Finance

Event: International Workshop on Corruption, Natural Resources and the Environment [viewed]

This workshop will be organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Asia Pacific Network for Environmental Governance, and the Australian National University. The organizers are inviting papers on: the social and economic impacts of corruption in biodiversity management, climate change activities, fisheries, forestry, and water management; and the theory and practice of anti-corruption policies in resource and environmental management. CIFOR is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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Jim Yong Kim Selected as Next World Bank President [viewed]

16 April 2012: The World Bank Board of Executive Directors selected Jim Yong Kim, a US national and recognized health and development expert, as President of the Bank for a five-year term, beginning on 1 July 2012.

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FCPF Meetings Address REDD+ Readiness Programmes [viewed]

30 March 2012: The Participants Committee and the Carbon Fund of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which are hosted at the World Bank, recently held discussions on national readiness programmes for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+) of a number of countries.

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Event: LBS Protocol COP 1 [viewed]

The first session of the Conference of Parties (COP 1) to the Protocol on Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol) to the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region (Cartagena Convention) will be held to: review and approve the recommendations of the first meeting of the Scientific, Technical and Advisory Committee (STAC 1) for the Protocol held from 5-7 June 2012; review and agree on further activities of the LBS Regional Activity Centres (RACs) in Cuba, and Trinidad and Tobago; and decide on the 2013-14 work plan and budget for activities under the Protocol and the Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP) sub-programme of UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP).  

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GEF Supports Conservation of Iona National Park in Angola [viewed]

30 March 2012: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) finalized its approval of a US$2.2 million project to be implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to preserve biodiversity in Iona National Park in Angola.

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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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