LINKAGES UPDATE - a fortnightly e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website - 11 February 2004

UPCOMING AND CURRENT COVERAGE BY THE EARTH NEGOTIATIONS BULLETIN


Seventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-7):
9-20 February, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

First Meeting of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety:
23-27 February, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

14th Meeting of the CITES Plants Committee: 16-20 February, Windhoek, Namibia

Fourth Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE-4): 18-20 February, Vienna, Austria
 

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY THE EARTH NEGOTIATIONS BULLETIN



Marcus Bethel, Minister of Health and Environment, Bahamas, Anwarul Chowdhury, Secretary-General of the International Meeting, and Jagdish Koonjul, AOSIS Chair (Mauritius)

BAHAMAS MEETING ADOPTS AOSIS COMMON POSITION FOR THE
BPOA REVIEW PROCESS
26-30 January 2004 | Nassau, Bahamas
The Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for the Ten-year Review of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) took place from 26-30 January 2004, at the Radisson Cable Beach Hotel in Nassau, the Bahamas. During the week, delegates engaged in a general debate and six panel discussions, and considered and adopted the Nassau Declaration and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Strategy Paper for the Further Implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA). The AOSIS Strategy Paper follows the chapters outlined in the BPOA, and identifies new issues such as trade, health and culture that have emerged since 1994 when the BPOA was adopted. Among the key concerns raised at the meeting were those relating to how SIDS have fared under globalization and WTO rules.

The outcomes of this meeting will be forwarded to the G-77/China for consideration in advance of the intergovernmental preparatory meeting at UN headquarters in New York from 14-16 April 2004, during the 12th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development. This preparatory meeting will then make recommendations to the International Meeting for the Ten-year Review of the Programme of Action on SIDS, scheduled to take place in Mauritius from 30 August to 3 September 2004. Click here for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin coverage, including a summary report and an analysis, of this meeting.
 

CSD-12 BUREAU CONSIDERS ORGANIZATION OF WORK
23 January 2004 | New York
The fourth meeting of the Bureau of the twelfth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-12) discussed preparations for the April 2004 session, including its organization of work. The Bureau clarified that a Chair’s summary of the official segment to be distributed during CSD-12 would capture the highlights of statements and interactive discussions, including case studies and lessons learned, as well as activities of the Partnerships Fair and Learning Center, but it would not be a detailed account of those activities or be open for negotiation. The next Bureau meeting was scheduled for 19 March 2004, but due to delegates’ interest in providing input on the organization of work, as expressed during a briefing following the Bureau meeting, the date may change to late February or early March. For more information, see the note on the meeting, and the ENB briefing note on the briefing following the Bureau meeting.
 

OTHER RECENT MEETINGS


DAVOS TRIES TO REKINDLE TRADE TALKS, IGNITES CRITICS’ IRE
21-25 January 2004 | Davos, Switzerland
The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos has hosted informal meetings aimed at kick-starting trade talks, while drawing fire from many environment and development groups. The Forum, which hosted more than 2000 leading figures from business and politics, was held in Davos, Switzerland, from 21-25 January. Political leaders from the United States and Europe appeared eager to avoid some of the tensions that marred last year’s event. U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney’s speech was touted by some as an “olive branch” to Europe, although others reportedly felt it demonstrated a change in tone rather than overall direction. Meanwhile, delegates spent much of their time networking, or in discussions on global issues such as the stalled global trade talks, the weak American dollar, and the growing budget deficits in the world’s largest economies.
Trade talks held: Trade ministers from around 20 countries met on the sidelines of the Davos Forum to try to kick-start international trade negotiations …
Annan pushes development theme: On development matters, Davos saw efforts by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to push issues such as poverty and the needs of developing countries back up the global agenda – issues many experts say have taken a back seat to the growing focus on security and terrorism …
Forum’s secrecy slammed: Meanwhile, civil society groups attending the Public Eye on Davos conference – a “counter-conference” held at the same time as the official forum – criticized the Davos gathering for what they claimed was its secrecy and anti-environment agenda. More.
 

MEETING PROMOTES ASIAN-LATIN AMERICAN TRADE
30-31 January 2004 | Tagaytay, Philippines
A meeting on inter-regional cooperation has ended with calls to promote a fairer global trading system and support for agricultural reform. The Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC), held from 30-31 January in the Philippines, saw calls from ministers and other high-level officials for agricultural reform and improved market access for goods and services to help overcome social disparities. More.
 

MADRID MEETING SETS EUROPE’S PRIORITIES FOR CBD COP-7
19-21 January 2004 | Madrid, Spain
The third Intergovernmental “Biodiversity in Europe” Conference and the eighth Meeting of the Council of the Pan European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy (PEBLDS) took place from 19-21 January 2004, in Madrid, Spain. The meeting served as Europe’s regional preparatory meeting for the Seventh Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-7), which is currently being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. More.
 

