Economics, Trade & Investment

EU Agrees to Cut Baltic Sea Total Allowable Catches for Cod [viewed]

23 October 2012: The Council of the EU has announced that Member States have agreed to cuts in total allowable catches (TACs) for cod in the Baltic Sea for 2013. According to the EU, it aims to manage fisheries resources in an environmentally and economically sustainable way, ensuring conservation of stocks, as well as guaranteeing the livelihood of the fishing industry.

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CITES Releases Working Documents for CoP 16 [viewed]

CITES22 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has published working documents on: potential conflicts of interest in the Animals and Plants Committee; CITES and livelihoods; cheetah; rhino; and sharks and stingrays. The documents are released in preparation for the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP 16), which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, in March 2013.

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COP 11 Side Events Highlight Financing, Reporting, Ecological Networks and Flagship Species [viewed]

19 October 2012: Side events on financing biodiversity, REDD+, ecological networks, flagship species, and other topics were held during the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, from 8-19 October 2012.

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UNWTO Convenes Pan-African Conference on Sustainable Development [viewed]

19 October 2012: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with the Government of Tanzania, convened the First Pan-African Conference on Sustainable Tourism in African National Parks, from 15-18 October, in Arusha, Tanzania. Attended by tourism ministers, representatives of the private sector, and conservation officials, the Conference adopted the Arusha Declaration.

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Economics of Land Degradation Meeting Agrees on Methodology, Working Groups for Initiative [viewed]

ELD5 October 2012: The joint meeting of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative gathered academics, political decision makers, local administrators and private sector representatives to consider a methodological approach and scientific baseline for the valuation of land and land-based ecosystem services in the course of the ELD initiative.

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CBD COP 11 Adopts Interim Target and Roadmap for Resource Mobilization [viewed]

COP 11 President Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, India, gavelled the meeting to a close at 3:02 am.22 October 2012: Held from 8-19 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted 33 decisions on a range of strategic, substantive, administrative, financial and budgetary issues. Delegates agreed to set an interim target of doubling biodiversity-related international financial resource flows to developing countries by 2015, and at least maintaining this level until 2020. This is coupled with targets on improving baseline information, as well as a preliminary reporting framework for monitoring resource mobilization.

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GEF Develops Strategy for Long-Term Environmental Goals [viewed]

GEF17 October 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has announced the launch of its effort to develop a “GEF 2020 Strategy." The strategy will designate long-term goals for the environment, and seek to position the GEF as an innovator and partner in supporting the achievement of environmental objectives worldwide.

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UNDP Launches 2012-2020 Global Framework on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNDP18 October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a global strategy to protect biodiversity and manage ecosystems. The 2012-2020 framework represents a shift in focus to recognizing the opportunities provided by biodiversity and ecosystems as a catalyst for sustainable development, while also recognizing the value of biodiversity and ecosystems to society and promoting innovation.

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CITES Releases COP 16 Preliminary Agenda, New Working Documents [viewed]

CITES17 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has published the preliminary agenda and new working documents for the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16).

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"Picking Up the Pace" Offers Messages to Engage Business in Biodiversity Policy-Making [viewed]

16 October 2012: A publication of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) highlights ways business can support government efforts to deliver on the Aichi Biodiversity targets. The report was launched at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), taking place in Hyderabad, India.

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