LINKAGES UPDATE - a fortnightly e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website - 27 February 2004

CURRENT COVERAGE BY THE EARTH NEGOTIATIONS BULLETIN


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

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY THE EARTH NEGOTIATIONS BULLETIN



L-R: Hamdallah Zedan (CBD Executive Secretary), Ahmed Djoghlaf (UNEP), COP President Dato’ Seri Law (Malaysia), Dan Ogolla (CBD) and Olivier Jalbert (CBD)


CBD COP ADOPTS DECISIONS TO RESPOND TO WSSD’S CALLS FOR ACTION
9-20 February 2004 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The major achievements of the recent meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the CBD include: the completion of the terms of reference for the Working Group on ABS to elaborate and negotiate the nature, scope and elements of an international ABS regime; the adoption of a work programme on PAs, with the objective of establishing and maintaining by 2010 for terrestrial areas, and by 2012 for marine areas, ecologically representative PA systems; and the adoption of a framework for evaluating the Strategic Plan’s implementation, including a set of indicators, goals and targets.

These outcomes represent a solid basis for the Convention to address its priorities in the medium- and long-term future, and respond to the biodiversity-related outcomes of the WSSD, including the target of significantly reducing biodiversity loss by 2010. However, unsuccessful parallel consultations related to the disputed status of the COP-6 decision on invasive alien species, and creeping issues, including trade-related considerations, disrupted the spirit of cooperation and unexpectedly hampered discussions on other agenda items, such as mountain biodiversity and inland water ecosystems. Visit the Earth Negotiations Bulletin’s coverage of the meeting, including photographs, daily reports and a summary and analysis.
 

CITES COMMITTEE CONSIDERS CRITERIA FOR AMENDING APPENDICES AND EVALUATES REVIEW OF SIGNIFICANT TRADE
16-20 February 2004 | Windhoek, Namibia
Delegates at the 14th meeting of the CITES Plants Committee discussed 25 agenda items on a range of topics, including the: review of resolutions on plants and plant trade; significant trade in plants; review of the CITES appendices; follow-up of decisions from the 12th meeting of CITES’ Conference of the Parties (COP-12); and species proposals for COP-13.

Despite a heavy agenda, the Plants Committee managed to tackle some of the more pressing issues, such as the criteria for amending the Appendices and the evaluation of the Review of Significant Trade, which needed to be considered before the next COP in October 2004. Visit the Earth Negotiations Bulletin’s summary and analysis of this meeting.

 

ENERGY FORUM PROMOTES RENEWABLES’ ROLE
18-20 February 2004 | Vienna, Austria
A greater role for renewable energy has been endorsed by participants attending an energy conference in Vienna. The role of renewable energy sources was discussed in detail by experts attending the Fourth Meeting of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE-4). The meeting took up the theme of “Energy for sustainable development: reconsidering the role of incentive measures.” In particular, participants focused on renewable energy issues. Sessions addressed the role of renewable energy in meeting the Millennium Development Goals, as well as perspectives from both the public and private sectors on measures to support renewable energy. The meeting is expected to provide input to the International Conference for Renewable Energies scheduled to take place in Bonn, Germany, in June 2004, as well as various other multistakeholder forums. The Sustainable Developments report.
 

OTHER RECENT MEETINGS


ECOSOC HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY
17 February 2004 | UNHQ, New York
The first preparatory meeting for ECOSOC’s 2004 high-level segment featured a number of roundtables that examined different aspects of the high-level segment’s theme, “Resources mobilization and enabling environment for poverty eradication in the context of the implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2001-2010.” More.


ECOSOC ADOPTS DECISION ON NGO PARTICIPATION AT CSD, BUREAU TERMS
3-6 February 2004 | UNHQ, New York
Among the decisions adopted at the ECOSOC’s resumed organizational session for 2004 was one on the status of NGOs and other major groups accredited to the WSSD. This issue was held over from the 2003 substantive session and delegates met in numerous informal informals to draft the decision. The decision agrees that NGOs and major groups accredited to the WSSD can participate in CSD-12 and CSD-13. More.
 

IMO AGREES ON ACCORD TO PREVENT SPREAD OF ALIEN AQUATIC SPECIES
9-13 February 2004 | London, UK
A new international accord aimed at stopping the global spread of alien aquatic organisms carried in ships’ ballast waters was recently adopted at a conference in London. The recent International Conference on Ballast Water Management represented the culmination of over ten years of work by the International Maritime Organization on a ballast water convention. Agreement was reached on issues concerning global standards for ballast water exchange and treatment, additional measures a Party can undertake, ballast water exchange areas, and provisions for entry into force. More.
 

SCIENTISTS SUPPORT PROTECTION OF DEEP SEA CORALS, TOWN HALL MEETING ADDRESSES OCEAN HEALTH, AND OTHER AAAS HIGHLIGHTS
12-16 February 2004 | Seattle, US
A town hall meeting that brought together hundreds of citizens, scientists and policymakers to discuss ways to save the oceans, the release of a statement signed by over 1000 scientists supporting the protection of deep sea coral ecosystems, and calls for reforming US oceans governance were among the highlights that occurred during the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. More.

FAO FISH TRADE MEETING MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS ON INCREASING CONSUMER SAFETY
10-14 February | Bremen, Germany
Topping the agenda at the ninth session of the FAO’s Sub-Committee on Fish Trade were issues relating to food safety and consumer health. Other issues that were raised concerned strengthening the contribution by fish trade to food security, enhancing access by developing countries and small-scale fishing operations to international markets, and improving catch reporting by fishing operations. Delegates also finalized text for a proposed MoU between FAO and the CITES Secretariat. More.

