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MEETING ON "THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NATIONAL BIOGAS POLICY FRAMEWORK"

KATHMANDU, NEPAL
7 FEBRUARY 1996


The meeting was held in the context of the FAO technical assistance project for the Government of Nepal

For more information please contact:
Mr Gustavo Best, Environment and Natural Resources Service (SDRN), Research, Extension
and Training Division, Sustainable Development Department, FAO, Rome
E-mail: gustavo.best@fao.org

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BIOFACH

FRANKFURT, GERMANY
7-10 MARCH 1996


BIOFACH, the largest trade fair in the world for organic food and natural products, now under the patronage of IFOAM, was held in Frankfurt, with more than 1 000 exhibitors from over 40 countries. Exhibitions included:
Organic foods, eco-wines, natural cosmetics, natural textiles.

For more information, please contact:
International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
Ökozentrum Imsbach, D-66636 Tholey-Theley, Germany
Fax: +49-6853-30110

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SEMINARIO INTERNACIONAL SOBRE TURISMO ECOLOGICO

PARAIBA, BRAZIL
27-30 MARCH 1996

International Seminar on Ecological Tourism

For more information please contact:
Dra. Tania Maria Queiroga Nobrega, SEMMA,
Parque Arruda Camara, Tambia, João Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil CEP 58.020.320
Fax:+54-83-244-4308

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TRAINING COURSE ON MARKETING OF NON-TIMBER TREE FOREST PRODUCTS

BANGKOK, THAILAND
18 MARCH - 5 APRIL 1996

Regional Community Forestry Center (RECOFTC)

For more information, please contact:
Sosak Sukwong, Director
Regional Community Forestry Training Center, Kasetsart University
P.O. Box 1111. Bangkok 10903, Thailand.
Fax: +662-561-4880

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PRE-PROJECT WORKSHOP ON MEDICINAL PLANTS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES (AFRICA)

ABIDJAN, CÔTE D'IVOIRE
23-26 APRIL 1996
Organized by: Environment Liaison Centre International (ELCI)
With support from: The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada and the Government of the Netherlands.
The regional workshop brought together experts from African countries to review and build a concensus on a project proposal on medicinal plants and local communities in Africa, prepared by ELCI.

For further information and/or a copy of the workshop report, please contact:
ELCI
P.O. Box 72461, Nairobi, Kenya
Fax: +254-2-56215
E-mail: elci@elci.sasa.unon.org

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INBAR-ICIMOD-IPGRI WORKSHOP ON THE ROLE OF BAMBOO, RATTAN, AND MEDICINAL PLANTS IN MOUNTAIN DEVELOPMENT

POKHARA, NEPAL
15-17 MAY 1996

The workshop, organized under the auspices of ICIMOD and co-sponsored by a number of international agencies, was held at the Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University, in Pokhara, Nepal.
A group from six Himalayan countries, all experts on forest and agricultural resource management and economics, indigenous peoples and cultural traditions, and mountain development, met to discuss ways and means to develop specific non-timber forest resources in a more sustainable manner. The group formulated the "Pokhara Declaration".

For more information, please contact:
Dr Pitamber Sharma
Regional Planner, Mountain Enterprises and Infrastructure
ICIMOD
G.P.O. Box 3226, Kathmandu, Nepal
Fax: +977-1-524509/524317
E-mail: pitamber@icimod.org.np

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1996 ASIA INTERNATIONAL SPICE MARKETS CONFERENCE

SINGAPORE
27-28 MAY 1996

The Asia Spice Markets 1996 Conference was organized by IBC Asia Ltd and attended by 45 participants representing spice producing firms in Asia, international agencies (FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Trade Organization, International Pepper Community), and consultancy services, national institutes/associations (India's Spices Board, Indonesia's Central Research Institute for Industrial Crops, Association of Indonesian Pepper Exporters, and Malaysia's Pepper Marketing Board). Presentations included: reviews of recorded global trade in spices and of trends in the export markets of the industrialized countries and of the Middle East; an overview of spice production in Asia; reports by some major spice-producing countries in the region on the status and trend in their production, domestic demand and exports; updates of the supply and demand of certain major spices, including some potentially important new developments in the region; discussion on major opportunities and constraints for the development of the spice industry in the region. (Source: NANMAP August 1996.)

