Economics, Trade & Investment

INTERPOL Launches Operation Infra-Terra [viewed]

interpol17 November 2014: INTERPOL has launched the first global operation targeting individuals wanted for serious environmental crime, including wildlife crime.

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TTM Report Features Call for ITTO to Engage Private Sector in Tropical Timber Trade [viewed]

ITTO logo16 November 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released the 1-15 November issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, highlighting a call from the Trade Advisory Group (TAG) for ITTO to develop a strategy for private sector engagement in tropical timber trade and markets.

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Inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa Launches Investment Guiding Principles [viewed]

UNECA14 November 2014: The inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA), which met under the theme ‘The next decade of land policy in Africa: ensuring agricultural development and inclusive growth,' aimed to: strengthen advocacy for comprehensive land policy, and build capacity through improved access to knowledge and information; help create a platform for presenting research activities and networking opportunities; and focus the attention of relevant stakeholders on the issues and status of land policy development and implementation in Africa.

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IUCN Report: Sustainable Tourism Can Conserve Protected Areas [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: An International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report says that increasing the number of visitors to protected areas can be an effective tool for conservation and community development, as long as well-functioning management systems are in place. The report, titled ‘Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Sustainability,' was launched during the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.

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INTERPOL General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Environmental Security [viewed]

interpol14 November 2014: The 83rd session of the INTERPOL General Assembly has adopted resolution AG-2014-RES-03, titled 'INTERPOL response to emerging threats in Environmental Security,' which urges member countries of INTERPOL to raise awareness of environmental crimes and violations, their causes and their impact among law enforcement authorities.

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European Countries Discuss Next CITES Plants and Standing Committees [viewed]

40th anniversary of CITES14 November 2014: Some 45 experts from 18 European countries met from 11-14 November, in Wageningen, the Netherlands, to discuss plant-related issues and make recommendations for the next meetings of the Plants and Standing Committees of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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Elephant Ivory Seized in Cameroon [viewed]

iucn-sos13 November 2014: Approximately $190,000 worth of ivory was seized in Cameroon, following a tip from an intelligence network supported by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) believes the tusks were in route to South East Asia.

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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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TEEB India Initiative Launches TII Interim Report [viewed]

TII Interim ReportNovember 2014: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) – India Initiative (TII) has launched the TII 'Interim Report Working Document.' The publication compiles 12 case studies on the three ecosystems (forests, inland wetlands and coastal and marine ecosystems) and illustrates approaches for applying ecosystem services economics to improve conservation planning and policy making.

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Event: CITES AC28 [viewed]

The 28th meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES AC28) will convene in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a view to developing recommendations for CITES CoP 17.  

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