Ecosystem Approach

GEF Council Discusses Work Program, STAP Report [viewed]

GEF21 October 2015: The 49th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council opened in Washington DC, US, to consider, among other things, a Work Program to provide financing for 17 new projects focusing mainly on climate change and sustainable ecosystem management in the Amazon. In anticipation of the forthcoming Paris Climate Change Conference, the Work Program emphasizes climate mitigation, as well as an integrated, multi-country program for the Amazon.

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Event: Third Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities on Sustainable Development [viewed]

The Meeting will discuss hemispheric trends, challenges and opportunities in sustainable development in areas such as disaster risk management, sustainable management of ecosystems, integrated water resources management, sustainable cities and communities, sustainable energy and energy efficiency, and governance for inclusive and sustainable development. It will also discuss effective implementation of the Inter-American Program for Sustainable Development (PIDS), including linkages to the 2030 sustainable development agenda and a resource mobilization strategy. The Meeting is expected to approve a "Declaration of Tela" approving a Strategic Framework for PIDS.  

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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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