Capacity Building & Education

CIFOR Project Prepares PES Guide [viewed]

CIFOR12 December 2014: As part of a project on land tenure and use rights in Indonesia the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) developed a guide on conducting feasibility assessments for payments for ecosystem services (PES).

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Third Arab Water Forum Focuses on Water for Food, Cities and Energy [viewed]

third arab11 December 2014: The Third Arab Water Forum closed with a reminder to all participants that “regional realities” and innovative solutions must be part of the regional input to addressing global water challenges, in a call by Benedito Braga, President of the World Water Council, at the forum in Cairo, Egypt.

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FCPF Releases 2014 Annual Report [viewed]

Forest CarbonDecember 2014: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has released its 2014 Annual Report, noting that there are now 47 FCPF Country Participants and highlighting the US$830 million raised by the Readiness Fund and Carbon Fund.

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Bioversity Supports Regional Collaboration on Forest Genetic Resources in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalDecember 2014: Bioversity International has released the 2014-2016 Strategy for the Asia Pacific Forest Genetic Resources Programme (APFORGEN), which focuses on regional collaboration and support for the conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources in the Asia and the Pacific Region.

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CBD Announces 2015 IDB Theme [viewed]

CBD10 December 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that the 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) will convene under the theme 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.'

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International Mountain Day Celebrates Family Farming [viewed]

Mountain Partnership11 December 2014: International Mountain Day took place under the theme, ‘Farming in mountains, farming for families.' The Day, which focused on the contributions of mountain farming families to livelihoods, was also one of the last events celebrating the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF).

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Bioversity International Receives Grant to Test Farming Approach to Combat Climate Change [viewed]

usaid-bioversity10 December 2014: Bioversity International has announced the receipt of a US$1 million grant by the Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program at USAID to crowdsource crop improvement to combat climate change for smallholder farmers in Central America.

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WIPO Organizes Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

wipo9 December 2014: Aiming to impart basic knowledge of the main principles of the intellectual property system from a traditional knowledge perspective, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) organized a practical workshop for indigenous peoples and local communities on intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore in Geneva, Switzerland, from 3-5 December 2014.

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ITPGR Holds Regional Workshops for Benefit-Sharing Fund Project Applicants [viewed]

ITPGRDecember 2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) organized a series of regional workshops for those preparing to submit full proposals to be funded under the third cycle of the Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund.

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UNESCO-IHE Wins Africa Leadership Award for eSOS Smart Toilet [viewed]

UNESCO-IHE10 December 2014: The Africa Leadership Awards awarded the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE) the Africa Water Leadership Award 2014 in the category ‘Most Innovative New Technology of the Year' for its emergency Sanitation Operation System (eSOS) Smart Toilet at a ceremony in Mauritius.

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