ICRC-5 CONSIDERS DECISION GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS FOR PARATHION, TWO INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS AND FIVE NEW CHEMICALS
2-6 February 2004 | Geneva, Switzerland
At the fifth session of the Interim Chemical Review Committee (ICRC-5) for the Rotterdam Convention, the expert committee discussed notifications of final regulatory action to ban or severely restrict five chemicals: Dimefox, Endrin, Endosulfan, Mevinphos, and Vinclozolin. In addition, the committee considered draft Decision Guidance Documents on Tetraethyl Lead and Tetramethyl Lead and Parathion, and prepared recommendations for the intergovernmental negotiating committee on their inclusion in the prior informed consent procedure. More.
 

DELHI SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT DISCUSSES PARTNERSHIPS
4-7 February 2004 | New Delhi, India
This year’s meeting focused on “Partnerships for Sustainable Development – Addressing the WEHAB Agenda.” The summit was also accompanied by a number of side events focusing on issues including climate change, corporate social responsibility, biotechnology, environment-health linkages, rural development, renewables, and role of the media. More.

CONFERENCE ON SCIENCE, POLICY AND THE ENVIRONMENT CONSIDERS WATER FOR A SUSTAINABLE AND SECURE FUTURE
29-30 January 2004 | Washington, DC, US
More than 800 representatives participated in this National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) conference. Over 80 experts spoke on the event’s topics of Sustainable Water Management and Institutions, Water Technologies, Quality of Water and Sanitation, and Estuaries and Coastal Resources Management. More.
 

WTO COUNCIL PONDERS TIMING FOR TRADE TALKS
11 February 2004 | Geneva, Switzerland
The World Trade Organization’s General Council, which met for its first session of the year on 11 February, considered when the WTO should hold its next ministerial-level meeting, but postponed any final decision on the matter until at least May. The US has reportedly been pushing for a ministerial meeting by the end of 2004 to revive high-level talks that stalled in Cancun in September 2003. However, some other countries preferred waiting to see how much progress is made in the WTO’s various negotiating bodies during the next few months. More.
 

UN COMMISSION FOCUSES ON TRADE-DEVELOPMENT LINKS
9-13 February 2004 | Geneva, Switzerland
A major UN meeting has placed the spotlight on the role of trade in supporting development goals. The eighth session of UNCTAD’s Commission on Trade in Goods, Services and Commodities focused on ensuring development gains from trade, with delegates concentrating on issues such as market access, competitiveness, commodities and manufactured products, trade in services, and trade and environment issues. More.

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COMINGS AND GOINGS


Appointments

UN APPOINTS NEW HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Louise Arbour of Canada has been named the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Canadian Supreme Court Justice replaces Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed last August in a bomb attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad. In the 1990s, Arbour served as chief prosecutor for international tribunals dealing with war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and genocide in Rwanda. More.

WBCSD ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIR
Bertrand Collomb has been elected the new Chair of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The Chairman and CEO of Lafarge, a world leading building materials manufacturer, Collomb is taking over the two-year Chairmanship from Sir Philip Watts of Shell. More.


WTO ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIRPERSONS
The World Trade Organization has announced its chairpersons for the next year. In total, 21 chairs have been named for the WTO’s various bodies. The list was made public earlier this month following endorsement by the WTO’s General Council.

Key appointments include Japanese Ambassador Shotaro Oshima as chair of the General Council. Meanwhile, Kenya’s Amina Mohamed will take charge of the Dispute Settlement Body, Egypt's Naéla Gabr will chair the Trade and Environment Committee, and Trevor Clarke of Barbados will run the Committee on Trade and Development. Joshua Law (Hong Kong, China) will chair the TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property) Council. For a full listing of appointments for 2004.

Vacancies

WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL SEEKS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Wageningen, the Netherlands; 22 March 2004. More.

US RESEARCH CENTER SEEKS SCIENTIST
The National Center for Atmospheric Research has advertised a post-doctoral research position to investigate the socioeconomic aspects of weather information. Boulder, Colorado, US; 19 March 2004. More.

WTO SEEKS ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
WTO Grade Seven; Geneva, Switzerland; 18 March 2004. More.

CLIMATE SECRETARIAT SEEKS EDITOR
The UNFCCC Secretariat has advertised for an Editor for its Documents Unit. P-3 level; Bonn, Germany; 15 March 2004. More.

WWF INTERNATIONAL SEEKS LIVING WATERS PROGRAMME DEPUTY DIRECTOR
Zeist, the Netherlands; 15 March 2004. More.

WORLDFISH CENTER SEEKS FRESHWATER RESOURCES PROGRAM LEADER
Penang, Malaysia; 15 March 2004. More.

WORLDFISH CENTER SEEKS FISHERIES MANAGEMENT PROJECT LEADER
Bangladesh; 15 March 2004. More.

EUROPEAN AGENCY SEEKS ENERGY MANAGER
The European Environment Agency is looking for a Project Manager for its energy and environment work. Copenhagen, Denmark; 1 March 2004. More.

WRI ADVERTISES CLIMATE VACANCY
The Washington, DC-based World Resources Institute is seeking an Associate for its Climate, Energy and Pollution Programme. For more information, contact: Jennie Hommel, WRI, fax: +1-202-729-7798 or e-mail: jhommel@wri.org


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MEDIA REPORTS


ROTTERDAM CONVENTION ENTERS INTO FORCE
The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade became legally binding on 24 February 2004. More.

