Finance

CBD Secretariat Invites Nominations for High-level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources [viewed]

CBD10 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited governments and relevant organizations to nominate experts to serve on a regionally balanced, high-level panel to guide a global assessment of the resources required to implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge Elects President [viewed]

13 February 2012: The Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge (WIO-CC) regional platform has elected Wills Agricole of Seychelles as its President. The WIO-CC aims to mobilize countries to come together and commit to island conservation and sustainable livelihoods, including by responding to the threat posed by climate change over the next 20 years. Focused on marine and coastal zones, the Challenge is set to build on efforts of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and Nairobi Convention.

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ACTO Environment Ministers Discuss FME 18, Rio+20, Amazon Agenda [viewed]

3 February 2012: The environment ministers of the eight Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) countries met informally during the 18th session of the Forum of Environment Ministers (FME 18) of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to discuss common stances on the Forum and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), as well as to prepare for the upcoming Meeting of ACTO Environment Ministers on Rio+20 and the Amazon Cooperation Strategic Agenda (AECA).

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SOS Fund Announces Support for 23 Species Conservation Initiatives [viewed]

9 February 2012: The Save our Species (SOS) fund, initiated by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has finalized the selection of 23 species conservation projects, to be conducted by 19 different organizations, to which it will allocate US$3.3 million. Of the species to be addressed, four are located in Latin America, nine in Africa, and 14 in Asia.

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CITES to Collaborate on Innovative Financing for Conservation [viewed]

CITES9 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and Innovative Finance, a Swiss foundation dedicated to financial innovation for social impact, have announced a collaboration to develop new revenue streams for conservation projects, through a portfolio of financing activities with industry and financial partners.

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UNEP FI Newsletter Highlights Rio+20 Natural Capital Declaration [viewed]

UNEP FI8 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has released the February 2012 iisue of its newsletter, which includes articles on: the Natural Capital Declaration, intended to demonstrate the commitment of financial institutions at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20); UNEP FI's activities at the Durban Climate Change Conference; and the release of a report on insurance, drawing on lessons from the Southern Cape of South Africa.   

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Voting Process for CSO Representatives at FCPF Opens [viewed]

6 February 2012: The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has announced that the voting process is open to select observers for three "Southern" civil society organizations (CSOs) and one "Northern" CSO to attend the Participants Committee meetings of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is hosted at the World Bank.

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Event: 107th Session of the IFAD Executive Board [viewed]

The IFAD Executive Board is the Fund's second main Governing Body, consisting of 18 elected Members and 18 Alternate Members. The Executive Board has full authority to decide on the programme of work, approval of projects, programmes and grants and to adopt/recommend action, pending the final approval of the Governing Council, on matters related to policy, the annual administrative budget, applications for membership and staffing within the Fund.  

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CBD Circulates Draft Methodological Guidance on Resource Mobilization Strategy [viewed]

CBD3 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has prepared a draft document on the CBD Strategy for Resource Mobilization, which has been revised in light of the comments received by Parties. The document contains methodological guidance for applying the indicators for monitoring the Strategy's implementation, and a preliminary reporting framework.

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CIFOR Assesses Indonesian Moratorium on Forest Concessions [viewed]

January 2012: Following the Indonesian Government's declaration in May 2011 of a two-year moratorium on new forest concession licences, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a working paper examining the significance of this moratorium on forest governance.

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