For more information, please contact:
V. Subramaanian, Conference Manager, IBC Techncial Services Ltd. Singapore
Fax: +65-733 5087

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CERTIFICATION AND LABELING OF PRODUCTS FROM SUSTAINABLY MANAGED FORESTS

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
26-31 MAY 1996

For more information please contact:
Mr J. Bourke, Senior Forestry Officer (Trade Analysis)
Forest Products Division, Forestry Department, FAO
E-mail: jim.bourke@fao.org

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THE MONROE WALL SYMPOSIUM "HARNESSING BIODIVERSITY FOR THERAPEUTIC DRUGS AND FOODS: DEVELOPING PRODUCTS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY"

HYATT REGENCY, NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY, USA
2-5 JUNE 1996

For more information, please contact:
Office of Continuing Professional Education, Cook College, Rutgers University, P.O. Box 231, New Brunswick, NL 08903, USA
Fax: +1-908-932 1187
E-mail: ocpe@aesop.rutgers.edu

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FAO EXPERT MEETING ON THE PREPARATION OF FOREST RESOURCES ASSESSMENT 2000 (KOTKA III)

KOTKA, FINLAND
10-14 JUNE 1996

For more information, please contact:
Klaus Janz, Senior Forestry Officer, Forest Resources Division, FAO Forestry Department
via delle Terme di Caracalla, Rome, Italy
Fax: +39-6-52255137
E-mail: klaus.janz@fao.org

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INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON THE NON-MARKET BENEFITS OF FORESTRY

EDINBURGH, UK
24-28 JUNE 1996

The workshop, organized by the Forestry Commission, explored the latest developments in measuring and valuing the non-market outputs of forestry, and examined how best to use information about non-market outputs in making decisions about forest management and in the development and implementation of forestry policy.

For more information, please contact:
Forestry Commission
231 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh EH12 7AT, Scotland, UK
Fax: +44-131-3342819

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PLANTS FOR FOOD AND MEDICINE

LONDON, UK
1-6 JULY 1996

Joint Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany and International Society of Ethnopharmacology, Imperial College/The Natural History Museum, London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
The programme included three symposia: Food, medicines and health (examining the developments in the use of food and medicine in traditional and modern societies); Cross cultural plant exchange (examining the social and cultural impacts of such exchanges in various parts of the world); Botany: what's in it for dryland development?

For more information, please contact:
The Linnean Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1V 0LQ, UK
Fax: +44-171-287 9364
E-mail: marquita@linnean.demon.co.uk

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IUFRO International Workshop on "Prospects of Medicinal Plants"

4-9 November 1996, Nauni, Himachal Pradesh, India.

In Nauni (Himachal Pradesh State, HP), an international workshop on "Prospects of Medicinal Plants" was jointly organized by IUFRO and the Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF) and held at the university campus at Nauni-Solan. The workshop was attended by close to 100 participants, including university professors, students, government officials and representatives from private companies. Several delegates also came from neighbouring countries, such as Nepal and Bhutan. FAO, IUFRO, and a number of Indian governmental and private agencies provided financial support for this meeting.

For more information on this meeting please contact:
Dr L.R. Verma, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Y.S. Parmar University, Nauni-Solan (H.P.) 173230 India
Fax: +91-1792-52242

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FOREST 96 - 4O SIMPOSIO INTERNACIONAL SOBRE ECOSSISTEMAS FLORESTAIS

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL
13-16 AUGUST 1996

Fourth International Symposium on Forest Ecosystems

For more information please contact:
Biosfera
Caixa Postal 2432, Rio de Janeiro, RJ CEP 20001-970
Fax: +021-221-0155/262-5946

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INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON FORESTS AND THE BIODIVERSITY CONVENTION

MONTREAL, CANADA
31 AUGUST - 1 SEPTEMBER 1996

For more information, please contact:
Sheldon Cohen, Biodiversity Action Network
1400 16th St., NW Suite 502, Washington, DC 20036 USA
Fax: +1-202-2650222
E-mail: bionet@igc.apc.org

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WORLD HERITAGE TROPICAL FOREST CONFERENCE

CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA
2-6 SEPTEMBER 1996

For more information, please contact:
Conference Secretariat
P.O. Box 1280, Milton, Queensland 4064, Australia
Fax: +61-7-33691512
E-mail: whft@sunray.im.com.au

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INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF ETHNOBIOLOGY

NAIROBI, KENYA
2-6 SEPTEMBER 1996

The broad theme of the congress was "Ethnobiology and Conservation of Cultural and Biological Diversity". Topics covered: ethnobiology inventories, research methods, recognition and use of indigenous knowledge in development, application of ethnomedicine, policy measures that relate to community resources rights touching on researchers, industry and policy makers.

