ITPGR Tool to Support In Situ Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources [viewed]

ITPGR5 May 2015: A statistics and spatial tool to support in situ conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture has been developed within the programme to support capacity development (CAPFITOGEN) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR). The tool, titled 'Complementa,' was presented to plant breeders and researchers during a regional workshop organized recently by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Bioversity International, in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Event: World Forum on Ecosystem Governance Young Professionals' Academy [viewed]

The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is modeled after the World Economic Forum, but with a focus on the planet's natural capital. The Young Professionals' Academy is the second event of the Forum. The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is a partnership of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), the Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA), and the Beijing Municipal Government. The first World Forum on Ecosystem Governance will serve as a pilot for an expanded Forum in 2017.  

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Event: IUFRO ALL Division Meeting – Division 7 Forest Health [viewed]

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will be holding the first global meeting of its Division on Forest Health. The meeting will be convened under the theme, ‘Global Change and Forest Health' and will consider climate change, biological invasions, air pollution, forest pathology, forest entomology, and their interactions. Proposals on sessions will be accepted until 1 May 2015.  

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Event: WAVES 5th Annual Partnership Meeting [viewed]

To be held at World Bank headquarters, the 5th annual meeting of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership will bring together WAVES countries, UN agencies, donors and civil society organizations supporting natural capital accounting. The meeting will showcase results from WAVES countries that have made progress in constructing water, forest, minerals and ecosystem accounts and are using them to inform their policies.  

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Event: International High-Level Event: Follow-Up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resources in the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

This high-level event titled 'Follow‐up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)' will explore options and possible criteria for cross-cutting follow-up and review mechanisms at the national level, as well as potential synergies and trade-offs among different SDGs that relate to natural resources. The multi-stakeholder event will specifically address: a range of options for developing robust follow-up and review mechanisms that connect the global, regional and national levels; opportunities and possible criteria for the integrated follow-up and review of natural resources related SDGs; and the potential role and contribution of participatory platforms in the follow-up and review of the SDGs. Co-organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, the Biovision Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland; and Millennium Institute in Washington DC, US, the event will bring together negotiators, national government experts and representatives from UN agencies, scientific institutions, civil society and the business sector. One of the main outcomes of the meeting will be the development of specific recommendations for the Fifth Session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations on Follow-up and Review, taking place from 18-22 May 2015.  

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Event: 3rd World Teak Conference [viewed]

Convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and other partners, the conference will commence under the theme, ‘Strengthening Global Teak Resources and Markets for Sustainable Development'. The conference will consider the state of the global teak market as well as options for improving sustainability, productivity, processing and trade.  

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Event: World Forum on Ecosystem Governance Technical Roundtable Discussions [viewed]

The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is modeled after the World Economic Forum, but with a focus on the planet's natural capital. The third event is the Technical Roundtable Discussions, which will build around the guidance provided by the High Level Consultations. The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is a partnership of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), the Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA), and the Beijing Municipal Government. The 1st World Forum on Ecosystem Governance will serve as a pilot for an expanded Forum in 2017.  

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Event: World Migratory Bird Day [viewed]

With the theme "Energy - make it bird-friendly!", World Migratory Bird Day 2015 aims to highlight the importance of deploying energy technologies in a way that prevents, minimizes and mitigates impacts on migratory birds and their habitats. The Day also marks the 20th anniversary year of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), whose Secretariat, together with the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), are the organizational drivers for the campaign.  

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CPF Publishes Highlights from 2013-2014 [viewed]

CPF5 May 2015: In celebration of it 15th anniversary, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) released a review of its activities in 2013 and 2014. In the document, CPF underlines its continually growing commitment to sustainable forest management (SFM) and shows how it has set the stage over the past two years for negotiating the future International Arrangement on Forests (IAF), as well as the forest-related aspects of the expected climate change agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015.

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CIFOR Case Studies Focus on Carbon Rights, Shifting Cultivation [viewed]

CIFOR4 May 2015: As part of its ongoing efforts to support sustainable forest management (SFM) and address deforestation and forest degradation, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released two case studies based on country assessments, one on carbon rights and the second on the impacts of shifting cultivation.

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