Sustainable Use

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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European Green Week Adopts Urban Agenda, Agrees to Accelerate Transition to Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

green_week3 June 2016: The 2016 edition of Green Week focused on the theme 'investing for a greener future.' Participants discussed how to promote the role of green investments in achieving sustainable development and agreed on a range of measures to advance the European Union (EU) Urban Agenda, the blue economy and the transition to a low-carbon future, among other areas.

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FAO, EU Promote Voluntary Guidelines to Enhance Peacebuilding in Colombia [viewed]

fao_eu26 May 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the European Union (EU) are supporting a three-year project that will support responsible land tenure principles to secure the rights of indigenous communities and contribute to biodiversity conservation and peacebuilding in Colombia.

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Event: Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit [viewed]

Hosted by the Government of Brunei Darussalam and co-organized by the Australian Government and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CGIAR Consortium, this meeting will bring together governments, the private sector, practitioners and researchers to exchange knowledge and highlight leading practices to slow, halt and reverse deforestation in the Asia-Pacific region. More specifically it will focus on action related to sustainably managing forests and landscapes, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and promoting economic development in the region. Discussions will be based around the following themes: innovative forest-climate financing; the role of the private sector and new opportunities for public-private-people partnerships; measurement, reporting and verification for sustainable landscape management and REDD+; policy and governance issues in countries and across the region; and green economies for a bright future.  

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WED 2016 Focuses on Prevention of Wildlife Crime [viewed]

wed5 June 2016: UN and world leaders called for zero tolerance for illegal trade in wildlife on World Environment Day (WED), which was celebrated globally under the theme, 'Go wild for life.' Statements on the Day stressed achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development's Target 15.7, which calls for "urgent action to end poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna and address both demand and supply of illegal wildlife products."

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Range States Release Communiqué on African Lion Conservation [viewed]

CITES/CMS1 June 2016: Twenty-eight African lion Range States came together to discuss the status of the species and set a conservation agenda that recognizes the role of community-based natural resource management, partnerships and transboundary collaboration. In a Communiqué agreed to at the meeting, countries recognize the main threats to lion populations and relay steps to improve conservation of the species and its habitat.

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UNFSA Adopts Recommendations to Conserve Migratory and Straddling Fish Stocks [viewed]

fish_stockes30 May 2016: The Resumed Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UNFSA, or the Agreement) agreed on an outcome document with a set of recommendations for securing the conservation and management of straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks.

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Event: 18th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans [viewed]

The 18th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans (RSCAPs) will convene in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, in advance of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs) on accelerating progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The Regional Seas Programme aims to address ocean and coastal area degradation through the sustainable management and use of the marine and coastal environment by encouraging countries who share a common body of water to participate in actions to protect their shared marine environment. There are 13 Regional Seas programmes established under the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).  

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Event: Coral Triangle Day 2016 [viewed]

The Fifth Coral Triangle Day will take place under the theme, ‘Save Coral Triangle: Stop Plastic Pollution'. The theme aims to raise awareness on the threat of plastic waste pollution in the ocean and its effects on marine ecosystems as well as to generate action to address plastic pollution, including through efforts to reduce marine debris and to reduce the use of plastic by promoting reusable bags and containers and the purchase of products that use less packaging. The Day will also include activities to cleanup coastal and marine areas and a range of local events in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Solomon Islands. As part of the Day, the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Regional Secretariat and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) are organizing a social media campaign #noplace4plastic, which aims to generate discussion on the need to reduce plastic waste to protect coastal and marine environments. The campaign will include a photo competition.  

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