Sustainable Use

Event: ITPGR Governing Body 6 [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the sixth session of the Governing Body (GB) will be preceded by two days of regional consultations. The session will address a series of items related to the operations of the Treaty's Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing, as well as farmers' rights and sustainable use of plant genetic resources. In addition, on 3 October, a High-Level Event will discuss recent policy developments on the Multilateral System.  

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Structured Expert Dialogue on 2013-2015 Review Completes its Work [viewed]

UNFCCC9 February 2015: The 2nd meeting of the fourth session of the structured expert dialogue (SED 4-2) took place in conjunction with the eighth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action. At its final meeting, the SED completed its work by addressing, in a balanced manner, all remaining inputs to the 2013–2015 review, focusing on information sources other than those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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CIFOR Explores Sustainable Small-Scale Logging in the DRC [viewed]

CIFOR9 February 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released an occasional paper on improving the management of small-scale timber industries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The paper notes that small-scale activities extract thirteen times more timber than large enterprise and, as such, improving the sustainability of the sector would have a significant impact on forests.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Information on Commitments to Reduce Habitat Loss and on Ecosystem Restoration [viewed]

CBD9 February 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited Parties to submit updated information on commitments made on reducing habitat loss and on ecosystem restoration, by 30 April 2015.

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FAO Forest Newsletter Considers 2015 Agreements [viewed]

FAO6 February 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released the twenty-sixth edition of InFO News, which highlights expectations for international decisions supporting forests and forestry including through the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the negotiation of a new climate agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Submissions on Synthetic Biology [viewed]

CBD6 February 2015: In view of the establishment of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Synthetic Biology by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the CBD Secretariat calls for submissions on a number of issues related to synthetic biology and biodiversity.

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CBD Secretariat Initiates Preparations for Working Group on Article 8(j) [viewed]

CBD5 February 2015: In preparation for the ninth meeting of the Working Group on Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge) and related provisions, tentatively planned for November 2015, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification calling for input from Parties, indigenous peoples and local communities, and relevant organizations on several items, including on repatriation of traditional knowledge, prior informed consent (PIC), and fair and equitable sharing of benefits from the use of traditional knowledge.

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UNEP, IUCN Publication Explores Pastoralism's Role in Sustainability and the Green Economy [viewed]

unep-iucnFebruary 2015: The publication titled 'Pastoralism and the Green Economy – a natural nexus?' discusses the findings of a joint study by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The study aims to uncover “the social, economic and environmental arguments for increased recognition of sustainable pastoralism as a viable land management option for the world's rangelands.”

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Interlaken+10 Draws Lessons from Progress in Forest Governance [viewed]

interlaken106 February 2015: In support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), the Governments of Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland and Ukraine organized a country-led initiative focusing on forest governance and decentralization, taking stock of progress since the first Interlaken meeting, which convened in 2004.

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Bioversity International Showcases Work on Community Seedbanks in South Africa [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalFebruary 2015: Bioversity International has released two reports on missions supporting the development of community seed banks in two South African communities. The reports provide the results of an analysis of current seed systems and management practices and outline criteria for sound management of community seed banks.

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