STOCKHOLM CONVENTION ON POPS TO ENTER INTO FORCE ON 17 MAY
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) will become legally binding on 17 May 2004, 90 days following France’s ratification, which gave the treaty the 50 ratifications required for entry into force. More.

EQUATOR INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES SEVEN WINNERS
Seven tropical community initiatives have been awarded the Equator Initiative Prize for their exceptional achievements in reducing poverty through conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. More.

LARGEST EVER HUMPBACK WHALE STUDY MAKES A SPLASH
The most comprehensive study of endangered humpback whales is set to begin. More.

TROPICAL FORESTS IN BORNEO DISAPPEARING FASTER THAN EXPECTED
Tropical forests in Borneo are disappearing faster than previously thought, according to Indonesian and American researchers in a recent issue of Science. More.

RAMIN TRADE GIVES RISE TO MUTUAL ACCUSATIONS
Indonesia and Malaysia exchanged accusations over trade in ramin, an endangered tree species. More.
 


PENTAGON WARNS OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CATASTROPHE
Rapid climate change could bring the world to the brink of disaster within two decades, according to a new report by experts from the US Pentagon. More.

UKRAINE RATIFIES KYOTO, RUSSIAN ADVISER TALKS TOUGH
Ukraine’s parliament and president have ratified the Kyoto Protocol. The latest statement by Russian presidential adviser Andrei Illarionov has cast further doubt on whether the country will eventually ratify. More.

EU MEMBERS URGED TO RESTRICT EMISSIONS MARKET
The European Union’s member states are being urged to rein in allocations for the new regional emissions trading scheme. More.

US LAUNCHES NEW AID POLICY
The Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation met for the first time in February to launch the corporation that will administer the Millennium Challenge Account, an assistance initiative that will total $5 billion annually by 2006, representing a near 50% increase over current US core development assistance. More.

UK PUSHES PLAN TO DOUBLE GLOBAL AID SPENDING
One of the UK’s leading politicians has defended plans to support a massive increase in aid spending among donor countries. More.

US-AUSTRALIA TRADE DEAL DRAWS MIXED REVIEWS
A new trade pact negotiated by the US and Australia has received a mixed response in both countries, with some experts expressing concerns at the deal’s environmental consequences. More.
 


ANNAN ADVOCATES SCIENCE FOR ALL NATIONS TO ADVANCE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
No nation that wants to shape informed policies and take effective action on issues such as terrorism, health and the environment can afford to be without its own independent capacity building in science and technology, said UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan recently. More.

BRENDE SOUNDS ALARM ON WATER TARGETS
In the lead up to the 12th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in April 2004, CSD-12 Chair Børge Brende cautioned that efforts to bring safe drinking water to 600 million people worldwide by 2015 are running behind schedule. More.

FISH POPULATIONS THREATENED BY MANGROVE FOREST DESTRUCTION
Destruction of mangrove forests is threatening fish populations in the Caribbean, according to an international group of scientists in a recent article published in Nature. More.

REGIONAL RAMSAR CENTRE IN PANAMA BEGINS OPERATION
The Western Hemisphere Regional Ramsar Centre for Training and Research on Wetlands began operations in January 2004. More.

BARCELONA TO HOST 2004 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
Barcelona, Spain will host this year’s World Environment Day on 5 June. More.

NOBEL LAUREATES URGE WORLD BANK TO STOP FINANCING OIL AND COAL PROJECTS
Five Nobel Prize winners have urged the World Bank to stop financing all oil and coal projects through a letter presented at a recent meeting in Melbourne. More.
 

KEY PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Sustainable development

ADVANCE TEXTS OF CSD-12 BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE
The advance unedited (English only) texts of the Secretary General’s reports on the overview and thematic issues for the upcoming CSD-12 sessions have been posted on the CSD website. The official versions of these reports will be available in all six UN languages least 6 weeks before the CSD-12 Review Session begins.

SIDS WHO’S WHO NET
SIDSnet and UNDP Capacity 21 programme have developed an interactive internet tool and expert’s directory to facilitate online discussions in the lead up to the upcoming International Meeting for the 10-year Review of the Barbados Programme of Action on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). SIDSnet plans to host online discussions prior to and during the SIDS Preparatory Meeting during the 12th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development in April 2004. The online resource.

SCIDEV.NET LAUNCHES E-GUIDE TO SCIENCE COMMUNICATION
SciDev.Net has developed a “one-stop shop” electronic guide to science communication. The guide contains a range of resources, including: practical guidance on science reporting, dealing with the media, and interacting with policymakers; opinions and analyses on the use of science communication in development and on communicating science to the media and public; and relevant contacts in international, regional and national science journalism, science communication organizations and e-mail lists. The guide.

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

Human development

FAIR GLOBALIZATION: CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL
(ILO, February 2004) A product of two year’s work by the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, this report states that globalization can and must change, and identifies the establishment of a “fair and inclusive globalization” as a global priority. While recognizing the many potential benefits of globalization, the report also highlights the “deep-seated and persistent imbalances” in the way the global economy operates, and cautions against the direction in which globalization is currently taking. Stating that global governance is currently in crisis, the report proposes a series of measures to improve governance and accountability at national and international levels. An independent body co-chaired by the Presidents of Finland and Tanzania, the Commission was initiated to respond to the needs of people as they cope with the changes brought about by globalization. The report.

Trade, finance and investment

MANUAL FOR THE PREPARERS AND USERS OF ECO-EFFICIENCY INDICATORS
(UNCTAD, 2004) The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has published new guidelines on corporate environmental accounting. The guidelines, which seek to help standardize information prepared by companies on their environmental performance, cover issues such as water and energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste. The new guidelines have already been used by Ciba Specialty Chemicals, the first multinational corporation to base its reporting on UNCTAD’s model. The guidelines.

