Finance

GEF Supports Ethanol Production from Cassava Pilot Project [viewed]

28 March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a US$2.97 million grant to promote cassava-based bioenergy through technology innovation and South-South technology transfer from Thailand and neighboring countries.

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Quito Seminar Discusses Biodiversity Finance [viewed]

8 April 2012: The Quito Seminar on Scaling Up Biodiversity Finance addressed the issue of innovative financial mechanisms within the broader context of scaled up biodiversity financing, as an attempt to facilitate the formal negotiations towards and during the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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UNEP Highlights Study on the Role of Bats in Transitioning to a Green Economy [viewed]

5 April 2012:  The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has highlighted a new study on how Mexican bats with Brazilian roots are boosting the US cotton industry. The study was published in the journal "Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment," and was co-authored by Rodrigo Medellin, Ambassador of the Year of the Bat and Scientific Councillor to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).

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FAO LAC Forestry Commission Discusses Climate Change, Forest Management [viewed]

FAO19 March 2012: The 27th meeting of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC) has developed recommendations to FAO about forest genetic resources, climate change, sustainable forest management (SFM) and priorities for the draft work programme of FAO's Committee on Forestry (COFO).

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Draft Ramsar COP 11 Resolutions Released [viewed]

6 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that, following the approval by the Standing Committee of the draft resolutions for consideration by the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11), the Secretariat has finalized and translated all the draft resolutions into the three Convention languages (English, French and Spanish).

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IPPC Adopts New Strategic Framework and Resource Mobilization Strategy [viewed]

IPPC26 March 2012: At its seventh session, the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CMP 7) adopted, among other decisions: the IPPC Strategic Framework 2012-2019; a resource mobilization strategy; six International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs); as well as a number of institutional and procedural decisions. The CMP is the Governing Body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).

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ITPGR Secretary Takes Stock of Ten Years of Implementation [viewed]

March 2012: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published the March 2012 edition of its Leading the Field newsletter, which features an article by ITPGR Secretary Shakeel Bhatti on the Treaty's first ten years of implementation.

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop on Valuation and Incentive Measures for Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) through its Coordinating Office on the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), this workshop seeks to: provide decision makers in Eastern Europe and Central Asia with economic arguments for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; promote synergies and enhanced cooperation among relevant policy areas and sectors by mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services; and support the revision and review of national biodiversity strategies and action plans in light of the new Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.  

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Regional Development Banks Support Community-Based Sustainable Businesses [viewed]

29 March 2012: The Multilateral Investment Fund (known as FOMIN in Spanish), part of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) together with the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Dutch Development Bank (FMO), and The Nature Conservancy have launched the second stage of a fund aimed at supporting sustainable community living and business ventures in Latin America.

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GEF Approves First Two Projects Under the SFM/REDD+ Window [viewed]

GEF23 March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved its first two projects, in Togo and Azerbaijan, under the sustainable forest management (SFM) and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+) window approved as a result of the GEF's fifth replenishment.

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