8th ESP World Conference

The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) is a worldwide network, founded in 2008, to enhance the science and practical application of ecosystem services. To facilitate the needed dialogue between scientists, policy makers and practitioners ESP organises an annual international conference in different parts of the world.

The 8th World ESP conference will be held in South Africa from 9-13 November 2015.

The central theme is ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity’. The conference will pay special attention to the public and private sector dialogue on how the ecosystem services concept can be used to support conservation, improve livelihoods and engage the business community.

We especially encourage delegates from businesses to attend the ESP conference in order to discuss challenges and opportunities in using the concept of ecosystem services to achieve conservation and sustainable use of our ‘natural capital’ within a market-context. The conference will provide an excellent platform to engage with experts who can generate solutions to these challenges and start making a difference in practice.

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1st Africa Food Security Conference

This conference will be held around the theme ‘Harnessing Ecosystem Based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa’. It is convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and other UN agencies, governments, research institution, NGOs, scholars, donors, and local governments. The event will consist of a combination of plenary and panel group discussions, which will provide a platform for participants to interact and learn about the latest ideas and practices in harnessing ecosystems services for food security and climate change adaptation.

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Africa Carbon Forum

The Africa Carbon Forum is a trade fair and knowledge sharing platform for carbon investments in Africa. It is a place to discuss the latest development in the carbon market and how the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and other mitigation mechanisms can be successful in Africa. The Africa Carbon Forum includes matchmaking and deal facilitation sessions where carbon project developers can showcase their projects to investors and carbon buyers.

In November 2006, the United Nations Secretary-General launched the Nairobi Framework to improve the support of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in underrepresented regions, including Africa. Since then, Africa’s interest and involvement in the Clean Development Mechanism has grown, and with it the number of projects in Africa. Nevertheless, Africa still accounts for less than three per cent of the more than 3600 CDM projects registered to date in 72 countries.
In an effort to build growing interest on the CDM in Africa, the Nairobi Framework partners: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNFCCC secretariat, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the World Bank (WB) along with the World Bank Institute organized the first Africa Carbon Forum in Senegal in 2008.
In 2010, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) joined the Nairobi Framework as partners and organized the second Africa Carbon Forum in Nairobi, Kenya in 2010.
The third Africa Carbon Forum took place in Marrakech, Morocco in 2011 as a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Marrakech Accords, which kicked off the implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
The fourth Africa Carbon Forum took place at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2012.  The fifth Africa Carbon Forum is taking place in Abidjan, Cí´te d’Ivoire.

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UN-REDD Programme Ninth Policy Board Meeting

The ninth UN-REDD Programme Policy Board meeting will take place on 26-27 October 2012 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, with pre-meetings to be held on 25 October. The FCPF Participants Committee meeting will take place in the same location and an optional field visit for participants of both meetings will take place on 24 October.

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Carbon Forum North America 2012

Carbon Forum North America 2012 — taking place at the Marriott Metro Center in downtown Washington, DC on October 1-2, 2012—has firmly established itself as the place to go to keep abreast of the latest thinking and developments in the North American carbon space—for both carbon policy wonks and market-players alike.
From the first California auction to the establishment of a functional North American market through the Western Climate Initiative; from the advancement of RGGI’s 2012 review to progress within NA2050; from innovative climate finance to emerging carbon markets; from an exciting election season to the buildup preceding a new round of rejuvenated international climate talks; and from new regulatory developments at the EPA to the latest legal developments in the courts, Carbon Forum North America on October 1-2 will give market participants the best carbon coverage at the best time. Join your colleagues at CFNA for the most comprehensive carbon market analysis, the latest policy developments, and the best legal coverage in the North American carbon, climate, and clean energy space!
Carbon Forum North America —IETA’s flagship North American event—will be one of the best opportunities of the year to network with the North American and global carbon markets, browse exhibits showcasing the work of leading companies, and learn what you need to know about this rapidly evolving space.

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Africa Carbon Forum

The Africa Carbon Forum is a trade fair and knowledge sharing platform for carbon investments in Africa. It is a place to discuss the latest development in the carbon market and how the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and other mitigation mechanisms can be successful in Africa. The Africa Carbon Forum includes matchmaking and deal facilitation sessions where carbon project developers can showcase their projects to investors and carbon buyers.

What to expect at the Africa Carbon Forum?

