Europe

Event: Nordic Baltic Bioenergy Conference 2015 [viewed]

Representing the largest regional conference in the sector, the Nordic Baltic Bioenergy Conference 2015 will feature discussions on market developments and policy instruments, and presentations on state-of-the-art technologies in the field, including bio-based combined heat and power, pellet production and use, and biofuels production from cellulosic feedstock. The conference will also include networking events and study tours. Organized by the Swedish Bioenergy Association (Svebio) and the Latvian Biomass Association (Latbio) as an associated event of the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council, the conference will take place adjacent to the EU Energy Ministers' Council, which will be held in Riga, Latvia, from 15-16 April.  

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ITPGR Committee on Sustainable Use Recommends Toolbox to Expand Crop Genetic Base [viewed]

ITPGR24 March 2015: Meeting from 2-3 March 2015, in Rome, Italy, the Ad Hoc Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) made recommendations for the development of a toolbox to support implementation of the Treaty's programme of work on sustainable use, including an initial focus on uses of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) that may expand the genetic base of crops.

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European Soil Partnership Workshop Discusses Regional Implementation Plan [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)19 March 2015: A workshop convened by the European Soil Partnership (ESP) and organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) provided an update on the status of implementation of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP). Participants highlighted regional-level developments and key challenges faced by the ESP. Focal Points from 20 European countries and partners from more than 20 countries participated in order to consolidate the ESP and discuss the regional implementation plan.

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Event: WIPO Seminar on IP and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions [viewed]

Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this seminar will review regional, national and local experiences on intellectual property (IP) and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, including on commercial and non-commercial uses of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, the meaning of "public domain," and disclosure requirements.  

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Turkey and UNCCD Sign Host Country Agreement for COP 12 [viewed]

UNCCD logo25 March 2015: Turkey and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have signed a Host Country Agreement for the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UNCCD, which will take place in October 2015 in Ankara, Turkey.

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Panel Identifies Priorities for Oceans SDG [viewed]

ocean_sdg24 March 2015: The Permanent Mission of Fiji, Permanent Mission of Sweden and the Global Ocean Commission (GOC) held a panel discussion on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on oceans, seas and marine resources, and the importance of these resources' in the post-2015 development agenda.

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ECE Reports Regional Trends in Achieving Global Forest Objectives [viewed]

FAO UNECE20 March 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have released a report, titled 'Forests in the ECE Region – Trends and Challenges in Achieving the Global Objectives on Forests,' which highlights a continued expansion of forest area in the region, but notes a decline in forest related jobs and income.

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UNCCD Secretariat Publishes Independent Evaluation of Integrated Investment Frameworks [viewed]

UNCCD logo24 March 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published an 'Independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the Integrated Investment Frameworks,' which aims to assess the effectiveness of IIFs in supporting resource mobilization for sustainable land management (SLM). Cambodia, Ethiopia, Honduras and Senegal were chosen as case studies for the evaluation.

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International Day Sharpens Focus on Forest-Climate Links [viewed]

international_forests_day_21_march21 March 2015: Under the theme 'Forests | Climate | Change,' the family of United Nations organizations commemorated the International Day of Forests with a number of events, announcements and reports, many of which emphasized the important role of forests in climate mitigation and adaptation.

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UN Marks International Day of Forests with Special Session [viewed]

international_forests_day_21_march21 March 2015: The UN celebrated the annual International Day of Forests on 21 March with a special event at Headquarters in New York, US. The theme of the celebration, 'Create a Climate Smart Future,' focused on the intersection of forests with resilience, adaptation, mitigation and the global climate and development discussions.

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