Sustainable Use

Event: Africa Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13 [viewed]

This joint preparatory meeting will discuss the agenda items of two upcoming meetings: the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which will convene from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in South Africa; and the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP/MOP 2), all of which will convene concurrently from 4-17 December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico.  

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Event: Asia Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13 [viewed]

This joint preparatory meeting will discuss the agenda items of two upcoming meetings: the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which will convene from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in South Africa; and the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP/MOP 2), all of which will convene concurrently from 4-17 December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico.  

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Ramsar Convention Appoints Next Secretary General [viewed]

Ramsar16 June: The Ramsar Convention Standing Committee appointed Martha Rojas-Urrego as Secretary General to the Convention, taking over from outgoing Secretary General Christopher Briggs.

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Bioversity International Coordinates Efforts to Save Pacific Coconut Diversity [viewed]

Bioversity International13 June 2016: Bioversity International, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, through its International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT), has launched a project aiming to protect Pacific coconut diversity and associated livelihoods from the threat of genetic erosion through climate change and plant disease by establishing a new gene bank and germplasm collection in Papua New Guinea.

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Guest Article #57: Forest and Farm Producer Organizations: An Operating System for the Sustainable Development Goals [viewed]

In the village of Thach Ngoa, Viet Nam, members of a small producer group of forest farmers are seeing big returns on a winning decision to start distilling oil from the local star anise tree. The oil is a major source of shikimic acid, an important component in anti-influenza drugs, making star anise a valuable forest crop. Following training by the Viet Nam National Farmers Union, group members have invested more than €2,000 in distillation equipment and are making a good profit, selling to provinces bordering China as well as local buyers. After just one year, some 30 people are now employed collecting fruit, working in the plant and selling the oil.

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UNEP Report Outlines Contributions to Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

contributions-unep-strategic-plan-biodivMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report outlining the actions it has taken in support of implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi targets over the period 2013-2016, including examples drawn from a number of projects and initiatives contributing to one or multiple targets.

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CFS Working Group Finalizes Draft Guidelines on Connecting Smallholders to Markets [viewed]

CFS9 June 2016: Held under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Connecting Smallholders to Markets finalized a set of draft recommendations to governments aiming to address key challenges in and opportunities for improving the access of smallholder farmers to markets. The draft recommendations will be forwarded the to the 43rd Plenary Session of the CFS in October 2016.

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World Oceans Day Raises Awareness on Plastic Pollution, SDG 14 [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2016: The world celebrated World Oceans Day under the theme, ‘Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.' Events around the world aimed to promote the prevention of plastic pollution in the world's oceans, and highlighted the role of healthy oceans in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 calls to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."

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Food Loss and Waste Accounting Standard Released [viewed]

food_and_waste6 June 2016: The Food Loss and Waste (FLW) Protocol, an international multi-stakeholder partnership, has released version 1.0 of the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard (FLW Standard) providing requirements and guidance for quantifying and reporting on the amount of food lost in the food supply chain. The report aims to enable countries, cities, companies and other entities to develop inventories of FLW and inform policy making, target setting and the development of strategies reduce FLW.

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Trondheim Conference Addresses Linkages between Biodiversity and Agriculture [viewed]

trondheim6 June 2016: Participants at the eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity recognized biodiversity and ecosystem services as essential in supporting agriculture in multiple ways and at all levels, stressing their integration into other sectors as essential in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Conference focused on the interlinkages between biodiversity and agriculture to develop food systems for a sustainable future.

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