Policy

Advocating for Indigenous Rights: From Local Indigenous Communities to Global Action

Advocacy of indigenous rights takes on many forms. From community organization and activism, to legal and policy advocacy, the progress regarding the rights of indigenous peoples has required numerous tools and numerous strategies. This knowledge café is a dynamic exploration of those tools and strategies.

GEF- Investing in Our Planet: Sustainable financing for biodiversity

The workshop will inform 20 years of Global Environment Facility (GEF)´s activities and achievements as the financial mechanism of the CBD. It will also initiate discussion on the future directions and strategy of the GEF biodiversity program with experts, local and indigenous communities, and other audiences.

Economic Policies and Sustainability at a Time of Crisis (CEESP official session)

The Workshop will analyze the role of macroeconomic, financial and sector level policies in the transition towards sustainable development.The global economic and financial crisis underlines the need to understand how policy responses impact peoples´ livelihoods and environmental stewardship. The focus will be on 4 thematic issues:

New business models for mainstreaming conservation into development: Innovations from the Global Tiger Initiative

Present and discuss specific lessons, challenges and innovative solutions generated by the Tiger Range Countries during the initial phase of implementation of the Global Tiger Recovery Program that was approved by Heads of Governments at the 2010 Tiger Summit.

Understanding biodiversity risk - the role and value of IBAT, the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool

Worldwide there are estimated to be some 25,000 mines producing industrial minerals and almost 100,000 quarries producing aggregates for construction purposes. As the price of rare minerals and metals rises and the need for energy grows, even more areas will become targets for exploitation. Turning to financing, in 2011 IFC alone invested almost $19 billion in more than 500 projects. With this demand for natural resources and level of investment, we have not only an opportunity but arguably an obligation to ensure that our conservation knowledge is readily available to decision makers.

The Business and Ecosystems Think Tank – Part A

Whose responsibility is it to tackle our current economic and environmental crisis? Is it business? Is it governments? We believe it is a shared responsibility.

How to develop a regional monitoring system to influence conservation and development decision making?

The aim of this event is to share experiences on the relevance and efficiency of regional monitoring systems as a support for the implementation of policies. Based on the experience of the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory (MWO), it also aims at exploring the opportunity to develop policy-oriented monitoring systems in other regions of the world. The option to improve the MWO tool and develop new partnerships in the Mediterranean context will also be investigated.

Impacts of climate change in coastal areas of Gujarat, India

The impact of climate change are more prominently observed and felt by Gujarat state. The paper aims to analyze impact of climate change on locals and adaptation needs.

Valuing ecosystems – can it help business make better decisions?

Biodiversity and ecosystem services are often considered public goods, i.e. the costs of destroying or damaging ecosystems are passed on from the user to society. NGOs have therefore been pushing companies to value their environmental costs, but if these services were valued more consistently by businesses would this help make better management decisions for the environment, society and the companies themselves?

In 2011, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) released the Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV), a framework for improving corporate decision-making by enabling companies to consider the values of the ecosystem services they depend and impact upon. It was developed with 14 member road-testers and 4 partners. It is expected that ecosystem valuation will be more consistently incorporated into corporate decision-making and, potentially, reporting policies and public regulations.

The workshop aims (i) to raise awareness about the opportunities and risks of giving monetary values to ecosystems and (ii) to encourage the uptake of valuation as one of the solutions to mitigate ecosystems degradation. By highlighting practical examples, it will focus on the application of ecosystem valuation in the business context, while keeping in mind the role of environmental NGOs.

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