OECD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MINISTERS DISCUSS POLICIES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
29-30 January 2004 | Paris, France
Science and technology ministers and senior officials from more than 30 countries met at OECD headquarters in Paris from 29-30 January 2004. The two-day meeting focused on policies to improve links between science and innovation systems, on measures to ensure development and mobility of scientists and other highly qualified S&T personnel, and on the role of science and technology in responding to global challenges. More.

ONLINE FORUM DEBATES EMISSIONS CONVERGENCE
27 January - 3 February 2004 | Internet
An online discussion forum has debated the merits of a proposal that countries’ per-capita emissions of greenhouse gases should converge. The proposal, made by the Global Commons Institute and a range of other organizations, was discussed in an online forum hosted by the “Future International Action on Climate Change” website, a new initiative supported by Germany’s Federal Environment Agency. More.
 

MEETING PROMOTES EUROPEAN ENERGY COOPERATION
14 January 2004 | Vienna, Austria
Collaboration on the European Union’s Directive on Energy Efficiency in Buildings was the focus of a recent meeting held in Vienna. The European Energy Network’s Working Group on Central and Eastern European Countries met on 14 January 2004 to identify areas for potential cooperation on the EU’s building directive. More.

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COMINGS AND GOINGS


Appointments

CAMILLA TOULMIN APPOINTED NEW IIED DIRECTOR
Camilla Toulmin has been appointed Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Toulmin joined IIED in 1987 to set up the Drylands Programme, and was appointed to the position of acting Director of IIED in July 2003. More.

O’CONNOR HEADS UN DSD’S POLICY BRANCH
David O’Connor began heading up the UN Division for Sustainable Development’s Policy, Integration, Analysis and Evaluation Branch in September 2003. Prior to this position, O’Connor had been on the research team of the OECD Development Centre since 1989, where he most recently served as Principal Economist.

Vacancies

BASEL CONVENTION SEEKS DEPUTY EXECUTIVE SECRETARY:
This position will also serve as Chief of the Capacity Building Unit. D-1 level, Geneva, 20 March.

CMS SEEKS SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL PROGRAMME OFFICER
P-4 level, Bonn, 22 March.

IEEP SEEKS HEAD OF SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES PROGRAMME
Position entails advancing work on resource management and environmental protection issues related to European fisheries policy. London or Brussels, 1 March.

CLIMATE SECRETARIAT ANNOUNCES PROGRAMME OFFICER VACANCY
This Officer will work in the Methods, Inventories and Science Programme and join the subprogramme on land use, land-use change and forestry. P-4 level, Bonn, 24 February.

GEF/UNDP SEEKS REGIONAL TEAM LEADER FOR ARAB REGION
Position is for a team leader and regional coordinator in biodiversity, international waters and land degradation for the Arab States region. Beirut, 21 February.

JAPAN-BASED IGES SEEKS RESEARCH STAFF
Several research posts available, including positions working on the Institute’s climate policy project. Kanagawa, Japan, 20 February.

WEDO SEEKS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
New York, 15 February.

RESEARCHERS SOUGHT FOR EUROPEAN SINKS PROJECT
Two new positions with a project assessing European agriculture and forestry-based carbon sinks. Based in Austria and Germany. Interested candidates should contact Uwe Schneider at Hamburg University asap (e-mail: schneider@dkrz.de; phone: +49-40-42838-6593)

PEW CENTER SEEKS STAFF
Three positions: The first vacancy is for a State Solutions Fellow to work with the Solutions team on state-level climate change issues. The other vacancies are for a Domestic Policy Research Associate and a Communications Associate. Based near Washington, DC.

Click here for complete postings on appointments, departures and vacancies.

 

MEDIA REPORTS


NEW “SEED” AWARD TO HONOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIPS
UNEP, UNDP, IUCN–The World Conservation Union and Stakeholder Forum have founded the Seed Awards – “Supporting Entrepreneurs in Environment and Development.” This initiative, which will be presented every two years, will award innovative partnership proposals aimed at sustainable development. More.

ALCAN INC. ANNOUNCES US$1 MIL PRIZE FOR SUSTAINABILITY
The aluminum and packaging multinational company Alcan Inc. has established a US$1 million annual prize to recognize non-profit civil society NGOs that have made and continue to make outstanding contributions toward sustainable development. More.

WWF EXPOSES NEW CHEMICAL CONCERNS, CALLS FOR STRONGER LAWS
Many chemicals in everyday consumer goods pose a toxic hazard to humans and animals, suggests WWF. More.

EU SET TO LAUNCH POLLUTION REGISTER
The European Union will publicly launch the European polluting emission register, or EPER, on 23 February. More.

UK CHEMICAL INDUSTRY PLANS DATABASE
The UK Chemical Industries Association (CIA) has announced that it plans to develop a database of chemicals marketed in the UK. More.

