Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: CMS Stakeholder Meeting on the Conservation of Large Mammals in Central Asia [viewed]

The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is convening a 'Stakeholder Meeting on the Conservation of Large Mammals in Central Asia'. The meeting will develop a programme of work to be submitted for adoption at the 11th Conference of the Parties to CMS (COP 11) in November 2014. The Secretariat is also looking into the possibility of convening a COP11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for National Focal Points of central Asian Parties immediately afterwards, from the 26-28 September 2014.  

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Event: Workshop on Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services (VFES) [viewed]

Convened by FOREST EUROPE and hosted by the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, the workshop will consider how to progress the Programme of Work on the Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services (VFES). The workshop will allow for the exchange of experiences on VFES and identify priorities to strengthen the consideration of VFES in national policies and market-based mechanisms.  

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CBD Launches Survey on Use of Biosafety Clearing House [viewed]

CBD6 May 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, other governments and relevant organizations to complete a survey on existing capacity and feedback in using the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH).

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CBD Releases Results of Survey on Biosafety Protocol Implementation [viewed]

CBD6 May 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the results and a preliminary analysis of a survey to assess the state of implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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UNWTO Meeting Discusses Impacts of Poaching on Tourism [viewed]

Unwto7 May 2014: At the 56th Meeting of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for Africa, African member States highlighted the impacts of poaching on tourism and discussed a UNWTO study on the economic value of wildlife watching. 

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Event: CBD Workshop on Resource Mobilization for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) through its Biodiversity Finance Initiative, and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). As one of a series of resource mobilization workshops, it will enhance the capacity of participants to apply pertinent methodologies, frameworks and tools for identifying, assessing and reporting on existing biodiversity finance, in order to develop robust financial baselines and national finance plans for effective implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans; and to identify relevant biodiversity values and incorporate them in policy planning.  

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Special Issue of Journal Presents Papers from UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference [viewed]

planet-riskApril 2014: Global Risk Forum (GRF) Davos has dedicated a special issue of its journal 'Planet@Risk' to the topic of desertification. All of the papers in the issue are based on presentations that were given during the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference, which addressed the theme of 'Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry subhumid areas.'

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Evaluate Development Finance Reporting [viewed]

OECD21 March 2014: A meeting convened by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) and the Working Party on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT) discussed trends in the reporting of development and climate finance flows, including the use of the Rio markers for reporting under the Rio Conventions.

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CBD Requests Reports on the Status of Capacity Building for Biosafety [viewed]

CBD24 April 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting Parties of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to submit information on the status of implementation of the Framework and Action Plan for Capacity-Building for the Effective Implementation of the Protocol.

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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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