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Sustainable Bio-energy Policy Framework and Guidelines for Africa: Toward Energy Security and Sustainable Livelihoods

 A collaborative initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the “Sustainable Bioenergy Policy Framework in Africa: Toward Energy Security and Sustainable Livelihoods” study (February 2012), which I had the rare privilege of undertaking, is designed to serve as a technical tool for promoting the sustainable development of bioenergy within the framework of NEPAD as well as global conventions that Africa is party to.

 
 

09 Dec 2013 | Article
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ELC meeting on the Natural Resources Governance Framework

In mid-August the IUCN Environmental Law Centre held a two-day meeting at their offices in Bonn.  …  

09 Dec 2013 | Article
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Richard Cellarius, USA

CEESP Deputy Chair Richard Cellarius appointed to the IUCN-ICMM Review of Biodiversity Performance Project Steering Committee

After over 10 years of interaction, IUCN and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) have commenced a project to review the outcomes of that interaction, i.e., to evaluate improvements in ICMM members’ biodiversity performance. The plan is to have a report prepared for presentation at the 2014 World Parks Congress. …  

25 Nov 2013 | Article
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Colombia on Sale

At the beginning of 2000´s, the price of minerals in the world was in their highest levels since 1970´s. This level of prices was responding to the rising demand by China, Southeast Asian countries and developed countries in general. Two main proposals were given to the exporting countries, so they could manage better this mining and energy boom: The first one from Alice Amsden from MIT. She proposes to build an “Organization of the Mineral Exporting Countries (OMEC)” with members from African and Latin American countries.    …  

25 Nov 2013 | Article
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Dr. Mirza B. Baig, teaching at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Book Chapter on Rural Development

Dr. Mirza B. Baig, teaching at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is pleased to share his book chapter on Rural Development with other members. This chapter, Sustainable Agriculture Ensures Sustainable Rural Development: A Reality or a Myth, discusses that poverty in Pakistan is largely a rural phenomenon; therefore, the development of agriculture must be a principal vehicle for alleviating rural poverty. Unfortunately, the country’s agriculture is negatively affected by various issues and constraints which have been enlisted in this chapter. …  

25 Nov 2013 | Article
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Grand Chief Ed John hands over the chairmanship of the Permanent Forum to Mr. Paul Kanyinke Sena.

The Message Stick: Newsletter of the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, July/August 2013

This issue of The Message Stick contains several news and updates on the activities undertaken by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.  …  

25 Nov 2013 | Article
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Transforming the Frontier: Peace Parks and the Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa

International peace parks—transnational conservation areas established and managed by two or more countries—have become a popular way of protecting biodiversity while promoting international cooperation and regional development. In Transforming the Frontier, Bram Büscher shows how cross-border conservation neatly reflects the neoliberal political economy in which it developed. …  

25 Nov 2013 | Article
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Community Forest Rights under Forest Rights Act: Citizen’s Report 2013

The Scheduled Tribes and Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 is being implemented since 2008. While there is still a long way to go for effective implementation of the Act in letter and spirit, there have been some encouraging developments over the last year. At the same time, there have also been some setbacks or persisting issues.  …  

25 Nov 2013 | Article
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CEESP establishes a "Cross-Theme Biofuels Task Force"

The many kinds of expertise CEESP members bring to IUCN make it ideally suited to addressing the problems associated with biofuels development and expansion. CEESP’s broad mission extends from defending the livelihoods of indigenous people toimproving the social and environmental performance of businesses.
 

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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WAZA as formal partner of the CBD starts campaign in support of the Biodiversity Decade

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), and its members, with their experience in awareness raising and interaction with the public, are well positioned to help educate the public about the need to protect biodiversity during the Decade on Biodiversity. Indeed, during its 66th Annual conference WAZA members unanimously endorsed the UN Decade on Biodiversity and supported both the Aichi Biodiversity targets and a WAZA global project supporting both the Decade and the Aichi targets.   …  

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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