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GFRA Global Survey report

Global Survey – ways and means to conserve and use genetic diversity

At its last meeting the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture requested its Secretariat to carry out a survey that would help identify “Lessons learned about the ways and means to conserve and use genetic diversity to build resilience to climate change in food and agriculture systems”. This survey was carried out […]

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IPBES Call for Young Fellows for Regional and Land Degradation/Restoration Assessments

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

IPBES calls for nominations of fellows for the young fellows pilot programme. Fellows may participate in the regional and sub-regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services or the thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration. Interested fellows are requested to fill out their application on-line no later than 31 May 2015.

Equator Prize 2015 Call for Nominations now open!

Equator Prize 2015 / Photo credit: Equator Initiative

The Equator Prize 2015 will be awarded to 20 outstanding local and indigenous community initiatives that are advancing innovative solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Each winning initiative will receive US$ 10,000 and be supported to participate in a series of special events at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, France in December 2015.

Earthquake in Nepal: LI-BIRD Relief and Rebuilding Plan

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The 7.6 Richter scale magnitude earthquake in Nepal of 25 April 2015, followed by more than 140 aftershocks, has destroyed more than 191,000 houses and damaged 175,000 more. More than 7300 people have been confirmed dead and over 14,000 have been injured. Humanitarian relief work is scaling up distribution, however, logistics remain challenging with a real risk of effort duplication. District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) and VDCs are facilitating coordination of relief efforts. Our friends at LI-BIRD (Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development), based in Pokhara, Nepal, are responding to the disaster with a three phase plan.

ITPGRFA survey on sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture

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The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) is seeking responses to a survey in order to advance the development of a toolbox to provide Contracting Parties with a comprehensive set of resources to enhance the effectiveness of activities promoting the sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA). Click on the links provided to participate into the survey by 24 May 2015!

Empowerment, Rights and Partners for Climate Change

The Equator Prize 2015 will showcase outstanding local and indigenous community efforts to reduce poverty, protect nature, and strengthen resilience in the face of climate change. In keeping with the themes of COP21 and the imperative of empowering indigenous peoples and local communities in the new climate agreement, the Equator Prize 2015 will place special […]

New book: With our own hands – Food and life in the Pamir mountains

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With our own hands – A celebration of food and life in the Pamir mountains of Afghanistan and Tajikistan By Frederik van Oudenhoven and Jamila Haider In the autumn of 2009, a grandmother in the village of Mun, in the Ghund valley of the Tajik Pamir Mountains, approached two young researchers and asked them to […]