World Bank

Event: Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth [viewed]

The Global Ocean Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth, organized by the Government of the Netherlands and the World Bank, is meant to "seal major deals for worldwide action" addressing the threats to the health and productivity of oceans. The meeting aims to mobilize financial and technical support for attaining established goals under the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO). It will also host the first official assembly of GPO partners, and will mark the implementation phase of the GPO. In addition, a report indicating priority areas and regions for action will be launched by the GPO Blue Ribbon Panel, an independent group of ocean experts. Attendance is by invitation only. The Summit was originally scheduled to take place in September 2013. The Summit will highlight the need to address the next frontier of successful integrated approaches that attract public-private partners, secure financing and catalyze good ocean governance while reconciling tensions and balancing priorities between growth and conservation, private sector interests and equitable benefits for communities and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) policy frameworks.  

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ICCWC Offers Training on Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime in Asia [viewed]

12 March 2013: The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) held a training session for wildlife law enforcement officials from across Asia. The training, which focused on investigative techniques, took place on the sidelines of the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP 16).

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World Bank GTI Convenes Meeting to Advance Snow Leopard Conservation [viewed]

9 March 2013: Representatives and experts from twelve snow leopard range countries convened in Bangkok on the sidelines of the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP 16) to advance national preparations for the 2013 International Snow Leopard Conservation Forum.

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Global Meeting of Wildlife Enforcement Networks Discusses Cooperation on Poaching and Illicit Trade [viewed]

7 March 2013:  The first global meeting of wildlife enforcement networks (WENs) met on the sidelines of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP 16) to strengthen regional enforcement capacity, coordination and response to wildlife crime.

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TEEB for Business Coalition Tracks Progress on Natural Capital Accounting [viewed]

5 March 2013: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank recently hosted an event to evaluate global progress since the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) on natural capital accounting. The IFC and the Bank are members of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Business Coalition, which was established in November 2012 building on the original TEEB programme.

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Event: 28th General Meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative [viewed]

The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) will hold its 28th General Meeting (GM28) in Belize. Launched at the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 1) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1994, ICRI brings together governments, the CBD and the Ramsar Convention Secretariats, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), development banks such as the World Bank, regional organizations such as the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and international organizations such as the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). ICRI members use annual General Meetings to interact, discuss past and upcoming ICRI-related activities and adopt resolutions or recommendations that bring international attention to specific issues affecting coral reefs.  

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ICCWC Partners Meet at CITES CoP 16 [viewed]

5 March 2013: The future and effectiveness of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) was the main focus of a side-event hosted by ICCWC executive heads from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat, INTERPOL, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank and the World Customs Organization (WCO). The event was held on the occasion of the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) to CITES.  

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CITES Announces Side Event Schedule for CoP16 [viewed]

23 February 2013: More than 50 side and social events will be hosted on the sidelines of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16). Topics covered will include transnational wildlife crime, elephants, rhinos, saiga antelopes, sharks and manta rays, geckos, and snow leopards.

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Internal Evaluation Group (IEG) Report Gives Mixed Marks to World Bank on Forests [viewed]

5 February 2013: An evaluation conducted by the Internal Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank Group (WBG) gives mixed marks to the Bank's performance on the three objectives related to conservation, poverty alleviation and economic development set forth in its 2002 Forest Strategy.

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Bioversity Publication Focuses on ITPGR MLS Implementation in Kenya, Morocco, Philippines, Peru [viewed]

January 2013: Edited by Isabel López Noriega, Michael Halewood and Isabel Lapeña, Bioversity International has published a volume that includes four case studies highlighting the incentives, disincentives, opportunities and constraints for Kenya, Morocco, Peru and the Philippines in the implementation of the Multilateral System (MLS) of access and benefit-sharing (ABS) established under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), as well as the measures that could be adopted at the national level to advance the Treaty's implementation.

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