          Updates on recent developments in the international carbon market;

          Information on the challenges dealing with global climate change;

          Discussions with project developers and technical specialists from various sectors and technologies;

          Best practices and lessons learned from the implementation of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in Africa;

          Sessions with respected experts from the public and private sector on strategies and measures promoting the benefits of the CDM in Africa emphasizing the new Programmatic CDM approach;

          Opportunities for CDM project developers to showcase projects to private sector representatives in matchmaking and deal facilitation sessions;

          Building networks and finding partners throughout the Forum.

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IPMPCC Cairns 2012 – Climate Change Mitigation Background

Noting that Indigenous peoples and marginalized populations will be prominent in several of the chapters of the AR5, IPPC Working Group II and UNU in July 2010 agreed to co-organize a workshop to redress the shortfall of available information on Indigenous and marginalized peoples and their climate change adaptation. This first workshop focused on adaptation and vulnerabilities, and was held in collaboration with Working Group II co-chairs (Vicente Barros and Chris Field), lead authors and the technical support unit of WGII, in Mexico City from 19-21 July 2011.

This second workshop addresses issues relevant to Working Group III, and will bring together lead authors for the AR5, Indigenous peoples and representatives of local communities, and developing country scientists. The workshop will allow for more in-depth focus on the topics and regions for which WGIII is seeking input. An international panel of experts including climate scientists and Indigenousexperts will oversee the workshop.

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ICAP Training Course 2012 in Costa Rica

From 19-28 March 2012, the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) will convene a Training Course on Emissions Trading for Emerging Economies and Developing Countries in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Following the successful ICAP Summer Schools held in previous years in Berlin, the Hague, Beijing, and Madrid, the course is designed for 25 to 30 carefully selected policy makers and other stakeholders from the nongovernmental, academic, and the private sector. It will convey an in-depth understanding of emissions trading as an instrument to mitigate greenhouse gases, and build capacity on the technical design and implementation of carbon trading systems.

Over the span of one and a half weeks, participants will have ample networking opportunities with each other and with the teaching faculty, composed of representatives from ICAP members and other recognized experts in the field. Alumni work will help promote active virtual discussions among participants beyond the duration of the course.

Participation in the Alajuela training course is open to applicants from Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela. For further details, please download the ICAP Training Course Flyer.

A similar course, the ICAP Summer School 2012, will take place in July 2012 in Ireland. It will be open to applicants from around the world. More information will be posted on the ICAP website in due course.

For more information on further course details and the application process please click here.

Application deadline is 15 December 2011.

International Conference on Climate Law and Governance in the Global South

he Conference on Climate Law and Governance in the Global South will bring together country representatives, development practitioners, legal experts and other key stakeholders to discuss the most pressing issues facing developing country governments and citizens, including:

  •       What gaps and barriers in legal and institutional frameworks prohibit access to support?
  •     How can countries mainstream mitigation, adaptation and socio-economic development strategies into laws, regulations and institutions?
  •       What is the role of the law in fostering financial incentives for mitigation and adaptation in the green economy?
  •         How can international organizations assist policy-makers with legal and institutional capacity building?

Attendance to the conference is free of charge.

How is REDD+ unfolding on the ground? An exploration of the social, political, and biophysical issues

30 November 2011, Indwe River Room, Durban Exhibition Centre

Start time: 11:30 am
End time: 01:00 pm

This event will discuss early insights on the capability of REDD+ projects to deliver on their goal of sequestering forest carbon while providing a range of co-benefits. The information presented will draw mainly on findings of CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+. Presentations will be given on:

      * the status and challenges of REDD+ projects on the ground;
      * challenges encountered in establishing REDD+ in Africa;
      * the policy and economic context in which REDD+ projects is unfolding; and
      * the status of monitoring, reporting and verification in setting up REDD+.

Frances Seymour, Director General, Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia


      * Erin Sills, Associate Professor, Department of Forestry and Environment Resources, North Carolina State University, USA
      * Charles Meshak, Executive Director, Tropical Forest Conservation Group, Tanzania
      * Maria Brockhaus, Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia
      * Manuel Estrada, Independent Consultant, Spain

For more information, contact Levania Santoso of CIFOR at l.santoso@cgiar.org

Special Event: A Reception Honoring the Life of Nobel Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai

Ambassador Elkanah Odembo & Mrs Aoko Midiwo-Odembo

cordially invite you to this year’s


Mashujaa (Heroes) Day Reception


to celebrate the late Professor Wangari Muta Maathai


Founder of the Green Belt Movement


Nobel Peace Laureate (2004)


on Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 5-7pm



Venue: National Geographic Soceity, Cafeteria


1145 17th Street, NW, Washington DC 20036-4707



RSVP: amboffice@kenyaembassy.com  


Please note that the below deadline for responses has been

briefly extended

Trade, Investment and Climate Change: Searching for Progress on Key Issues

Unilateral action on climate change is increasingly being examined from the perspective of international trade and investment law. Of particular prominence in recent debates has been the validity of green industrial policies and of measures addressing competitiveness loss and leakage. The conference will explore these issues, and also the role of the trade community in securing international cooperation and solutions.

