Publication

ELD Study Calls for Livelihood Diversification in Botswana's Kalahari [viewed]

eld3 September 2014: A study on ecosystem service trade-offs under four different land use scenarios in Botswana's Kalahari rangelands has found that communal grazing land uses deliver the broadest range of ecosystem services. However, the study calls for policy reform to prevent an over-emphasis on commercial food production. The report is part of a series of case study outputs supported by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative.

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ADB Spotlights Pakistan's Water Assessment and Management Plan [viewed]

ADBSeptember 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published a report titled ‘Water Balance: Achieving Sustainable Development through a Water Assessment and Management Plan – The Case of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan.' The report presents the case of the development of the FATA Water Assessment and Management Plan, outlining elements necessary in such assessment, and emphasizing that inefficient and unsustainable management of development initiatives result from lack of information about water availability and cause watershed degradation.

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CIFOR Reports on Zambian MRV System [viewed]

cifor-unreddSeptember 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in profiling Zambia's 'Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) for REDD+', has reported on the country's national REDD+ strategy, institutional capacity, data needs and knowledge gaps.

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Ecosystem Services of Caribbean Netherlands Valued at $122 Million Per Year [viewed]

Teeb26 August 2014: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for the Netherlands (TEEB-NL) programme has estimated the economic value of the marine and terrestrial ecosystems of the Caribbean Netherlands at US$122 million per year, or about US$5,800 for each of the islands' residents. The study also offers policy tools to raise awareness, support decision-making, attract finance, undertake ecosystem damage assessments and facilitate spatial planning on the islands.

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ADB Reports on Water Financing Partnership Facility Activities [viewed]

ADBAugust 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) published the ‘Water Financing Partnership Facility (WFPF): Semiannual Progress Report January to June 2014,' which highlights activities such as: the 3rd Asian Sanitation Dialogue, which took place in May 2014; completion of nine projects and/or activities; and approval of US$862 million in loans.

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GEO SIDS Outlook Highlights Blue-Green Economy, Island Culture, Nature and Technology [viewed]

GEO-SIDS2 September 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO) Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Outlook, on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on SIDS. The report describes SIDS trends and outlooks, including challenges related to SIDS's isolation, remoteness and out-migration as well as climate change, natural disasters, water shortages and increasing food and fuel prices, among others.

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UNDP-GEF Publication Highlights SIDS as Models for Sustainable Development Solutions [viewed]

UNDP - GEF2 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) can serve as models for global sustainable development solutions that promote human development, reduce poverty and build resilience, according to a report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). ‘Island Innovations – UNDP and GEF: Leveraging the Environment for the Sustainable Development of SIDS' highlights "whole island" approaches to sustainable development, incorporating climate change adaptation, conserving land, ocean and water resources, generating economic growth and enhancing local capacity.

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Study Predicting the Impact of Land-Use Change on Biodiversity Published [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc1 September 2014: Scientists at the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the Natural History Museum, London, UK, have published a worldwide synthetic analysis of how individual species in four taxonomic groups, namely invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians, mammals and birds, respond to multiple human pressures in tropical and sub-tropical forests.

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ITTO TTM Highlights Timber Certification Plans in Malaysia [viewed]

Itto1 September 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has launched the 16-31 August issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which highlights a conference on forest certification in the Province of Sarawak, Malaysia, during which Sarawak's Chief Minister declared certification as the way forward and set a timeline for the forest industry.

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OECD Releases Consensus Documents on Safety Assessments of Transgenic Cassava and Eucalyptus [viewed]

OECD_NEWSeptember 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development (OECD) has released consensus documents on the biology of cassava and on the biology of eucalyptus to facilitate regulatory assessment of transgenic varieties of these species.

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