Biodiversity for Development

Ecosystems, Economy and Society Conference Considers Catalysts for Action on Large-Scale Restoration [viewed]

ecosystems-economy-society30 May 2014: On the second day of the conference titled 'Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-Scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development,' participants heard about different approaches to restoration, projects from around the world, and reflections on the larger movement for ecosystem restoration.

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Ecosystems, Economy and Society Conference Highlights Large-Scale Restoration as Path to Sustainable Development [viewed]

ecosystems-economy-society29 May 2014: The first day of the international conference on 'Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-Scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development' opened with a high-level overview of major challenges and pathways to sustainable development. In opening remarks, Antoine Frérot, CEO, Veolia, pointed to the need to change business-as-usual practices, commenting that "impoverishing nature impoverishes humanity."

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GEF Council Considers 2020 Strategy, GEF-6 [viewed]

gefcouncilmeeting27 May 2014: The 46th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council convened immediately prior to the 5th meeting of the GEF Assembly. The Council considered, inter alia, the long term strategy for the GEF, co-financing policy, the GEF-5 Work Program, and the Work program and budget of the GEF Independent Evaluation office. Agenda items specific to the sixth replenishment period of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-6) included a proposal for the System of Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR) for GEF-6, implementation arrangements for the GEF Small Grants Programme, and a summary of the negotiations of the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund.

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STAP Advises GEF Assembly on Environmentally Sustainable Development [viewed]

GEF STAP24 May 2014: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a report to the 5th meeting of the GEF Assembly, providing recommendations for advancing environmentally sustainable development under the sixth GEF replenishment (GEF-6). The report, titled ‘Delivering Global Environmental Benefits for Sustainable Development,' also reviews the expansion of the Advisory Panel's roles and responsibilities, and its contributions in GEF-5.

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WAVES Newsletter Highlights Partnership Meeting, Partner Projects [viewed]

waves14 May 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program has released the May 2014 edition of its newsletter, featuring short descriptions and links to the Fourth WAVES Partnership Meeting, a global workshop on natural capital accounting (NCA) for forests, and NCA initiatives in Australia and Mozambique. The newsletter also lists upcoming events, recent publications, and news stories about NCA and WAVES partner projects.

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PFII Calls for Indigenous Peoples' Leadership in World Conference [viewed]

Unpfii23 May 2014: The 13th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) concluded with a call for indigenous peoples to be "in the co-driver's seat" at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) in September 2014. The meeting also addressed good governance, violence against women, indigenous children and youth, human rights, the post-2015 development agenda, and the situation of indigenous peoples in Asia. 

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WAVES Country and Annual Reports Released [viewed]

wavesMay 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has released its ‘Annual Report 2014,' which documents the Partnership's methodological and institutional progress on natural capital accounting (NCA) for integrating natural resources into development planning. WAVES has also released country reports for five of its eight core implementing countries: Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Madagascar, and the Philippines.

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UNEP Executive Director Briefs European Ministers on UNEA, SDGs, Wildlife Crime [viewed]

UNEP14 May 2014: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner briefed European Environment Ministers on the forthcoming UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) at an informal Council Meeting in Athens, Greece. Steiner addressed: UNEA's expected role and vision; UNEP priorities for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and post-2015 development agenda; and wildlife crime. UNEA's first session will take place in June 2014, and Steiner said it is expected to agree on a common vision.

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ECLAC Proposes Compacts for Equality and Sustainable Development [viewed]

ECLAC5 May 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) proposed to the biennial session of the Commission six "social compacts" on equality and development covering fiscal policy, investment, industrial policy, inclusive financing, labor reform, public services, environmental sustainability and natural resource governance. 

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WMBD Marks the Launch of Project Destination Flyways [viewed]

world-migratory-day11 May 2014: On this year's World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), 10-11 May 2014, the UN highlighted the role of sustainable tourism in conserving migratory birds along their flyways. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed support for raising awareness about the threats to migratory birds from habitat destruction, over-exploitation, pollution and climate change. 

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