Stories we loved the week of June 5, 2016:
Role of the multilateral environmental agreements in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (PDF) – UNEP
This report examines how the implementation of treaties like the Convention on Biological Diversity, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and International Plant Protection Convention, among many others, can contribute to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals. It comes at a critical time: budgets and programming for these conventions must reflect concerted efforts to maximize benefits to the SDGs.
Climate change will have a major impact in the Pacific Islands – which rely on fishing and small-scale farming for sustenance. Climate impacts such as increased temperatures, increased rainfall, ocean acidification, and crop pests, are set to intensify pressure on this region’s food security, according to a new report published today. But innovative, participatory approaches may help policy makers navigate possible future scenarios in order to develop the right policy responses.
European parliament slams G7 food project in Africa – The Guardian
‘For a large majority of Euro-MPs, the G7’s decision to base its programme for food security in Africa on intensive agriculture is a mistake. The European parliament took its first official stance on the subject with the adoption of a report on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN) on Tuesday.
“We have already made the mistake of intensive agriculture in Europe. We should not replicate it in Africa because this model destroys family farming and reduces biodiversity,” said Mara Heubuch, a German Green MEP and rapporteur on the new alliance.’