Linkages Update - Issue #185
Editor's Note
   
Happy 20th Anniversary ENB
Twenty years ago, the first issue of what was eventually called the Earth Negotiations Bulletin was circulated during the Fourth Session of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Environment and Development. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Manager, Knowledge Management Projects, IISD Reporting Services

Recent Guest Articles
   
Addressing Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss and Poverty through Sustainable Ecosystem Management
Biodiversity and ecosystem services are the foundation of many successful adaptation strategies. They can also deliver climate change mitigation benefits. But meeting all these objectives can be difficult. Decisions should therefore be based on good science, and an understanding of the full environmental-economic trade-offs. More.
Richard Munang, Policy Advisor and Coordinator, Climate Change Adaptation and Development, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Jian Liu, Director, International Ecosystem Management Partnership, UNEP, Ibrahim Thiaw, Director of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI), UNEP

Adaptation After Durban
One can visualize the UNFCCC negotiating process as having shifted from a phase of exploration and experience building to a phase of design. Following the start of the implementation of the newly-designed processes, the UNFCCC adaptation discourse will enter into a new phase of monitoring, evaluation, review and revision of the Durban adaptation regime, at which point the next level of action on adaptation could constitute a further scaled-up adaptation regime. More.
Youssef Nassef, Coordinator of the Adaptation Programme, UNFCCC Secretariat

Comings & Goings
   
Appointments
Eliasson Selected as Next UN Deputy Secretary-General

New Reports and Resources
   
Space and Climate Change: Use of Space-based Technologies in the United Nations System

Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation: 2012 Update

Towards a Post-2015 Framework for DRR

Mechanisms for Agricultural Climate Change Mitigation Incentives for Smallholders

Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People: A Review of Wetlands and Human Health Interactions

Summary of Deploying Renewables - Best and Future Policy Practice

IISD RS' Policy & Practice Knowledgebases
   
Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
Post-2015 Development Agenda
Climate Change
Sustainable Energy
Water and Sanitation
Biodiversity
Forests
Land
Chemicals and Wastes
Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
African Regional Coverage
Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage
Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage

Other News
Sustainable Development
   
UN/ISDR Releases Response to Rio+20 Zero Draft

Africa Environment Day, Wangari Maathai Day, Calls for Rio+20 to Address Environmental Challenges

UN Entities Launch Higher Education Sustainability Initiative

Water, Energy, Food Security Nexus Conference Publishes Policy Recommendations

UNESCAP Committee Reaffirms Commitment to Sustainable Development Ahead of Rio+20

UN Deputy Secretary-General Places Helsinki Process in Context of Rio+20

USRio+2.0 Focuses on Role of Connection Technologies for Sustainable Development

Proposal for Ombudsperson for Future Generations Published

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
   
IMO MEPC Adopts Energy Efficiency Guidelines

UNDOALOS Calls for Experts to Participate in the Regular Process

UN-Backed Global Partnership for Oceans Launched

UNECE Workshop Identifies "Globalization" of the UNECE Water Convention as a Priority

Ramsar Launches Scientific and Technical Briefing Notes Series

Intergovernmental Organizations
   
PIFS Co-hosts Regional Workshop on Democratic Institutions

IRENA Signs Agreement with Masdar Institute for Work on Global Solar and Wind Atlas

Climate and Atmosphere
   
UNFCCC Releases Provisional Agenda for AWG-KP 17

CDM Executive Board Adopts Business and Management Plans

Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Issues Rainfall Warning

IFAD Governing Council Calls for Support for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Gates Foundation Announces Grants to Support Crop Diversity and Climate Adaptation

Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
   
SPC, FFPRI to Cooperate on Forestry Research

UNCCD Calls for Applications for Advisory Group on Impact Indicators

Trade, Finance & Investment
   
World Bank Supports the Strengthening of Mexico's Social Resilience

WTO Holds Workshop on Aid for Trade, Sustainable Development and the Green Economy

REEEP to Fund Energy Poverty Projects in Cambodia, Tanzania and Ethiopia

G20 Finance Ministers and Chancellors Discuss Green Growth

EIB, Caribbean Development Bank Launch Climate Action Lending Programme

World Bank and GEF Grants to Protect 13.5 Million Hectares in the Amazon

Biodiversity and Wildlife
   
€1 Million Pledged for Save Our Species (SOS) Initiative

FAO Releases Reports on Methodologies and Good Practices for Sustainable Bioenergy

WIPO IGC Focuses on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources

FAO Paper Examines MPA Governance in Brazil, Palau, India and Senegal

UNEP-WCMC Project to Review Incorporation of Biodiversity Values into NBSAPs

CITES Secretary-General Expresses Concern over Elephant Poaching in Cameroon

CMS Launches Dugong, Seagrass and Coastal Communities Initiative

World Bank President and Business Leaders Discuss Tiger Protection

Human Development
   
UN Global Compact Event Considers Gender Equality for Sustainable Business

IFPRI and Partners Launch Index to Measure Women's Empowerment and Fight Hunger

Commission on Status of Women Focuses on Empowerment of Rural Women and Role in Sustainable Development

Working Group on LDC Transition Concludes First Substantive Meeting

Chemicals Management
   
Website Launched for North Africa Regional Centre for the Stockholm Convention

Regional LAC Center Provides Training on POPS Management

Key meetings in the next two weeks
   
Special High-level Meeting of ECOSOC with the Bretton Woods Institutions, WTO and UNCTAD: 12-13 March 2012. New York City, US

Second Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum: 12-13 March 2012. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

Global Workshop on National Experiences in Implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020: 12-14 March 2012. Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil

Sixth World Water Forum-Partnership for Strengthening Water Security in Africa : 12-16 March 2012. Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur, France

Sixth World Water Forum: 12-17 March 2012. Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur, France

20th Session of the Fishery Committee for the East and Central Atlantic: 14-16 March 2012. Rabat, Rabat-Sale, Morocco

17th Session of the Adaptation Fund Board: 14-16 March 2012. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

CITES Animals Committee 26: 15-20 March 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

313th Session of the ILO Governing Body: 15-30 March 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

IDB Annual Meeting 2012: 16-19 March 2012. Montevideo, Uruguay

Second Global Transition Dialogue on the New Economy: 17-18 March 2012. New York City, US

First Informal Informal on UNCSD Draft Outcome Document: 19-23 March 2012. New York City, US

Eighth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemicals Review Committee: 19-23 March 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Sixth Aviation and Environment Summit : 21-22 March 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Joint meeting of the CITES Animals and Plants Committees: 22-24 March 2012. Dublin, Ireland


IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from:

Sixth Aviation and Environment Summit