Economics, Trade & Investment

CITES Scientific Committees Meet in Tandem [viewed]

CITES30 March 2012: For the first time in several years, the scientific committees of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met in tandem.

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CMS Reports on Saiga Antelope Horn Seizure in Kazakhstan [viewed]

30 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has reported that Kazakhstan's Ministry of Agriculture confiscated a shipment of 4,704 saiga antelope horns and arrested the wildlife traffickers guilty of the crime.

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Regional Development Banks Support Community-Based Sustainable Businesses [viewed]

29 March 2012: The Multilateral Investment Fund (known as FOMIN in Spanish), part of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) together with the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Dutch Development Bank (FMO), and The Nature Conservancy have launched the second stage of a fund aimed at supporting sustainable community living and business ventures in Latin America.

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GEF Approves First Two Projects Under the SFM/REDD+ Window [viewed]

GEF23 March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved its first two projects, in Togo and Azerbaijan, under the sustainable forest management (SFM) and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+) window approved as a result of the GEF's fifth replenishment.

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ITTO Funds Examination of Potential Commercial Timber Species in Peru [viewed]

22 March 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has funded a study of the anatomical structure and natural durability of ten timber species from secondary and residual forest of the Peruvian Amazon.

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UN-REDD to Support National Programmes in the Congo and Sri Lanka [viewed]

28 March 2012: The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board, at its eighth meeting, approved US$8 million to support the National Programmes of the Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Issues Final Report [viewed]

28 March 2012: The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change has released its final report proposing policy responses to the challenges of feeding a world confronted with climate change, population growth, poverty, fluctuating food prices and degraded ecosystems.

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Event: GEF STAP Meeting [viewed]

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will hold its next meeting in conjunction with the Planet Under Pressure Conference. At its meeting, STAP will seek to address the following objectives, among other tasks: define new additions to its work programme, drawing conclusions in part from the Planet Under Pressure Conference; present and discuss preliminary findings from its review of the GEF targeted research policy; and prepare for the fifth overall performance study of the GEF.  

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Event: CBD Sub-regional Workshop on Valuation and Incentive Measure for South America [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) through its Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean and its Coordinating Office on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), this workshop aims to support countries in making use of the findings of the TEEB study, as well as similar work at national or regional levels, by: providing economic arguments for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; promoting synergies and enhanced cooperation among relevant policy areas and sectors; and supporting the updating of national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) in light of the new Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.  

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Event: CBD Sub-regional Workshop for the Caribbean on Capacity-building for Implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to build capacity to: create national action plans for implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas; access funding based on these action plans; and strengthen implementation of the programme of work on the themes of governance, climate change, and valuation of the costs and benefits of protected areas, with a focus on marine protected areas (MPAs) where applicable.  

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