Economics, Trade & Investment

CBD Publishes Quick Start Package for Ecosystem Accounting [viewed]

CBD7 October 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a report, titled ‘Ecosystem Natural Capital Accounts: A Quick Start Package,' as No. 77 of its Technical Series. The paper serves as a manual for integrating the value of biodiversity into national accounting systems to support the implementation of Aichi Biodiversity Target 2.

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INTERPOL Announces Establishment of Environmental Crime Team in Africa [viewed]

interpol7 October 2014: INTERPOL has announced the establishment of a dedicated team to address wildlife crime in Africa. The team will also support the activities of INTERPOL's Project Wisdom, which combats elephant and rhinoceros poaching and illegal trade in ivory through the financial support of the Wildcat Foundation.

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TRAFFIC Reports on Increased Illegal Trade in South African Abalone [viewed]

traffic7 October 2014: TRAFFIC has released a report that details evidence and the evolution of illegal harvest and trade in Perlemoen Abalone, a species found off the coast of South Africa.

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OSCE Trains Customs Officers to Detect Illegal Trade in Wildlife, Hazardous Waste [viewed]

OSCE3 October 2014: The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) organized a regional workshop to build the capacity of customs authorities from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus in detecting the illegal trafficking of hazardous waste, pesticides, ozone-depleting substances and endangered plants and animals.

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Guest Article #23: How CITES is Taking Concrete Action for a World Living in Harmony with Nature: CITES' Contribution to the UN Decade on Biodiversity [viewed]

As we approach the mid-way point to the 2020 deadline to achieve our common set of biodiversity targets and strategies, it is an opportune moment to reflect on how the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is contributing to: realizing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020); achieving the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and celebrating the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity's vision of a world living in harmony with nature[1].

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International Organizations Call for Research on Ebola and Wildlife Links [viewed]

iucn-cbd-grasp-cifor8 October 2014: On the occasion of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), Jane Smart, Global Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s Biodiversity Conservation Group, highlighted the links between the spread of Ebola and biodiversity loss. The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have also announced calls and support for research into the links between bushmeat consumption and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Madagascar and CITES Cooperating to Address Illegal Timber Trade [viewed]

cites7 October 2014: On the margins of the 69th UN General Assembly, Madagascar President, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, and John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), discussed continued cooperation and means to stem illegal trade in timber.

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UN Report: Benefits Outweigh Costs in Investing in Biodiversity Protection [viewed]

CBD7 October 2014: The second report of the UN High-Level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 concludes that the benefits of investing in measures that promote the sustainable use of biodiversity outweigh the financial costs and include multiple economic and environmental benefits.

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IFPRI, AfDB Publish Review of GM Crops in Africa [viewed]

ifpri-afdbOctober 2014: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and African Development Bank (AfDB) have released a report detailing the current status of biotechnology in Africa, with particular focus on genetically modified (GM) crops. The report, titled 'GM Agricultural Technologies for Africa: A State of Affairs,' considers the potential pros and cons of expanding Africa's currently limited use of GM crops and outlines the barriers to their adoption.

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Host Training Workshop on Rio Markers [viewed]

OECD_NEW18 September 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) organized a training workshop on accessing and using its Rio Markers for reporting environment-related aid flows. The training highlighted recent developments in improving the Rio Markers, as well as efforts to adapt the current statistical framework for the post-2015 development agenda.

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