Call for papers: Enhancing forest related governance for development: Recent country experiences and what they teach us

In order to contribute to documenting and analysing the experiences and lessons generated through these initiatives, the European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN), together with Tropenbos International and GIZ, will publish a special issue of ETFRN News on ”Enhancing forest related governance for development: Recent country experiences and what they teach us”. The publication will focus on the incentives, drivers and enabling factors for states and the private sector to improve forest governance and on the approaches and processes taken to improve forest governance. The Newsletter is scheduled for publication in May 2012.

This publication may be an excellent opportunity to showcase your work and to contribute to the discussion on how to improve forest governance. We are therefore kindly inviting colleagues and organizations involved in the theme to contribute a short article (maximum 3,000 words) on their work and experiences.

If you are interested to contribute, please contact before 12 November Guido Broekhoven (guido.broekhoven@gmail.com) with the topic and a short outline (app. 200 words) of your article. Based on the number and nature of the proposed articles, an editorial committee will select the ones that are most suitable for publication in this issue of ETFRN News. We will provide a short instruction and general guidance on the process to authors once you have been selected to write a full article.

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WRI-UNEP Launch: Building the Climate Change Regime

Entitled Building the Climate Change Regime: Survey and Analysis of Approaches, the paper shows that a menu of options is available for scaling up action on the part of national governments and designing a climate regime capable of delivering adequate mitigation action.     The World Resources Institute (WRI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) cordially invite you to launch events in Dublin and Washington D.C.  

Washington D.C. launch: World Resources Institute, 10 G St. NE, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20002

 

Monday October 24, 2011

1:00 pm —3:00 pm ET

 

PANELISTS:

·                 Amy Fraenkel, Regional Director, UNEP Regional Office for North America

·                 Noel Casserly, Climate Change Policy, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Government of Ireland

·                 Jennifer Morgan, Director, Climate and Energy Program, World Resources Institute

·                 Remi Moncel, Associate, Climate and Energy Program, World Resources Institute

·                 Other commentators invited

 

RSVP to: Kevin McCall at kmccall@wri.org by noon on Friday, October 21 2011.  

 

Details to join the event remotely will be provided next week

Building the Climate Change Regime: Survey and Analysis of Approaches

Entitled Building the Climate Change Regime: Survey and Analysis of Approaches, the paper shows that a menu of options is available for scaling up action on the part of national governments and designing a climate regime capable of delivering adequate mitigation action.    The World Resources Institute (WRI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) cordially invite you to launch events in Dublin and Washington D.C.  

Dublin launch: Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Custom House, Dublin 1  

 

Monday October 24, 2011

2:30 pm—4:00 pm GMT

 

PANELISTS:

·                 John McCarthy, Assistant Secretary General, Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government

·                 Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson, Office of the Executive Director, UNEP Nairobi

·                 Remi Moncel, Associate,Climate & Energy Programme, WRI

·                 Prof. John Sweeney, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

·                 Feargal Duff, Irish Doctors for the Environment & FEASTA

 

RSVP to: Tony.Butler@environ.ie by noon on Friday, October 21 2011

UNEP-FI Global Roundtable

Initiated in 1994, the UNEP FI Global Roundtable carries-on a now well-established tradition that has spanned the globe from New York to Frankfurt, Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo.

15 years on, the roundtable is now widely recognized as a major global agenda-setting event in sustainable finance. This event offers an opportunity for leaders of the financial world and environmental experts to come together to discuss and exchange views on sustainability issues and “responsible” financing.

The roundtables have significantly contributed with ideas and ways on how to address emerging challenges in environmental, social and governance issues that relate to global financial industry. The series of biennial roundtables has been one of the UNEP Finance Initiative advocacy instruments for sustainable finance.

The 2009 event took place for the first time in Africa and was a great success with over 450 participants traveling from across the world to Cape Town where the city hosted its first “Green Week”. Senior executives from the banking, insurance, and investment industries, academia and government officials – Minister of Finance and Minister of Energy of the Republic of South Africa- discuss the latest ideas and challenges around the event’s theme topics, “Financing change, Changing finance”.


