Science, Assessment & Monitoring

IWC Relays Actions on Whale Reviews and Research [viewed]

iwcApril 2016: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has carried out a number of reviews and activities in advance of its 66th Scientific Committee (SC 66) meeting, which will convene in June, in Bled, Slovenia. These activities include: implementation reviews of two whale species; research on whale and vessel collisions; promotion of whale and dolphin watching; and collaboration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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FAO and Google Advance Data Access for Sustainable Land and Forest Management [viewed]

fao_google15 April 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Google have agreed that the initial focus of their three-year collaborative programme will be on building national capacity to undertake forest and food crop cover assessments. Launched in December 2015, the partnership aims to make geospatial tracking and mapping products more accessible, assist countries in tackling climate change, and build the capacity of national experts to contribute to sustainable development planning.

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Ministerial Conference Adopts New Delhi Resolution on Tiger Conservation [viewed]

asia_ministerial_tiger14 April 2016: The third Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation concluded with 13 Tiger Range Countries (TRCs) adopting the 'New Delhi Resolution on Tiger Conservation.'

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FAO, CGIAR Consortium and Arhus University Expand Collaboration on Wheat Rusts [viewed]

cgiar_aarhus15 April, 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has expanded its partnership with research centers of the CGIAR Consortium and the University of Aarhus to build the capacity of countries to detect and combat emerging threats from wheat rusts, a group of fungal plant diseases that can cause significant damage to cereal production.

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FAO Publishes 2014 Yearbook of Forest Products [viewed]

fao_headquartersApril 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released its latest 'Yearbook of Forest Products,' a compilation of statistical data on basic forest products for all countries and territories of the world.

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IPCC Plans Special Reports on a 1.5°C Limit, Land Use and Oceans During AR6 Cycle [viewed]

ipcc4313 April 2016: During the 43rd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-43), the Panel considered its role in supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement as the IPCC embarks on its sixth assessment cycle. In planning for the cycle, the IPCC decided to undertake three special reports (SRs), flag cities as an SR for the seventh assessment report (AR7) cycle, refine the IPCC 2006 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories through a methodology report and integrate regional aspects more thoroughly into AR6. It was also announced that Abdalah Mokssit (Morocco) will be the next IPCC Secretary.

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Bioversity International Examines Policy and Practice of Protecting Farmers' Crop Varieties [viewed]

Bioversity International11 April 2016: Bioversity International has published an edited volume examining technical, policy and legal issues relating to the conservation and use of crop plant varieties developed by local farmers. The publication also examines approaches to increase the share of benefits farmers receive from the use of such varieties.

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FAO Conference Discusses Policy Framework for Integrating Africa's Agricultural Production Targets with the SDGs [viewed]

fao_au8 April 2016: A report, titled ‘Boosting Africa's Soils: From the Abuja Declaration on Fertilizers to a Sustainable Soil Management Framework for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa by 2030,' explores how various regional plans for enhancing agricultural productivity can take “better consideration of the approaches and needs of African farmers under the umbrella of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the policy document was discussed at a high-level session on the sidelines of the 29th FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC29), which took place from 4-8 April, in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

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IPPC Governing Body Discusses Management of Plant Pests and Risks Related to Sea Shipping Containers [viewed]

ippc8 April 2016: The eleventh annual meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM 11), the Governing Body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), discussed, among other issues, phytosanitary standards for the management and treatment of plant pests and pathogens as well as risks relating to plant pest introduction through sea shipping containers. Held under the theme 'Plant Health for Food Security,' CPM 11 highlighted the role of plant pest management and phytosanitary measures for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal to "end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture" (SDG 2).

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Event: Soils and Pulses: Symbiosis for Life [viewed]

Convened under the auspices of the International Year of Pulses 2016, this seminar will be jointly hosted by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Bioversity International of the CGIAR Consortium and the Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN. The event will focus on the reciprocal relationship between soils and pulses, while also discussing how the cultivation of pulses can help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The meeting will specifically address how pulses can contribute to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 2) (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture) and SDG 15 (protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss). Sub-themes will explore: pulses in crop rotations and intercropping to increase soil fertility, biodiversity and land productivity; increased consumption of pulses for economic, social and human well-being; awareness raising about the nutritional value of pulses to help consumers adopt healthier diets; and how to develop good practices and policy solutions with a view to contributing to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.  

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