Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: Towards a Sustainable and Legal Wildlife Trade Symposium [viewed]

Organized by the International Trade Centre (a joint UN/World Trade Organization agency) and Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent, this symposium aims to enhance understanding on how to support trade in wildlife that is sustainable, legal and consistent with the principles of sustainable development. Key objectives of the two-day symposium are to: foster dialogue between researchers, economists, policy makers, the private sector and other conservation-related disciplines; provide evidence-based options for improved conservation trade policy; and establish a research agenda for wildlife trade in the global economy.  

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WAVES Regional Workshop Discusses Methodologies for Natural Capital Accounting [viewed]

waves9 March 2015: The Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has convened a Regional Workshop in Turkey to promote natural capital accounting (NCA) in policy and development planning in the region. The workshop focused on methodologies for NCA, including case studies of water and forest accounting and the application of NCA to monitoring frameworks for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Denmark, Estonia Ratify Supplementary Biosafety Protocol [viewed]

CBD9 March 2015: Denmark and Estonia are the latest countries to ratify the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Their accession brings the total number of ratifications to 30, which is 75% of the ratifications necessary for the Supplementary Protocol's entry into force.

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China Announces Plan to Halt Commercial Logging in Natural Forests [viewed]

Itto28 February 2015: As highlighted in the latest International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) Tropical Timber Market Report (TTM), the Government of China has announced a three-stage plan to phase out all commercial logging in natural forests in an effort to protect remaining natural forest areas.

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AMCEN Declaration Urges Action on Climate Change, Illegal Wildlife Trade, Green Economy [viewed]

African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN)6 March 2015: African ministers called for adaptation-mitigation parity in the 2015 climate agreement at the 15th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). Ministers also supported measures to develop a common wildlife strategy, enhance natural resources management, ensure an inclusive green economy and support the continent's poverty eradication and sustainable development efforts.

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EU Submits INDC, Reports on State of Europe's Environment [viewed]

ec6 March 2015: The EU has submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat, the second party to do so after Switzerland. The contribution, approved by the Environment Council, indicates that the EU intends to achieve at least a 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 1990 levels by 2030, in line with the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework, which was agreed by the European Council in October 2014.

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2015 WWD Gets 'Serious About Wildlife Crime' [viewed]

SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime4 March 2015: Convening under the theme, 'It's time to get serious about wildlife crime,' this year's World Wildlife Day (WWD) was celebrated globally on 3 March 2015.

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Conservation of Humpback Whale, Rhinoceros and European Wildlife Feature in February [viewed]

cms_cites_ecFebruary 2015: In February, the European Commission (EC) announced the development of a draft Wildlife Conservation Strategy for Africa, which according to the EC, will define a holistic strategy for wildlife conservation on the continent over the next 10 years, "with a view to orienting and optimizing EC investments to best address the wildlife crisis."

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Report Reveals Forest Cover Loss in Congo Basin [viewed]

comifac-cbfpFebruary 2015: The Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) and the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) released the 'State of the Forest Report' for the Congo Basin highlighting the ongoing loss of biodiversity and forest cover in the region.

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Palm Oil Certification in Indonesia Extended to Smallholders [viewed]

UNDP24 February 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Indonesia announced the launch of a pilot project to implement the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) system on smallholder plantations. The project, led by the Ministry of Agriculture, is expected to engage 2,200 smallholders represented by six cooperatives.

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