Contact

Cecilia Serin

roundtable@unepfi.org

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)

Eleventh RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change:

The meeting will examine the current state of public and private financial mechanisms for REDD+ and adaptation and contribute to developing an updated vision for the optimal design and deployment of finance to reduce forest loss and degradation – while respecting the rights and development needs of local people.  This meeting will take stock of lessons learned to date regarding the possibilities of a global forest carbon market, scope for individual projects, and the experiences with national and regional public funds.  The debate will aim to better understand the potentials and limits of each approach and the conditions in which one approach is more appropriate than another.  The meeting will contribute to more informed and decisive negotiations on finance during the UNFCCC COP17 in Durban.

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Clean Development Mechanisms and Joint Implementation:

The Kyoto Protocol requires countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. To help countries achieve their emission reduction targets, the Kyoto protocol introduced two market based mechanisms: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the Joint Implementation (JI).
 
CDM allows a country, firm, or individual to implement projects that reduce or remove emissions in developing countries and to earn certified emission reduction credits. The CDM is meant to stimulate sustainable development and emission reductions in developing countries, while giving industrialized countries some economic flexibility in how they meet their emission reduction or limitation targets.
 
JI allows a country, firm, or individual to implement an emission reduction project and earn emission reduction units that can be sold. The main difference between the CDM and JI lies in their application, as JI projects can only be hosted by developed countries.
 
The course provides a comprehensive overview of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the Joint Implementation (JI). It was developed by WBI’s Carbon Finance Assist program and the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute.
 
The course is delivered in 10 modules which take about 20 hours to complete. It uses interactive presentations, case studies, and discussion forums.  The course will enable participants to:

  • Understand all aspects of the Kyoto Protocol’s project based mechanisms
  • Understand the governance of these mechanisms
  • Start a CDM of JI project
  • Understand the CDM and JI Project Cycles and corresponding rules and procedures
Target Audience: This course is designed for carbon finance experts and practitioners, including project developers, technical consultants, decision makers, representatives of cities and civil society organizations.
Course Format: Facilitated
Course Theme: Climate Change, Innovative Cities
Sub-Theme: Essentials of Climate Change, Climate Smart/Low Carbon
Language: English
Amount: US $ 400
Contact Name: Samira El Khamlichi

Asista al Encuentro de Negocios Forestales 2011

Participar en el Encuentro de Negocios la permitira:

  • Potenciar el proceso de venta
  • Comprar y/o vender direcatemente
  • Amplia la base de clientes y/o proveedores
  • Introducir nuevos productos
  • Posicionar la imagen de su empresa
  • Tomar ventaja ante su comptencia

Tenth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change :

The meeting will identify common approaches to dealing with the interconnected global challenges of responding to the food crisis, forest loss and degradation, the need to drive additional investment into agriculture, and adaptation to climate change.  The meeting will bring more focused attention to the interconnection between forests, agriculture, the rights of producers and affected populations, and the growing global demand for agricultural land and products.  

By bringing together the communities of practice that deal with different but interrelated issues, the Dialogue will consider issues such as agriculture as a driver in forest loss and degradation, the role forests play in providing food for the rural poor, as well as the implications of the global effort to meet the challenge of feeding nine billion people by 2050 without destroying the natural resources on which rural and forest dwellers rely for their livelihoods and food security.  

We anticipate that the meeting will set out an agenda to influence policy dialogues in a variety of fora, including the Committee on Food Security in October, the UNFCCC COP 17 in December, the International Ecoagriculture Conference in 2012, the follow-up conference to the Hague Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change which will take place in Vietnam in 2012, and other forest, food and agriculture related initiatives.

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Forest Carbon Seminar:

Terra Global Capital is dedicated to community involvement in REDD project implementation. This presentation will discuss the importance of community participation in REDD measurements and monitoring. It will outline the benefits and challenges, and our experiences in community-based data collection and working with our local partners.

 

Forest-dependent communities are identified as some of the poorest in the world. The developing REDD market can create new opportunities for rural communities, but only if communities truly understand, monitor and manage their assets. This requires building technical capacity within the local implementing organizations and communities including expertise in GPS use, remote sensing interpretation, biomass sampling and species identification. By effectively involving local partners and communities, REDD projects can be created cost-effectively and empower community members to provide long-term alternative livelihoods.