CHEMICAL INDUSTRY EXPECTS GROWTH IN 2004
The chemical industry is expecting growth in 2004 throughout most parts of the world. More.

WORLD CELEBRATES WETLANDS DAY
2 February 2004 marked the seventh annual World Wetlands Day, with some 80 countries organizing special events to celebrate and raise public awareness about their respective wetland ecosystems, as well as to mark the date of the signing of the international Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar, Iran on 2 February 1971. More.

NOAA DEVELOPS SEA TURTLE SAVING TECHNOLOGY
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) together with the fishing industry, has developed new technology aimed at reducing the accidental capture of and harm to marine turtles. More.


UNEP, EU PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION IN ASIA
With more middle to high income consumers in Asia and the Pacific than in Western Europe and North America combined, rising consumerism in Asia might lead to an ecological disaster if consumption levels in the east reach those seen in the west. In efforts to stem the tide of this potential catastrophe, the European Union is funding a US$500,000 project called Sustainable Consumption Asia or SC.Asia. More.

U.S. HYDROGEN PLAN CRITICIZED
Plans by the U.S. Government to make hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles affordable by 2020 have been labeled unrealistic by experts. More.

FRANCE, GERMANY PRESSURE RUSSIA TO RATIFY KYOTO
France and Germany have kept up the pressure on Russia to ratify the Kyoto Protocol with a joint statement from the two countries’ environment ministers. More.

WORLD BANK IGNORES CALL TO END OIL, COAL FUNDING
The World Bank has rejected a proposal to stop funding oil and coal projects in developing countries, according to news sources. More.

ILLEGAL CFC SMUGGLING RING EXPOSED
Illegal trade in a major ozone-damaging substance has been uncovered in Asia, according to a BBC report. More.

UNDP AND MICROSOFT LAUNCH INITIATIVE ON TECHNOLOGY TRAINING
UNDP and Microsoft Corporation launched a joint initiative to advance technology training in developing countries, with the goal of helping them attain the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. More.

COSTA RICA JOINS REGIONAL FREE TRADE ZONE
Costa Rica has announced its intention to join the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), a treaty concluded last year between El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the United States. More.

OECD INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON DRAFT REVISION OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE PRINCIPLES
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is inviting the public to comment on a draft revision of its Principles of Corporate Governance adopted by OECD governments in 1999. More.
 


WEST AFRICAN ENVIRONMENT MINISTERS PROMOTE BIOSPHERE RESERVES
Environment ministers from six west African countries recently expressed concern for the ongoing environmental degradation and increasing poverty across the African continent, and committed to promoting the use of biosphere reserves as operational sites for sustainable development in the fight against poverty and in implementing the action plan of NEPAD’s environment initiative. More.

UNEP JOINS CONSERVATION FINANCE ALLIANCE
UNEP has recently joined the Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA), created “to catalyze increased and sustainable public and private financing for biodiversity conservation to support the effective implementation of global commitments to conservation.” More.

TREATY ON GIANT BIRDS
ENTERS INTO FORCE
The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) entered into force on 1 February with Australia, Ecuador, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain as parties to the agreement. More.

CRACKDOWN ON ILLEGAL LOGGING IN MEXICO HASN’T SLOWED DEFORESTATION
A recent crackdown on illegal logging has not slowed deforestation in the monarch butterfly’s winter habitat. More.

ILLEGAL LOGGING DESTROYING INDONESIAN RAINFORESTS
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) along with Telapak, an Indonesian partner organization, has recently released a report documenting the trade in timber from ramin, an endangered Indonesian tree species. More.

CITIGROUP TO SCREEN PROJECTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
Citigroup, the US’s largest financial institution, is adopting a corporate policy to carefully evaluate requests for project financing that could adversely affect the environment. More.

GLOBAL UNEMPLOYMENT IN 2003 SETS RECORD, ILO SEES SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT FOR 2004
Despite economic growth in the latter half of last year, global unemployment rose to a record 185.9 million in 2003, says the International Labour Organization in its Global Employment Trends 2004 report. More.

KEY PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Sustainable development

REDUCING DISASTER RISK: A CHALLENGE FOR DEVELOPMENT
(UNDP, February 2004) Prepared by UNDP, this report presents a newly developed Disaster Risk Index that links vulnerability directly to poverty, through correlating risk of death from natural disasters to socio-economic and environmental variables. The report looks at physical exposure from natural disasters such as earthquakes, cyclones, flood and droughts and relative vulnerability from 1980 to 2000 for over 200 countries and territories. The report notes that while only 11 percent of the people exposed to natural disasters live in poor countries, these people account for over 53 percent of those who die from such disasters. Conversely 15 percent of those exposed to natural disasters, who live in wealthy countries, account for only 1.8 percent of recorded disaster-related deaths. The study makes several recommendations to governments, including using the best available risk analysis, incorporating such risks in regulatory procedures and involving risk assessment in development planning. The report.

