Ecosystem Approach

UNEP, SANDEE and ESCAP Convene Environmental Accounting Workshop [viewed]

UNEP10 October 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with the Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) and others, convened the 'Valuing and Accounting for the Environment in the Asia Region' workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, from 8-10 October. The conference included technical discussions on green accounting systems and valuing natural capital.

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Global Partnership for Oceans Releases Blue Ribbon Panel Report [viewed]

globalpartnershipforoceans16 October 2013: A panel of leaders from 16 countries, representing government, the private sector and civil society, has released recommendations for actions to improve ocean health. The Blue Ribbon Panel was convened by the World Bank to provide multi-stakeholder perspectives on achieving ecological, social and economic goals in the management of global oceans in support of the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO).

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WILD10 Announces New Initiatives, Funds and a Policy Statement [viewed]

wild1011 October 2013: The tenth World Wilderness Congress (WILD10) convened in Salamanca, Spain, from 4-10 October 2013, with the theme 'Make the World a Wilder Place,' and concluded with the adoption of the 'Salamanca Statement' as well as the launch of new initiatives focused on youth and cities.

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ASEAN Summit Boosts Cooperation on Disaster Management, Haze Monitoring, Develops Post-2015 Vision [viewed]

Asean10 October 2013: The 23rd Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued a number of declarations agreeing to increase cooperation on disaster management and transboundary haze monitoring, as well as to further develop the ASEAN Community's Post-2015 Vision.

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UNEP-WCMC Releases Ecosystem Service Site-Assessment Toolkit [viewed]

Unep-WcmcOctober 2013: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), together with BirdLife International and 13 other institutions, has developed 'The Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA).' TESSA is intended to guide non-specialists through a selection of methods to identify site-specific ecosystem services and specifies "winners" and "losers" as a result of the change of ecosystem service availability.

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UNEP-WCMC and SNV Release Briefing on Participatory Biodiversity Monitoring in REDD+ [viewed]

Unep-WcmcOctober 2013: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and SNV Viet Nam have developed a briefing note on participatory biodiversity monitoring (PBM) in REDD+. The brief presents key issues for the consideration of national REDD+ programmes in developing PBM.

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IPBES Regional Consultations Reports Available in Preparation for IPBES-2 [viewed]

ipbesOctober 2013: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has concluded a series of regional consultations, for which the reports are now available. The consultations were held in Nairobi, Kenya (Africa region), Budapest, Hungary (Eastern Europe region), Sao Paolo, Brazil (Latin American and the Caribbean region), Leipzig, Germany (Pan-European Stakeholder group) and Ramsar City, Iran (Asia region).

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Event: IPBES Stakeholder Meeting [viewed]

A stakeholder meeting will be convened by the interim Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Secretariat at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in coordination with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and co-facilitated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council for Science (ICSU). The meeting will provide first-time IPBES Plenary participants with an opportunity to understand the way IPBES works, as well as to discuss the engagement of stakeholders in IPBES.  

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Coral Triangle Project to Receive US$4.5 Million [viewed]

worldbank-coraltraingle30 September 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved US$4.5 million for the regional Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services Project. Focused on Indonesia and the Philippines, the project aims to design models for valuing mangrove, sea grass and coral reef ecosystems services to inform policy and decision-making, in this biodiversity epicenter.

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New Assessment Calls for Urban Areas to Take Stewardship of Ecosystem Services [viewed]

unhabitat-cbd--src-iclei4 October 2013: An assessment, titled 'Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO),' underscores the need and the opportunity for cities to take ownership of critical ecosystem services to enhance biodiversity conservation and food security, in addition to reducing the overall ecological footprint of urban areas. 

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