Ecosystem Approach

Event: TEEB Workshop on Consumption and Lifestyle Patterns [viewed]

This Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) workshop will convene under the theme 'The Impact of Consumption on Ecosystems and Biodiversity Beyond Borders – A TEEB Perspective' and will address, inter alia: causes and factors for ecosystem degradation and loss of biodiversity as a result of unfavorable consumption patterns; useful methods to trace evidence and develop solutions to adapt demand for harmful consumer products; existing initiatives to tackle the problem; the role TEEB can play in raising awareness and instigating action; and the potential of relevant policy approaches and instruments, such as in relation to international trade, supply-chain management and food waste reduction. The workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss scientific, policy and implementation related work on these aspects and to further explore their implications and results in breakout groups and discussion sessions. The workshop is organized by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) TEEB Office and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research.  

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CMS Highlights ASCOBANS, Brazilian Accession and Central Asian Conference [viewed]

CMSOctober 2015: The international conference on 'Regional practices on sustainable use in hunting territories and protection of wildlife' held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan from 1-3 September 2015 concluded the three-year EU project on Forest and Biodiversity Governance Including Environmental Monitoring (FLERMONECA).

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UNEP Report Details Ecosystem Services Worth US$1 Billion Annually in Four Pilot Countries [viewed]

UNEP7 October 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the results of a four-year project to develop ecosystem assessment tools and products that decision makers can use to integrate the value of ecosystem services into policy, investment decisions and macro-economic models. The 'ProEcoServe' project assessed ecosystem services such as the provision of soil retention, shoreline protection, carbon sequestration and pollination, identifying almost US$1 billion of benefits in the four pilot countries of Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa and Viet Nam.

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Event: Stakeholder Days Prior to IPBES-4 [viewed]

The Stakeholder Days, organized prior to the fourth Plenary Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4), aim to provide observers and stakeholders of IPBES with updates about the IPBES process and their engagement in IPBES-4, and to provide an opportunity to prepare joint positions on key issues.  

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UNEP-WCMC Develops Guidance on Experimental Biodiversity Accounting [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc30 September 2015: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has developed technical guidance on experimental biodiversity accounting to address the gap in accounting knowledge, given that accounting for the variable components of biodiversity is complex and less advanced than for water or carbon accounting.

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CGIAR Centers Urge World Leaders to Commit Resources for SDG Implementation [viewed]

CGIAR19 September 2015: In an open letter to world leaders, the international research centers of the CGIAR Consortium urge the co-advancement of agriculture and natural resource management through the provision of sufficient means for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The letter calls for actionable research on sustainable agriculture as a key contribution to several interrelated SDGs.

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Regional Technical Workshop on Illegal Wildlife Trade Discusses Challenges in Central Asia [viewed]

gslep18 September 2015: A regional technical workshop convened in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to discuss challenges in addressing illegal wildlife trade and to develop a common strategy to prevent it. The meeting specifically highlighted the plight of snow leopards and the role INTERPOL can play through advocacy, intelligence gathering, capacity-building and assistance in operations.

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CTI-CFF Promotes Sustainable Fisheries Management, Marine Tourism and Regional Collaboration [viewed]

Coral Triangle InitiativeSeptember 2015: During the month of August, the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) signed an agreement on an ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM), held a Regional Business Forum and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Coral Triangle Center.

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CPW Launches Four Factsheets on Sustainable Wildlife Management [viewed]

wfc20159 September 2015: On the sidelines of the XIV World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) organized a one-day 'Wildlife Forum' to address challenges and opportunities in sustainable wildlife management. During the session, held the 9 September, the CPW launched four fact sheets on human-wildlife conflict, animal health, wild meat and biodiversity.

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World Forestry Congress Opens with Launch of Global Forest Resources Assessment Report [viewed]

WFC_XIV7 September 2015: The 14th World Forestry Congress (WFC XIV) opened on 7 September 2015, in Durban, South Africa, convening on the theme 'Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future.' The opening was marked by the launch of the 'Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015,' the most comprehensive forest review to date, produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). It was preceded by a high-level event of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), aiming to define CPF's vision for forests and forestry in the post-2015 era.

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