 

Please join Terra Global Capital on Wednesday, August 17th at 1:00pm as our lead field forester, Erica Meta Smith, directs this session on Participatory Field Data Collection for REDD: Lessons from the Field.

 

University of California Building

1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Refreshments will be served following the presentation.

 

Please RSVP to info@terraglobalcapital.com <mailto:info@terraglobalcapital.com>   by Monday August 15th to reserve a seat.

The National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration

The first NCER, held in Orlando, FL (2004) with over 900 restoration practitioners participating, lead to successful conferences in Kansas City, MO (2007) and Los Angeles, CA (2009). NCER brings together nearly 1,000 scientists, engineers, policy makers, planners, and partners from across the country actively involved in ecosystem restoration.

Initiated by the University of Florida, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, NCER typically entails five days of presentations in six program tracks, multiple workshops, poster sessions, field trips and coffee-house discussions dedicated to both small and large scale ecosystem restoration programs including but not limited to the Missouri and Mississippi River Basins, the Louisiana Coastal Area, Columbia River, the Everglades, the San Francisco Bay/Delta, the Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes and Puget Sound, just to name a few.

Does REDD+ make international forestry more just?

You are invited to attend an evening public debate on the potential for REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) to make international forestry more just. This is the first event in a series of UEA London Debates on Environmental Justice and International Development organised by the Global Environmental Justice Group at the University of East Anglia.

REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) has the potential to make international forestry more just. Countries in the Global North are set to pay countries in the Global South for the conservation of forests, something that they have never done before. Yet REDD+ may also perpetuate or deepen forest people?Ts historical dispossession from their forests. As timber logging in the past, carbon forestry may work to the sole advantage of powerful state and industrial interests.

This public debate will bring the idea of global environmental justice to bear upon current debates about REDD+. It will bring together a variety of stakeholders in REDD+ to assess the justice implications of emergent REDD+ initiatives. The emphasis will be on highlighting how REDD+ has the potential to make international forestry more just in certain ways, but also poses serious dangers to make it more unjust in other ways.

Moderator: John Vidal, The Guardian

Panel: Kristy Graham, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
                        Saskia Ozinga, FERN
                        Dr Charles Palmer, London School of Economics
                        Dr Yvan Biott, DFID (tbc)

The debate will open with an introduction by Dr Thomas Sikor, University of East Anglia   (UEA).

Time/date:   6.00 ?” 8.00pm, Wednesday 20 July 2011 (refreshments will be provided)
Location:   UEA London Study Centre, Middlesex Street, London E1 7EZ ?” view map
Booking:   This event is free – please register by contacting p.quinn@uea.ac.uk

Ecosystem services in urban areas seminar 2011

The environmental impacts of cities have led to a number of policy decisions, such as the inclusion of urban areas in the IPCC considerations of climate impacts or the recognition of the role of cities in national biodiversity protection strategies by the CBD COP 9 in 2008. The establishment of the European Green Capital award in 2006 provides an example of promoting good practice in the area of urban ecosystem services management.

Attempts have been made to highlight the value of urban ecosystem services, especially with reference to urban greenery, water and allotment gardens. Different perspectives on the value of urban ecosystem services have been revealed, including economic (benefits and savings), socio-ecological (resilience), psychological (well-being), cultural (e.g. inspiration), and philosophical or ethical. On the one hand, such a multitude of perspectives appeals to different groups of addressees. On the other hand, ultimately, it weakens the message delivered to decision makers who often only follow the narrowly understood economic reasoning. The objective of this seminar is to bring together the various perspectives on the value of urban ecosystem services and discuss the potential of merging and synthesizing these perspectives. Ultimately, this should lay foundations for a more sustainable management of ecosystem services in urban areas.

