Biosafety Protocol Now Operational as Governments Agree on Documentation Rules for GMO Trade

The 87 member States of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which entered into force in September 2003, have adopted documentation requirements and other procedures for promoting the safety of international trade in living (or genetically) modified organisms (known as LMOs, or GMOs), during their one-week meeting in Malaysia.

Appeal: Help the UN World Food Programme

With its cereals stocks in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea all but exhausted and little in the pipeline, the World Food Programme today called for urgent international assistance to help feed 6.5 million of the country's hungriest people.

ECOLEX: World's Largest Environmental Law Database Launched on the Web

A new gateway to information about environmental law is now available on the Internet at The world's largest environmental law database has been developed by combining the legal libraries of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), IUCN-The World Conservation Union, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

UNICEF Releases "State of the World's Children" Report

The State of the World's Children 2004 focuses on girls' education and its relationship to all other development goals and to the promise of Education For All.

It's not the Bullets, it's the Bacteria

What kills most civilians during wartime? It's not the bullets, or the missiles, or the shrapnel from bombs. It’s unsafe water, lack of food, inadequate medical care, unsafe communities -- the absence of public health.

Companies with ‘Net Positive Impact’ on Biological Diversity are Winners in Resource-Constrained World

Business leaders in biodiversity-rich developing economies are concerned about losses of “natural capital,” a new report launched on 13 July 2010 highlights. Over 50 per cent of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) surveyed in Latin America and 45 per cent in Africa see declines in biodiversity as a challenge to business growth. In contrast, less than 20 per cent of their counterparts in Western Europe share such concerns.

Scientists Find Why Intercropping of Faba Beans with Maize Increases Yields

Chinese scientists have discovered why an agricultural practice called "intercropping' increases crop yields. The discovery could help farmers cut down the amount of chemical fertiliser they use on their crops, reducing chemical pollution in soils.

An improved method for storing maize, Togo's main cereal crop

Slightly changing the construction methods of traditional maize storage granaries can result in significantly reduced insect infestation and mildew losses for small farmers

Sustaining Vicuña Populations Through Community Involvement

The vicuña is one of the most smallest South American Camelids
and is probably linked to its cousin the Alpaca. Vicuña are distributed
along five countries in South America, which include Argentina, Peru,
Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador.

Sweden and UNEP Team Up to Help Developing Countries Phase Out of Ozone-Depleting HCFCS

On 16th of November 2007, a new chapter was opened in the work of Governments and international organizations to help rid the world of a group of chemicals which, besides depleting the ozone layer, are also powerful greenhouse gases.

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