Biodiversity

Guest Article #96: Green Growth is the Heart of Development [viewed]

When you fly over the beautiful island of Hispanola, you see the border on the ground below. Where there is green forest, it is the Dominican Republic. Where there is dry, brown and deforested land, it is Haiti. The environmental catastrophe of Haiti is due to the policies of irresponsible dictators. It also originates in poverty. But environmental degradation is also a cause for the continued poverty of Haiti. The Dominican Republic is six times richer when measured in per capita terms than is Haiti. In only few places on planet earth is the complete integration of environment and development visible.

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Event: Fifth Session of the ITPGR Governing Body [viewed]

The fifth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will address, among other issues: implementation of the Treaty's Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS), including reviews and assessment under the MLS and implementation of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA); implementation of the ITPGR Funding Strategy; sustainable use of plant genetic resources; Farmers' Rights; implementation of the Global Information System; operation of the Third Party Beneficiary; and Work Programme and Budget for the 2014/2015 biennium. The meeting will be preceded by two days of regional consultations on 22-23 September 2013.  

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OECD Report Examines Interface between Environment, Poverty Reduction and Development [viewed]

Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Developmen5 June 2013: To mark World Environment Day, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report, titled 'Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development.'

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World Bank Highlights Little Green Data Book's Relevance to Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

World Bank5 June 2013: The World Bank has released the 2013 edition of the 'Little Green Data Book,' the Bank's annual compilation of environment data. The Book assesses development and environment using over 50 indicators, including adjusted net savings (ANS), which aims to foster innovative ways of understanding sustainable development at the macroeconomic level, and to complement gross domestic product (GDP) measuring; both of which are key aspects of the post-2015 agenda.

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Coral Triangle Initiative Provides Guidance on Local Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment [viewed]

coral-triangle-initiative1 June 2013: In a new guidebook on vulnerability assessments and early action planning at the local level, the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) provides a framework for helping local communities prepare for climate change adaptation planning, understand climate change impacts, conduct a vulnerability assessment and develop local action plans.

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Event: Third Meeting of the Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

The purpose of this meeting is to bring together representatives of island and coastal biosphere reserves to discuss the main challenges and threats facing these areas, namely: climate change; water, energy and food self‐sufficiency; and waste management. The meeting will also provide an opportunity for participants to share experiences and potential solutions. The Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves was created at the 21st Session of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2009. This Network aims to realize the potential of biosphere reserves in addressing climate change, particularly as places for learning about sustainable development and also for experimenting on mitigation and adaptation measures on climate change.  

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SDSN Proposes 10 Sustainable Development Goals [viewed]

unsdsn6 June 2013: The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has issued its report to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 'The Action Agenda for Sustainable Development' argues that a sustainable development path must be based on four related normative concepts: the right to development for every country; human rights and social inclusion; convergence of living standards across countries; and shared responsibilities and opportunities.

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ODI Makes the Case for REDD+ in a Green Economy [viewed]

ODI10 June 2013: The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) released a report, titled 'Integrating REDD+ into a green economy transition,' which was produced with support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD).

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Oceans Day Celebrates People and Oceans [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2013: World Oceans Day was celebrated on 8 June around the theme 'People and Oceans.' The Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.

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World Bank, GEF Support Sustainable Land Management in Chile [viewed]

World Bank - GEF7 June 2013: The World Bank approved a US$5.86 million grant to the Sustainable Land Management project in Chile, which is financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and aims to develop a national framework for sustainable land management (SLM) to combat land degradation, mainstream biodiversity into national policies, and protect forest carbon assets.

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