Economy and Markets

Conservation Finance: gaps, comparative analysis and alternatives in a dynamic debate

The resilience of conservation initiatives, including protected areas, depends in great measure on their financial sustainability. Addressing funding requirements through an appropriate mix of public funding, revenues and innovative financial arrangements that support conservation efforts, including best practices of governance, accountability and financial management, is a key aspect to achieve conservation outcomes.

Several efforts over the past few years are brought together in this workshop. Analyses of the costs and sources of funding at regional level, lessons learned regarding the utility of conservation trust funds and project financing, experiences with sustainable financing at system and site scale, and the prospects of innovative financing mechanisms will be presented. Most importantly, the workshop will take stock of the prospects for achieving success in the future.

An overlooked threat to biodiversity: The global commercial pet trade in amphibians and reptiles

The collection of amphibians and reptiles within the herpetoculture society has attracted global attention. While the US, EU have gone commercial since the late 1970s with Japan following soon after, more markets have emerged particularly in China. The pet trade with popular species has been proven to be detrimental for species due to over-collecting for commercial purposes.

La construcción sostenible: una estrategia para la resilencia de los ecosistemas en países en desarrollo

Porque es posible que la construcción aporte a la resilencia de los ecosistemas y UICN demostró esto a través del Concurso de Anteproyectos de Vivienda Sostenible para Clase Media en Costa Rica.

Addressing the Biodiversity Crisis: Lessons from Climate Change

Biodiversity loss is a problem of global significance with serious implications for human wellbeing, compromising our ability to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Despite this, and despite the wealth of scientific evidence on the scale of the problem, biodiversity loss does not receive a commensurate level of attention at national and international levels.

Monetary Justice and Sustainability

The starting point of our Knowledge Cafe is the fact that monetary phenomena have significant impacts on the real economy. There is no such thing as "neutrality of money" (i.e., the notion that given the technology and preferences of agents, monetary phenomena do not affect the outcome of market processes). On the contrary, money matters in fundamental ways for modern capitalist economies, whether we look at them from the aggregate perspective (macroeconomics) or at a micro level.

National and regional platforms on Business and Biodiversity – lessons learned and the way forward

Biodiversity matters for all including business. Business engagement for biodiversity is getting more relevant issue not only for conservation community but also for business and government. Many approaches have been being tested to create more enabling environment to accelerate business engagement such as certifications, economic evaluation, impact evaluation, voluntary standards etc. One of the emerging approaches is creating national and regional platforms on business and biodiversity.

Providing incentives to enhance ecosystem services from biodiversity and promote conservation in the agricultural matrix.

Biodiversity provides key ecosystem services for farmers around the world, including pest control, pollination, and soil improvement. This biodiversity can reach surprisingly high levels, particularly in traditional farming systems. Agroecology is unraveling the ecological processes at work, but significant portions of the biodiversity involved remain undescribed.

Creating Resilient Eco-Travel Destinations in Protected Areas

This training course will develop guidelines for successfully establishing a resilient eco-travel destination in a protected area. It will outline the necessary steps to ensure the smallest ecological footprint while providing eco-tourists with a comfortable atmosphere to learn about and partake in the local conservation efforts. Experts in the field of eco-tourism will be invited to join in the discussion, and a print publication will be distributed.

Financing Protected Areas: Addressing the costs of prevention

Financing of Protected Areas usually depends on public funding, even thow there are several and growing risks generated by private activities. From tourism and agriculture through extractive industries and dams, either on central or peripheral areas, a wide spectrum of risks determine increasing activities and costs emerging from prevention tasks. Public private partnerships shall address such issues building on a new generation of green funds to avoiddamages of missprevention.

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