 

Objectives

  • To exchange information and ideas, based on the presentation of the cutting-edge research on the different perspectives on the value of ecosystem services in urban areas.
  • To discuss the potential joint research project with case studies in various European and non-European countries.
  • To prepare a special issue of an international journal, based on seminar contributions. Landscape and Urban Planning will be the first one approached with a proposal.
  • To support the Challenges of Sustainable Development international summer academy, the participants of which will be invited to take part in the seminar.

 

Conference topics

  • Value of ecosystem services in urban areas.
  • Social networks and ecosystem services in urban areas.
  • Institutional frameworks for the management of ecosystem services in urban areas.
  • Ecosystem services in urban areas as a source of inspiration.
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to studying ecosystem services in urban areas.

 

Benefits of attending

  • Getting an overview of the current research in the value of urban ecosystem services.
  • Publication in a special issue of an international journal.
  • Opportunity to initiate and take part in an international research project on the subject.

 

Participation fee

The seminar will be funded with grants managed by the Sendzimir Foundation. However, a fee of 50€ will be collected to cover some expenses for which grant money is not available. A limited number of fee waivers and accommodation subsidies will be available for participants in financial hardship. Fee deadline: 15 June 2011.

Fee includes: lunches, coffee and tea during brakes, extra activities (trip).

Fee does not include: accommodation, breakfasts. A list of suggested hotels will be provided at a later notice.

 

Email submission

Email (Jakub Kronenberg): kronenbe@uni.lodz.pl

Please submit your abstract with Ecosystem Services in Cities in the subject line. Include your name and contact details.

 

Deadlines

31 March 2011 abstract submissions (300 words)

15 June 2011 full paper submissions

 

Journal submission

Participants of the seminar will be invited to submit an expanded version of their paper for publication in a special issue of an international journal. Details of the journal will be provided at a later notice.

Ecosystem Markets: Making Them Work

Using markets to protect and restore ecosystems–and  the many services they provide–is gradually becoming a reality. But what are the critical elements for success, what progress has been made, what still needs to be done, and what are the remaining challenges? The conference goal is to enable experts, innovators, and hands-on users of these evolving market models to   learn about recent progress, what transactions can be done now, how these markets will affect family forests and other property owners, and how state and regional efforts can merge into a common model. Past conferences have enabled development and improvement of ecosystem market projects as a direct result of information gathered and relationships strengthened among participants and organizations.

The program will take place over 2 days to be followed by a field tour of operational ecosystem service credit generation projects–thereby providing a comprehensive information and networking opportunity for hands-on project developers and managers, landowners, policymakers, and academics.

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For more information please contact:

Christine Cadigan
American Forest Foundation
Phone: (202) 463-2734
ccadigan@forestfoundation.org

Help shape the next stage

Whether you have been involved in the earlier discipline-based/interdisciplinary workshops or not, you are welcome to come to hear about progress in shaping the work streams and take part in discussions to influence the likely content of the calls for proposals for research funds.  

Participation will also offer you the opportunity of meeting others interested in specific issues and joining putative trans-disciplinary research teams which will bid for funds.

The meeting will take place at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD.

Please note that registration does not guarantee you a place at the meeting. We will confirm places between the 14th and 16th June 2011.

Training Course for Mitigation Banking and In-lieu Fee Program Interagency Review Teams

This comprehensive week-long training for federal and state regulators who serve on mitigation bank and in-lieu fee program Interagency Review Teams (IRTs) will:

  • Provide IRT’s with a thorough grounding in the relevant federal policy guiding the review, establishment, and management of mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs.
  • Build IRT expertise at both the individual and team level. These skills will be developed through a combination of both presentations and exercises that rely upon existing federal policies, case studies of existing interagency review efforts, and hearing from experienced members of interagency review teams. IRT’s will leave with solid expertise on how to effectively and efficiently review and oversee the establishment and operation of mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs.
  • Develop the leadership skills necessary to be an effective member of an IRT.

In sum, this course will marry the technical knowledge upon which environmentally sound decisions are made with the leadership skills necessary for achieving effective decision-making.

Target Audience:

This training course will accommodate up to 40 participants. 14 slots will be reserved for Corps representatives, 7 for EPA, 7 for US FWS, 5 for NOAA representatives, and 7 for representatives from various state agencies. If interested in attending, please contact the point person from your agency. Note: your request will be considered alongside others from your agency, around the country. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance in April of 2011.