INVENTING A BETTER FUTURE: A STRATEGY FOR BUILDING WORLDWIDE CAPACITIES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
(InterAcademy Council, 2004) This report was authored by a study panel appointed by the InterAcademy Council to develop a global strategy for addressing global science and technology issues. Jacob Palis (Brazil) and Ismail Serageldin (Egypt) co-chaired the panel, which met five times to reach consensus on the conclusions and recommendations that are presented in this seven chapter report. Recommendations focus on five major areas for action: science, technology and society; increasing human resources; creating research institutions; engaging the public and private sectors; and financing. Specific recommendations include calls for new efforts to attract, develop and retain scientific and technological talent in all nations and for creative new mechanisms to ensure adequate funding for science and technology capacity building. The report.

IISD WEEKLY JOURNAL REVIEW
Subscribe  to receive weekly e-updates containing descriptions of peer-reviewed articles on sustainable development.

Trade

INTERNATIONAL TRADE STATISTICS 2003
(World Trade Organization, 2004) This WTO report provides a detailed account of trade in both merchandise and commercial services by country, region and main product groups or service categories. Produced by the WTO’s Economic Research and Statistics Division, the report shows that a “weak trade recovery” in 2002 was followed by a near stagnation of trade flows in the first half of 2003. This far from robust trade picture reflects above all the weak economic growth in the OECD countries and in particular Western Europe. The report.


Climate, energy, and atmosphere

CORAL REEFS AND GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE: POTENTIAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE TO STRESS ON CORAL REEF ECOSYSTEMS
(Pew Center on Global Climate Change, February 2004) This new report outlines the likely impacts of climate change over the next century on coral reef systems around the world. The report reviews the existing literature on the subject in an effort to analyze the current state of knowledge on coral reef communities and the likely impact of climate change. With the loss of an estimated 25 percent of coral reefs already due to human activities, the report argues that climate change will only intensify the “coral reef crisis” that already exists. Coral reefs are the greatest source of biodiversity of all marine ecosystems, and are estimated to contribute US$30 billion annually to the global economy. The report.

MARKET POWER WITH INTERDEPENDENT DEMAND: SALE OF EMISSION PERMITS AND NATURAL GAS FROM THE FORMER SOVIET UNION
(CICERO, 2004) This working paper from the Norwegian research organization CICERO considers the role of the countries of the former Soviet Union in the emissions permit market. The report examines the interdependence between the revenues from exports of permits and fossil fuels. Using a numerical general equilibrium model, the authors discover that the former Soviet Union countries’ status as large exporters of natural gas would have a negligible effect on the incentives to exert monopoly power in the permit market. However, the authors also find significant impacts on what the optimal level of gas exports might be. The working paper.

CARBON FINANCE
(EBRD, 2004) The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has launched a new online information service on carbon trading. The information, which is contained in a new section of EBRD’s website, offers details about carbon financing, including project eligibility criteria and guidance on how projects can be developed. EBRD recently created one of Europe’s first carbon trading funds in partnership with the Dutch Government. The information service.

Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

WORLD BANK WATER RESOURCES STRATEGY
(World Bank, January 2004) This report examines the World Bank’s business strategies for specific water using sectors, such as water and sanitation, irrigation and drainage, and hydropower. It focuses on how to improve the development and management of water resources while providing the principles that link resource management to the specific water-using sectors. More information.

THE ECONOMIC VALUES OF THE WORLD’S WETLANDS
(WWF, 2004) According this report, US$70 billion worth of goods and services from freshwater resources could be at risk annually if governments fail to manage their wetlands sustainably. The report is the first comprehensive overview of the economic values of the world’s wetlands, analyzing 89 existing valuation studies and using a database that covers a wetland area of 630,000 km². The report also highlights that over half of the world’s wetlands have disappeared since 1900 as a result of human population increase and development, and says that managing wetlands sustainably will aid significantly in meeting the WSSD target of halving the number of people without adequate water and sanitation services by 2015. Report.

IWRS-DC LAUNCHES WEBSITE
The Indian Water Resources Society-Delhi Center (IWRS-DC) has launched a new website, providing information on India’s water sector, as well as on the organization’s activities and upcoming events. IWRS serves as a platform for free and open discussions for those concerned with water-related issues. The website.
 


Forests


FOREST CERTIFICATION WATCH: 2003 YEAR IN REVIEW
(Forest Certification Watch, 2004) This two-volume report, edited by Jean-Pierre Kiekens, is Forest Certification Watch’s sixth annual report covering prominent developments in North America (Volume I) and Europe, Oceania and the Tropics (Volume II). The text is based on reports and research published in the monthly newsletter “Forest Certification Watch,” and chronicles, among others, the forest certification programmes and growth of certified forest areas worldwide, as well as the new wave of procurement policies in the US, including by Home Depot and Time Inc. More information.

