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OECD Launches Website on Pesticide Risks to Pollinators [viewed]

OECD_NEW24 April 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has launched a website on Managing Pesticide Risk to Insect Pollinators. The website is intended to provide a central location for information on regulatory approaches taken by OECD countries to mitigate the risk of pesticides to pollinators.

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UN Watercourses Convention to Enter into Force Following 35th Ratification [viewed]

UN Treaty Collection19 May 2014: The UN Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (UN Watercourses Convention) will enter into force in August 2014. Viet Nam became the 35th country to accede to the Convention, in accordance with Article 36 of the Convention, which states that entry into force will occur on the 90th day following the deposit for the 35th ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.

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EU Forest Strategy Endorsed [viewed]

eu-forest europe19 May 2014: The Council of the Europe Union has endorsed the 2013 'A new EU Forest Strategy: For forests and the forest-based sector,' and has released its 'Conclusions adopted by the Council.' The conclusions refer to the Oslo Ministerial Declaration on European Forests 2020 and to criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management (SFM) developed by FOREST EUROPE.

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Italy Strengthens Partnership with Bioversity International [viewed]

bioversity-italy20 May 2014: Marking the occasion of the International Day of Biological Diversity (22 May), the Government of Italy has announced the provision of €1.2 million in additional funding for long-term research on global food security, in a move that strengthens its partnership with Bioversity International.

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Event: Workshop on International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015 [viewed]

This workshop is being convened as a contribution to the work of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) in order to consider options for a future International Arrangement on Forests (IAF). The country-led initiative workshop will build on the work of the first Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG1), which considered views from Parties on the matter as well as the report of the Independent Assessment. The results of the workshop will be submitted to the second AHEG as well as to the eleventh session of the UNFF.  

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Australia, Indonesia and Timor-Leste Endorse Marine Action Programme [viewed]

GEF15 May 2014: Ministers from Timor-Leste and Indonesia and the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia endorsed a regional Strategic Action Programme to promote the restoration, conservation and management of coastal and marine ecosystems in the Arafura and Timor Seas, an area that links the Indian and Pacific Oceans and is known as the ATS region. The officials endorsed the Programme at the World Coral Reef Conference 2014, which took place from 14-17 May in Manadao, Indonesia.

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As Hong Kong Crushes Stockpile, CITES Says Illegal Ivory Has No Commercial Value [viewed]

CITES15 May 2014: Hong Kong SAR has begun the destruction of 28 tons of illegal ivory, the world's largest illegal ivory stockpile and more than every other country in history combined. John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), delivered a statement on the occasion. 

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Andean Countries Support Regional Mechanism for Sustainable Mountain Development [viewed]

fao-mountain14 May 2014: Government officials from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia expressed support for a regional mechanism to address the sustainable development of the Andean mountains at a meeting organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) and the Argentinean Mountain Committee. Participants agreed to define the mechanism's structure, governance, objectives and workplan and ensure its operation as soon as possible.

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ICRAF Partners for Agroforestry in Africa and Asia [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)14 May 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has announced a national partnership in Indonesia and a regional partnership in Africa. The partnerships aim to, respectively, provide farmers and communities with access to ICRAF research and support the implementation of climate-smart agriculture. 

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Kenya and China Sign Bilateral Agreements on Environment [viewed]

kenya-china10 May 2014: The Governments of Kenya and China have signed fifteen agreements and memoranda of understanding to enhance bilateral cooperation on the environment, agriculture, health, transport, culture and investment. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang witnessed the agreement signings in Nairobi, Kenya, on 10 May 2014.

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