CLIMATE AND TRADE RULES – HARMONY OR CONFLICT?
(Swedish National Board of Trade and SEPA, 2004) This report from Sweden’s National Board of Trade and Environmental Protection Agency looks at the relationship between the rules set out under the World Trade Organization and those contained in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol. The report focuses on various trade-related measures under the climate treaty, and how they relate to the WTO. The authors conclude that a “friendly coexistence” is possible between the two sets of rules, although technical regulations and rules relating to production standards may need to be addressed. The report also recommends action “at the national, institutional and international level to promote mutual supportiveness.” The report is the first in a series being prepared over the next year that will consider the relationship between the WTO and various multilateral environmental agreements.

Forests

CLOUD FOREST AGENDA
(UNEP-WCMC, 2004) Philip Bubb, Ian May, Lera Miles and Jeff Sayer authored this six-chapter text, which offers the first mapping of the extent and importance of cloud forests. It is a project of the Mountain Cloud Forest Initiative, comprising UNEP, the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and International Hydrological Programme (IHP), and ICUN's Commission on Ecosystem Management. The report notes that the Earth’s “cloud forests” – unique mountain habitats that supply water to millions of people – are at risk from climate change and a host of other threats, according to a new report. The forests, which are found mostly in Asia and Latin America, also host thousands of rare species of flora and fauna and are considered critical to the livelihoods of millions of people in the developing world. The report calls for improved monitoring and conservation of cloud forests and highlights the need for local and national organizations to take a leading role as champions of cloud forests. The report.
 


Climate, energy, and atmosphere

LINKING CDM AND JI WITH EU EMISSION ALLOWANCE TRADING
(Wuppertal Institute, 2004) A new policy briefing on links between the EU’s Emission Trading System and the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism and joint implementation initiative has been prepared by the Wuppertal Institute. The briefing considers the compatibility of the EU system with the provisions of the Kyoto Protocol. The authors argue that a “significant compliance gap” exists, and recommends that a link between the EU trading scheme and the Kyoto mechanisms should be established. They also analyze the directive that has been prepared by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee to address this issue. The briefing.

THE EASTERN PROMISE: PROGRESS REPORT ON THE EU RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY DIRECTIVE IN ACCESSION COUNTRIES
(WWF, 2004) Conservation organization WWF has produced a report surveying the progress made by countries in eastern and central Europe in implementing the European Union’s renewable energy directive. These countries will shortly be joining the EU, and will be bound by its rules and procedures. The report surveys progress on a country-by-country basis, using various criteria to rank each nation on its level of success to date. The report also contains various recommendations to increase the use of renewables in these countries. The report.

THE IMPACT OF THE EU EMISSIONS TRADING SYSTEM ON THE PRICE OF ELECTRICITY IN THE NETHERLANDS
(ECN, 2004) The Energy Research Center of the Netherlands (ECN) has released a new publication on the impact the EU’s emissions trading scheme could have on electricity pricing in the Netherlands. It shows that the scheme could result in substantially higher electricity prices in the Netherlands and other EU member states. However, this will depend on several factors, including the price set for an emission allowance, and the extent to which emissions trading costs will be passed on to the final electricity consumer. The report points out that higher prices could benefit power producers while harming energy-intensive industries that are unable to pass on the increased costs. The report suggests several options for mitigating such effects. The report.

Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

Water-L News:
The newest issue of IISD’s Water-L News has been released. Compiled by Richard Sherman, Water-L news is a collection of new articles, editorials and research updates addressing the implementation of the water-related Millennium Development Goals, the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and the further implementation of Agenda 21. It is distributed exclusively to the WATER-L list every 2 to 3 weeks.

HIGH SEAS BOTTOM FISHERIES AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE BIODIVERSITY OF VULNERABLE DEEP-SEA ECOSYSTEMS
(IUCN, WWF and the Natural Resources Defense Council, 2004) Issued during the recent seventh meeting of the CBD COP in Kuala Lumpur, this report highlights the adverse effects of deep-sea trawling on deep-sea environments and fisheries. The report notes the vulnerability of such deep-sea fish as the Orange Roughy and the Patagonian Toothfish to overfishing and the threat to other species such as corals and sponges. Indicating the significant risks to deep seas biodiversity and sustainable fisheries posed by high seas bottom trawling, IUCN, WWF, and NRDC called on CBD Parties to facilitate the creation of a global representative network of high seas marine protected areas and request the UN General Assembly to adopt a resolution calling for immediate protection of seamounts, cold-water corals, and other biodiversity hotspots from high seas bottom trawling. The IUCN and WWF also launched a ten-year strategy to promote the development of a global representative system of high seas marine protected area networks. The High Seas Bottom Fisheries report.

THE IMPLICATIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE FOR AUSTRALIA’S GREAT BARRIER REEF
(WWF, 2004) This new report indicates that Australia’s coral population will collapse by 2100 if carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are not reduced and if oil and coal-based energy is not replaced with clean, renewable energy sources. According to the report, developed countries like Australia will need to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050 to minimize climate change impacts, such as extreme weather events and loss of species. The report.

