Sustainable Use

COFO 22 Opens, FAO Launches State of the World's Forests 2014 [viewed]

FAO23 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 2014 edition of its landmark publication on 'The State of the World's Forests' (SOFO). The publication highlights the important role of forests and forest products in supporting livelihoods, noting that forests remain undervalued in decision-making.

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Working Group Discusses Scope, Parameters and Feasibility of Agreement on BBNJ [viewed]

United Nations19 June 2014: The eighth meeting of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) worked to clarify a series of substantive elements of a new agreement on BBNJ that were considered necessary to prepare recommendations to the UNGA at the next meeting of the Working Group, scheduled to take place in January 2015.

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Arctic Council to Produce Harmonized Map Covering Region [viewed]

CAFF18 June: The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the Arctic Council's biodiversity working group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to guide national mapping organizations in the Arctic in producing a harmonized map covering the entire Arctic region, with data on, inter alia, climate and biodiversity. The aim of the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (Arctic SDI) is to help harmonize, combine and integrate diverse data sets.

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Hutchison Medal Recognizes Ocean Fertilization Paper [viewed]

UNESCO IOC18 June 2014: The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) awarded the Hutchison medal to a team of authors for their paper, titled 'Ocean Fertilization for Geoengineering: A Review of Effectiveness, Environmental Impacts and Emerging Governance.' The award recognizes it as a "practical and wide-ranging, philosophical or thought-provoking" paper that will "stimulate further debate within the chemical engineering community."

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Event: SCBD Dialogue Forum on Integrating the Perspectives of ILCs in Applying Scientific Criteria for EBSAs [viewed]

The Secretariat of the CBD (SCBD) is holding a Dialogue Forum on Integrating the perspectives of Indigenous and Local Communities (ILCs) in the application of the scientific criteria for ecologically or biologically significant areas (EBSAs).

This event will review the EBSA process and scientific criteria in the context of the needs, interests and perspectives of ILCs, with the aim of enhancing the use of traditional knowledge in applying EBSA criteria. The event will: seek input from ILCs on the preparation of training materials and modules focused on integrating traditional knowledge in the use of the EBSA criteria; and identify partnership opportunities for future training material application. The event will consist of presentations, roundtable discussions and a summary by the co-chairs. The meeting will take place on the sidelines of the 18th meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), which is taking place from 23-28 June 2014.  

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CIFOR Counters Misconceptions on Artisanal Logging in DRC [viewed]

CIFOR17 June 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released the results of a three-year long study, which concludes that, if well managed, artisanal logging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could sustain thousands of livelihoods and contribute to sustainable forest management (SFM).

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COFI 31 Endorses Guidelines on Small-Scale Fishers [viewed]

FAO13 June 2014: The 31st session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Committee on Fisheries (COFI 31) endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication, the first international instrument focused entirely on small-scale fisheries.

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UNESCO Adds 13 Sites to World Network of Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

UNESCO12 June 2014: The International Coordinating Council of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere Programme has added 13 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The Network now includes 631 sites in 119 countries, including 14 transboundary reserves.

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Event: International Conference on Capturing Wild Relative and Landrace Diversity for Crop Improvement [viewed]

Co-organized by the Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) Secure Project, the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA), and Bioversity International, this conference will focus on new characterization techniques and conservation strategies to identify and preserve crop wild relatives and land race traits and facilitate their use to improve food security in the face of climate change.  

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CITES Report Shows Increasing Ivory Seizures [viewed]

CITES13 June 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has released a report showing an increase in the number of large ivory seizures in 2013. The report, titled 'Elephant Conservation, Illegal Killing and Ivory Trade,' contains the latest figures from the CITES Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme and the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), and will be discussed at the forthcoming 65th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee.

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