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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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Equator Prize 2015 Call for Nominations now open!

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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!

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 […]

Farming Matters – Soils for life

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The March 2015 issue of Farming Matters magazine talks about the experiences of farmers who are working successfully, together with others, to improve the health of their soil and their lives. There is an array of stories about how  healthy soils increase farmers’ autonomy and long-term productivity. Read the magazine: Soils for life

Tropentag 2015- Humboldt Universitaet, Berlin – September 17-19, 2015

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The theme for this year is : ‘Management of land use systems for enhanced food security – conflicts, controversies and resolutions’ The deadline for submission of abstract(s) is May 1, 2015. There will be no extension of this submission deadline. The conference language is English and high quality abstracts of original research (250-350 words) are […]