RAMSAR SITES DATABASE AVAILABLE ONLINE
The Ramsar Sites Database is now accessible online. Managed and developed by Wetlands International, the Ramsar Sites Database is a new information tool that aims to promote wetlands conservation by providing the public with data on designated wetlands around the globe. Visitors to the database can search for Ramsar sites by name, country, and by criteria such as designation date and wetland type. Information provided includes a site overview, the original Ramsar Information Sheet and the Ramsar Site Directory Report. Users can also export the data for mapping and further analysis. The database.
 


Biodiversity and wildlife

WEST AFRICAN CHIMPANZEES: STATUS SURVEY AND CONSERVATION ACTION PLAN
(IUCN and Conservation International, 2004) The IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Primate Specialist Group and Conservation International’s Center for Applied Biodiversity Science have produced a new action plan to help conserve the West African chimpanzee. Chimpanzee populations have suffered from habitat destruction, the bushmeat trade and diseases such as ebola, and IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species defines all four subspecies as endangered. With an estimated population of 38,000, the western chimp is considered among the most at risk of extinction. The action plan provides the latest information on the status and threats to the chimpanzees, recommends conservation measures and identifies conservation priorities. The plan is tailored to help implement UNEP-UNESCO Great Apes Survival Project. More.

SCIDEV.NET LAUNCHES BIODIVERSITY DOSSIER
SciDev.Net has expanded its quick guide on biodiversity to a new online dossier on biodiversity. New items include specially commissioned policy briefs on:
* the UN Convention on Biological Diversity by Stas Burgiel, Defenders of Wildlife, who outlines the progress of the biodiversity convention, and discusses the successes and difficulties the CBD has faced;
* modern agriculture and biodiversity by Barbara Gemmill and Ana Milena Varela, who describe how the future of each is intimately bound up in the other;
* how biodiversity loss affects ecosystems by Shahid Naeem; and
* biodiversity and climate change by Hannah Reid, Balakrishna Pisupati and Helen Baulch, who examine the links between biodiversity and climate, and explain why an integrated policy approach is required.
The dossier also contains new opinion pieces, news, links, definitions and information on upcoming events.

ASIAN BIO-NET
The Food and Agriculture Organization’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has launched a website for its project on capacity building in biosafety of GM crops in Asia. It contains details of the regional training workshop on GMO detection/testing, held from 27-31 October 2003, and the project’s first regional consultation held from 7-10 July 2002 in Bangkok, Thailand. The resource.

HALTING THE LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY IN EUROPE
(European Environment Agency, Briefing no. 1/2004) This briefing focuses
on the urgent need for information based on monitoring and indicators to support the achievement of a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010 and the EU’s more ambitious goal of halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010. The briefing.

THE ROLE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN THE SHARING OF BENEFITS ARISING FROM THE USE OF BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES AND TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE
(WIPO and UNEP, February 2004) This report summarizes the findings of a joint study commissioned by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and UNEP. Presenting two case studies of benefit sharing arrangements, one involving a Malian wild rice gene and another involving an Indian herbal medicine, the study calls for strengthening of benefit sharing arrangements to better reward custodians of traditional knowledge. The study was presented at CBD COP-7, and a full report can be downloaded in advance draft form.

WHO GUIDELINES ON GOOD AGRICULTURAL AND COLLECTION PRACTICES FOR MEDICINAL PLANTS
(WHO, February 2004) The World Health Organization issued guidelines to ensure the safety and efficacy of the herbal medicines market. The Guidelines present the best techniques for growing and harvesting medicinal plants and calls for clear labeling of the product’s contents. The document aims to be a model or checklist that can be used for developing national regulations. The guidelines.

SUMMARY REPORT OF THE FAO E-MAIL CONFERENCE ON “WHAT SHOULD BE THE ROLE AND FOCUS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY IN THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AGENDAS OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES?”
This report summarizes the main arguments and concerns raised during the moderated e-mail conference, hosted by the FAO Biotechnology Forum held from 13 November to 16 December 2002. The report.

FOOD SECURITY AND AG-BIOTECH NEWS SERVICE
Food Security and Ag-Biotech News Service (FS-AgBiotech) News is a free e-mail news service that provides succinct daily summaries of the most important developments in agricultural biotechnology and food security, including biosafety, intellectual property rights, agricultural practices, genetic resources, liability, and technology transfer. FS-AgBiotech draws from a diverse range of information sources, including peer-reviewed journals, international news wires, and publications from industry, government, and NGOs. FS-AgBiotech News is a service of Meridian Institute and is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. To subscribe.
 

NEW UPCOMING MEETINGS


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Upcoming meetings recently added to Linkages website:

CHANGE OF DATES

THEMATIC WORKSHOP ON SYNERGIES FOR CAPACITY BUILDING UNDER INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS ADDRESSING CHEMICALS AND WASTE MANAGEMENT:
30 March 2004 - 2 April 2004. Geneva, Switzerland. Organized by UNITAR in collaboration with several international organizations, this thematic workshop is open to countries, international organizations, and NGOs. The workshop is linked to and prepares for UNITAR/IOMC supported pilot country projects in 2004-2005 during which three developing countries (Jamaica, Chad and Jordan) will explore in practice how to implement synergies at the country level. Following a request made by several governments at PrepCom 1 of SAICM, the outcomes of the workshop will also inform an information paper on “Opportunities for Integrated Chemicals and Waste Management Capacity Building” which UNITAR will submit to PrepCom 2 of SAICM in October 2004. For more information contact: Jonathan Krueger, UNITAR Training and Capacity Building Programmes in Chemicals and Waste; tel: +41-22-917-1234; fax: +41-22-917-8047; e-mail: jonathan.krueger@unitar.org; Internet: http://www.unitar.org/cwm

