Economics, Trade & Investment

ASEAN Members Adopt Declaration on Combating Wildlife Trafficking [viewed]

Asean13 November 2014: The 9th East Asia Summit (EAS) concluded with the issuance of declarations and statements on a number of transboundary issues of common concern including Ebola, wildlife trafficking, disaster response and terrorism. On wildlife trafficking, 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member States, as well as Australia, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Russian Federation and the US, adopted the 'Declaration on Combating Wildlife Trafficking.'

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Event: Global Conference on Inland Fisheries, Freshwater, Fish and the Future [viewed]

This global conference will focus on ‘Freshwater Fish and the Future: Cross-Sectoral Approaches to Sustain Livelihoods, Food Security and Aquatic Resources'. The conference aims to raise the profile of inland fisheries to better reflect their role in blue growth and their incorporation in agricultural, industrial, recreational and urban land use and water resource planning. The conference will address four themes: biological assessment; economic and social assessment; drivers and synergies; and policy and governance. The meeting is expected to result in recommendations for inland fisheries policy statements.  

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CIFOR Project Prepares PES Guide [viewed]

CIFOR12 December 2014: As part of a project on land tenure and use rights in Indonesia the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) developed a guide on conducting feasibility assessments for payments for ecosystem services (PES).

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WIPO Organizes Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

wipo9 December 2014: Aiming to impart basic knowledge of the main principles of the intellectual property system from a traditional knowledge perspective, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) organized a practical workshop for indigenous peoples and local communities on intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore in Geneva, Switzerland, from 3-5 December 2014.

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ITPGR Holds Regional Workshops for Benefit-Sharing Fund Project Applicants [viewed]

ITPGRDecember 2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) organized a series of regional workshops for those preparing to submit full proposals to be funded under the third cycle of the Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund.

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Arctic Biodiversity Congress Discusses Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, Climate Change [viewed]

arctic4 December 2014: Participants at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress addressed the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through three main themes: Arctic change, resilience and adaptation; mainstreaming biodiversity and linking Arctic ecosystems to society; and understanding cumulative effects and managing impacts.

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UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report Proposes 6 Elements for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

syntesis-proposal4 December 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released an advance version of his synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.' In the report, Ban proposes an integrated set of six essential elements: dignity; people; prosperity; planet; justice; and partnership.

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UNIDO Publication Spotlights SIDS' Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNIDODecember 2014: As a follow up to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the UN Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) ‘Making It' publication examines the potential of SIDS to pursue sustainable economic development by steadily increasing economic productivity.

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Event: Second Environmental Protection and Sustainability Forum [viewed]

The Department of Economics and the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath are hosting this international forum to discuss state-of-the-art academic research on international environmental agreements informed by the insights of policymakers and practitioners in the field. The forum will include academic presentations (ten academic keynote presentations and 40 academic contributed papers) and engagement with stakeholders through roundtable discussions and public lectures. The forum seeks to connect researchers with those who design and implement policy, as well as those who are affected by the policies. The first Forum was hosted by the University of Exeter in 2011. The following topics, inter alia, are expected to be addressed: impact of the negotiation process on implementation of environmental agreements; the role of institutions in shaping and monitoring agreements; the role of research and development, adaptation and geoengineering in the success of climate change mitigation strategies; the impact of policy instruments at the international and domestic level on the success of agreements; the role of international and domestic law in designing international environmental agreements; ecological, technological and societal thresholds and tipping points; the roles of uncertainty, risk and learning; and the economic impacts of agreements.  

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IUCN: Policy Matters More than Money for Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

iucn-birdlife-cefe1 December 2014: A study authored by scientists from the Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and BirdLife International assesses the performance of individual nations and regions in meeting their responsibilities for global biodiversity conservation. It concludes that countries with consistent, conservation-oriented policies do a better job protecting biodiversity, and that performance is not necessarily tied to economic capacity.

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