For more information, please contact:
Christine Kabuye, National Museums of Kenya
P.O. Box 45166, Nairobi, Kenya
Fax: +254-2-741 424
E-mail: biodive@tt.gn.apc.org

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27TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ESSENTIAL OILS

VIENNA, AUSTRIA
8-11 SEPTEMBER 1996
The workshop covered all aspects concerning essential oils and related natural products, with focus on biological activity of essential oils and on the use of essential oils as phytogenic feed additives.

For more information, please contact:
Prof. Dr Ch. Franz, Symposium Secretariat, University of Veterinary Medicine, Institute for Botany and Food Science
Josef Baumanngasse 1
A-1201, Vienna, Austria
Fax: +43-1-250 77 3190
E-mail: Choldwig.Franz@vu.wien.ac.at

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1996 PCA INTERNATIONAL NAVAL STORES CONFERENCE

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, USA
9-11 SEPTEMBER 1996

For more information, please contact:
Pulp Chemicals Association
Technology Park/Atlanta
P.O. Box 102062
Atlanta, GA 30368-0062
Fax: +1-770-446 1487

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTEGRATING CONSERVATION OF BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY WITH SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC GOALS

VICTORIA, CANADA
8-13 SEPTEMBER 1996

For more information, please contact:
Connections Victoria Ltd
P.O. Box 40046 Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 3N3
Fax: +1-604-382 2076

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ENGINEERING CROPS FOR INDUSTRIAL END USES

BRISTOL, UK
16-18 SEPTEMBER 1996

For more information please contact:
H.M. Anderson or Christine Cooke, Scientific Liaison
Dept. of Agricultural Sciences, University of Bristol, Ashton Research Station
Long Ashton, Bristol, BS 189AF, UK
Fax: +44-1275-394007
E-mail: Christine.Cooke@bbsrc.ac.uk

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2ND IFOAM CONFERENCE ON ORGANIC TEXTILES

BINGEN, GERMANY
23-26 SEPTEMBER 1996

For more information, please contact:
IMO, Institute for Marketecology
Poststrasse 8, CH-8583 Sulgen, Switzerland
Fax: +41-72-423663

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INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSE ON BAMBOO CULTIVATION AND UTILIZATION

CHINA
5-10 OCTOBER 1996

The training course, held every two years in China, is sponsored by the State Science and Technology Commission of China (SSTC) and organized by CAF Research Institute of Subtropical Forestry, focusing on applied techniques for bamboo cultivation and utilization and providing chances of international exchange of knowledge on bamboo industry in the world.

For more information, please contact:
Prof. Fu Maoyi.
CAF Research Institute of Sub-tropical Forestry
Fuyang, Zhejiang 311400, P.R. China
Fax: +86-571-3341304

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ASSESSMENT OF BIODIVERSITY FOR IMPROVED FOREST PLANNING

MONTE VERITÀ, SWITZERLAND
7-11 OCTOBER 1996

For more information, please contact:
Dr Michael Köhl, Swiss Federal Institue of Forest, Snow and Landscape Research
Ch-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland
Fax: +41-1-7392215
E-mail: koehl@wsl.ch

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TRAINING COURSE ON DEVELOPMENT, OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT OF COMMUNITY-BASED FOREST PRODUCTS ENTERPRISES

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
1-28 OCTOBER 1996

For more information, please contact:
The Director, College of Forestry
P.O. Box 434, 4031 College
Laguna 20560, Philippines
Fax: +63 (94) 3340

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IUCN WORLD CONSERVATION CONGRESS

MONTREAL, CANADA.
13-23 OCTOBER 1996

For more information, please contact:
IUCN, Rue de Mauverney 28
CH-1196 Gland, Switzerland
Fax: +41-22-9990002

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RESOURCES INVENTORY TECHNIQUES TO SUPPORT AGROFORESTRY ACTIVITIY

PALAMPUR, INDIA
26-28 OCTOBER 1996

IUFRO S4.02-00.

For more information, please contact:
Dr Atul, Dept. of Agroforestry and environment, Hp Agricultural University, India
Fax: +91-1894-30530

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TREE IMPROVEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE TROPICAL FORESTRY

CALOUNDRA, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
27 OCTOBER-1 NOVEMBER 1996

IUFRO GROUP S2.02.08.

