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The IISD Guide to Negotiating Investment Contracts for Farmland and Water Print
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 04:45

Legal and policy tool for government officials and communities that are involved in negotiating investment contracts with foreign investors.

IISD - International Institute for Sustainable Development

Source : IISD Guide to Negotiating Investment Contracts for Farmland and Water

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ASEAN Forum on South-South Technical Cooperation Print
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 22:38

From 10-11 June 2014, the ASEAN Foundation and the UNDP Indonesia organised the ASEAN Forum on South-South Technical Cooperation (SSTC) to explore how this framework can encourage ASEAN cities to collaborate among themselves to take advantage of regional integration in view of the ASEAN Community being established in 2015. The forum had the intention of promoting networking and mutual cooperation towards realising the ASEAN's motto of "One Vision, One Identity, One Community".

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Indonesia Overtakes Brazil in Forest Losses Despite Moratorium Print
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:37
By Reuters on 08:00 am Jun 30, 2014
Category EnvironmentFeaturedNews
Washington/Oslo. Indonesia has for the first time surpassed Brazil in clearing tropical forests and losses are accelerating despite a 2011 moratorium meant to protect wildlife and combat climate change, scientists said on Sunday.

Indonesia’s losses of virgin forests totaled 60,000 square kilometers — an area almost as big as Ireland — from 2000-12, partly to make way for palm oil plantations and other farms, a study said. And the pace of losses has increased.

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Climate finance in the trillion needed Print
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 00:41

19 June 2014
Published by Third World Network
www.twn.my

Bonn, 19 June (Marjorie Williams) – At least US$1 trillion worth of investments per annum is needed in new infrastructure to address climate change in developing countries, according to Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Hence, Figueres added, the goal of mobilizing US$100 billion per year by 2020 which was agreed to by governments in 2010 is “miniscule”.
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Holistic Systems of Production Print
Friday, 20 June 2014 04:12

FAO’s ‘Save and Grow’ highlights the value of ecological approaches to food production – using land, water, biodiversity and nutrients efficiently and in ways that are regenerative, minimizing negative impacts.

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Setyastuti Purwanti: Striving for soybean self-sufficiency Print
Friday, 06 June 2014 15:25

Simon Sudarman, Contributor, Yogyakarta | People | Wed, June 04 2014, 1:18 PM

Indonesia’s potential to become self-sufficient in soybeans and even a net exporter is the conviction of Setyastuti Purwanti, 61, a lecturer and researcher at Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Yogyakarta, who has since 1980 been developing local soybeans.

For this woman from Surakarta, Central Java, soybean research is always absorbing and challenging.

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Frim Joins Utm In Establishing New Forest Print
Friday, 30 May 2014 02:24

By Wan Shahara Ahmad Ghazali

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Afforestation is a term that is often used in the greening efforts in many countries today, but the public sometimes confuse the term with reforestation.

Afforestation is the establishment of a forest in an area where there was no forest or one that was left barren for a long time, such as an ex-mining land, weedy land or savannah.

Reforestation, meanwhile, is the reestablishment of a forest in an area that was once a forest in the last 50 years. Examples of these would be a logging areas or a former plantations.

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Philippines Reforestation to Reach 1 Million Hectare Milestone After Logging Ban Print
Friday, 30 May 2014 02:06

By Dominic G. Diongson & Vita A.D. Busyra on 12:44 pm May 06, 2014

[Updated at 9:55 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014]

Jakarta. The Philippine government said on Tuesday that it would continue its tree planting efforts this year, bringing the nation’s total reforested area to more than 1 million hectares since a 2011 logging ban, in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change.

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Future of Vietnam’s rice production threatened by climate change Print
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 04:35

Last update 14:57 | 23/05/2014

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam is the world’s second largest exporter of rice and 80 per cent of it is grown in the Mekong Delta, a vast flood plain and one of Asia’s most fertile agricultural zones. But farmers here say the future of rice production is now threatened because of rising sea levels and temperature increases attributed to climate change.

Standing on a beach strewn with bits of plastic and wood, farmer Cung Pham says like many here that he’s already lost the fight.

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Many Countries and Localities Ban GMO Crops, Require GE Food Labels Print
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 05:09
By Case Adams, Naturopath

The Monsanto Corporation, the world’s largest purveyor of genetically modified food seeds, is combating a growing worldwide opposition to GM foods.

Can Monsanto change? Can Monsanto be prodded into another business strategy? And if so, will other GMO seed sellers such as Dupont follow suit? Businesses are typically in it to make money:

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