Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: CMS Stakeholder Meeting on the Conservation of Large Mammals in Central Asia [viewed]

The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is convening a 'Stakeholder Meeting on the Conservation of Large Mammals in Central Asia'. The meeting will develop a programme of work to be submitted for adoption at the 11th Conference of the Parties to CMS (COP 11) in November 2014. The Secretariat is also looking into the possibility of convening a COP11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for National Focal Points of central Asian Parties immediately afterwards, from the 26-28 September 2014.  

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Event: Workshop on Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services (VFES) [viewed]

Convened by FOREST EUROPE and hosted by the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, the workshop will consider how to progress the Programme of Work on the Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services (VFES). The workshop will allow for the exchange of experiences on VFES and identify priorities to strengthen the consideration of VFES in national policies and market-based mechanisms.  

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance [viewed]

The seventh meeting of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) will meet in Bonn, Germany, from 16-18 June 2014. During the meeting the SCF will be invited to consider: a working draft of the biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows (BA); the draft technical paper on the fifth review of the financial mechanism; approaches to financing for forests; draft guidance to the operating entities of the financial mechanism; and its work plan for MRV of support beyond the BA. The SCF will also be invited to recommend next steps for linkages work with the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the thematic bodies of the Convention.  

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CIFOR's Forest Asia Conference Discusses Landscape Approach to Forestry [viewed]

forest-asia-summit-20146 May 2014: Participants at the Forests Asia Summit 2014 committed to promote a landscape approach in forestry management, research and education. Summit participants also supported strategies to promote green growth policies, strengthen law enforcement in relation to land tenure, land use and trade, develop a low-carbon economy and reaffirm the potential for REDD+.

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CBD Launches Survey on Use of Biosafety Clearing House [viewed]

CBD6 May 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, other governments and relevant organizations to complete a survey on existing capacity and feedback in using the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH).

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CBD Releases Results of Survey on Biosafety Protocol Implementation [viewed]

CBD6 May 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the results and a preliminary analysis of a survey to assess the state of implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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UNWTO Meeting Discusses Impacts of Poaching on Tourism [viewed]

Unwto7 May 2014: At the 56th Meeting of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for Africa, African member States highlighted the impacts of poaching on tourism and discussed a UNWTO study on the economic value of wildlife watching. 

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Event: CBD Workshop on Resource Mobilization for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) through its Biodiversity Finance Initiative, and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). As one of a series of resource mobilization workshops, it will enhance the capacity of participants to apply pertinent methodologies, frameworks and tools for identifying, assessing and reporting on existing biodiversity finance, in order to develop robust financial baselines and national finance plans for effective implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans; and to identify relevant biodiversity values and incorporate them in policy planning.  

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Event: Understanding the FCPF Carbon Fund's Methodological Framework [viewed]

The World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Carbon Fund will host a webinar on its Methodological Framework, which was approved in December 2013 by Carbon Fund Participants as guidance for the development of large-scale REDD+ projects. The webinar, held under the theme 'REDD+ Forestry and Climate Learning' will be the first in a series of sessions on a variety of aspects related to REDD+ and the FCPF. Following a presentation, participants are invited to ask questions and engage in a discussion on topics related to the Framework.  

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CIFOR Annual Report Celebrates 20 Years [viewed]

CIFOR5 May 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released its 2013 Annual Report, which celebrates its 20th anniversary and highlights a shift in focus towards a landscape approach.

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