Biodiversity for Development

Pacific Countries Agree on EPA Negotiations with EU [viewed]

PIFS12 April 2014: The Pacific countries from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) have requested an Economic Participation Agreement (EPA) negotiation with the EU by the end of April 2014, following a discussion of outstanding issues among the Pacific ACP countries. Officials emphasized that the EPA provisions should promote the sustainable development of the region's fisheries, while ensuring that Pacific peoples benefit from fisheries trade. 

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Event: 15th Meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea [viewed]

The 15th meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will focus on the theme, ‘The role of seafood in global food security'. The meeting will include plenary sessions and discussion panels on the following areas: understanding global food security and the current role of seafood; the role of seafood in global food security in the context of sustainable development; and opportunities for, and challenges to, the future role of seafood in global food security. The meeting will result in a Co-Chairs' summary of ideas and issues raised and discussed. The Consultative Process meets annually to conduct a review and consider the report of the Secretary-General on oceans and the law of the sea, with an emphasis on identifying areas for enhancing intergovernmental and inter-agency coordination and cooperation.  

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Working Group Engages in Substantive Discussions on BBNJ [viewed]

Oceans and Law of the Sea4 April 2014: Delegates discussed the scope, parameters and feasibility of an international instrument at the seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

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EU-Africa Summit Outlines Actions on Peace and Security, Prosperity and People [viewed]

4th European Union EU-Africa Summit4 April 2014: Delegates to the Fourth EU-Africa Summit agreed on a Declaration outlining commitments on peace and security, prosperity and people. Leaders also adopted a declaration on migration and mobility, and a road map to frame EU-Africa relations in 2014-2017. The EU committed to provide more than €28 billion to Africa through bilateral cooperation.

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OECPR Meets to Prepare for First UNEA Session [viewed]

First UNEA Session28 March 2014: The Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened for the first time, in preparation for the first UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UNEP  in June 2014. Delegates did not approve any draft decisions, but will continue inter-sessional work to finalize several areas, including UNEP's Programme of Work, budget, and a draft stakeholder engagement policy.

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CIFOR Assesses Forest PES Project in Brazil [viewed]

CIFOR28 March 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the report, titled 'Promoting Forest Stewardship in the Bolsa Floresta Program - Local Livelihood Strategies and Preliminary Impacts,' which profiles the Bolsa Floresta project in Brazil, a payment for ecosystem services (PES) program targeting forest dwellers in "Sustainable Development Reserves."

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GEF-UNDP Project Conserves Marine Biodiversity, Supports Sustainable Livelihoods in Malaysia [viewed]

GEF UNDP27 March 2014: Tioman Island, Malaysia, has adopted a "reef etiquette" philosophy following a six-year project financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The project expanded Malaysia's marine park system by 6,400 hectares and addressed illegal fishing and relationships between local communities and conservation authorities.

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UNESCO AfriMAB Book Showcases Biosphere Reserves in Africa [viewed]

UNESCO26 March 2014: The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and Biosphere (MAB) regional network for Africa, AfriMAB, has announced the release of a book that showcases experiences from nine African countries in the management of Biosphere reserves. The 21 papers included in the publication seek to exchange knowledge, share experiences and guide implementation of the MAB programme in developing countries.

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UNDP Calls for Inputs on Draft Social and Environmental Standards [viewed]

UNDP3 March 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced an invitation to provide comments on its draft Social and Environmental Standards (SESs), which underpin UNDP's commitment to mainstreaming social and environmental sustainability in its programmes and projects. The Standards aim to: strengthen UNDP's social and environmental outcomes; minimize and manage adverse impacts when avoidance is not possible; and strengthen capacities for managing social and environmental risks.

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Event: Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold an interactive dialogue on 'Harmony with Nature' to discuss economic approaches in the context of sustainable development, and to further a more ethical basis for the relationship between humanity and nature. The dialogue will come up with recommendations for the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue takes place on International Mother Earth Day, which the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has designated as 22 April each year (A/RES/63/278).  

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