Biodiversity for Development

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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Zayed International Prize for the Environment Awards Announced [viewed]

zayed-prize7 May 2014: The Zayed International Prize for the Environment Award has been awarded to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco in recognition of the efforts of the Prince Albert II Foundation to spur urgent action on climate change, biodiversity protection and water security. He received the Prize at a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 7 May 2014. At the event, two additional Zayed Prizes were awarded in each of the '2nd Category for Scientific and or Technological Achievement in Environment,' and in the '3rd Category for Environmental Action Leading to Positive Change in Society.'

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PacMAB Commits to Revitalizing Pacific Isle Conservation [viewed]

UNESCO1 May 2014: Participants at the Fourth Pacific Man and Biosphere (PacMAB) meeting agreed on commitments to intensify efforts and activities in Pacific small island developing States (SIDS). The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Office for the Pacific States convened the regional meeting to re-energize the PacMAB network and its activities.

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WorldFish, FAO and Earth Observatory of Singapore Will Produce Roadmap for Future of Fish [viewed]

fao-worldfish28 April 2014: The Government of the Netherlands and the Rockefeller Foundation have announced their support for a partnership between the WorldFish Center and the Earth Observatory of Singapore. The two organizations will collaborate with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) to produce a roadmap for the "Future of Fish."

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Global Oceans Action Summit Charts a Path for Ocean Health, Blue Growth [viewed]

global-oceans-action25 April 2014: Urgent, coordinated action is needed to restore productive, resilient oceans, ensure food security and support human livelihoods, according to participants at the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth. The Summit also called for oceans to be embedded in the post-2015 development agenda, preferably in a stand-alone sustainable development goal (SDG) on oceans.

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