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Consultation Opens on Sustainable Use of PGRFA [viewed]

ITPGR8 May 2015: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has opened the electronic consultation on sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA). The consultation, based on an electronic survey, will be open until 24 May 2015.

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MRV, Multiple Benefits and Long Term Planning Are Focus of REDD+ Efforts [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeMay 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released the documents for the fourteenth meeting of its Policy Board, which will be held from 20-22 May 2015.

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FAO, Partners, Mark 3rd Anniversary of Voluntary Guidelines on Land [viewed]

dissemination-of-the-voluntaryMay 2015: The May 2015 edition of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Newsletter on the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative commemorates the 3rd anniversary of the endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines.

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Mediterranean Forum Calls for Public-Private Partnerships on Sustainable Food Production and Regional Trade [viewed]

food_security_barcelona_may20156 May 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) jointly organized a two-day event, titled 'Private Sector Forum on Food Security in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Region,' which sought to develop a sustainable approach to food production and trade in the region.

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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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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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High-Level Dialogue Renews Commitment to REDD+ in Zambia [viewed]

zambia_unredd_undp28 April 2015: The Government of Zambia, in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), held a high-level dialogue to review its national REDD+ strategy. The dialogue reaffirmed the political commitment to the REDD+ process in Zambia and the associated target to achieve a climate change resilient economy by 2030.

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GSP Holds African Training Workshops; Releases Online IYS Resources [viewed]

gsp_yisApril 2015: The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has made available a number of training materials as well as awareness raising resources as part of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. They include: ‘Symphony of the Soil,' a film exploring traditional knowledge as well as cutting-edge science; an infographic depicting important soil functions; and training materials on digital soil mapping used in capacity building workshops for African soil scientists.

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Global Soil Week 2015: Healthy Soils and Land Justice Underpin Transformation to Sustainability [viewed]

global_soil_week24 April 2015: “A transformation towards sustainable soil management is possible if all actors are integrated in the search for solutions.” This statement was among concluding remarks made by Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Third Global Soil Week. Töpfer welcomed the contribution of the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting “this sends a strong signal” of the growing shift from silos towards "a systems approach” in addressing multiple agendas.

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Global Soil Week Chair's Conclusions: “Transformation is needed – transformation is possible” [viewed]

global_soil_week23 April 2015: In his Chairman's Conclusions to the 3rd Global Soil Week, Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, which hosts the annual event, highlights six areas of “emerging consensus” that can help in raising the profile of “the forgotten resource, soil" on the global political agenda and ensure that soil stakeholders “engage on an equal footing with partners in the sustainability agenda.”

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