Sustainable Use

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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Fishackathon, FAO, WorldFish and Partners Address Challenges to Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

FAO - Fishackathon - World FishApril 2016: Over Earth Day weekend, from 22-24 April, coders and science enthusiasts are participating in the third annual Fishackathon, during which teams develop new applications and tools to promote sustainable fisheries and address fisheries challenges, ranging from data collection to facilitate cost effective fish stock assessments to ghost fishing. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has also been working to address ghost fishing during the month of April, including through a process to develop a set of international guidelines on the challenges. Other fisheries related developments during the month of April include progress on signatories to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and the creation of a locally managed marine area (LMMA) in Timor-Leste, a member of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF).

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Latin American and Caribbean Ministers Prepare for CBD COP 13, Call for Biodiversity Mainstreaming [viewed]

ministerial_forumApril 2016: In anticipation of the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held in December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico, Latin American and Caribbean Ministers of Environment have agreed to promote actions to mainstream biodiversity into productive sectors, and to implement regional and sub-regional plans to support implementation efforts. The region has also focused on efforts to promote forest restoration, with a CBD capacity-building workshop held in Bogotá, Colombia, and two publications supported by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) designed to assist in restoring coastal forests in Mexico.

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Donors, Private Sector to Double Financial Support for Crop Genetic Resource Conservation [viewed]

crop_trust15 April 2016: Governments, international organizations and members of the private sector have pledged financial contributions to the Crop Endowment Trust Fund of the Global Crop Diversity Trust (the Crop Trust) that will lead to a doubling of the Trust's resources to support international gene banks and research aiming to conserve and sustainably use the world's plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA).

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UNEP, Italy and Partners Take Action to Protect Marine Resources and Support Achievement of SDG 14 [viewed]

unep_italy15 April 2016: UN agencies, governments and partners are taking steps towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. Recent actions include: agreement on the ‘Rome Call to Action' to promote the design of effective, equitable and financial sustainable marine protected areas (MPAs); and a set of guidance material and a video to raise awareness on how recreational diving can contribute to marine conservation and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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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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Event: 23rd Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO 23) [viewed]

The 23rd session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will bring together heads of forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate actions. COFO is the highest FAO forestry statutory body and meets every two years.  

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Event: FishAdapt: Global Conference on Climate Change Adaptation for Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

Held immediately following the 11th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum and the 6th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries, which will convene in Bangkok from 3-7 August, this conference aims to provide a forum to share practical experiences in understanding the vulnerabilities associated with climate change and the development of risk management and adaptation strategies in the aquaculture and fisheries sector. It is organized by the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific, in association with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Governments of Japan, Norway, Thailand and the US and several collaborating organizations.  

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EU FLEGT Facility Releases Factsheet on VPAs and the SDGs [viewed]

euflegt30 March 2016: The EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Facility has released a factsheet and a briefing exploring how Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) between the EU and timber-exporting countries contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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