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Guest Article #22: The Promises of Benefit-sharing [viewed]

It is no secret that benefit-sharing has been significantly developed under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as a legal tool to operationalize equity among and within States. What has largely passed under the radar, however, is that the idea of benefit-sharing is increasingly being taken up in a number of other international legal developments related to natural resources, human rights and corporate accountability.

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ECLAC Proposes Compacts for Equality and Sustainable Development [viewed]

ECLAC5 May 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) proposed to the biennial session of the Commission six "social compacts" on equality and development covering fiscal policy, investment, industrial policy, inclusive financing, labor reform, public services, environmental sustainability and natural resource governance. 

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Bioversity International Analyzes Agricultural Biodiversity in Zambia [viewed]

Bioversity International8 May 2014: Farmers in Western Zambia are planting different crops as an adaptation strategy to unpredictable seasonal flooding, according to a working paper by Bioversity International, ‘Assessment of agrobiodiversity resources in the Barotse floodplain, Zambia.' Bioversity International conducted the study as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS), which aims to improve the livelihoods of rural communities through participatory action research.

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Zayed International Prize for the Environment Awards Announced [viewed]

zayed-prize7 May 2014: The Zayed International Prize for the Environment Award has been awarded to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco in recognition of the efforts of the Prince Albert II Foundation to spur urgent action on climate change, biodiversity protection and water security. He received the Prize at a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 7 May 2014. At the event, two additional Zayed Prizes were awarded in each of the '2nd Category for Scientific and or Technological Achievement in Environment,' and in the '3rd Category for Environmental Action Leading to Positive Change in Society.'

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Special Issue of Journal Presents Papers from UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference [viewed]

planet-riskApril 2014: Global Risk Forum (GRF) Davos has dedicated a special issue of its journal 'Planet@Risk' to the topic of desertification. All of the papers in the issue are based on presentations that were given during the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference, which addressed the theme of 'Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry subhumid areas.'

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UNEP, Microsoft Present First Global Biosphere Model [viewed]

microsoft-unep28 April 2014: Researchers at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Microsoft Research have developed the first computer model for simulating how organisms interact on a global scale. The model, named 'Madingley,' is able to provide long term predictions for the fate of ecosystems and identify risks to ecosystem services and the humans depending on them.

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Ramsar Calls for Wetland Conservation Awards Nominees [viewed]

Ramsar15 April 2014: The Ramsar Secretariat has issued a call for nominations for the sixth edition of the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards. The Awards will be presented at the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar COP 12), which will be held in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in June 2015. The deadline for nominations is 15 July 2014.

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UNEP's Our Planet Magazine Releases Special Issue on Greening Business [viewed]

UNEPApril 2014: The magazine of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), ‘Our Planet,' has dedicated an issue to the theme of greening business. The magazine features stories by leaders from local and national governments, companies, and international organizations on a wide range of topics, including green growth, energy access, low-carbon development, and the conservation of water, forests and biodiversity.

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UNEP Invites Participation in GEO on SIDS [viewed]

UNEP27 March 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has begun preparation of an Environment Outlook for Small Islands Developing States (GEO SIDS), to inform the Third International Conference on SIDS taking place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014. The initiative responds to the request of delegates at the Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting held in Bridgetown, Barbados, on 26-28 August 2013, for UNEP to dedicate support for a GEO specifically on SIDS.

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WAVES Developing Guidelines for Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Accounting [viewed]

waves23 April 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Policy and Technical Experts Committee (PTEC) is developing a guidance document to help countries value coastal ecosystems. ‘Guidelines for Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Accounting: Incorporating the Protective Service Values of Coral Reef and Mangroves in National Wealth Accounts,' a PTEC Project Brief, outlines the scope and process of developing such a guidance document.

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