Course Tuition:

$FREE

Contact Information:

For more information, contact:
Margarita Carey
The Conservation Fund
Phone: (304) 876-7924
mcarey@conservationfund.org

2011 Yale Conservation Finance Camp

The 5th annual Yale Conservation Finance Camp will be held at Yale University. The course offers the latest information on a wide range of innovative conservation finance tools, including new sources of philanthropic funds, public capital and private investment, as well as a framework for analyzing and packaging them. The camp is focused on useful, hands-on tools for conservation practitioners and board members, foundation leaders, private investors and graduate students. The course is limited to 20 participants. 6-10 June. Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, US.

Carbon Prices WEBINAR

PRESENTATION ONE – Price and volume trends for EU Allowances
Impact of Germany’s nuclear plant closures
Recent problems in the spot market
Middle East tensions and oil prices
Other fundamental price drivers: weather, power prices, utility hedging

PRESENTATION TWO – The UK’s price support mechanism
A tax or a floor price?
Impact on EUA demand
Bullish or bearish for carbon prices?

PRESENTATION THREE – End of an era for CERs?
Outlook for prices in 2012?
Rapid increase in issuance
Changes in the CER/EUA spread
Preparing for a two-tier market

BY ATTENDING THIS EVENT YOU WILL:

•  Have incisive analysis delivered direct to your desk
•  Have an opportunity to pose questions to an unbeatable panel of experts on this subject
•  Receive the recording and a copy of presentations which you can refer to at your leisure

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

• Companies facing binding or  voluntary emissions caps
• Power companies and major  emitters
• Banks, investment funds, insurers
• Organisations seeking to offset  their carbon emissions
• Brokers, law firms, environmental  consultants and analysts
• Government & regulatory bodies
• Developers and financiers of  CDM/JI projects
• Environmental groups

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Valuing Nature Network workshops

The Valuing Nature Network (VNN) in partnership with Natural Environment Resource Council (NERC) will be running a series of workshops on biodiversity and ecosystem service valuation in London during May 2011.The workshops, supported by the Natural Capital Initiative (NCI), will cover a broad range of topics associated with valuing biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural resource use. 10, 11, 13, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24 May. London, UK.

Carbon Finance and Analytics Programme London 2011 Advanced Professional Training

London Business School is consistently ranked as one of the top business schools globally and one of the world’s leading centres of finance research and education. Thomson Reuters Point Carbon is a world leading provider of independent news, analysis and advisory services for European and global carbon, power and gas markets.

A mutual interest in delivering cutting-edge research, innovative analytical tools and insights into carbon and energy markets leads our two institutions on a common mission to establish the most comprehensive professional initiative to provide foundations for carbon finance, trading, analytics and risk management.

The programme draws upon the exciting combination of our institutions’ complementary expertise while utilising our extensive network of experts within business, academia and policymaking institutions. The programme will be delivered by a highly knowledgeable and experienced team from London Business School, Thomson Reuters Point Carbon and selected external speakers.

The programme is comprehensive, rigorous and demanding, with emphasis on mastering a wide range of analytical tools and techniques required to be successful in the carbon markets. The timetable enables participants to minimise their time away from office while maximising learning opportunities by coupling a rigorous academic framework with real-world relevance and practical application through case studies and team work.

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Carbon Markets Masterclass

KEY BENEFITS OF ATTENDING:

• Optimize your business opportunities – gain a deep understanding of AB 32: Global Warming Solutions Act and its associated carbon market, so you have all the information you need to maximize investment opportunities as they arise

• Understand relevant risk management techniques – learn how to manage portfolios of carbon assets and liabilities in an often uncertain policy environment

• Identify likely winners and losers in this new market and the key supply and demand issues

• Highly interactive format – put your pressing questions to the course leader and discuss the issues that are most important to you and your business

THIS IS A MUST-ATTEND COURSE FOR:

• Executives in emitting companies facing new reporting requirements for carbon emissions

• Executives in non-emitting companies undertaking sustainability initiatives or carbon offset programs

• Traders experienced with other commodities hired to manage carbon positions

• Developers and investors in emission-reducing projects looking to sell offset credits

• Lawyers seeking to expand their practices in carbon

• Investors/analysts evaluating opportunities in the carbon markets

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2011 National Mitigation and Ecosystem Banking Conference

Explore, Learn & Network at the only National conference on mitigation, conservation and ecosystem markets.   This is THE conference for you if you are involved in – or have an interest in – mitigation, conservation and ecosystem banking and the related emerging markets.

