2013

Learning about Sustainability Certification Systems

As the Sierra Club representative to the Roundtable on Sustainable Bioproducts (RSB), I have been participating in a review of the standards and procedures which are used to evaluate and certify that biofuels and other bio-based products are produced sustainably. Certification systems compete with one another, learn from one another, and most of them conduct periodic reviews to update and improve their programs. To increase my knowledge about better practices, I studied several different certification systems with a particular interest in how they involve stakeholders in developing standards and in reviewing the audits of certified companies. …  

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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CEESP contributes to Inspiring Solutions to Conservation and Development Challenges at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

CEESP Contribution to Inspiring Solutions to Conservation and Development Challenges at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 In just over a year time the world will gather in Sydney, Australia to address the future of protected areas governance and management and propose inspiring solutions to some of today’s most pressing conservation and development challenges. …  

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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Recent Launch of a 12-year Report: 'COMPACT: Engaging Local Communities in the Stewardship of World Heritage' by the GEF/SGP in the 37th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee

Recent Launch of a 12-year Report: 'COMPACT: Engaging Local Communities in the Stewardship of World Heritage' by the GEF/SGP in the 37th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage CommitteeThe role of local communities in ensuring that World Heritage contributes to sustainable development was chosen by the World Heritage Committee as the central theme for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Convention in 2012. This theme gave recognition to the fact that local communities and indigenous peoples are, and have been for centuries, the custodians of many World Heritage sites. …  

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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The Inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital

Jonathan Hughes, Director of Conservation, Scottish Wildlife Trust and the IUCN Councillor, calls for support to the World Forum on Natural Capital. The inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital is being held in Edinburgh on the 21-22nd November this year with IUCN as one of the organising partners. This is the first major global conference devoted exclusively to turning the debate on natural capital accounting into action.  …  

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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Importancia del Valor Turístico en la Aplicación de Políticas en las Áreas Naturales Protegidas

Pierina Benites Alfaro, CPAES Sudamérica Vice Chair, contributed to the current issue by writing an article about the importance of tourism policy in natural protected areas in Peru (in Spanish). He has been involved in the topic for several years.

En el Perú, las Áreas Naturales Protegidas (ANP) constituyen aproximadamente el 15% de la superficie nacional , razón por la cual se ha reconocido su importancia, elevando al rango constitucional la obligación de promoverlas, por ser zonas ricas en biodiversidad y pertenecer a una estrategia de largo plazo que busca brindar ostensivamente servicios ambientales esenciales para el hombre.   …  

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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WCPA Chair’s Update: Launch of World Parks Congress Website and IUCN Commission Participation

Once every decade we have a landmark event which results in commitment and action while moving the protected areas agenda forward – the IUCN World Parks Congress.  …  

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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CEESP Youth Member, Olivia Sylvester, contributes to the Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Food in Protected Areas at the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation Conference in Costa Rica.

Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Food in Protected Areas at the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation Conference in Costa Rica

CEESP Youth Member, Olivia Sylvester, contributed to the Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Food in Protected Areas at the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation Conference in Costa Rica. …  

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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TEMTI Theme Report - Winter School on Economic Justice and Sustainability: OSISA and TEMTI

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Centre for Civil Society of the University of Kwa Zulu Natal organized a Winter School on “Rethinking Sustainability, Development and Economic Justice”. The event took place in July 15-27 and was attended by thirty-five participants from eleven countries in the region. The course was made possible by the generous support of OSISA’s Economic Justice Programme directed by Masego Madzwamuse.
 

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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Juanita Cabrera Lopez shares some of the highlights of SPIECH work to date including involvement in development of The Natural Resource Governance Framework (NRGF) and meetings with regional networks of indigenous peoples.

SPICEH Co-chair Update

Juanita Cabrera Lopez shares some of the highlights of SPIECH work to date including involvement in development of The Natural Resource Governance Framework (NRGF) and meetings with regional networks of indigenous peoples. …  

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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“ Resolving the Food Crisis: Assessing Global Policy Reforms Since 2007”.

Theme on Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment Report (TEMTI)

“Resolving the Food Crisis: Assessing Global Policy Reforms Since 2007”. This latest addition to the TEMTI Working paper series deals with one of the most critical aspects of environmental and social sustainability. The authors show how the spikes in food prices of 2007-08 served as a wake-up call to the global community on the inadequacies of the global food system. A second price spike in 2010-11 deepened the sense that the policies and principles guiding agricultural development and food security were deeply flawed and exposed the fragility of the global food system. …  

20 Nov 2013 | Article
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