Agriculture & Food Security

CBD Magazine Focuses on Corporate Canada's Approach to Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

CBDJune 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the latest edition of its Magazine on Business and Biodiversity, titled 'Business 2020,' which focuses on how various Canadian companies are addressing biodiversity issues.

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COFI Takes Action on IUU Fishing by Endorsing Flag State Performance Guidelines [viewed]

FAO11 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Committee on Fisheries (COFI) endorsed the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance at its 31st session. The Guidelines aim to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of living marine resources and marine ecosystems.

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FAO, IWMI Launch Global Wastewater Database [viewed]

fao.iwmi June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has added a wastewater section to its AQUASTAT database, which provides data on the availability and use of municipal wastewater. The database combines information on municipal wastewater production, collection, treatment, discharge and direct use, including for agriculture and irrigation.

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FAO, Food Tank Launch Discussion on Future of Family Farming [viewed]

iyffJune 2014: As part of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Food Tank are organizing an e-discussion, titled ‘The Future of Family Farming: Empowerment and Equal Rights for Women and Youth,' which is open for participation from 9-30 June 2014. IYFF discussions and events throughout the Year aim to raise global attention on the role of family farming in eradicating poverty and hunger, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, protecting the environment, managing natural resources and achieving sustainable development.

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CIFOR Reviews Scientific Evidence on Palm Oil and Biodiversity [viewed]

CIFORApril 2014: An Info Brief published by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) finds that evidence documenting the impacts of palm oil plantations on biodiversity is limited. Based on available studies, the brief recommends using a precautionary approach alongside best practices for environmental management, while avoiding the conversion of additional natural forests to plantations.

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Event: First Session of the CGRFA Team of Technical and Legal Experts on ABS (TTLE ABS-1) [viewed]

The Team of Technical and Legal Experts on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) is expected to participate in designated portions of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group meetings dedicated to addressing ABS issues, to help inform and shape discussions and outputs.  

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Climate Adaptation Marketplace Launched on Coral Triangle Day [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative9 June 2014: Coral Triangle Day, which took place under the theme ‘Shared waters, Shared solutions,' celebrated the marine biodiversity of the Coral Triangle region, which includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Events included community beach cleanups, film screenings, fisher education programs, sustainable seafood dinners, twitter campaigns and the launch of a 360° seaview infographic.

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FAO and Norway Will Launch Vessel to Study Marine Ecosystems, Climate Change [viewed]

fao-norway9 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced that it will partner with Norway to build a state-of-the-art research vessel as part of its efforts to support sustainable fisheries management.

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Equator Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

equatorinitiative9 June 2014: The UN-led Equator Initiative has announced the recipients of its Equator Prize, which recognizes “local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” Winners from around the world are using community-based, grassroots action to tackle climate change, environment and poverty.

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Global Landscapes Forum Reports on Successes and Outcomes [viewed]

CIFOR9 June 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the report of the first Global Landscapes Forum. The report focuses on four themes: investing in sustainable landscapes, landscape policy and governance, synergies between climate change mitigation and adaptation, and landscapes for food security and nutrition.

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