Economics, Trade & Investment

WECAFC Report Outlines Recommendations and Resolutions on Fisheries Management [viewed]

fao-wecafcSeptember 2014: The Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) has released the report of its 15th Session. The report highlights the adoption of four regional fisheries management recommendations and five resolutions, including on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and the implementation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Voluntary Guidelines on Small-scale fisheries and Tenure.

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GEF CEO Announces Largest-Ever Financing for SIDS [viewed]

GEF4 September 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Naoko Ishii has announced US$256 million in funding for projects on biodiversity, chemicals and wastes, forests and capacity building. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), during which the GEF also showcased its work with SIDS.

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SIDS Conference Generates Partnerships to Conserve and Manage Pacific Ocean Resources [viewed]

Samoa Partnerships Commitment4 September 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island developing States (SIDS) generated financial commitments of US$1.9 billion across nearly 300 partnerships, many of which focus on oceans and biodiversity. At parallel and side events held before and during the Conference, SIDS and their development partners showcased commitments to the sustainable development of oceans, and announced further commitments and goals.

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ELD Study Calls for Livelihood Diversification in Botswana's Kalahari [viewed]

eld3 September 2014: A study on ecosystem service trade-offs under four different land use scenarios in Botswana's Kalahari rangelands has found that communal grazing land uses deliver the broadest range of ecosystem services. However, the study calls for policy reform to prevent an over-emphasis on commercial food production. The report is part of a series of case study outputs supported by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative.

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Ecosystem Services of Caribbean Netherlands Valued at $122 Million Per Year [viewed]

Teeb26 August 2014: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for the Netherlands (TEEB-NL) programme has estimated the economic value of the marine and terrestrial ecosystems of the Caribbean Netherlands at US$122 million per year, or about US$5,800 for each of the islands' residents. The study also offers policy tools to raise awareness, support decision-making, attract finance, undertake ecosystem damage assessments and facilitate spatial planning on the islands.

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SIDS Conference Discusses Climate Change, Resilience, Social Development, NCDs [viewed]

2sepsids2 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) and development partners continued their general debate at the Third International Conference on SIDS on 2 September, in Apia, Samoa, addressing issues of debt restructuring, SIDS' resilience, waste management, climate change, sea-level rise and recovery from extreme weather events. Several SIDS speakers stressed that access to financing and operationalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) require the attention of the international community, in the quest for sustainable development.

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GEO SIDS Outlook Highlights Blue-Green Economy, Island Culture, Nature and Technology [viewed]

GEO-SIDS2 September 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO) Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Outlook, on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on SIDS. The report describes SIDS trends and outlooks, including challenges related to SIDS's isolation, remoteness and out-migration as well as climate change, natural disasters, water shortages and increasing food and fuel prices, among others.

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OECD Releases Consensus Documents on Safety Assessments of Transgenic Cassava and Eucalyptus [viewed]

OECD_NEWSeptember 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development (OECD) has released consensus documents on the biology of cassava and on the biology of eucalyptus to facilitate regulatory assessment of transgenic varieties of these species.

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SPREP, Germany Sign €5 Million EbA Project [viewed]

SPREP31 August 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Germany's Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) signed a five-year, €5 million project ahead of the Third International Conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption' will strengthen Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) through activities in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu as a way to adapt and build resilience to climate change.

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APEC Ministers Call for Action on Blue Economy, Food Security, Marine Conservation and Disaster Resilience [viewed]

apec28 August 2014: In an outcome document agreed upon at a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ocean and Fisheries Working Group, APEC Ministers called for establishing more integrated, sustainable, inclusive and mutually beneficial partnerships on ocean cooperation among APEC members. The ‘Xiamen Declaration: Towards New Partnership through Ocean Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region' outlines 47 actions on four priority areas: coastal and marine ecosystem conservation and disaster resilience; the role of the ocean on food security and food-related trade; marine science, technology and innovation; and the blue economy.

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