Economics, Trade & Investment

ITTO TTM Highlights India's New Agroforestry Policy [viewed]

ITTO logo1 April 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has launched the 16-31 March issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which highlights the publication of a National Agroforestry Policy for India. The policy is, according to the report, intended to more than double the area under agroforestry in order to address the timber shortage in India.

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Event: First Meeting of the UNECE/FAO Teams of Specialists on Forest Sector Outlook [viewed]

This meeting convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section will provide advice on developments in the forest sector and consider the long-term outlook for forest products.  

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Horn of Africa Countries Address Drought Threat and Disaster Resilience [viewed]

IGAD31 March 2014: The Second IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) was facilitated by the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an organization comprised of six East African countries in the Horn of Africa.

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Event: Third Asian Sanitation Dialogue [viewed]

The Third Asian Sanitation Dialogue will take place under the theme ‘Making sanitation a sustainable business' and will focus on packaging sanitation and wastewater management projects as viable business opportunities. The conference aims to: raise awareness and capacity on sustainable sanitation among the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s developing member countries (DMCs) through discussions on enabling policy environments and technologies and financing mechanisms that contribute to successful projects; enhance DMCs ability to conceive, plan and implement sanitation strategies and projects; introduce options for holistic, integrated planning on wastewater, stormwater, flood management, reuse and recovery of resources from waste and green development, among others; and provide an opportunity for sharing on good practices and innovative solutions.  

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Event: Meeting of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Monitoring Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

The First meeting of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Monitoring Sustainable Forest Management will be convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section and will provide advice on data, monitoring and assessment of forests and sustainable forest management (SFM) as well as the role of the forest sector in the green economy.  

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WECAFC Issues Recommendations on Grouper, Snapper and Queen Conch [viewed]

fao-wecafc31 March 2014: The Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) adopted management recommendations on queen conch and spawning aggregations of grouper and snapper at its 15th biennial session. The Commission also adopted resolutions, the first in its 40-year existence.

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C20 Conversations Invites Ideas for G20 Action on Climate and Sustainability [viewed]

c20March 2014: The Civil Society 20 (C20) Conversations is inviting individuals to submit their ideas for actions the Group of 20 (G20) can take at its 2014 Brisbane Summit on four areas: climate and sustainability; governance; inclusive growth and employment; and infrastructure. Discussion topics on climate and sustainability include climate change, climate finance and resource scarcity. 

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World Bank Land and Poverty Conference Discusses Land Tenure in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

World BankMarch 2014: Participants at the 15th annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty discussed best practices in land governance and the role of land tenure and property rights in the post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: CBD Online Forum on Public Participation Concerning Living Modified Organisms [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this online forum aims to facilitate an exchange of views and information regarding the techniques of public participation in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, including: public debates, surveys, public meetings, advisory bodies, online modern techniques and traditional techniques.  

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Event: Tenth Meeting of the Liaison Group on Capacity-building for Biosafety [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this meeting will focus on options for strengthening the capacities of Parties to review and integrate their national measures for the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety into national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and national development policies, plans and programmes. The meeting will also consider ways and means of mobilizing new and additional resources to support the Protocol's national implementation.  

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