This conference forms part of IISD’s Trade, Investment and Climate Change Program, funded by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Norway and Sweden, and by the Swedish MISTRA Foundation’s ENTWINED network.

Registration& Further Information: To register for this event, please complete the form attached and return to Elka Parveva-Kern(eparveva-kern@iisd.org) by 30 September 2011. Further logistics details will be provided upon registration. For more information on conference content, please contact Lucy Kitson(mailto:lkitson@iisd.org)

Carbon Expo 2010

Carbon Expo 2010:
Where the entire Carbon Market Value Chain meets

Global and Multilateral

This event, held at the heart of Europe, has established itself as the world’s leading global event for stakeholder in the Carbon Market in just five years. In 2009, 276 exhibitors from 83 countries and around 3,000 visitors from 111 countries attended the carbon market’s leading global trade fair and conference for emissions trading, carbon abatement solutions and new technologies in Barcelona for the first time.

Essential and Sustainable

CARBON EXPO is an international Trade Fair and Conference that had experienced a continuously successful growth. It is the primary platform for emissions trading, carbon abatement solutions and new technologies – a meeting point for learning, sharing experience and knowledge, as well as business matching opportunities, used not only by leading decision makers and experts from the worlds of business, policy, science and NGO’s but also traders and the financial sector.

Emissions rights purchasing contracts are not only set in motion, but also concluded.

The Carbon Market Cross-Road

The place where the most important messages get across – between the industry, project developers, buyers, decision makers, politicians and governments.

A One-Stop-Shop

Make sure you don’t miss out on this Trade Fair and Conference for your future.

May 26-28, 2010

Opening times
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

You want to participate at CARBON EXPO then register here.



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Africa Carbon Forum

The African Carbon Forum is a trade fair and knowledge sharing platform for carbon investments in the region by bringing together representatives from designated national authorities (DNA), national focal points, representatives from several UN agencies, governments and the private sector.   It includes matchmaking and deal facilitation sessions that will enable potential CDM project participants and developers to showcase their projects to interested parties, including investors and carbon buyers.

Specifically, the second African Carbon Forum aims at:

  • Update on the different views of the challenges associated with global climate change, and recent developments in the international carbon market;
  • Discuss with project developers and technical specialists of a wide range of sectors and technologies arising from best practices and lessons learned for the implementation of CDM projects in Africa;
  • Learn from the most respected experts from the public and private sector on strategies and measures aimed at promoting the benefits of the CDM in the region, emphasizing the new Programmatic CDM approach;
  • Enable CDM project participants and developers to showcase their projects to interested parties by holding matchmaking and deal facilitation sessions;
  • Seize opportunities to establish contacts throughout the Forum.

Africa Carbon Forum Agenda

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Carbon Markets Middle East North Africa

The global carbon market is facing new challenges with carbon prices at a low level and the uncertainty of the outcome of the Copenhagen post Kyoto agreement. No matter how the new carbon market system is designed, the market will rely on contacts and relationships, and as international investors look to diversify their carbon mitigation portfolios the future looks bright for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

This year's conference includes the following panels:

Keynote Session: Capacity Building in the Middle East and North Africa

Planning CDM Projects – Methodologies, Verification and Monitoring

Carbon Finance

Carbon Trading and Pricing

Developing MENA CDM portfolios

CDM Projects Case Studies

Voluntary Carbon Markets

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Carbon Markets Africa

The 2nd annual Carbon Markets Africa will once again to provide an excellent platform for business to learn about the latest developments for CDM in Africa. Although lagging behind Asia and Latin America in terms of registered CDM projects, African nations are in a position to benefit from the rapid expansion of the global carbon markets and the increasing demand for CERs. The introduction of programmatic CDM should help to attract more investors to African countries as unilateral CDM projects decrease the potential investment risks.

Africa Carbon Forum 2008

This event will bring together representatives from designated national authorities (DNA), national focal points (NFP), representatives from several UN agencies, governments and the private sector.

The Africa Carbon Forum is a platform that will strengthen links between CDM project developers and the region’s investment community, provide opportunities for DNA representatives to exchange views and share their experiences relating to the CDM, while facilitating knowledge sharing and transactions between project sponsors and global carbon offset credit buyers.

