Suggested Trade and Environment Resources
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THE RIO CONVENTIONS - ACTIONS ON FORESTS. By CBD, UNFCCC, UNCCD (June 2012). This information brochure provides a brief outlook on the synergies and linkages, with respect to forests, between combating climate change and desertification, and the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. It outlines the mandates of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) regarding forests. It discusses the remaining challenges to implementation and the opportunities for relevant stakeholders to contribute. The full brochure can be found here.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND THE GREEN CLIMATE FUND. By FPP, JOAS (August 2012). This report summarises key issues relevant to indigenous peoples, building on statements and policy platforms adopted by Indigenous Peoples' Caucuses. The report states the need for the UNFCCC Green Climate Fund (GCF) to improve indigenous peoples' participation in governance, adopt stronger safeguards and facilitate direct access to financing for climate change response actions developed and implemented by indigenous peoples. The full report can be found here.
TOP-DOWN, BOTTOM-UP OR IN-BETWEEN: HOW CAN A UNFCCC FRAMEWORK FOR MARKET-BASED APPROACHES ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRITY AND MARKET COHERENCE? By SSRN, SNSF (July 2012). This paper references the Durban Climate Conference's agreement to create a market-based mechanism for climate change mitigation. The author argues that a strong central oversight at the level of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the only way to reassure all parties of the UNFCCC that the environmental integrity of new market-based mechanisms is ensured. The full paper can be found here.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: FOREST COVER AND DEFORESTATION IN BELIZE, 2010-2012. By CATHALAC, ERI, MFFSD (August 2012). This article summarises a recently concluded satellite analysis of Belize's current 2012 forest cover, relating these findings to those of a similar 2010 study. The results are used to estimate levels of the country's deforestation over the last two years. The author says findings should serve as input to Belize's activities in the context of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) initiative. The full article can be found here.