Preserving Natural Capital:

The Portuguese Presidency of the European Union in 2007 launched the Business and Biodiversity Initiative,
with the main goal of highlighting the relationship between business and biodiversity, enabling business give a
significant contribution to biodiversity protection and to pursue the goal of halting the loss biodiversity at local,
national, regional and global levels. Subsequently the European Commission established an European
Platform on Business and Biodiversity, defining priority sectors for action, among which stands the food supply
sector, involving retailers, packaging and food processing business; this platform is developing further guidance
lines, using case-studies to develop a better performance on biodiversity and ecosystems.

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity, in its 10th Conference of the Parties at Nagoya, Japan in October
2010, encouraged the involvement of the business sector in biodiversity protection and recognized the role of
NGOs in influencing business practices and as facilitators of change in consumer behavior and expectations of
society. Furthermore, the European Council of Environment Ministers, at its meeting on December the 20th
2010 welcomed the decisions of this world summit, highlighting “the importance of cooperation with the
business sector” and “integrating economic valuation of biodiversity value and ecosystems in decisions of
public and private sector.”

In this context Quercus is developing the project Enterprises and Biodiversity, a contribution to disseminating
and providing methodological resources, recent experiences and case-studies, applicable and tangible for
businesses in Portugal. Quercus organizes this meeting, hoping it can mobilize more companies towards the
preservation and investment on natural capital – the very basis for food supply – contained in the goods and
services provided by ecosystems and biodiversity. The event is organized in collaboration with the European
Business and Biodiversity Campaign – funded under the LIFE Program of the EU.

On-line registration: http://capitalnatural.eventbrite.com/

Navigating the American Carbon World

Over the last decade, Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) has earned the distinction of being the most important carbon event in North America. It is known for convening the largest group of thought leaders, innovators, pioneers and policy makers and providing the most comprehensive analyses of pressing issues. As veterans of the conference will attest, NACW is unrivaled for firsthand information, networking and innovative discussions.

In its ninth consecutive run, NACW 2011 will be the year’s most valuable carbon event. Attendees will have the opportunity to:

      * Listen to California government leaders and regulators discuss the state’s landmark climate change and energy bill, AB 32
      * Discuss the status of WCI and development of its cap-and-trade program
      * Get the most up-to-date information on supply and demand for allowances and offsets
      * Discuss the roles of agriculture and forestry in the offset markets and learn about the nuts and bolts of offset protocols under AB 32
      * Meet up with colleagues and make new contacts at the year’s best networking event

Attendees will hear and discuss fresh perspectives and ideas on these topics and others facing the carbon world. Because NACW is organized by two long-time carbon participants, the Climate Action Reserve and Point Carbon, the conference is guaranteed to present the most relevant topics and speakers.

NACW has a particularly strong reputation for delivering the most in-depth coverage of developments in California and the West. Originally established as the annual conference for the California Climate Action Registry, NACW grew in scope and scale as the Climate Action Reserve established the nation’s premier carbon offset registry and became the parent organization of the California Registry. As interest and excitement intensifies for climate policy and carbon markets, NACW will help charter the course for actions and solutions addressing climate change.

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European Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change – Science, Practice & Policy

Biodiversity loss and climate change are among the most pressing challenges
of our times, and are strongly interconnected. Not only will climate change
directly affect biodiversity but mitigation and adaptation measures taken by
society could also have significant effects, both positive and negative, on
biodiversity.