GreenPower Conferences – Carbon Markets Africa

International Carbon Markets experts will meet in Cape Town to address the challenges and opportunities of launching new carbon mitigation projects in Africa.

This international business networking event will bring together the worlds leading carbon consultants, brokers and financiers with African business. Africa has the potential to play a key role to in mitigating climate change and reducing greenhouse gases. Carbon Markets Africa will stimulate and bring new project developers and hosts to the forefront with the overall aim of increasing the size of the market.

Over 700 attendees have attended this series of events in the last two years.

GreenPower Conferences – Biofuels Markets Africa

Biofuels projects are being reviewed and implemented across the African continent with South Africa leading the development. It has been suggested that Biofuels have the potential to produce 10% of South Africa’s petrol and diesel needs by 2010. Biofuels are seen as one of the biggest economic opportunities for Africa, especially for job creation in rural areas. Exciting developments in this respect are taking place across the continent.

Co-sponsored by the EU body, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) the second annual Biofuels Markets Africa conference will build upon the success of last year's event which attracted over 200 industry executives from 24 countries across Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas.

With speakers from all stakeholder areas of the industry, this is an essential event for all parties both within Africa and globally.

BBOP Learning Network Meeting

After an introductory session on offsets, this one day conference will focus on how to create incentives that will encourage developers to pursue biodiversity offsets. The meeting will cover a range of issues pertinent to biodiversity offsets in the United States and around the world and will explore issues related to marine and coastal offsets and the legal, institutional and financial aspects of implementing offsets successfully over the long term. The workshop will bring together experts on biodiversity offsets from around the globe, including innovators and practitioners from private, public, NGO, community, government and financial sectors.

Katoomba XI: Catalyzing Payments for Ecosystem Services in Africa

In Africa, there is growing potential for markets and payments for the ecosystem services (PES), including deals related to carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation and watershed protection. These emerging markets and payments have the potential to encourage sustainable land management, conserve biodiversity and improve rural livelihoods throughout the continent.

Today, however, PES in Africa occurs on an ad hoc basis and primarily as small-scale pilot projects. Information gaps, lack of capacity to design and manage projects and the absence of institutions to support on-the-ground implementation have largely hindered efforts to scale up.

The East and Southern Africa Katoomba Groups regional conference aims to address these impediments by providing a forum to deepen and develop a shared understanding of PES in the region. The gathering also seeks to strengthen Governments role as supporters of PES and creators of an enabling environment for private sector investment in PES. In addition, the meeting will launch the East & Southern Africa Katoomba Group Network, with a view to stimulating and nurturing the development of markets for environmental services through ongoing information exchange and capacity building.

The conference builds on a similar gathering held in Uganda in September 2005 which brought together more than 70 experts from eastern and southern Africa, Europe, North America and Australia. The meeting in Uganda demonstrated that African countries have become increasingly interested in market-based conservation strategies such as payments for ecosystem services (PES) over recent years and a number of projects have emerged.

The 2006 meeting will be the second gathering of the Katoomba Group in the East and Southern African region. This event will bring together representatives from African and international NGOs, private business and industry associations, the rural development community, as well as political leaders interested in spurring the growth of environmental markets. During the meeting, participants will be exposed to and informed about some of the challenges and lessons learned from examples of environmental markets around the world and in Africa. While the focus is on East and Southern Africa, examples and speakers will be drawn from international and national initiatives.

We look forward to a fruitful discussion on how to scale up PES in East and Southern Africa and how to shape a vibrant regional Katoomba Group network.

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Carbon Expo

The entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol and the start of the European Emissions trading scheme in 2005 will mark the creation of a global carbon market. The second international trade fair and conference for the emerging CO2 market will take place in Cologne. CARBON EXPO is co-organised by the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the World Bank and Koelnlnmesse. This cooperation will ensure that key exhibitors, speakers and visitors from all over the world will participate and contribute to another successful event. CARBON EXPO will be the ideal place for you to meet companies, service providers and government representatives that are involved in this new market.
Ensure up-to-date awareness of local and global regulations and how to address the resulting risks and opportunities.

Learn about
– Upcoming trends in a rapidly developing market;
– New sources of supply and their effect on price;
– What role German Investment Schemes will play;
– Whether JI is real and a relevant supply factor;
– Using future market and regulatory developments to your advantage.

– Real market players and liqidity providers;
– Buyers from the private and public sectors;
– Providers of the latest market analyses;
– Representatives of Aid Agencies, Funds, Financial Intermediaries and Service Providers;
– Technology providers and Project Developers in your sector.