Biodiversity and wildlife

THE INTERNATIONAL REGIME FOR BIOPROSPECTING: EXISTING POLICIES AND EMERGING ISSUES FOR ANTARCTICA
(UNU/IAS, August 2003) Written by Dagmar Lohan and Sam Johnston of the United Nations University/Institute of Advanced Studies, this paper outlines and examines the existing international regime for bioprospecting with a focus on Antarctica. It reviews bioprospecting activities in Antarctica and bioprospecting trends in other regions, outlines legal provisions of the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS), and examines international policies governing bioprospecting activities, including through UNCLOS, CBD, WIPO, and the ITPGR. It finds that while the physical impacts of bioprospecting is addressed by the ATS, the legal and policy basis regulating the commercialization of genetic resources are not harmonized with the basic precepts of the ATS and with the principles of equity and fairness. It recommends, inter alia, consideration of legal issues relating to the ownership and protection of such resources, feasibility and modalities of benefits sharing, and preliminary views on the need for regulation or guidelines. The report.

BIOLOGICAL CONFINEMENT OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED ORGANISMS
(National Research Council, January 2004) Authored by the Committee on the Biological Confinement of Genetically Engineered Organisms of the National Academies’ National Research Council, this report examines the potential of bioconfinement techniques to prevent GM material from escaping into natural ecosystems. The report recommends use of more than one method to reduce probability of failure, and stresses that more research should focus on how well specific methods and combinations of methods work. The report.

AMERICAN PATENT POLICY, BIOTECHNOLOGY, AND AFRICAN AGRICULTURE: THE CASE FOR POLICY CHANGE
(Resources for the Future, December 2003) Written by Michael R. Taylor and Jerry Cayford, this report examines current patent policy in the US and shows how it may impede the use of agricultural biotechnology advances in developing countries. The authors recommend a set of policy changes to help African farmers access these new technologies, while leaving intact the structure of the patent system and not undercutting the innovation incentives it provides. The report.

THE CARTAGENA PROTOCOL ON BIOSAFETY: A RECORD OF THE NEGOTIATIONS
(CBD/FIELD, September 2003) Compiled by the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) as requested by the CBD Secretariat, this report provides an article by article negotiating history of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, until the final adoption of its final text in January 2000. The report.

NEW UPCOMING MEETINGS


Click here for a complete listing of upcoming meetings
Upcoming meetings recently added to Linkages website:

Sustainable development

FOURTH ASIAN CONFERENCE ON FOOD AND NUTRITION SAFETY:
2 March 2004 - 5 March 2004. Bali, Indonesia. This conference will convene under the theme “Emerging Food and Nutrition Safety Issues – Impact on Science, Health, and Economics” to focus on safety issues along the farm-to-fork continuum. The conference will address a range of topics, including risk assessment of inherent mycotoxins, the impact of farming and agricultural practices, unintended microbial contamination throughout food processing, and potential concerns from packaging on food safety. For more information contact: ILSI Southeast Asia Region; tel: +65-6352-5220; fax: +65-6352-5536; e-mail: ilsisea@singnet.com.sg; Internet: http://southeastasia.ilsi.org/events/actslist.cfm?pubactivityid=378

NINTH EUROPEAN ROUNDTABLE ON SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION: 12 May 2004 - 14 May 2004. Bilbao, Spain. IHOBE, the Basque Environmental Management Authority, is coordinating this 9th European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP). ERSCP is a non-profit forum that provides a platform to stimulate and disseminate initiatives to foster the implementation of sustainable consumption and production concepts and approaches within local and regional sustainable development initiatives. ERSCP 2004 is a continuation of the ERCP (European Roundtable on Cleaner Production) series, the first of which was held in 1994. For more information contact: IHOBE; tel: +34-94-423-0743; fax: +34-94-423-5900; Internet: http://www.erscp2004.net/ihobe.html

Biodiversity

SIXTH MEETING OF WIPO’S INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND GENETIC RESOURCES, TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND FOLKLORE: 15 March 2004 - 19 March 2004. Geneva, Switzerland. For more information contact: World Intellectual Property Organization; tel: +41-22-338-8161; fax: +41-22-338-8810; e-mail: publicinf@wipo.int; Internet: http://www.wipo.int/tk/en/igc/documents/index.html#6

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 2004 ANNUAL MEETING: INVASIVE SPECIES - THE SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS: 16 March 2004 - 18 March 2004. Washington, DC, USA. Participants will approach the topic of "Invasive Species: The Search for Solutions" from the perspective of one or more of the meeting’s cross-cutting themes: what makes a species "invasive"; research questions and tools; aquatic and terrestrial issues; economics; public policy; education; public health; prevention and remediation; international issues; and local initiatives. For more information contact: Sue Burk, AIBS Meetings Director; tel: +1-703-790-1745 x14; fax: +1-703-790-2672; e-mail: sburk@aibs.org; Internet: http://www.aibs.org/annual-meeting-2004/

