Economy and Markets

Rio+20 to COP11: Bridging the Green Economy Agenda

The WCC takes place between two other major international meetings where governments meet to chart a future for the natural environment and human development; The UNCSD (or Rio+20) in June and UNCBD COP11 in October. Greening the world economy is a central feature of both international meetings. In this discussion participants will have an opportunity to review the lessons of Rio+20 and their implications for the CBD COP, particularly the implementation of the 2011-2020 Strategic Plan. Topics for review and discussion include progress on:

Working together, working with business

In March 2012, IUCN Council has approved IUCN’s new Business Engagement Strategy, which applies to IUCN Secretariat and shall guide the work of the Commissions. The Strategy aims to encourage transformational and demonstrable change at the company and sectoral level in how biodiversity is valued and managed by businesses in order to conserve and restore biodiversity and to ensure that biodiversity benefits are shared equitably.

Tackling the ecosystem challenge – business solutions for a sustainable world

There is a strong business case for action on ecosystems. Effectively managing ecosystem related risks and opportunities can make companies more competitive, resilient to shocks, agile in a fast-changing world, more likely to attract and hold customers, and can also help improve their relations with banks, insurers, etc. Companies are consequently more active on the subject, and are implementing solutions on the ground that aim to respond to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)’s global biodiversity targets.

Green Growth and Gender: Woman’s Role in Sustainable Production and Consumption

A gender perspective plays a decisive role in the terms of green growth strategy, which is aiming at the sustainable development through economic development with environmental conservation.
By integrating a gender perspective, this article discusses some essential questions to the green growth, as a sustainable and gender-equal development strategy.

The way forward after Rio+20 - Greening the economy through collective action for sustainability

The event will provide a platform for participants to discuss solutions to interlinked challenges such as poverty eradication, social development and ecological sustainability by exploring the importance of valuing and safeguarding ecosystems including biodiversity and the goods and services these provide as the bases for economic activity and the livelihoods on which many people depend. Discussions will revolve around the need for conducive and coherent policy and institutional frameworks as well as good governance and best practices.

Agriculture/Food Security and Biodiversity (CEC official event)

Recently, more than 70 global agri-food leaders in the business, policy, green, and social arenas, were consulted for a report for UNEP that exposes unforeseen areas of consensus about the challenge and possible solutions. It also exposes areas of disagreement and lays out a key set of specific "high impact" areas where smart decisions will make the most difference for sustainable and resilient food and agriculture systems.

Policy tools and instruments emerging from TEEB with case studies from island ecosystems

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) globally raised awareness for the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services for human well being. Following TEEB, numerous countries now engage in processes to assess ecosystem and their services at national and local level, these encompass ecological assessments and economic valuations. Yet, what policy tools and instruments are available or need to be developed to tangibly make a difference and enhance conservation throughout and beyond TEEB-like processes?

Investing in Natural Infrastructure as an Element of Green Economies

The development of Green Economies, as a pathway to sustainable development and poverty reduction, has been adopted as one of the two themes of the Rio +20 conference, which will precede and help frame discussions at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. The Green Economy approach is founded on the principle that healthy ecosystems (wetlands, forests, floodplains, estuaries, etc.), rich in natural capital, underpin sustainable economies that are resilient to external shocks. For example, a natural wetland can yield fish to ensure food security, and water to allow for irrigation.

Towards a global learning network on ecosystem services assessment, valuation and management

The aim of this workshop is to further develop, strengthen and formalize a global learning network on ecosystem services assessment, valuation and management, in order to accelerate global efforts to maintain and restore essential ecosystem services and the benefits they provide for human welfare.

Sustainable practices and approaches: good conservation outcomes from tourism and visitation to protected and environmentally sensitive areas.

This workshop is to be developed and run collaboratively between the Tourism & Protected Areas –Specialist Group (TAPA-SG) of WCPA and the IUCN- Global Business and Biodiversity Programme, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the US National Park Service (USNPS). One of the best selling and most useful publications on tourism and protected areas has been the joint IUCN, UNEP and World Tourism Organisation publication in 2002, which came out as part of the IUCN Best Practice Guidelines series.

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