Conservation strategies will need to be adapted to cope with a changing
climate; there is a need to explore how this should be done, and share
experiences of putting adaptation principles into practice. There is also
growing awareness that addressing biodiversity loss and climate change in an
integrated manner can have a range of multiple benefits for society, including
synergies with sustainable development goals. However, considerable
uncertainties remain surrounding the two-way interactions of biodiversity and
climate change and good practice examples of ecosystem-based approaches
to mitigation and adaptation are still rare.

Against this background, the conference sets out to meet a growing demand
for sharing knowledge and experiences in the field of biodiversity and climate
change in Europe. Taking a transdisciplinary perspective, the aim of the
conference is to bring scientists, conservation practitioners and policymakers
together in order to improve both the integration of research outputs into
practical conservation projects, and the identification of further research
needs.

The New Frontier – Towards A Collaborative Effort by Financial Institutions to Integrate Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services into Business

There is growing recognition amongst companies of the need to better understand and integrate the management of environmental risks and opportunities into all aspects of business operations. It is also clear that humanity’s impacts on and dependency of biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) represent risks and opportunities for financial institutions (FIs) and their clients. Increasingly, members of the finance community are also responding to this increased recognition for natural capital, and the pressing need to understand systemic risk in a far more holistic way. Does the financial sector sufficiently understand, and therefore value and price the risks and opportunities related to BES? Such matters are increasingly pertinent for all FIs, and particularly those active in the primary economy and in resource intensive sectors. Now is the time to accelerate both the general recognition of and collective action for the integration of BES as a reputational, regulatory and potentially even systemic risk to economic and financial sustainability.
 
An important objective of this workshop is to discuss how to advance the understanding and integration of biodiversity and ecosystem service (BES) criteria and risk management, lending and investment products. To that extent we would like to hear from all participants what the best strategy is to go forward. In line with this, we will be highlighting the Biodiversity Principles that are being developed under the guidance of the VfU, as well as a UNEP FI Natural Capital Statement for Finance Institutions. This Statement is a crucial process to building momentum around biodiversity conservation, which commenced during the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, with inception workshops in London, at the CBD COP 10 in Nagoya Japan, and in Hong Kong with Credit Suisse. En route to the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, the financial sector has a unique chance to demonstrate that it takes the loss of natural capital seriously and is taking action. We’d like to hear from participants in Munich how to make that happen.
 
 
Ivo Mulder                                                                                 Irina Detlefsen                                                     Eva Kammerer-Kirch
Programme Officer                                                       Corporate Sustainability                       Coordinator
UNEP Finance Initiative                                       HypoVereinsbank                                             VfU
 
                       
 
Please confirm your attendance by contacting Margot Hill (margot.hill@unep.org)
 

Online Q&A: how can business address the biodiversity challenge?

For some time, biodiversity has been talked about as the next big sustainability issue. Dubbed the “new carbon”, and given it’s own international year of recognition by the UN in 2010 (now extended to a decade), its clear that this is one challenge that’s here to stay.

So if this is the case, how should business set out to address its impact on biodiversity? The TEEB report (The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity) says that the first step for business is to identify impacts and dependencies and then to begin to measure and report impacts, dependencies and responses. However, each of these steps presents it’s own significant challenges, meaning that knowing where to start can be extremely difficult.

To try to address some of the questions around how corporate sustainability professionals should approach biodiversity as a key business issue, we’re running an online Q&A discussion with a panel of experts.

The discussion will take place on Thursday 3rd March from 12 until 3pm and will cover areas such as:

• Is it possible (and useful) for a business to measure its biodiversity footprint?
• Should we even be talking about biodiversity as a distinct business issue (or should it in fact be something that is integrated into sustainability thinking across an organisation’s operations)?
• How can cross-sector collaboration help in addressing the biodiversity challenge?
• What does corporate best practice in terms of biodiversity look like at the moment? Who is leading and how can other organisations learn from them?
• How can investment in biodiversity and ecosystem services be encouraged?
• How can risk due to biodiversity loss be quantified and communicated?

You can either post your questions now or join us next week to follow the whole discussion. The Q&A will take place in the comments section on this page. If you can’t join us on Thursday, sign up to receive our newsletter and we’ll send you a link to a summary of the Q&A.