Sustainable development

UNU/UNITAR WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW:
10 March 2004 - 11 March 2004. UNHQ, New York, United States. The United Nations University (UNU) and UNITAR are jointly organizing a workshop on sustainable development and international environmental law. The registration deadline is Wednesday, 3 March. Applications may also be submitted electronically to http://www.un.org/unitar. For more information contact: Nicole Valenta, UNITAR; tel: +1-212-963-9684; Internet: http://www.un.org/unitar

ECOSOC HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT PREPARATORY MEETING: 17 March 2004 - 18 March 2004. New York, NY, United States. This one and a half day meeting will hear presentations and reviews by a number of LDCs and their development partners on successes achieved, or problems encountered, in creating an enabling environment conducive to the mobilization of resources for poverty eradication. The meeting will be followed by an NGO forum. For more information contact: e-mail: esa@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc/

TRAINING PROGRAMME ON WORKING WITH THE EU: INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS: 21 March 2004 - 26 March 2004. Brussels, Belgium. Organized by the European Centre for Public Affairs Brussels, this 6-day intensive programme presents a training opportunity in all aspects of European Public Affairs. The curriculum covers a range of topics such as: the workings of the EU Institutions in Brussels; EU policies; European Public Affairs: their management, monitoring, lobbying methodology, and campaign building; communications and media relations in Brussels; and future developments of the EU. This course will also be held from 20-25 June and 21-26 November. For more information contact: Lucyna Gutman-Grauer, ECPAB Executive Director; tel: +32-2-737-7746; fax: +32-2-732-7525; e-mail: ecpab@ecpab.be; Internet: http://www.eutraining.be/pdf/intensive.pdf

RICHARD ALSINA FULTON CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABILITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT: 26 March 2004 - 27 March 2004. Chambersburg, PA, United States. This conference will bring together educators, policymakers, agricultural professionals, business leaders and the general public to deliberate the concept of sustainability, and the roles of education and public policy in achieving it. For more information contact: Inno Onwueme; tel: +1-717-264-4141 ext. 3247; fax: +1-717-264-1578; e-mail: ionwueme@wilson.edu; Internet: http://www.wilson.edu/events/sustainability

FIFTH GLOBAL CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM (GCSF):
27 March 2004 - 28 March 2004. Jeju, Republic of Korea. This Forum precedes and will present its results to the upcoming Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council. As in the UNEPGC/GMEF meeting, the GCSF will focus on the thematic issue cluster for the 12th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, namely water, sanitation and human settlements. For more information contact: Internet: http://www.unep.org/dpdl/cso/global_csf/issues.html

WORKSHOP ON SYNERGIES BETWEEN GLOBAL CONVENTIONS: ECOSYSTEM APPROACH FOR IMPACT ASSESSMENTS: 5 April 2004 - 12 April 2004. Kandalama, Sri Lanka. This workshop aims to enhance capacity of participants to conduct, supervise and review environmental impact assessments (EIAs) as a means of implementing MEA Synergies. Participants will review and discuss state-of-the art methods and tools for integrating climate change, biodiversity and desertification concerns in EIA, and be trained in using an ecosystem approach to EIA. This workshop is targeted at CBD, UNFCCC, CCD focal points, EIA practitioners, natural resource managers, policymakers, academics, communication specialists and NGOs. For more information contact: Balakrishna Pisupati, Head, IUCN Regional Biodiversity Programme, Asia; tel: +94-74-710-439; fax: +94-1-266-2941; e-mail: pbala@sltnet.lk; Internet: http://www.rbp-iucn.lk/events.html

SPECIAL HIGH-LEVEL MEETING OF ECOSOC AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS: 26 April 2004. New York, NY, United States. The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) together with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will hold a special high-level meeting on 26 April 2004 at the UN headquarters in New York. The meeting will focus on specific issues within the integrated approach of the Monterrey Consensus. For more information contact: e-mail: esa@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc/

COURSE ON STRUCTURING AND FINANCING PPP PROJECTS IN THE TRANSPORTATION SECTOR: 10 May 2004 - 21 May 2004. Toronto, Canada. This course is geared towards transportation sector authorities, ministries, and regulatory agencies involved in identifying, structuring, financing, negotiating, and monitoring public-private partnerships and private sector investments in the various transportation sectors. For more information contact: The Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, Inc.; tel: +1-202-466-8930; fax: +1-202-466-8934; e-mail: training@ip3.org; Internet: http://www.ip3.org

COURSE ON PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP POLICIES AND STRATEGIES: IMPROVING EFFICIENCY AND QUALITY IN PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY: 10 May 2004 - 24 May 2004. Cape Town, South Africa. This course is geared towards local, state/regional, and national government officials, utility managers, and private sector managers involved in the design, application, and implementation of public-private partnership models in a range of sectors, including environment (water and solid waste), education, energy, transportation, housing, information technology, tourism, and municipal services. For more information contact: The Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, Inc.; tel: +1-202-466-8930; fax: +1-202-466-8934; e-mail: training@ip3.org; Internet: http://www.ip3.org

COURSE ON BEST PRACTICES IN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE UTILITIES: 24 May 2004 - 4 June 2004. Washington, D.C., United States. This course will prepare members of boards of directors and executive/senior management of utilities to familiarize themselves with the tools and requirements of corporate governance to ensure compliance and instill public and investor confidence. For more information contact: The Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, Inc.; tel: +1-202-466-8930; fax: +1-202-466-8934; e-mail: training@ip3.org; Internet: http://www.ip3.org

