Bridging the gaps in biodiversity conservation and use

Volume
8,
Number
8
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30 September 2014
30 September 2014
Biodiversity loss continues to present a major global challenge. A 2002 goal set by global leaders to significantly halt the decline by 2010 – measured by 21 sub-targets – did not even come close to being met. At the same time, some estimates suggest that at least 40 percent of the global economy...
30 September 2014
The next Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity is just around the corner. This article outlines some of the key issues on the agenda, as well as potential interactions with trade policy. The planet is threatened with a serious biodiversity challenge. Up against rapid...
30 September 2014
With the Nagoya Protocol set to enter into force in October, this article explores some of the challenges facing the instrument, and looks at some possibilities for its implementation as a tool for funding conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The fair and equitable sharing of benefits...
30 September 2014
On 14 September 2014, new rules came in place for the international trade in five shark species and all manta rays. But how to concretely implement these rules applicable to valuable, highly mobile, and transboundary marine residents? In force since 1975, the Convention on International Trade in...
30 September 2014
A number of sought-after minerals come from conflict-prone states. How to regulate these natural resources in order to keep illicit goods from reaching international markets? The diamond trade is both lucrative and fearsome. In a bid to curb the potential damage international commerce of these...
30 September 2014
A number of broad environmental goods categories have been agreed upon to facilitate discussion the trade-liberalising talks. A second round of talks towards clinching a tariff-cutting agreement on select environmental goods was held last week in Geneva, Switzerland, with sources reporting...
30 September 2014
A UN climate summit was held in September designed to build momentum for a series of international climate talks in the months ahead. Last week’s much-anticipated UN climate summit in New York saw 125 heads of state take the opportunity to highlight their national climate efforts, while unveiling a...
30 September 2014
Japan disregards whaling resolution Japan announced its intention to continue whaling in the Southern Ocean – an area encircling Antarctica – despite a recent International Whaling Commission (IWC) resolution to tighten restrictions on whaling for scientific purposes. The decision, albeit non-...
30 September 2014
Fossil Fuels Subsidies in Developing Countries – ODI – July 2014 This paper, published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), aims to provide a review of the organisations and governments involved in supporting other countries to reform their fossil fuel subsidies and the approaches...