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Biodiversity and Human Health: new publication!

Healthy communities rely on well-functioning ecosystems. They provide clean air, fresh water, medicines and food security. They also limit disease and stabilize the climate. But biodiversity loss is happening at unprecedented rates, impacting human health worldwide, according to a new state of knowledge review published on 4 June by the Convention on Biological Diversity and […]

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IPBES Call for nomination of experts

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in a letter dated 5 February 2015 has called for nominations for experts for: the regional and sub-regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services (Deliverable 2b); the thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration (Deliverable 3bi); the scoping for a global assessment of […]

Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship: Call for the 2015

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Bioversity International is inviting applications for research on grain species relevant to both Australia and the applicant’s home country. The fellowship, up to US$ 20,000 for a research project of up to 12 months duration. Deadline for applications is 28 February 2015.

CGRFA-15 Finalizes State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources Report; Agrees on Guidelines on ABS and Genetic Diversity for Climate Adaptation

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The fifteenth session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN’s (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) addressed a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues, including: animal, forest and plant genetic resources; access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA); biodiversity and nutrition; and climate […]

New Publication: The politics of climate change adaptation: Taking stock of academic and practitioner experiences

Herding horses Mongolia / Photo credit: Andrei Marin

The International Department of Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences launched a new publication in the Noragric Report series: “The politics of climate change adaptation: Taking stock of academic and practitioner experiences”. The report summarizes key outputs from a two-day conference held at the University of Life Sciences in Ås, in October 2014. The conference aimed at examining findings from a recent research project (“The politics of climate change adaptation: Exploring the interactions of climate and development interventions in Mongolia and Nepal”, 2011-2014) in a broader empirical, theoretical and policy context, and convened a mixed group of academics, practitioners and students from a wide variety of countries to share knowledge and experiences about the political facets of climate change adaptation.

Book launch: “Coping with climate change – the roles of genetic resources for food and agriculture”

Cover: Coping with climate change – the roles of genetic resources for food and agriculture

Genetic resources for food and agriculture play a crucial role in food security, nutrition and livelihoods and in the provision of environmental services. They are key components of sustainability, resilience and adaptability in production systems. They underpin the ability of crops, livestock, aquatic organisms and forest trees to withstand a range of adverse conditions. Thanks […]

CGRFA-15 Regular Session Updates

CGRFA-15 Regular Session, FAO, Rome, Italy / Photo credit: IISD Reporting Services

The 15th Regular Session of the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA-15) is taking place this week, until Friday 23 January 2015, in FAO, Rome, Italy. PAR participated in the Special event that took place last Friday 16 January 2015 on Food Security and Genetic Resources. You can read a report […]