Economics, Trade & Investment

World Congress Discusses Diversification of Tourism in Mountain Regions [viewed]

UNWTO15 April 2014: The Eighth World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism gathered under the theme ‘Mountainlikers: New Trends in Mountain Tourism for the Summer Season' to discuss opportunities for strengthening the economic competitiveness of mountain regions that are heavily dependent on seasonal tourism. A main objective of the Congress is the development of an overview of successful business models and innovations, especially given the projected impacts of climate change.

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ITTO TTM Highlights Commercial Logging Ban in China's Hinggan Mountains [viewed]

ITTO logoApril 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released the 1-15 April issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which highlights an order by China's State Forestry Administration to halt commercial logging in the Hinggan mountain ranges, where over 500 million cubic meters of natural forests have been extracted over the past 50 years. The Government of China announced it will support the livelihoods of those affected by this decision until 2020.

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UNEP Highlights Potential for Green and Decent Jobs [viewed]

UNEPApril 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a fourth publication in its series of Post-2015 Notes. 'Green and Decent Jobs for Poverty Eradication' outlines potential growth areas for jobs that deliver decent working conditions as well as environmental benefits, citing International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 600 million new jobs need to be created over the next ten years.

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OWG Co-Chairs Issue Working Document with 16 Focus Areas, 140 Targets [viewed]

owg17 April 2014: The Co-chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have issued a revised working document in preparation for the OWG's 11th session. The new document represents the latest revision to the set of "focus areas" under consideration in the OWG. It includes 16 focus areas and 140 targets.

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CITES, UNEP and UNEP-WCMC Unveil Improvements to Trade Database [viewed]

unep-wcmc-cites17 April 2014: Using open-source technology, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) have overhauled the CITES Trade Database. The Database contains approximately 14 million records on international trade in CITES-listed species.

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Carbon Fund Approves REDD+ Proposals from DRC, Ghana, Mexico and Nepal [viewed]

Forest Carbon17 April 2014: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ghana, Mexico and Nepal will each receive $50-$70 million to demonstrate how Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) can work on the ground.

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Viet Nam Becomes 69th Party to ITTA [viewed]

ITTO logo10 April 2014: The Government of Viet Nam has announced its accession to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006 (ITTA, 2006), becoming the 69th Party to join the Agreement, which is focused on ensuring the sustainable management of tropical timber.

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Review of Sustainability Initiatives Identifies Market and Performance Trends [viewed]

sustainability-initiatives-identifiesApril 2014: The 'State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) Review 2014,' which resulted from a collaborative effort among several organizations, examines market and performance trends of the 16 most prevalent standards initiatives—such as the Forest Stewardship Council, Organic, and Rainforest Alliance—across ten leading commodity sectors.

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Event: 36th Session of the Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management [viewed]

The meeting convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section will consider guidance and exchange views on issues of forest statistics and other elements of the ECE/FAO Joint Work Programme.  

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Event: First Meeting of the UNECE/FAO Teams of Specialists on Statistics, Wood Energy and Sustainable Forest Products [viewed]

The meeting convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section will provide advice on forest products markets in the UNECE region, review wood energy and forest product statistics, and discuss implementation of and the follow-up on the Joint Wood Energy Enquiry.  

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