Technology / Transfer

UNFCCC Releases Workshop Report on Adaptation of Agriculture Sector [viewed]

UNFCCC14 March 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has released a report on an in-session workshop on the current state of scientific knowledge on means of enhancing the adaptation of agriculture to climate change impacts, while promoting rural development, sustainable development and productivity of agricultural systems and food security, particularly in developing countries.

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UNFCCC Releases Provisional Agendas for SBI and SBSTA 40 [viewed]

UNFCCC13 March 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional agendas for the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 4-15 June 2014.

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UNIDO, GEF, UNEP and FAO Publications Assess Biofuels Sustainability [viewed]

unido-unep-gef-fao12 March 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has announced the release of two publications that investigate the social, environmental and economic sustainability of biofuels production, with the aim of promoting investment in increased biofuels production.

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African Countries Share Knowledge on GHG Inventories, Forest Monitoring Systems [viewed]

unredd-lecbp7 March 2014: The UN-REDD Programme and the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECBP), in partnership with the Zambian Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, convened a workshop to discuss building capacities for national forest monitoring systems for REDD+ and national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory systems in African countries.

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ITPGR Report on Enhancing Implementation in Asia Released [viewed]

ITPGR7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has released the report of the first Asian meeting of the national focal points of the Treaty. The report, inter alia, outlines areas for cooperation among Asian countries to enhance ITPGR implementation.

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CGIAR Launches Projects on Women and Low-Emissions Agriculture in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Honduras [viewed]

CCAFS6 March 2014: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research's (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has initiated three action research projects in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Honduras as part of its gender strategy, which seeks to advance climate mitigation efforts that benefit both men and women farmers. These projects aim to understand the complex and surprising impacts agricultural practices and climate policies can have on women and local livelihoods.

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ITTO Approves $2.4 Million for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, Trade and Transparency [viewed]

ITTO logo6 March 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has announced its project portfolio under its Thematic Programmes on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (TFLET) and Trade and Market Transparency (TMT).

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Event: 11th Conference of the Parties to the Abidjan Convention [viewed]

The 11th Conference of Contracting Parties to the Abidjan Convention (COP 11) is being convened under the theme ‘Promoting Blue Growth in Africa: Toward Sustainable Management of Marine Resources,' and will provide an opportunity for African coastal countries to lay the foundation for regional oceans governance in Africa. COP 11 will review activity during the period 2012-2013, and the 2014-2015 budget, and discuss how parties can take up “Blue Growth” as a way of sustainably managing marine and coastal resources. A seminar on blue growth with international marine experts will take place on the first day of the conference. This conference will be divided into two segments: the experts segment (17-19 March); and the ministerial segment (20-21 March). Decisions likely to be taken at the conference relate to: headquarter location for the Regional Emergency Coordination Centre for Marine Pollution; adoption of the revised text of the Abidjan Convention; and conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. COP 11 will be preceded on 16 March by the first meeting of the Abidjan Convention's Ad Hoc Committee on Science and Technology, a body established by COP 9 to provide scientific, technical and technological advice relating to implementation of the Convention. The Conference is being organized in cooperation with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs. The Abidjan Convention covers 22 coastal countries in West, Central and Southern Africa. COPs are held every two years.  

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Event: Second Symposium on Fishery Dependent Information and iMarine Workshop [viewed]

This symposium is an international conference for resource managers, scientists and the fishing sector on the collection and interpretation of information in the context of the ecosystem approach. The conference, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), will explore the role of fishers in collecting data, the use of fisher-collected data and knowledge in science, management and policy-making and the broader role of stakeholders in this process. It will be immediately followed by the 'iMarine data platform for collaborations' workshop on 7 March 2014. iMarine is the data initiative for fisheries management and conservation of marine living resources. The workshop will showcase how its data infrastructure is capable of addressing the challenges of the ecosystem approach.  

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EEA Releases Mobile Phone Application to Track Marine Litter [viewed]

EEA3 March 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has announced the launch of a mobile phone application to track marine litter. The application, called Marine Litter Watch, can be used to upload data on litter found on the beach or from area clean-ups. The application seeks to fill data gaps on beach marine litter to support a policy response as described in the European Union's Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

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