Economics, Trade & Investment

CITES Receives Proposals for Improving Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wild Species [viewed]

CITES5 October 2012: In response to a call for input, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) received 67 proposals from Parties to the Convention to amend the rules governing international trade in wildlife species. 

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Event: 2012 Annual Meetings of World Bank and International Monetary Fund [viewed]

The 2012 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will bring together ministers of finance and central bank governors from the institutions' 188 member countries, and provide a forum for civil society, the private sector, academics and others to engage in discussions on economic issues.  

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UNEP and INTERPOL Release Rapid Response Report on Illegal Logging [viewed]

27 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) have released a rapid response report on illegal logging. The report, titled “Green Carbon: Black Trade,” estimates that the illegal logging trade is worth between US$30-100 billion annually and hampers efforts related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD). 

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EU, FAO Announce Call for Proposals on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade [viewed]

28 September 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has called for proposals for the EU-supported programme on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). The programme supports the sharing of FLEGT-related information, including lessons learned, and supports stakeholders implementing the EU FLEGT Action Plan. 

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CBD COP/MOP 6 Opens, Will Discuss International Cooperation in Safe LMO Use [viewed]

1 October 2012: The sixth meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 6 ) has opened in Hyderabad, India. The meeting will discuss revised guidance for risk assessment and risk management regarding the use of living modified organisms (LMOs), and capacity-building for research and information-sharing regarding socio-economic considerations.

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IPBES Issues Guidance on Nominations to Bureau, Expert Platform [viewed]

28 September 2012: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has issued a guidance note on selecting Officers of the Bureau and members of the Multidisciplinary Expert Platform (MEP), ahead of the forthcoming First Plenary (IPBES 1). According to the note, the process to be followed for the nomination and selection of Bureau members has three stages: proposals from countries, consideration and nominations by regions, and selection by the Plenary.

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European Commissioner for the Environment Highlights Natura 2000 Programme [viewed]

25 September 2012: During the “Three for the Tree – Investing in Natura 2000 for Future Prosperity and Well-Being,” event organized by WWF, IUCN and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik celebrated the 20th anniversary of the EU Habitats Directive and Natura 2000 network.

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IUCN Reports on Freshwater Species Extinction in Northern Africa [viewed]

10 September 2012: A report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) finds that 28% of aquatic species in northern Africa face extinction, higher than elsewhere in Africa. This includes fishes, molluscs, crabs, dragon and damselflies, as well as aquatic plants. 

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Andean Community Workshop Examines Wildlife Management, Priority Species [viewed]

26 September 2012: The Andean Community (CAN) convened wildlife officials and managers from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru and invited regional experts to discuss wildlife management in CAN's Amazonian regions, focused on "priority species." The 24-26 September 2012 workshop held in Lima, Peru was coordinated by the Wildlife Conservation Society with guidance from CAN's biodiversity program, BioCAN.

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OLI Analyzes Experiences and Options for Forest Financing [viewed]

21 September 2012: The Organization Led Initiative (OLI) on Forest Financing convened to respond to requests from the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) to: analyze gaps and opportunities in forest-related financing; identify and propose options to overcome barriers to financing; and develop proposals on improving financing, including through a voluntary global forest fund.

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