Economics, Trade & Investment

FAO-CIC Panel at WPC Discusses Hunting and Fishing in PAs [viewed]

FAO - CIC17 November 2014: Participants discussed the contribution of hunting and fishing in supporting community-based development and in the planning and management of protected areas (PAs) at a panel session organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC). The session took place at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC).

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CITES and SPREP to Strengthen Partnership in Pacific Region [viewed]

SPREP - CITES14 November 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen collaboration between the two organizations.

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IUCN Report Assesses Benefits of Natural World Heritage Sites [viewed]

IUCN18 November 2014: UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Natural World Heritage sites provide climate stability and support economic and human well-being, according to the first-ever assessment of the benefits and ecosystem services provided by these sites. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the report at its World Parks Congress, which is taking place from 12-19 November in Sydney, Australia.

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UNECE, FAO Report on Gradual Recovery of Forest Product Markets [viewed]

FAO UNECE18 November 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have released the 2013-2014 'Forest Products Market Review,' which stresses that while some market recovery has occurred since the 2009 trough of the financial crisis, forest product markets remain about 10 to 15% below pre-crisis levels.

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Biosafety COP/MOP 7 Report Released [viewed]

CBD17 November 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the final report of the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 7).

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Event: Beyond Enforcement: Communities, Governance, Incentives and Sustainable Use in Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Austrian Ministry for the Environment, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and TRAFFIC are holding a symposium to explore the roles of communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating illegal wildlife trade. This symposium seeks to evaluate whether and under what circumstances community-based interventions are likely to achieve success in combating current patterns of illegal use and trade of wildlife (both plants and animals), and provide examples, lessons learnt and guidance in order to support governments, institutions and organizations in meeting relevant international commitments. Outputs of the meeting will be presented at the inter-governmental Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in Kasane, Botswana, in March 2015.  

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Event: Second Meeting of the UNECE/FAO Teams of Specialists on Forest Sector Outlook [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section team of specialists will consider the forest sector outlook for the period 2014-2017, based on suggestions from surveys, input from members, and outcomes from the first meeting of the Team of Specialists. This meeting will also consider guidance from the Integrated Programme of Work for 2014-2017 adopted at Metsä2013, which calls for greater coherence among regional outlook studies.  

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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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