Economics, Trade & Investment

High-level Panel on Resources for Strategic Plan Conducts Online Consultation [viewed]

CBD2 August 2012: The High-level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Strategic Plan (HLP-GAR), established under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and sponsored by the UK and India, held an online consultation on 2 August 2012. The consultation aims to start the Panel's work in a transparent manner, and provide CBD Parties with the opportunity to exchange views on the subject.

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Naoko Ishii Takes Office as GEF CEO and Chairperson [viewed]

1 August 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) welcomed Naoko Ishii as its new CEO and Chairperson, announcing that she had taken office on 1 August 2012. The GEF Council unanimously selected Ishii to succeed Monique Barbut, who completed her second term as CEO in July 2012.

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International Sava River Basin Commission Holds Ecotourism Workshop [viewed]

31 July 2012: The International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) held an international workshop on the development of ecotourism in the context of cross-border cooperation. The Commission was set up in 2004 among the Governments of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, to cooperate for the sustainable use of the Sava River's resources and improved living conditions for populations in the Basin.

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CITES SC 62 Closes with Agreement on Ivory Trade Reporting [viewed]

27 July 2012: The 62nd meeting of the Standing Committee (SC 62) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened from 23-27 July 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Committee addressed, inter alia: financial matters; CITES' relationship with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP); and species trade and conservation, with discussions focusing on elephants, rhinos, and tigers. 

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Central Asia [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will hold an Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for Central Asia, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the Russian Federation as part of the GEF Country Support Programme. The workshop will bring together representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat, and GEF Agencies, as well as focal points from the biodiversity, desertification, climate change, and chemical conventions to explain and discuss GEF support for environment-related activities.  

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for West Africa [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is holding an Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for West Africa, as part of the GEF Country Support Programme, including participants from Benin, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra leone, Guinea and Togo. The workshop will bring together representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat and GEF Agencies, with focal points of the biodiversity, desertification, climate change, and chemicals conventions to discuss activities with global environmental benefits. Civil society organizations are invited to register at the meeting website.  

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Southern Africa [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is holding an Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for Southern Africa as part of the GEF Country Support Programme. The workshop will invite focal points from the biodiversity, desertification, climate change, and chemical conventions to meet with representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat and GEF Agencies. Participants are expected from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia.  

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ICCWC Launches Toolkit on Wildlife and Forest Crime [viewed]

25 July 2012: The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) has launched the Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit, which will allow countries to collect and analyze available data, gather evidence, prepare and preserve the wildlife and forest crime scene, and identify suspects. 

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IFAD Annual Report Documents Investments in Adaptation and Gender [viewed]

July 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released its 2012 Annual Report, which describes the achievements of its programme of work through 240 projects in 94 countries, as well as its new strategic framework for 2011-2015.

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Event: Strengthening National Capacities to Increase Finance and Investments into Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), together with the Secretariats of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), are organizing a workshop on “Strengthening National Capacities to Increase Finance and Investments into Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Opportunities from Climate Change Financing Mechanisms”. The workshop will focus on opportunities and new directions presented by climate change financing mechanisms, including the Adaptation Fund, the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Financing Mechanisms, the Green Climate Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs), and Renewal Energy Funds. Specifically, the workshop will seek to: share and exchange information on existing, new and emerging climate change mechanisms, and how these could be used to enhance synergistic implementation of the Rio Conventions; increase the capacity of participating countries to identify and mobilize potential financial resources through climate change financing mechanisms; present successful tools, instruments, best practices experiences and lessons learned with illustrated examples from countries on how SLM has been integrated into climate change adaptation and mitigation financing; develop country specific project profiles/ideas that link SLM and adaptation to climate change for later development and identify opportunities for scaling-up joint efforts and strategic partnerships; and build the capacity of a core team of experts in order to strengthen national capacities to elaborate and implement viable programmes linking land, water and climate change in various sectors.  

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