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HERBS AND HERBAL PRODUCTS: LIVELIHOODS AND TRADE OPTIONS: 26 March 2004 - 27 March 2004. New Delhi, India. Organized by Oxfam GB in India and Community Enterprise Forum, this conference on herbs and herbal products will consider: conservation, research and development, products, services and market segments, market access, policy implications, and information and communication. For more information contact: tel: +91-11-26-67-25-42; fax: +91-11-26-85-67-28; e-mail: conference@medplant.com; Internet: http://www.medplant.com/main.php3?act=aboutc&snid=

EIGHTH SESSION OF THE GOVERNING BOARD OF THE GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY INFORMATION FACILITY: 25 April 2004 - 30 April 2004. Oaxaca, Mexico. For more information contact: Hugo von Linstow; tel: +45-35-32-1477; fax: +45-35-32-1480; e-mail: hvlinstow@gbif.org; Internet: http://www.gbif.org/GB8/

Chemicals management

PACIFIC REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON STOCKHOLM CONVENTION NATIONAL IMPLEMENTATION PLAN (NIP) PROJECTS: 9-13 February 2004. Port Vila, Vanuatu. For more information contact: UNEP Chemicals; tel: +41-22-917-8191; fax: +41-22-797-3460; e-mail: chemicals@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.pops.int

SUBREGIONAL DIOXIN AND FURAN INVENTORY TRAINING FOR FRENCH-SPEAKING AFRICAN COUNTRIES AND NATIONAL IMPLEMENTATION PLAN (NIP) COORDINATORS MEETING: 22 February 2004 - 26 February 2004. Nouakchott, Mauritania. 22-26 February 2004. Nouakchott, Mauritania. For more information contact: UNEP Chemicals; tel: +41-22-917-8191; fax: +41-22-797-3460; e-mail: chemicals@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.pops.int

UNEP REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON THE STOCKHOLM CONVENTION ON POPS AND ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO POPS PESTICIDES FOR THE SOUTH EAST ASIA REGION:
3 May 2004 - 6 May 2004. Bangkok, Thailand. For more information contact: UNEP Chemicals; tel: +41-22-917-8191; fax: +41-22-797-3460; e-mail: chemicals@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.pops.int

SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MERCURY AS A GLOBAL POLLUTANT: 27 June 2004 - 2 July 2004. Ljubljana, Slovenia. For more information contact: Milena Horvat, Joæef Stefan Institute, Department of Environmental Sciences; tel: +386 (0)1 588 53 89; fax: +386 (0)1 588 53 46; e-mail: milena.horvat@ijs.si; Internet: http://www.cd-cc.si/ICMGP04

25TH SESSION OF THE ECOSOC SUB-COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS ON THE TRANSPORT OF DANGEROUS GOODS: 5 July 2004 - 14 July 2004. Geneva, Switzerland. For more information contact: UNECE Transport Division; tel: ++41-22-917-2401; fax: ++41-22-917-0039/ 89; e-mail: dominique.leger@unece.org; Internet: http://www.unece.org/trans/danger/danger.htm

SEVENTH SESSION OF THE ECOSOC GLOBAL CLASSIFICATION AND HAZARD COMMUNICATION HARMONIZATION SUB-COMMITTEE: 14 July 2004 - 16 July 2004. Geneva, Switzerland. For more information contact: Mireille Chavet, UNECE Transport Division; tel: +41-22-917-1252; fax: ++41-22-917-0039/89; e-mail: mireille.chavet@unece.org; Internet: http://www.unece.org/trans/danger/danger.htm

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON MANAGEMENT OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES AND GOODS: 6 September 2004 - 17 September 2004. Muttenz, Switzerland. This workshop, organized by the University of Applied Sciences Basel (FHBB), will be held from 6-17 September 2004, in Muttenz, Switzerland For more information contact: Priska Limacher, Course Secretariat; tel: +41-22-467-4560; fax: ++41-22-467-4590; e-mail: p.limacher@fhbb.ch; Internet: http://www.fhbb.ch/umwelt

SECOND SESSION OF THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A STRATEGIC APPROACH TO INTERNATIONAL CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT (SAICM PREPCOM 2): 4 October 2004 - 8 October 2004. SAICM PrepCom 2 is tentatively scheduled for 4-8 October 2004 For more information contact: UNEP Chemicals; tel: ++41-22-917-8191; fax: +41-22-797-3460; e-mail: chemicals@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.chem.unep.ch/saicm/

