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Event: Latin America Regional Consultation on Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development [viewed]

To help propel family farmers' voices forward, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) are hosting a series of three virtual consultations. The regional consultation for Latin America aims to enable development practitioners, information and communication specialists, community media practitioners, rural development agencies and the private sector to share their regional perspectives on family farming and rural development. The online platform of Onda Rural is hosting the regional consultation for Latin America. The simultaneous regional consultations will be followed by one global online consultation, from 22 September to 6 October 2014, in which e-Agriculture community members and others will be encouraged to discuss and complement the outcomes of the regional consultations.  

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Event: Asia and the Pacific Regional Consultation on Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development [viewed]

To help propel family farmers' voices forward, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) are hosting a series of three virtual consultations. The regional consultation for Asia and the Pacific aims to enable development practitioners, information and communication specialists, community media practitioners, rural development agencies and the private sector to share their regional perspectives on family farming and rural development. The online platform of ComDev Asia is hosting the regional consultation for Asia and the Pacific. The simultaneous regional consultations will be followed by one global online consultation, from 22 September to 6 October 2014, in which e-Agriculture community members and others will be encouraged to discuss and complement the outcomes of the regional consultations.  

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Event: Africa Regional Consultation on Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development [viewed]

To help propel family farmers' voices forward, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) are hosting a series of three virtual consultations. The regional consultation for Africa aims to enable development practitioners, information and communication specialists, community media practitioners, rural development agencies and the private sector to share their regional perspectives on family farming and rural development. The online platform of YenKasa is hosting the regional consultation for Africa. The simultaneous regional consultations will be followed by one global online consultation, from 22 September to 6 October 2014, in which e-Agriculture community members and others will be encouraged to discuss and complement the outcomes of the regional consultations. The regional and global consultations will inform the Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming, which is taking place in October 2014.  

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UNEP, UN-REDD Support REDD+ University Programmes [viewed]

unep-unredd20 August 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies released a guide to strengthen the integration of REDD+ into university curriculum. The publication is intended to build in-country capacity within UN-REDD partner countries in order to identify and address research gaps.

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UN Leaders Urge Action in Last 500 Days of MDGs [viewed]

United Nations18 August 2014: The UN marked the 500-day milestone of time left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with statements and events noting both successes and challenges towards achieving the eight goals. UN leaders and others urged a final push for global action in the remaining 500 days until the end of 2015.

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Oceania Regional Prep Meeting Highlights Role of Wetlands in Biodiversity, Livelihoods [viewed]

ramsar-sprep18 August 2014: Wetlands play a critical role in sustaining island biodiversity and livelihoods, according to participants at the sixth Oceania Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar). Participants also discussed priority areas for Ramsar's new Strategic Plan, which will provide a framework for future action for Ramsar and the world's wetlands from 2016.

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ITTO TTM Reports on Objections to Indonesia Export Ban [viewed]

ITTO logo16 August 2014: The 1-15 August issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) highlights an industry appeal to allow log exports in Indonesia. According to the article, because of the existing ban, Indonesian domestic log prices are half of the international market price.

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International Workshop Recommends IWC Provide Scientific Information on Marine Debris Impacts [viewed]

international-whaling-comission15 August 2014: Participants discussed how the International Whaling Commission (IWC) can best use its management focus and scientific expertise to address and reduce the impacts of marine debris on cetaceans. The discussion took place at an international workshop held in advance of the 65th meeting of the IWC, which is convening in September.

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Event: Land Policy Initiative Experts' Group Meeting [viewed]

The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) is organizing an Experts' Group Meeting (EGM) to revise and validate the LPI's draft communications and advocacy strategy. The LPI developed the draft strategy to: increase awareness and understanding by stakeholders of its objectives; and better position itself as a key driver on land issues in Africa. The validation meeting is expected to: review and discuss the draft strategy to ensure it is in line with the LPI's strategic objectives; provide technical inputs to enrich the draft document for finalization; recommend additional ways to make the strategy more relevant and effective; and propose follow-up actions and partnerships to more effectively implement the strategy. The LPI is a joint programme of the tripartite consortium consisting of the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).  

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GEF Project Promotes Conservation of Southern Bald Ibis [viewed]

GEF15 August 2014: A Global Environment Facility (GEF) project has funded conservation work, including through engaging young herders, on the Southern Bald Ibis, a bird species endemic to Lesotho, the eastern parts of South Africa and the western parts of Swaziland.

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