CIAT, CCAFS Warn of Climate Change Impacts on Coffee Production [viewed]

ciat_ccafs4 May 2015: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), under the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), has published a study, titled ‘Projected Shifts in Coffea arabica Suitability among Major Global Producing Regions Due to Climate Change.' The study focuses on how, by 2050, climate change will affect climatic suitability for Arabica coffee within current production regions.

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ICARDA Identifies Effective Climate Change Interventions in Agriculture [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo30 April 2015: The CGIAR International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) has published a report on the water and food security challenges facing the Mediterranean region, emphasizing that many of the most effective climate change interventions have their roots in agriculture.

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OECD Reports on Water Management Challenges for Cities [viewed]

OECD_NEW13 April 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a report on urban water management challenges facing cities across OECD countries, and national and local policy responses regarding water-risk exposure, urban infrastructures and dynamics, and institutional and governance architectures.

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UNECE Annual Report Highlights Contributions to Post-2015 Agenda, Forestry, Energy, Water [viewed]

unece_annual_report_2014April 2015: In its annual report for 2014, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) emphasizes its intention to play an essential role in providing practical standards and agreements to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and develop indicators to measure progress towards the Goals. The report summarizes UNECE's activities and achievements in 2014, and highlights key priorities for 2015.

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UNFF11 Opens, Considers Future of the International Arrangement on Forests [viewed]

unff114 May 2015: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) opened its eleventh session (UNFF11) with a view to reviewing the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) and progress towards the achievement of the Global Objectives on Forests (GOF). The meeting will also discuss options for the future of the IAF and the UNFF, as well as the role of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and links with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Meetings Seek to Strengthen Forest Actions in Europe and the Mediterranean [viewed]

fao_ec1 May 2015: The reports from two forest events held in March 2015 and covering Europe and the Mediterranean have been released, focusing on the role of forests in a green economy and the future of the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan.

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UNFCCC Summarizes Cooperative Activities [viewed]

UNFCCC30 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document that summarizes key cooperative activities it has carried out with other international organizations since April 2014. The document summarizes key activities in the areas of: technology; finance; capacity building; adaptation; mitigation; climate knowledge, comprised of science, research and systematic observation; gender; cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariats through the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions; the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda; contribution of the private sector through the UN Global Compact; and communications.

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GEF, UNEP, FAO Update on Projects in Burundi, Rwanda and Senegal [viewed]

gef_unep_fao28 April 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have provided updates on projects carried out in Burundi, Rwanda and Senegal addressing: natural resources management; agricultural practices and the preservation of wood resources; and mountain gorilla and wetland restoration efforts.

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ITPGR-Supported DivSeek Initiative Elects Steering Committee [viewed]

logo_div_seek27 April 2015: The Diversity Seek Initiative (DivSeek) is a community-driven initiative facilitating the linking of germplasm with characterization data, which is supported by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and the Global Crop Diversity Trust. DivSeek has recently elected its steering committee, which will develop a programme of work to sustain global efforts on plant genomics.

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FAO, Partners Launch Global Pastoralist Knowledge Hub [viewed]

FAO27 April 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and its partners have launched an online knowledge hub for pastoralists, which aims to ensure that issues of concern to pastoralists are addressed in global policy debates.

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