Find out
– What trading opportunities are currently available;
– How to grow your business through carbon finance;
– How real deals are closed;
– How to strike a better deal.

High-profile visitors at CARBON EXPO 2005
ABN AMRO • Air Liquide • Alcoa • Alstom • Anglo Americain • Asiana Airlines • Banque européenne d’investissement • Barclays Capital • BASF • Bayer AG • BNP Parisbas • BP • British Sugar • Capgemini • Cargil • Cemex • Chevron Texaco • Chubu Electric Power • Climate Change Capital • Dalkia • DHL • Dupont • E.ON • EDF • Egyptian Electricity Holding • Enel • EnBW • Eskom • Esso • European Investment Bank • Exxon Mobil • Ford Werke • Fortis Bank • Gaz de France • Gerling • Heidelberg Cement Group • Henkel KGaA • Holcim • Kansai Electric Power • Korea Petrochemical Industry Association • Marubeni • McKinsey • Mitsubishi Securities • Petrobras
• Polish Glass • PricewaterhouseCoopers • RAG Trading • RheinEnergie • RWE • Samsung • Senter Novem • Shell • Siemens AG • South
African Breweries • Suez-Tractebel • Thyssen Krupp Stahl AG • Tokyo Electric Power Company • Total Gas + Power • Vattenfall

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4th World Water Forum

The main theme of the 4th World Water Congress will be "local actions for global challenge." The activities of the 4th World Water Forum will, therefore, seek to harness the practical, intellectual, financial, and political means to support local action on a global scale. The forum will address the decisive factors in the accomplishment of common goals by diverse actors in diverse places, searching to enable an improved involvement and empowerment of local actors in the social construction of solutions to water issues and a more appropriate channeling of domestic and international support for local actions worldwide.

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Carbon Market Insights 2006

This conference will include presentations and discussions of up-to-date topics on EU ETS, CDM/JI and Global Markets. Point Carbon will also organise an optional 3rd day with specialised workshops held in cooperation with expert industry partners. Please see the conference programme for more detailed information on sessions, speakers and workshops.

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First International Conference on Environmental Change in Lakes, Lagoons, and Wetlands of the Southern Mediterranean Region

This conference will aim to examine the case for integrated science involving environmental change research and quality control monitoring; help to reconcile issues of water quality, hydrology, biodiversity, with food security, public health, and cultural needs; apply historical information to current human activity and water management issues; consider integrated applications of remote sensing and field data to establish publicly accessible GIS databases; develop hydro-ecological models to facilitate better understanding of ecological systems of this region; and assist in the management of wetland, lake and lagoon,systems and explore aspects of EU Water-Framework Directive to aid water regulation in the Southern Mediterranean.

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XII World Water Congress

Specific meetings and plenary sessions at the XII World Water Congress will address integrated water resources management, water infrastructure development, water governance, urban water management, rural water management, water security and risk management, economics and financing of water, and capacity building for water resources management. There will also be an international water exposition at the venue of the Congress.

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Mining for Sustainable Development:

The Chamber of Mines of South Africa is hosting the 2005 mining conference for sustainable development. The conference aims to take stock of developments over the past two years since the 2003 conference on implementing sustainable development in mining. The conference with look at the benefit to the wealth and well-being of employees, affected communities and society; and the benefit to the air, water and land. It will explore ways to extract more benefit through our actions – taking different actions or taking actions differently. Biodiversity will be topic of discussion.

Biodiversity Offsets for Mining (workshop)

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) is running a workshop on Biodiversity Offsets for Mining in conjunction with The Chamber of Mines of South Africa's Mining for Sustainable Development conference in November 2005. The objective of the workshop is to obtain views from different stakeholders regarding the practical implementation of biodiversity offsets. Offsets offer companies a means of ensuring continued access to resources, securing licence to operate and (given the increasing interest from investors in offsets for risk management purposes) continued access to finance. For governments, biodiversity offsets may help to ensure that commitments such as those under the Millennium Development Goals and the Convention on Biological Diversity are met. For environmental groups offsets can potentially achieve greater conservation value for money. If designed appropriately, they may also confer livelihood and health benefits.

Ramsar 9th Meeting of the Conference of Contracting Parties

The 9th ordinary meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands will review the work of the Convention, plan its future activities, and advance wetland science and policy and management tools. The conference’s focus will be on the effective wetland management for poverty eradication, taking into consideration related priority actions found in Agenda 21, the UN Millennium Development Goals, and the Plan of Implementation adopted at the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

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