THIRD SESSION OF THE STOCKHOLM CONVENTION EXPERT GROUP ON BAT-BEP: 11 October 2004 - 16 October 2004. Japan. For more information contact: UNEP Chemicals; tel: ++41-22-917-8191; fax: +41-22-797-3460; e-mail: chemicals@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.chem.unep.ch/saicm/

Climate

CONFERENCE ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN CONSTRUCTION:
25 February 2004 - 28 February 2004. Sofia, Bulgaria. This conference and exhibition on energy efficiency in building construction and refurbishment will seek to provide a platform for information exchange among experts, as well as representatives of business, government, the media, and the construction industry. The conference will focus on how to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings through methods such as thermal insulation, energy efficient lighting systems, and intelligent heating systems. For more information contact: Miriam Hegner, Information Service; tel: +49-71-2130-160 or 49-71-2; e-mail: redaktion@energie-server.de; Internet: http://www.energie-server.de/bulgaria/engl/

SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN NEW ENGLAND AND EASTERN CANADA:
15 March 2004 - 16 March 2004. Boston, USA. This conference will examine the impacts of climate change on natural resources in New England and Eastern Canada, and will consider ways to adapt to these impacts. Speakers at the Symposium will discuss climate change in relation to forestry, agriculture, fisheries, tourism, biodiversity and wildlife. The meeting is being organized under the umbrella of the New England Secretariat for the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, a bi-national organization with political leaders on the board of directors. For more information contact: Charles Tretter, Director of the New England Governors’ Conference, Inc.; tel: +1-617-423-6900 or 1-617-4; e-mail: info@newenglandgovernors.org; Internet: http://www.negc.org/ClimateChange04.html

CARBON MARKET INSIGHTS 2004:
20 April 2004 - 21 April 2004. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The annual event for the world’s carbon markets - a Point Carbon conference. This event provides a unique and timely opportunity to be updated on the developments in the carbon markets, especially the EU ETS and explore the consequences the National Allocation Plans for industry and business. In-depth sessions on the status and prospects for the CDM will be provided on day two. For more information contact: Marte Nordseth/ Ian Roche, Point Carbon; tel: +47-924-29400; fax: +47-925-70818; e-mail: conference@pointcarbon.com; Internet: http://www.pointcarbon.com

CONFERENCE ON THE CRITICAL ELEMENTS OF INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE POLICY: 12 May 2004 - 14 May 2004. Hamburg, Germany. This international conference on climate policy is being hosted by the Hamburg Institute of International Economics. The conference will offer briefings on various aspects of climate policy, including the history of the international policy process, as well as the role of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, NGOs, business groups, and other key stakeholders in influencing climate policy and the multilateral negotiations on climate change. The Kyoto Protocol, and in particularly its flexible, market-based mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, will also be examined. For more information contact: Axel Michaelowa, Hamburg Institute’s Climate Policy Programme; tel: +49-40-4283-4309 or 49-40-; e-mail: a-michaelowa@hwwa.de; Internet: http://www.hwwa.de/climate.htm

CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE PROTECTION AS DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY: 7 June 2004 - 8 June 2004. Hamburg, Germany. This conference will consider the use of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism as a tool to reach development targets. The meeting is being hosted by the Hamburg Institute of International Economics. For more information contact: Axel Michaelowa, Hamburg Institute’s Climate Policy Programme; tel: +49-40-4283-4309 or 49-40-; e-mail: a-michaelowa@hwwa.de; Internet: http://www.hwwa.de/climate.htm

Forests, deserts, land

EXPERT CONSULTATION ON CRITERIA AND INDICATORS FOR SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT (ECCI-2004): 2 March 2004 - 4 March 2004. Cebu City, The Philippines. This meeting follows from a recommendation of the International Conference on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management, CICI-2003, which met in Guatemala in February 2003. ECCI-2004 will seek to make recommendations on: developing a communication network among processes, countries and other relevant partners to provide a mechanism for exchange of information, building on existing networks; improving common understanding of concepts, terms and definitions related to criteria and indicators; identifying common approaches, methods and protocols for collecting, storing and sharing data; strengthening criteria and indicator processes and inter-process cooperation and sharing of information and know-how; and analyzing the merits of forming an ad hoc international technical advisory group to address technical issues related to the development and implementation of criteria and indicators. Participation is by invitation only. For more information contact: Eva Mueller, ITTO; tel: +81-45-223-1110; fax: +81-45-223-1111; e-mail: itto@itto.or.jp; Internet: http://www.fao.org/forestry/foris/webview/pageview.jsp?pageId=24148&langId=1

