Community Biocultural Protocols: Building mechanisms for access and benefit-sharing.

 Building mechanisms for access and benefit-sharing among the communities of the Potato Park based on Quechua customary norms. The Potato Park’s biocultural protocol provides a model for developing effective community protocols, which implement the Nagoya Protocol, build capacity to negotiate with third parties, and build the foundations for equitable, sustainable and self-determined local economies. It […]

UNDP Equator Prize 2012 – Only TEN DAYS left to nominate outstanding community initiatives!

The Equator Initiative is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2012, which will recognize 25 outstanding local initiatives that are working to advance sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. All winning initiatives will receive US $5,000, with 10 selected for “special recognition” and a total of US […]

Of shrinking organisms, climate change and food production.

Plants and animals are shrinking because of warmer temperatures and lack of water, researchers have said, warning it could have profound implications for food production in years ahead. “The worst-case scenarios … are that food crops and animals will shrink enough to have real implications for food security,” Assistant Professor David Bickford, of the National […]

Summary Report of the just-ended IPBES meeting.

The first session of the plenary meeting on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)  held at UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya came to an end on the 7th of October 2011.  Discussions during this five-day meeting ranged from the  functions and operating principles of the platform; the legal issues […]

Identifying and addressing knowledge gaps in agrobiodiversity

The development organizations Hivos and Oxfam Novib are currently developing a knowledge programme on sustainable agriculture and biodiversity management.  The aim of this trajectory is to identify and address knowledge gaps on biodiversity conserving agricultural production that can reduce risks and can improve the livelihoods of rural people living in poverty. The draft report of […]

The New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research:Request for Proposals

The New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research (the Fund) is a contestable international research fund set up by New Zealand in support of the objectives of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases and its Livestock Research Group. The Fund is aimed at accelerating global research in mitigating greenhouse gas […]