ECOSOC HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT: 28 June 2004 - 30 June 2004. New York, NY, United States. The theme for ECOSOC’s 2004 High-Level segment is “Resources mobilization and enabling environment for poverty eradication in the context of the implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2001-2010.” For more information contact: e-mail: esa@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc/hl2004/index.htm

2004 ECOSOC SUBSTANTIVE SESSION: 28 June 2004 - 23 July 2004. New York, NY, United States. ECOSOC’s 2004 Substantive Session will commence with a High-Level Segment. The 2004 coordination segment will take place from 1-7 July 2004 and will address two themes: “Mainstreaming the gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system” and “Coordinated and integrated United Nations approach to promote rural development in developing countries, with due consideration to least developed countries.” The 2004 operational activities segment will take place from 7-12 July 2004 and will undertake the triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development. The operational activities segment will be closely related to the humanitarian affairs segment, which will take place from 12-14 July 2004. The general segment will convene from 15-22 July 2004 and a closing session will take place on 23 July 2004. For more information contact: e-mail: esa@un.org; Internet: http: www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc/

2004 TUNZA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S CONFERENCE ON THE ENVIRONMENT: 19 July 2004 - 23 July 2004. New London, CT, United States. Approximately 600 young people, ages 10 to 13, will study, deliberate, and publish their unique positions on Oceans, Rivers and Waterways; Living on the Edge of Extinction; Indigenous Healing Ways; and Energy Policy. For more information contact: International Children’s Conference; tel: +1-860-437-0757; e-mail: info@icc04.org; Internet: http://www.icc04.org/home.html

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION 04 - CREATING AND DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE AND RESPONSIBLE NEW BUSINESS MODELS: 25 October 2004 - 26 October 2004. Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom. Sustainable Innovation 04 will consider issues related to sustainability, corporate responsibility and new business models. This conference aims to explore new approaches to sustainable product, service and PSS development by providing a platform for discussion over best practice and new ideas. The event will analyze the problems, barriers and obstacles to new sustainable and responsible business models and will highlight opportunities. For more information contact: Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, The Surrey Institute of Art &; tel: +44-12-5289-2772; fax: +44-12-5289-2747; e-mail: mcharter@surrart.ac.uk; Internet: http://www.cfsd.org.uk/events/tspd9

2005 AAAS ANNUAL MEETING: 17 February 2005 - 21 February 2005. Washington, DC, United States. The 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science will take place from 17-25 February 2005 in Washington, DC. For more information contact: AAAS Meetings Department, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005; tel: +1-202-326-6450; fax: +1-202-289-4021; e-mail: aaasmeeting@aaas.org; Internet: http://www.aaas.org/meetings/MPE_08_index_Prop.shtml

Biodiversity and wildlife

SECOND ASIAN CONFERENCE ON BIOTECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT:
7 April 2004 - 8 April 2004. New Delhi, India. This conference is organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry, IUCN’s Regional Biodiversity Programme-Asia, and RIS (Research and Information System for the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries). Conference topics include: agriculture, food security, and the economic contribution of biotechnology; PPPs for financing biotechnology; biotechnology, trade, and intellectual property issues; and national biosafety legislation and the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol. For more information contact: Nagesh Kumar, Director-General, RIS; tel: +91-11-2468-2177-80; fax: +91-11-2468-2173-74; e-mail: dgoffice@ris.org.in; Internet: http://www.ris.org.in/web/draft_background_note.htm

GEN ROUNDTABLE: BIOTECHNOLOGY AND TRADE: UNTANGLING THE KEY ISSUES: 19 May 2004. International Environment House, Geneva, Switzerland. The roundtable will address the outcomes of the first Biosafety Protocol COP/MOP; analyze the ongoing biotechnology dispute between EU and the US and present some possible conflicts in the international regulation of GMOs. The invitation for this roundtable will be circulated shortly and made available on the GEN website. For more information contact: Sofie H. Flensborg, Geneva Environment Network; tel: +41-22-917-8310; fax: +41-22-797-3464; e-mail: sofie.flensborg@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.environmenthouse.ch/roundtables.htm

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BIODIVERSITY: 24 January 2005 - 28 January 2005. Paris, France. Sponsored by UNESCO, this conference is organized by the French Ministry of Research and New Technologies. For more information contact: e-mail: biodiv2005paris@recherche.gouv.fr; Internet: http://www.recherche.gouv.fr/biodiv2005paris

Climate, energy and atmosphere

GEN ROUNDTABLE: NATURAL DISASTERS: IS CLIMATE CHANGE TO BLAME?:
22 March 2004. International Environment House, Geneva, Switzerland. The Geneva Environment Network (GEN) and the Secretariat for the International Strategy on Disaster Reduction in co-operation with the World Meteorological Organization will mark the World Water Day with a roundtable: Natural Disasters: Is Climate Change to blame? The invitation for this roundtable will be circulated shortly and simultaneously made available on the GEN website. For more information contact: Sofie H. Flensborg, Geneva Environment Network; tel: +41-22-917-8310; fax: +41-22-797-3464; e-mail: sofie.flensborg@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.environmenthouse.ch/roundtables.htm

RENEWABLES 2004 CONFERENCE: DISTRIBUTED GENERATION AND VILLAGE ELECTRIFICATION: 1 April 2004 - 2 April 2004. New Delhi, India. This conference aims to support further international cooperation and action on “distributed generation,” which involves small-scale, locally-based power generation. The conference will focus on technology diffusion, information dissemination and joint action to implement innovative solutions based on distributed generation in villages in developing countries. The meeting is being organized The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and sponsored by the European Commission through its OPET (Organizations for the Promotion of Energy Technologies) Network. For more information contact: Shirish Garud, TERI; tel: +91-11-2468-2100; fax: +91-11-2468-2144; e-mail: shirishg@teri.res.in; Internet: http://www.teriin.org