THE FRONTIERS OF FOREST CERTIFICATION:
28 March 2004 - 2 April 2004. Vancouver, BC, Canada. This meeting will gather corporate executives, governmental officials and experts in sustainable forest management, certification and responsible procurement. The conference to be held from 1-2 April is presented in conjunction with the 17th Global Forest Industry Conference organized by PricewaterhouseCoopers. A field tour held from 28-30 March in the BC Interior will include visits to forestry and processing operations either certified or contemplating certification. A one-day training workshop in forest certification will be presented on 31 March. For more information contact: Kristy Westlake, Conference Coordinator; tel: +1-514-273-5777; e-mail: info@CertificationWatchConference.org; Internet: http://www.CertificationWatchConference.org

FIRST WORLD CONGRESS OF AGROFORESTRY 2004: WORKING TOGETHER FOR SUSTAINABLE LAND-USE SYSTEMS: 27 June 2004 - 2 July 2004. Orlando, Florida, USA. Organized by the University of Florida/IFAS, School of Forest Resources and Conservation in collaboration with others, this congress seeks to provide a global forum for agroforestry professionals to share knowledge, experiences, and ideas and to plan future strategies in agroforestry research, education and training, and development. For more information contact: P. K. Nair, Director, Center for Subtropical Agroforestry; tel: +1-352-846-0880; fax: +1-352-846-1277; e-mail: pknair@ufl.edu; Internet: http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/wca/

Human development

48TH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN (CSW): 1 March 2004 - 12 March 2004. UNHQ, New York. The Commission will focus on the two thematic issues for 2004 as outlined in its multi-year programme of work: the role of men and boys in achieving gender equality; and women’s equal participation in conflict prevention, management and conflict resolution and in post-conflict peace-building. For more information contact: fax: +1-212-963-3463; e-mail: daw@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/48sess.htm

Trade and investment

CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY IN PRACTICE: RISKS, LIABILITIES AND CORPORATE PERFORMANCE:
1 March 2004 - 2 March 2004. Chatham House, London, UK. The conference will focus on identifying useful and practical benchmarks that would enable an intelligent and fair comparison of responsible corporate performance, and will look to identify the areas of major corporate accountability concerns over the next five years. For more information contact: Michael Roberts; tel: +44-20-7957-5729; e-mail: mroberts@riia.org; Internet: http://www.riia.org/index.php?id=5&cid=41

Water, wetlands, coasts

IMO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT FOR SHIPS:
9 February 2004 - 13 February 2004. London, UK. International Marine Organization (IMO) delegates will consider a draft International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments. For more information contact: IMO Conference Division; tel: +44-20-7735-7611 ext. 3105; fax: +44-20-7587-3210; e-mail: agarofal@imo.org; Internet: http://www.imo.org/includes/blastDataOnly.asp/data_id%3D8685/1.pdf

IMO MARINE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COMMITTEE MEETING: 29 March 2004 - 2 April 2004. London, UK. The International Marine Organization (IMO) will hold its 51st session of its Marine Environment Protection Committee to discuss, inter alia: harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water; recycling of ships; harmful anti-fouling systems for ships; and other issues. For more information contact: IMO Conference Division; tel: +44-20-7735-7611 ext. 3105; fax: +44-20-7587-3210; e-mail: agarofal@imo.org; Internet: http://www.imo.org/home.asp

OCEANS IN A HIGH-CO2 WORLD SYMPOSIUM: 10 May 2004 - 12 May 2004. Paris, France. Organized by the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), this international science symposium will address the biological and biogeochemical consequences of increasing atmospheric and oceanic CO2 levels, and possible strategies for mitigating such increases. For more information contact: Maria Hood, IOC-UNESCO; tel: +33-1-4568-4028; fax: +33-1-4568-5812; e-mail: m.hood@unesco.org; Internet: http://ioc.unesco.org/iocweb/co2panel/HighOceanCO2.htm

UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND COASTAL RESOURCES CENTER’S SUMMER INSTITUTE IN COASTAL MANAGEMENT: 3 June 2004 - 1 July 2004. This is an intensive four-week programme for coastal resources management professionals, which provides participants with practical skills to design, implement, and learn from integrated coastal management (ICM) programmes and experiences from around the world. The programme also provides training in non-ICM-specific professional skills that have proven essential to the coastal manager-skills such as communication, facilitation, and conflict resolution. Previous participants range in age from their early twenties to early sixties. Most have advanced degrees in addition to substantial professional experience. For more information contact: Kimberly Kaine, Marine Research Specialist, Global Programs, Coastal Resources Center, GSO; tel: +1-401-874-6823; fax: +1-401-789-4670; e-mail: kkaine@gso.uri.edu; Internet: http://www.crc.uri.edu

COMMISSION MEETING FOR THE CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF THE NORTH-EAST ATLANTIC (OSPAR CONVENTION): 28 June 2004 - 2 July 2004. Reykjavik, Iceland. For more information contact: tel: +44-20-7430-5200; fax: +44-20-7430-5225; e-mail: secretariat@ospar.org; Internet: http://www.ospar.org/eng/html/welcome.html
 

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