Biodiversity for Development

GSDR 2015 Draft Outline Released [viewed]

DESANovember 2014: A draft of the outline for the 2015 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) is now available on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. The draft outline lists eight chapters, including a description of the aims of each chapter and key questions to be addressed.

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World Bank Approves Project to Improve Conservation of Biodiversity and Enhance Livelihoods in Mozambique [viewed]

World Bank18 November 2014: The World Bank has approved a US$40 million International Development Association (IDA) grant to support the implementation of Mozambique's Conservation Areas (CAs) for Biodiversity and Development Project, known as Mozbio.

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IUCN, MedPAN Sign MOU to Improve Marine Management in Mediterranean [viewed]

iucn-medpan18 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the network of marine protected area managers in the Mediterranean (MedPAN) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC), which is taking place from 12-19 November, in Sydney, Australia. The MOU aims to enhance coordination on scientific research on ecosystem services, poverty reduction and sustainable development in the Mediterranean region.

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15 Members of Future Earth Engagement Committee Appointed [viewed]

futureearth18 November 2014: The Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability has announced 15 members of the Future Earth Engagement Committee. The members will provide leadership and strategic guidance on engaging partners and stakeholders of Future Earth - a ten-year global research platform - in designing and disseminating research.

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Arusha Declaration on Wildlife Crime Adopted in Tanzania [viewed]

UNDP13 November 2014: Participants at a meeting hosted by the Tanzanian Minister of Natural Resources, Lazaro Nyalandu, and supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF), have signed the Arusha Declaration. The Declaration calls for urgent action and announces the creation of bilateral agreements between Tanzania and neighboring Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia to address wildlife crime.

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LifeWeb Initiative Showcases Conservation, Poverty Reduction Links [viewed]

LifeWeb14 November 2014: The Spain-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) LifeWeb Initiative is being used to show how biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction and improved livelihoods are linked, with some 11 projects conducted across 15 protected areas (PAs). UNEP says that community empowerment, monitoring and enforcement, and better financing are key to habitat conservation and species protection across the PAs.

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Protected Planet Report: World on Track to Meet CBD 2020 Target for Protected Areas [viewed]

Protected Planet Report 201413 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report concluding that the world is on track to meet a 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Target on the expansion of protected areas, although more work is required to ensure areas of importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services are prioritized for protection. The report, titled ‘Protected Planet Report 2014: Tracking progress towards global targets for protected areas,' was launched at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress, meeting in Sydney, Australia.

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UNEP IRP Concludes 15th Meeting; Names Potočnik as Co-Chair [viewed]

International Resource Panel8 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Resource Panel (IRP) selected Janez Potočnik, the former European Union (EU) Commissioner for the Environment, as the new IRP Co-Chair, at its 15th meeting. The Panel also identified future areas of research, including: poverty eradication and natural resources governance; restoration and resilience of land biodiversity and ecosystem services; and circular economy and innovation.

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Sixth IUCN World Parks Congress Opens [viewed]

logo_wpc201412 November 2014: The sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) opened on 12 November, in Sydney, Australia, with a ceremony that transitioned the role of Congress host from South Africa to Australia. The eight-day event is expected to attract 5,000 participants from more than 160 countries, and culminate in the ‘Promise of Sydney Vision,' a document highlighting the importance of protected areas (PAs), listing promises made during the WPC, and proposing steps for its fulfillment.

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CGIAR Launches Ecosystem Services and Resilience Framework [viewed]

CGIAR11 November 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) has launched the Ecosystem Services and Resilience (ESR) Framework for using ecosystem service and resilience concepts to improve human well-being and food and livelihood security in agricultural landscapes.

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