Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: CBD High-level Panel on the Global Assessment of Resources and Latin America Workshop on Resource Mobilization [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the third meeting of the second phase of the High-level Panel on the Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 will be held from 14-15 April 2014. This High-level Panel was constituted in 2013, with 15 expert members from all regions, with a mandate to assess the benefits of meeting the Aichi Biodiversity Targets by examining both the positive impacts on biodiversity directly and the wider benefits to society that result from the investments and policy developments required. The meeting will be followed by the regional workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on resource mobilization, to be held from 15-17 April. The workshop is organized by the CBD Secretariat in cooperation with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Its immediate objective and output is to support the development, in accordance with national circumstances, of individualized and prioritized action plans towards the development of national finance plans.  

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IFAD-supported Project to Strengthen Post-harvest Interventions and Climate Change Resilience in Rwanda [viewed]

IFAD7 April 2014: The Climate Resilient and Post-harvest Agribusiness Support Project (PASP), launched in Kigali, Rwanda, by the Government of Rwanda and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is expected to advance the country's efforts to reduce post-harvest losses and will target over 32,400 rural households (155,518 people) in 10 districts in the country's northwest, southern and eastern regions.

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CIFOR Reveals Benefits of Certification in Congo Basin Forests [viewed]

CIFOR7 April 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a paper on the social benefits of forest certification in the Congo Basin. The publication examines certified forest management units (FMUs) in Cameroon, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo and concludes that certification leads to improved working and living conditions.

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FAO Tool Assesses Options for Integrated Food-Energy Systems [viewed]

FAO7 April 2014: Seeking to systematically evaluate under which conditions bioenergy production does not threaten food security, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has developed a tool to assess scalable opportunities for the sustainability of integrated food-energy systems.

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ASEAN Ministers Call for Sharing of Land Use Maps to Combat Forest Fire Haze [viewed]

Asean2 April 2014: Environment Ministers from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand have called for the sharing of land use maps and information on "hotspots" contributing to forest fires and smoke haze, to enable monitoring and management of transboundary haze pollution in the sub-region.

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IFPRI Paper Discusses Farmers' Preferences for CSA in India [viewed]

IFPRI LogoApril 2014: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a discussion paper, titled ‘Farmers' Preferences for Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA): An Assessment in the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP).' The paper discusses the findings of a study on farmers' preferences and willingness to pay (WTP) for climate-smart technologies in the IGP, a region that is highly vulnerable to climate change.

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Technical Study on Earth Observation for Biodiversity Monitoring [viewed]

cbd-technical-studyApril 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a technical study that shows how Earth observation technologies can and should fit into systems for biodiversity monitoring. The report is intended as a resource for Earth observation specialists, biodiversity scientists and policy makers, and aims at creating common ground and initiating further dialogue.

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Guest Article #34: Seeds for a Changing Climate - Launching the 3rd Call for Project Proposals under the ITPGRFA [viewed]

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) recently launched the 3rd Call for Proposals under its Benefit-sharing Fund. Ten million dollars will be invested in projects for the sustainable management of crop genetic resources in developing countries. A major focus is to develop seeds that are resilient to the effects of climate change and other threats to food security.

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ICRI Secretariat Moves to Japan and Thailand [viewed]

ICRI4 April 2014: The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat has changed hosts from Australia and Belize to Japan and Thailand, where it will remain until March 2016.

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IPBES Issues Second Call for Nominations of Experts [viewed]

ipbes3 April 2014: In a letter dated 2 April 2013, the Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) issued an invitation to governments and stakeholders to nominate experts to explore a set of regional and sub-regional assessments, and a thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration. 

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