of developments in ocean affairs and the law of the sea by considering the Secretary-General's report on oceans and the law of the sea and by suggesting particular issues to be considered by the General Assembly, with an emphasis on identifying areas where coordination and cooperation at the intergovernmental and inter-agency levels should be enhanced.  

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Event: Caribbean Sub-regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and Resource Mobilization [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to enhance the capacity of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety from the Caribbean Region to integrate biosafety concerns into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). The second objective of the workshop is to build Parties' capacity to identify and mobilize resources for implementation. Participants will also address: the Protocol's status of implementation in the Caribbean; the Protocol's Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and the CBD Aichi Biodiversity Targets and their implementation in the region; public awareness, education and participation concerning living modified organisms (LMOs); and ratification and implementation of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress.  

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Event: EU-SDC Programme on Land Governance in Africa Launch [viewed]

The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the Government of Niger, will organize a series of events to launch the European Union-Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (EU-SDC) Programme on Land Governance in Africa. The Programme aims to promote the integrated implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) and the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa (F&G) in 10 countries: Angola, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, and Swaziland. The Programme will support these countries' efforts to mainstream the VGGT and F&G in their policy, legal and institutional processes through awareness raising, capacity development, technical facilitation, strengthening of partnerships, and monitoring and evaluation. The programme of events will include: the launch of the EU-SDC Programme and multi-stakeholder awareness raising workshop on VGGT and F&G on 24 February; the First capitalization meeting on 25-26 February; and training on VGGT and F&G on 27 February 2015. The events will bring together about 30 participants representing the EU, SDC, FAO, LPI, coordinators of implementing organizations, and representatives of government land agencies from the ten countries.  

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Event: Second Wageningen Soil Conference on Soil Science in a Changing World [viewed]

This is the second edition of the annual Wageningen Soil Conferences, which aim to explore the role of soil science in combating and mitigating global challenges, including food security, water resources, climate change, land functions and biodiversity conservation. The Conferences takes a thematic, interdisciplinary approach that seeks to provide a platform for: sharing knowledge of soils 'across the world and across science'; engaging in interdisciplinary exchanges of ideas, thoughts, and opinions; and "thinking out of the box". The 2015 conference is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils. In addition to keynote presentations and interactive discussions, the conference will explore the core themes in workshops and master classes.  

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Event: ISMOM 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 edition of the International Symposium on Interactions of Soil Minerals with Organic Components and Microorganisms (ISMOM) will include more than 20 scientific sessions on topics such as organo-mineral interactions in soil, analytical and methodological advances in soil science, soil microbiology and agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. ISMOM 2015 is co-organized by: Commission 2.5 (soil chemical, physical and biological interfacial reactions) of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS); the Canadian Society of Soil Science; and Association Québécoise des Spécialistes en Sciences du Sol (AQSSS). Convened every four years by IUSS and its partners, ISMOM brings together diverse "soil communities" under the cross-cutting theme ‘Soil Interfaces for Sustainable Development'. The aim of the symposia is to create an informal forum for exchange and discussion among scientists from ‘all facets of soil science,' including chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physics, ecology and environmental science. Previous editions have convened in Canada, France, Italy, China and Chile.  

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CBD, WHO Report Discusses How Biodiversity Protection Benefits Human Health [viewed]

CBD13 February 2015: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have produced a report on biodiversity and health that shows the significant contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services to improved human health. The report, titled ‘Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health,' which was launched during the 14th World Congress on Public Health, in Calcutta, India, outlines the ways that the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity positively impact human health.

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TEEB Holds Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Implementation in China [viewed]

Teeb11 February 2015: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) has brought together representatives from governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society and the private sector for a workshop on implementing TEEB in China and strengthening information and knowledge sharing in the TEEB stakeholder network. Stakeholder discussions focused on a range of national and international topics, including global implementation, valuation methodologies, sustainability practices of businesses and NGOs, and the development of policy-based TEEB frameworks.

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UNCCD Prepares for 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

logo_3sc_unccdFebruary 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has made available an 'Impulse Report' and a 'Book of Abstracts' in advance of the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference, which will convene from 9-12 March 2015, in Cancún, Mexico. The Conference will take place as part of the 4th special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4).

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IFAD Note Highlights Role of Rural Transformation in Achieving Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

IFADFebruary 2015: Smallholder farmers and rural people can play a critical role in achieving the post-2015 development agenda, according to a concept note by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). ‘Rural transformation: Key to sustainable development' stresses the role of targeting rural areas and reducing rural-urban inequalities to achieve sustainable development and eradicate poverty and hunger.

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CIFOR Unveils Wetlands Protection Toolbox for Policy Makers and Practitioners [viewed]

CIFOR11 February 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has launched a learning toolbox as part of its Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation Mitigation Program (SWAMP), which aims to support policy makers and practitioners “to begin the daunting task of compiling evidence and crafting policy” to protect tropical wetlands.

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