Europe

Finance Ministers Build Momentum on Natural Capital Accounting [viewed]

ifc_wb_ifm18 April 2013: Over 35 ministers, vice-ministers and senior officials of finance, development and environment met for a High-level Ministerial Dialogue on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) on 18 April 2013, in Washington, DC, US, on the eve of the World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) spring meetings. As part of a larger group called the "first movers" of NCA, they discussed new methods for valuing nature, reaching beyond traditional gross domestic product (GDP) as a measure of economic progress.

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UNFF10 Adopts Resolution on Emerging Issues, MoI and the Forum Trust Fund [viewed]

iisdrs_coverage_unff1020 April 2013: The tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10), which met from 8-19 April 2013, in Istanbul, Turkey, focused on the theme "Forests and Economic Development."

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UNCCD CRIC 11 Forwards Report to CRIC 12 [viewed]

iisdrs_coverage_cric1121 April 2013: The eleventh session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 11) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) developed a report that contains a synopsis of parties' views and recommendations noted on the floor in plenary, and a background document summarizing deliberations and recommendations submitted to the CRIC for consideration at its next session.

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CGRFA 14 Adopts GPA on Forest Genetic Resources, Genebank Standards [viewed]

FAO19 April 2013: The fourteenth session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 14) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) was held from 15-19 April 2013, at FAO headquarters, in Rome, Italy, and marked the Commission's 30th anniversary.

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CBFP, China Discuss SFM in Forest Dialogues [viewed]

congo_basin_forest_partnership18 April 2013: Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) members participated in two informal forest dialogues with China, both of which were held in Douala, Cameroon. Since 2007-2008, CBFP members have engaged in informal dialogues with Chinese actors on sustainable forest management (SFM) and issues such as certification, timber traceability and the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan of the European Union. The two recent dialogues aimed to improve forest governance, reduce poverty and more sustainably manage forest resources.

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EU Votes to Adopt Ban on Fish Discards [viewed]

European Union 16 April 2013: The European Union (EU) Parliament voted to adopt a ban on discarding unwanted fish caught in the Skagerrak, a strait connecting the Baltic and the North Seas. The ban, which will be implemented between 2014 and 2016, requires all fishing vessels to land all caught fish, regardless of fish size or species.

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Belarus Designates Four Bird Areas as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

Belarus Flag15 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Belarus has designated four Important Bird Areas as new Wetlands of International Importance, totaling an area of over 100,000 hectares.

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Great Bustard MoU Meeting Adopts New Action Plan [viewed]

CMS12 April 2013: The 3rd Meeting of Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Conservation and Management of the Middle-European Population of the Great Bustard (Otis tarda), held in Szarvas, Hungary, adopted a new Action Plan for the period 2012-2016.

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UNEP and the Russian Federation Partner on Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP16 April 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that it has signed a bilateral agreement with the Government of the Russian Federation, covering priority environmental areas including: biodiversity conservation; the environmental aspects of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics; and environmental challenges facing the Arctic.

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UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, CST S-3 Transmit Proceedings to CRIC 11 [viewed]

12 April 2013: In a keynote address by Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland and Chair of the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability, participants at the third Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-3) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference were reminded that sustainable land management (SLM) can be one of the most important tools for poverty eradication, and they were challenged to send a strong message that a land degradation neutral world is possible, with concrete targets and a monitoring system to follow progress.

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