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Countries ‘failing to act’ on Nagoya biodiversity promises

Only 14 of 193 nations have acted on a landmark deal to protect endangered species and habitats, WWF warns . . . → Read More: Countries ‘failing to act’ on Nagoya biodiversity promises

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G-20 Can Play Key Role in Transition to Global Green Economy: Achim Steiner

The G-20 has acted to stabilize banks and to counter the financial and economic crisis: A recovery is under way, albeit and in many places, still fragile. But what about the G-20’s future role in embedding a fundamental transition to a more sustainable global economy that looks beyond the current, narrow definition of wealth and GDP?

Could this week in Seoul be a water-shed in international financial and economic affairs, where the pledge, made at the G-20 in London, toward a green and more sustainable recovery moves from communique to concrete commitment?

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Nagoya 2010: World Bank Launches New Global Partnership to “Green” National Accounts

Nagoya, Japan – The World Bank today announced a new global partnership that will give developing countries the tools they need to integrate the economic benefits that ecosystems such as forests, wetlands and coral reefs provide, into national accounting systems. The goal is to introduce the practice of ecosystem valuation into national accounts at scale so that better management of natural environments becomes “business-as-usual”.

Speaking in Nagoya, Japan, at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meeting, World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick said the alarming loss of biological diversity around the world can be partly . . . → Read More: Nagoya 2010: World Bank Launches New Global Partnership to “Green” National Accounts

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Governments Must Deliver a New Biodiversity Rescue Plan: WWF

Nagoya, Japan – As Ministers from around the world arrive for the final three days of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) conference at Nagoya, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) urges governments to overcome their differences on how to share the benefits of genetic resources and deliver a robust plan to stem the loss of biodiversity up to 2020.

The conference risks becoming bogged down in acrimony between developed and developing nations over the Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Protocol, with many nations insisting there would be no new biodiversity plan unless there’s additional funding . . . → Read More: Governments Must Deliver a New Biodiversity Rescue Plan: WWF

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Nagoya 2010: Bridging Biodiversity and Business

Nagoya, Japan – What is a ‘Key Biodiversity Area’? Why is it important, how was it established and what is its relevance to business? The answers to these and other key questions can be now found on the “A-Z Areas of Biodiversity Importance” website, which was launched today at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) taking place in Nagoya, Japan.

Spotlighting some 35 important areas worldwide – such as Ramsar, World Heritage sites and Protected Areas – this electronic guide also explains the species and habitats they seek to . . . → Read More: Nagoya 2010: Bridging Biodiversity and Business

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Aichi-Nagoya Biodiversity Summit – A New Biodiversity Strategy for 21st Century

Nagoya – With land and marine ecosystems around the world under intense pressure from human activities, negotiators from around the world meet in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, to shape and agree on a global strategy and instruments to protect biodiversity that would make the value of biodiversity central all human initiatives and development.

The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, hosted by the Government of Japan takes place from 18 to 29 October 2010 at Nagoya. Over 15,000 participants representing the 193 Parties and their partners – the . . . → Read More: Aichi-Nagoya Biodiversity Summit – A New Biodiversity Strategy for 21st Century

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Nagoya 2010 – Carbon Mapping to Curb Climate Change and Boost Biodiversity

Nagoya – Mapping where a country’s carbon stocks overlap with areas that are rich in wildlife and important for local peoples’ livelihoods is underway in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The aim is to support international efforts to conserve forests in order to combat climate change. But in a way that delivers other benefits including conservation of economically-important ecosystems linked with water, fertile soils and other crucial services.

Under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), governments are negotiating a mechanism to provide payments for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation plus . . . → Read More: Nagoya 2010 – Carbon Mapping to Curb Climate Change and Boost Biodiversity

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Valuing Nature the Way to Protect it, WWF Advises Biodiversity Summit

Nagoya, Japan – Nations now gathering in Nagoya, Japan for the most crucial meeting in a decade of parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) need to not only agree on new targets for halting biodiversity loss but also set up the mechanisms and commit the resources to achieving them.

“What the world most wants from Nagoya are the agreements that will stop the continuing dramatic loss in the world’s living wealth and the continuing erosion of our life support systems,” said Jim Leape, WWF International Director General.

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Reverse Alarming Rate of Biodiversity Loss, Urges UN Secretary-General

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon implored world leaders this morning, during the opening of the General Assembly’s high-level meeting as a contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity, to commit to reversing the alarming rate of biodiversity loss and rescuing the natural economy before it was too late.

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Reservoirs of Biodiversity: Deep-sea Sponge Grounds

This new report from UNEP-WCMC (United Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre) advances awareness and understanding of ancient deep sea sponge grounds, their importance in maintaining biodiversity, their value to society, and the associated policy frameworks required to protect these habitats from damage. Click here to read more…

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