Technology / Transfer

World Parks Congress EcoHack Edition Develops Ideas to Enhance PA Management [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc21 November 2014: Participants at the Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK), Ecohack worked to develop ideas on three hacks related to protected areas (PAs). The EcoHack took place as part of a three-continent EcoHack relay launched at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.

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ICCWC Guidelines on Ivory Released [viewed]

iccwc13 November 2014: The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) has released the 'Guidelines on Methods and Procedures for Ivory Sampling and Laboratory Analysis' in support of the deployment of forensic technology to combat elephant poaching. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) took the lead in developing the Guidelines with expert support.

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OECD Makes the Case for Green Growth in Southeast Asia [viewed]

OECD_NEW11 November 2014: As part of its Green Growth Series, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report detailing the unsustainability of Southeast Asia's current growth path. The report finds that climate change, fossil fuel-related pollution and an over-dependence on natural resources will hurt growth, prosperity and health in the long-run.

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APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management [viewed]

apec10 November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues.

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Global EcoHack Will Include World Parks Congress Event [viewed]

ecohack10 November 2014: Participants at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, will have the opportunity to take part in an EcoHack World event, which will bring together designers, hackers and scientists to create visualizations and build tools that aim to foster environmental protection and understanding.

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UNCTAD Reports on State of Biofuels Market [viewed]

Unctad4 November 2014: Biofuels account for 1% of global energy use, according to a report published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The report, titled ‘The State of the Biofuels Market: Regulatory, Trade and Development Perspectives,' offers a snapshot of the biofuels market and its contribution to energy access and improved livelihoods in developing countries.

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UNEP Announces 2014 Champions of the Earth Laureates [viewed]

championsoftheearth7 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the recipients of the UN's highest environmental honor, the ‘Champions of the Earth Award,' which recognizes innovators and policymakers for service to the environment, saving lives, improving livelihoods and bettering environmental governance and conservation.

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UNEP Makes Business Case for Eco-innovation [viewed]

UNEP5 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a publication, titled ‘The Business Case for Eco-Innovation,' which is part of UNEP's Eco-innovation Project. According to the publication, companies are facing growing market and regulatory pressures in the face of declining resources and environmental degradation, extreme weather events are impacting on business profitability, and global water demand is expected to exceed supply by 40% within 20 years.

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CCAC Agriculture Initiative Expands to Methane Emissions from Rice [viewed]

ccac-ccaf-ciat-irri31 October 2014: A research effort to reduce methane emissions from rice cultivation in Viet Nam, Bangladesh and Colombia has been launched under the Agriculture Initiative of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC). Three international research institutions, working together with rice farmers, policy makers and other partners, expect to reduce emissions by 30-50% by using an innovative irrigation method.

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IEA Bioenergy Workshop Focuses on Indirect Land Use Change Impacts [viewed]

IEA23 October 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy organization hosted a one-day workshop on ‘Bioenergy: Land Use and Mitigating Indirect Land Use Change (iLUC),' during which 11 experts gave presentations on the issue's policy background, mitigation models and applications, case studies and related global aspects.

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