Cooperation & Partnerships

Expert Level Meetings Prepare for FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conferences [viewed]

Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4)July 2015: During an Expert Level Meeting (ELM), delegates from FOREST EUROPE signatory countries and the EU formally approved a decision to be presented to the FOREST EUROPE Extraordinary Ministerial Conference in October 2015, which is expected to adopt the results of the work of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) on Forests in Europe. At this ELM, held on 2 July 2015, in Madrid, Spain, delegates accepted the draft text for an LBA, which had been forwarded from a drafting meeting held on 23-24 March 2015.

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CEPF Publishes Annual Report; Showcases Investment in Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

cepfJuly 2015: The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) has published its 2014 report showcasing projects funded around the globe and providing an overview of CEPF investments in biodiversity hotspots. CEPF provides grants to non-governmental and private sector organizations, and focuses on conservation of biodiversity hotspots in developing and transitional countries.

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Guest Article #48: CITES - 40 Years of International Cooperation and National Action [viewed]

wwdCITES was the third global environmental agreement to be adopted in the early 1970's, signed in Washington DC, US on 3 March 1973 – and 3 March is now celebrated each year as UN World Wildlife Day. It was, however, the first such global agreement to enter into force on 1 July 1975, some six months earlier than the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the World Heritage Convention.

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June 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

june2015-climatefinance11 July 2015: During the month of June, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the World Agroforestry Centre, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership reported on climate finance projects and other related news. ADB, AfDB, GCF, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched publications.

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ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Project in India Identifies Climate-Resilient Crop Varieties [viewed]

ITPGR1 July 2015: The Benefit-Sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has supported a project across several states in Northern India, with focus on screening varieties of rice and other crops for climate resilience and storing the material in newly established seed banks. The project was implemented by the civil society organization Gene Campaign, in collaboration with Bioversity International and with the participation of 25,000 farmers.

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US-Brazil Intensify Collaboration on Climate Change [viewed]

us-brazil30 June 2015: During an official visit to Washington DC, US, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed with US President Barack Obama to intensify the collaboration between the two countries, both bilaterally and under the UNFCCC. They issued a Joint US-Brazil Statement on Climate Change that addresses: leadership on the road to the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015; ambitious climate action; the launch of a Brazil-US Joint Initiative on Climate Change; cooperation on sustainable land use; and cooperation on clean energy and on climate change adaptation.

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CBFP Partners Discuss Illegal Wildlife Trade, Sustainable Management of Forests [viewed]

cbfp20 June 2015: The 15th Meeting of Partners of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) convened from 15-19 June 2015, in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on the theme ‘Ecosystems of the Congo Basin: Valuing Natural Capital, Green Growth and Regional Development.' The meeting included a ministerial conference on wildlife conservation in Africa and an extraordinary session on future commitments by CBFP partners. The European Union will assume the role of CBFP Facilitator after a transition period in early 2016.

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Event: Workshop on Private Sector Investment in Forest and Landscape Restoration [viewed]

This expert consultation is co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Korea Forest Service. The aim of the workshop is to provide inputs and perspectives for a FAO/GM discussion paper on sustainable financing for forest and landscape restoration (F&LR) initiatives, and inform the development of future policy briefs and capacity building activities on this topic. The discussions will cover, among other issues: different funding sources and instruments for (F&LR); how to address barriers to F&LR investments; case studies highlighting direct and indirect benefits for private sector investors in F&LR; and lessons and good practices for inclusion in a position paper on private sector investments in F&LR.  

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WTO-CITES Publication Reaffirms Trade-Environment Links [viewed]

wto-cites22 June 2015: The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have released a publication showing how global trade and environmental regimes can support each other and cooperate to achieve shared goals. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon formally launched the publication at WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on 22 June 2015.

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Operation COBRA III Highlights Success of International Cooperation in Combatting Wildlife Crime [viewed]

europol18 June 2015: Operation COBRA III, an international law enforcement operation undertaken in May 2015 with the aim of combating wildlife crime and bringing criminals to justice, resulted in 139 arrests and more than 247 seizures, including of elephant ivory, medicinal plants, rhinoceros horns, pangolins, rosewood and tortoises.

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