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Press Release: China Releases National Plan To Implement SDGs @ 2016

China released its national plan for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which translates each target of SDGs into “action plans” for China. China currently holds G-20 Presidency, and has previously called on the G-20 to formulate its own action plan on the 2030 Agenda.

Facilitating BioTrade in a Challenging Access and Benefit Sharing Environment - UNCTAD

Legal uncertainty, lack of clarity and administrative inaction are not a good recipe to facilitate sustainable biodiversity businesses. With the entering into force of the CBD Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, there is a new opportunity to improve the synergies for access to genetic resources and benefit sharing (ABS) in the context of BioTrade, and in turn contribute to legal certainty on this particularly important matter in regards to sustainable use of biodiversity.

Systematic Conservation Planning Assessments and Spatial Prioritizations for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates and the Arabian Peninsula

Systematic Conservation Planning (SCP) seeks to assess biodiversity in a robust, repeatable and scientific manner and thereby identify the best places in a landscape to undertake conservation activities such as Protected Area expansion. Systematic Conservation Plans were prepared, during a 15 month project, using available spatial data for the marine and terrestrial areas within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi), the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Arabian Peninsula region, comprising the UAE together with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Jordan), the Kingdom of Bahrain

The Power of Local Action: Lessons from 10 Years of the Equator Prize

A booklet looking broadly across UNDP’s 20-year history of experience with local ecosystem-based initiatives to present key lessons and insights on how rural communities have successfully met the challenge of sustainable local development.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 2012. The Power of Local Action: Lessons from 10 Years of the Equator Prize. UNDP, New York, USA.

Development as Freedom

A seminal text on the definition of poverty, similar to Sen’s capability approach, that discusses the need for freedom to perform certain actions as a means to improve livelihoods and escape the trap. Included in the items that hinder freedom are hunger, illnesses and access to clean water.

Sen, A.K. 1999. Development as Freedom. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK

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Global Biodiversity: Indicators of Recent Declines

A compilation of 31 indicators to report on progress toward the CBD 2010 target. Most indicators show declines, with no significant recent reductions in rate, whereas indicators of pressures on biodiversity showed increases.

Human Development Report 2015: Work for Human Development

An annual report identifying sustainable work, which promotes human development while reducing and eliminating negative side effects and unintended consequences, as a major building block of sustainable development.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 2013. Human Development Report 2015: Work for Human Development. UNDP, New York, USA.

Gender and Forests: Climate Change, Tenure, Value Chains and Emerging Issues

Focusing particularly on tropical forests, the book presents both local case studies and global comparative studies from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as the US and Europe. The studies range from personal histories of elderly American women’s attitudes toward conservation, to a combined qualitative / quantitative international comparative study on REDD+, to a longitudinal examination of oil palm and gender roles over time in Kalimantan.

Sustainable Financing of Protected Areas: A global review of challenges and options

This report is based on a review of available literature and consultation with protected area experts around the world. It seeks to identify lessons from recent experience on the key factors which influence the success of different financing mechanisms, and to provide recommendations for improving the future sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness of PA financing. The analysis is supported by 29 case studies – summarised in boxes throughout the text – which provide concrete examples of how specific financing mechanisms are being used in a range of contexts.

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