Economics, Trade & Investment

Species+ to Support Information Management of Globally Protected Species [viewed]

speciesplus13 November 2013: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the European Union have announced the release of 'Species+,' a new online information management resource for globally protected species covered under CITES, CMS and the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations.  

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ITTO Update Notes the Value of Tropical Timber Industry [viewed]

Itto13 November 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released the third edition of the twenty-second volume of its Tropical Forest update, focusing on sustainable tropical forest industries.

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Event: International Conference on Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy [viewed]

The Ecosystem Services Economics (ESE) Unit of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has initiated the work under the programme on “Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy (VANTAGE)”, and is organizing this meeting. Specific objectives of the conference include: demonstrate the rationale and evidence-base of valuation and accounting of natural capital in the context of the Green Economy, highlighting merits of valuation and accounting towards achieving the Green Economy; build consensus among policy-makers on the need for valuation and accounting of natural capital, especially in the African region; discuss and develop an overall plan to implement valuation and accounting of natural capital in selected countries; promote sharing of information and lessons learned from various ongoing initiatives in the field of valuation and accounting of natural capital; and contribute to capacity development among high-level government officials in the field of valuation and accounting of natural capital towards achieving the Green Economy.  

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Event: Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group Meeting on Socio-economic Considerations [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this meeting is part of the intersessional process on socio-economic considerations arising from the impact of living modified organisms (LMOs) on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, as addressed by Article 26 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The meeting will examine the outcomes of a series of online forums and regional online conferences and a compilation and review of information on socio-economic considerations. It aims to develop conceptual clarity on socio-economic considerations. The meeting report will be submitted for consideration by the seventh meeting of the Protocol's Meeting of the Parties (COP-MOP 7).  

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CITES Parties Discuss the Establishment of a West Asian Wildlife Enforcement Network [viewed]

CITES11 November 2013: During a workshop organized at the request of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Parties of West Asia, a process was agreed on strengthening regional cooperation in the fight against wildlife crime. The CITES parties discussed the need for and feasibility of establishing a regional network to coordinate the enforcement of laws that regulate trade in wildlife and to share intelligence. 

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IPBES-2 Working Documents Include Fast Track Thematic Assessments [viewed]

ipbesNovember 2013: The interim Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released pre-sessional working documents in advance of the second meeting of the Plenary (IPBES-2). The documents are inclusive of, inter alia, a series of fast track scoping exercises, a draft work programme, communication strategy and stakeholder engagement strategy, draft procedures for Platform deliverables and guidance on strategic partnerships.

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Conference on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Identifies Actions to Address Wildlife Crime [viewed]

interpol-unep6 November 2013: Participants at the First International Conference on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement highlighted the need for capacity building, improved intelligence capabilities and increased development of operational tools and toolkits as key action points to address the increasing threats posed by environmental crime, such as illegal trade in wildlife, timber and CFCs, and illegal shipments of waste.

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GEF Council Approves US$259.84 Million Work Program [viewed]

45th-meeting-of-the-GEF-Council7 November 2013: The 45th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council considered, inter alia: the progress report on the pilot accreditation of GEF Project Agencies; the mid-term evaluation of the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR); the mid-term evaluation of the National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE); an update on the GEF-6 replenishment; a review of GEF Agencies on their application of environmental and social safeguards and gender mainstreaming; and an update on the development of the GEF 2020 strategy. The GEF Council also approved a Work Program amounting to US$259.84 million.

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Enforcement Officers Discuss Rhinoceros DNA Sampling [viewed]

ICCWC6 November 2013: The first international rhinoceros DNA sampling training workshop to enhance the world's enforcement capacity to address rhinoceros poaching was hosted by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the University of Pretoria's Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL), in collaboration with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC). 

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Austria Provides US$2.2 Million through CBD LifeWeb Initiative [viewed]

LifeWeb31 October 2013: The Government of Austria has approved funding of US$2.2 million through the LifeWeb Initiative to help implement the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) through projects in Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

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