International Day of Forest 21st March 2017

Kayapo warriors move through the forest with shotguns and axes in search of fresh game. Photo credit: Martin Scholler, National Geographic

In her message on the occasion of the International Day of Forests 21 March 2017, the new Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Cristiana Paşca Palmer, put emphasis on how forests can contribute to three pressing issues, in a complementary and sustainable way: securing sustainable energy globally, while at the same time being essential for biodiversity, healthy ecosystems, and climate change mitigation. Some points of this message are reported here.

IUSS Conference on Soil Functions and Climate Change, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany , 23-26 September 2015

This International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) conference, which is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils 2015 and the 350th Anniversary of the Christian Albrechts University, will address the broad question: ‘Do we underestimate the consequences of new disequilibria in soil properties?‘. Titled SUSTAIN, the conference aims to increase understanding of […]

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


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 […]