Sustainable Use

Major Groups Partnership on Forests Calls for New UN Body on Forests [viewed]

major_groups_partnership_on_forestsApril 2015: The Major Groups Partnership on Forests (MGPoF) prepared three papers ahead of the eleventh meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11). The papers cover: financing for sustainable forest management (SFM), perspectives on a new UN body on forests, and expectations for the participation of Major Groups.

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Technical Study on Synthetic Biology [viewed]

cdb_8220 April 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a report that discusses the potential positive and negative impacts of synthetic biology on biodiversity, and assesses the adequacy of the Convention and other risk assessment and regulatory regimes to address these impacts.

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ISU Report: Deforestation Increasing [viewed]

tropical_forests-isuApril 2015: The Prince's Charities International Sustainability Unit (established by HRH The Prince of Wales) compiled a synthesis of the state of knowledge on tropical forests and the policies governing their management. Overall, the report, titled 'Tropical Forests – A Review,' notes that the global rate of deforestation continues to increase at an average annual rate of 200,000 hectares.

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ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund Project Supports Peruvian Potato Farmers [viewed]

ITPGR8 April 2015: A project supported by the Benefit-Sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has helped more than 440 Peruvian potato farmers conserve and manage their native potato varieties through the establishment of seed orchards in 23 communities as well as through other activities.

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CBD Secretariat Surveying National Approaches on Assessing Progress towards Aichi Targets [viewed]

CBD2 April 2015: In preparation for the meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated a survey, conducted in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), to collect information related to the different approaches used by Parties to assess national progress towards the achievement of the Aichi biodiversity targets, as well as on the use of global-level data to support monitoring of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

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Event: CBD AHTEG on Indicators for the Strategic Plan on Biodiversity [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 is expected to: identify a small set of measurable potential indicators to monitor global progress towards achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and prepare guidance on the different types of indicators and approaches used to monitor progress in implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity at regional, national and sub-national levels.  

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UNFF Releases Ministerial Non-Papers [viewed]

UNFF10 April 2015: The Bureau of the eleventh session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) has released non-papers with possible elements for the Ministerial Declaration and Resolution, for consideration ahead of the meeting. The drafts are based on submissions from Member States identifying key elements and priorities.

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Event: International Conference on Illegal Exploitation and Trade in Wildlife and Forest Products of Africa [viewed]

This conference will bring together governments, bilateral and multilateral partners, non-governmental organizations and regional cooperation agencies to discuss international and regional cooperation to combat illegal wildlife trade and crime affecting the region.  

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ICP-16 Expresses Support for Oceans SDG, Discusses Integration of Sustainable Development [viewed]

ICP_16_iisdrs_coverage10 April 2015: The 16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-16) discussed proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 on oceans and seas and its implementation, and reflected on the utility of the Consultative Process in the evolution of the international oceans agenda. ICP-16 resulted in a Co-Chairs' summary of discussions.

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Event: 15th Meeting of Partners (MoP) of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) [viewed]

Convening under the theme, ‘Congo Basin Ecosystems: a source of natural capital, producer of economic value and driver of green growth for the well being of its people,' this meeting of partners will consider priority actions for the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), develop roadmaps for implementation, and discuss partner engagement. Main issues for discussion will include: ecosystem services, wildlife and bushmeat, law enforcement and governance, REDD+, green growth, and sustainable financing.  

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