For more information, please contact:
QFRI-IUFRO Conference Secretariat, Queensland Forestry Research Institute, MS 483,
Gympie, Queensland, Australia
Fax: +61-74 828755

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5TH SESSION OF THE GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY FORUM

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
1-5 NOVEMBER 1996

Convenors:
IUCN The World Conservation Union
WRI World Resources Institute
FARN Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
IPBN Indigenous People Biodiversity Network
ACTS African Centre for Technological Studies
UNEP United Nations Environment Programme
The forum was convened immediately prior to the 3rd meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Global Biodiversity Forum concentrated on four themes: Agricultural biodiversity; Investing in biodiversity; Integrating biodiversity into land use planning and management; and Biodiversity and indigenous people.

For more information, please contact:
Jeffrey McNeely, Chief Scientist
Global Diversity Forum
5 - Buenos Aires

... or

IUCN
28, Rue de Mauverney, CH -1196 Gland, Switzerland.
Fax: +41-22 9990025
E-mail: jam@hq.iucn.org

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ASIAN SYMPOSIUM ON INDUSTRIAL UTILIZATION OF MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC PLANTS

BANGKOK, THAILAND
4-9 NOVEMBER 1996

Organized by: FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO/RAP); United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); International Centre for Science and High Technology (ICS); Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP); Asian and Pacific Centre for Technology Transfer (APCTT).

For further information please contact:
Dr Narong Chomchalow, Regional Plant Production Officer (Industrial Crops)
FAO/RAP, Maliwan Mansion, 39 Phra Atit Road, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Tel. +66-2- 2817844
Fax. +66-2- 2800445
E-mail: Narong.Chomchalow@field.fao.org

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INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON CULTIVATION, CONSERVATION AND PROCESSING OF MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC PLANTS

ABUJA, NIGERIA
18-20 NOVEMBER 1996

For more information, please contact:
National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Federal Ministry of
Science and Technology
Idu Industrial Area
P.M.B. 21, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria
Fax: +0234-9-5231043

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THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS' THIRD ANNUAL "MEDICINAL PLANTS" INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

WASHINGTON D.C., USA
21-22 NOVEMBER 1996

Results from case studies and strategies from savvy firms that are utilizing and profiting from the biodiversity of medicinal plants were presented.

For more information, please contact:
Claudia da Costa
International Business Communications
Fax: +1-508-481 4473
E-mail: cdacosta@ibcusa.com

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INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON EDIBLE MUSHROOMS

FUZHOU, CHINA
25-29 NOVEMBER 1996

The symposium was held at the Asia and Pacific Region Edible Mushroom Training Centre (Fujian), under the guidance of the Fujian Provincial Science and Technology Commission of CICETE (China International Centre for Economic and Technical Exchanges), in conjunction with the activities of the FAO project "Technical cooperation between China and other developing countries in selected priority sectors", which provides assistance to the Mushroom Training Centre for capacity-building.

For more information, please contact:
Zhao Yongli
Deputy Director, TCDC Division
CICETE
18 Bei San Huan Zhonghu, Beijing, 100011 China
FAX: +86-10-2011328

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INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF INDIGENOUS AND OTHER FOREST-DEPENDENT PEOPLES ON THE CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF FORESTS

LETICIA, COLOMBIA
9-13 DECEMBER 1996

This seminar was an initiative supported by the Governments of Colombia and Denmark. The initiative is lead by the International Alliance of the Indigenous-Tribal People of the Tropical Forests in collaboration with COICA (Consejo Indígena de la Cuenca Amazónica). The objectives of the seminar were to contribute to the Intergovernmental Panel on Forest Process with particular emphasis on Programme Element I.3 "...traditional forest-related knowledge...", I.1 ... "national forest and land use plans..", I.2 "...underlying causes of deforestation...", and V.1 "...international instruments related to forest issues...". The outcome of the meeting will be brought to the attention of the 4th session of the IPF (New York, February 1997).

For more information, please contact:
Ms Joji Cariño, Executive Secretary, The International Alliance of the Indigenous-Tribal People of the Tropical Forests
14, Rudolf Place Business Estate, Miles Street, London SW8 1RP
Fax: +44-171-793 8686
E-mail: morbeb@gn.apc.org

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