Fiji Seeks to Govern Mineral Wealth Extraction

Mar 20, 2013 No Comments by

On March 19th, 2013, the Fiji Times reported that Fiji’s Ministry of Lands “wants to avoid conflict over land and mineral management.” Fiji is a small, mineral rich country, and is one of the more economically developed Pacific Islands. However, the government of Fiji sees potential tension between landowners and those seeking to extract mineral [...]

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Event: IPBES-1 Approaches

Jan 18, 2013 No Comments by

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is preparing for its very first plenary meeting from January 21st-26th in Bonn, Germany. IPBES is the first intergovernmental science-policy platform dedicated to an environmental issue area. This meeting focuses on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The platform arose out of a recognition of a gap between [...]

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UNDP Launches Pacific Risk Resilience Programme

Oct 17, 2012 No Comments by

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched its new Pacific Risk Resilience Programme  in the Solomon Islands with the aim of strengthening governance mechanisms for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation at the sub-national and local levels. The regional Programme, which systematically addresses the challenge of ensuring that Pacific communities benefit from activities around disaster [...]

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Intergenerational Panel at Stockholm+40

Apr 24, 2012 No Comments by

On April 23rd, 2012, the Stockholm+40 conference held a panel session with distinguished members of the international environmental governance community who had each been involved in one of the four major environmental conference held between 1972 and 2012.. Dubbed the “Generation Panel,” the event provided a unique, intergenerational perspective on the state of the global [...]

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Governments Create New Institution for Sustainable Management of Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Apr 23, 2012 No Comments by

On April 21st, after several years of international negotiations, governments approved the final operational design of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The German city of Bonn, which also hosts the secretariats of UNFCCC, the Convention on Migratory Species, and the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), won the bid to host the [...]

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Climate Change Imperils Global Prosperity, U.N. Warns

Nov 08, 2011 No Comments by

A new report from the United Nations Development Program warns that if drastic measures are not taken to prepare for the impacts of climate change, the economic progress of the world’s developing countries could be reversed by 2050. This year’s annual report approaches the issue of climate change and environmental degradation from the standpoint of economic development [...]

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