EU-CHINA HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE ON RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY AND PROJECT FINANCING: 5 April 2004 - 6 April 2004. Beijing, China. This conference on implementation of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism will look at cooperation between China and the European Union on use of this flexible mechanism. For more information contact: Li Hua, Novem, the Netherlands; tel: +31-46-452-8260; fax: +31-46-420-2288; e-mail: info@novem.org; Internet: http://www.novem.nl/default.asp?documentId=104363

SECOND INTERNATIONAL AIR CONDITIONING SUMMIT: 14 April 2004 - 15 April 2004. Washington, DC, United States. This Summit, which is being held in conjunction with the 15th Annual Earth Technologies Forum (see above), will investigate the benefits of rewarding reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from refrigerant containment, fuel efficiency, improved service practices, and alternative refrigerants. Issues that will be discussed include a proposal by the European Commission to phase out HFC-134a in mobile air conditioning by 2009 and possible legislation in California. The meeting is being hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, and is being organized in cooperation with the European Commission, the Australian Greenhouse Office, Japan’s Environment Ministry, and international industry associations. For more information contact: Tonya Hunt, Earth Technologies Forum; tel: +1-703-807-4052; fax: +1-703-528-1734; e-mail: earthforum@alcalde-fay.com; Internet: http://www.earthforum.com

13TH INTERNATIONAL EXPERT MEETING ON POWER ENGINEERING: 18 May 2004 - 20 May 2004. Maribor, Slovenia. This conference will involve discussions on renewable energy sources, co-generation and efficient energy use, energy supply reliability, power appliances and devices, information technologies in power engineering, and municipal services. The meeting is a proposed Energy Efficiency 21 event involving the UN Economic Commission for Europe. For more information contact: Jože Voršic; tel: +386-2-220-7050; fax: +386-2-252-5481; e-mail: power.eng@uni-mb.si; Internet: http://ke.powerlab.uni-mb.si/html/default.asp

CLIMATE CHANGE AND BUSINESS CONFERENCE AND EXPO 2004: 3 November 2004 - 5 November 2004. Auckland, New Zealand. This international conference will consider the linkages between business and climate change. Based on the assumption that “climate change is big business and will remain so whether or not the Kyoto Protocol enters into force,” the meeting will include discussions on business opportunities and on improving companies’ bottom line performance by reducing energy costs and emissions. The conference is supported by the Australian and New Zealand governments, and is being co-organized by business and union groups, as well as the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. For more information contact: The Conference Company Limited; tel: +64-9-360-1240; fax: +64-9-360-1242; e-mail: secretariat@climateandbusiness.com; Internet: http://www.climateandbusiness.com

Forests, deserts, land

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF TROPICAL FORESTS: PRIVATE-SECTOR EXPERIENCES:
13 April 2004 - 15 April 2004. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This conference is an activity of the ITTO and is being implemented by the Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia. It aims to promote the sustainable management of tropical forests, facilitate access to and promote the use of data, information and experiences related to successful forest management, and contribute to the attainment of ITTO Objective 2000 at the forest management unit level. The conference will review 14 case studies demonstrating best practice in the tropical forest sector. For more information contact: Kamaruzaman Ali Budin, ITTO International Conference Secretariat, Forestry Department Pen; tel: +60-32-696-2571; fax: +60-32-692-5657; e-mail: kamaruzaman@forestry.gov.my; Internet: http://www.itto.or.jp/live/PageDisplayHandler?pageId=223&id=596

MEETING ON THE ROLE OF MULTI PURPOSE AGRICULTURE IN SUSTAINING THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT:
20 October 2004 - 24 October 2004. Udine, Italy. The theme for the fourth Agro Environ symposium will be “The role of multi-purpose agriculture in sustaining the global environment.” For more information contact: Giuseppe Zerbi; tel: +39-43-255-8670; fax: +39-43-255-8603; e-mail: zerbi@dpvta.uniud.it; Internet: http://www.dpvta.uniud.it/~agroenv/docs/brochure.pdf%20

Human development

GEN ROUNDTABLE: HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT:
12 March 2004. International Environment House, Geneva, Switzerland. A political consensus that human rights and the environment are closely related clearly exists – but how have 30 years of high-level declarations been translated into reality? This roundtable will examine the progress to date on human environmental rights and the legal, political and practical results of this debate. For more information contact: Sofie H. Flensborg, Geneva Environment Network; tel: +41-22-917-8310; fax: +41-22-797-3464; e-mail: sofie.flensborg@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.environmenthouse.ch/roundtables.htm

GLOBAL FORUM ON INTERNET GOVERNANCE:
25 March 2004 - 26 March 2004. UNHQ, New York, United States. Organized under the auspices of the UN Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Task Force, the Global Forum will provide an opportunity to engage in open discussions on all aspects of Internet governance. For more information contact: Interim secretariat of the UN ICT Task Force; tel: +1-212-963-5796; fax: +1-212-963-1712; e-mail: icttaskforce@un.org; Internet: http://www.unicttaskforce.org/common/documents_full_text.asp?ID=757

Trade, finance and investment

WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION MEETINGS:
1 March 2004 - 1 December 2004. Geneva, Switzerland. Dozens of meetings of the WTO’s various councils, committees and negotiating bodies are scheduled to take place in 2004, including many of relevance to the development and environment sectors. The General Council, which last met on 11 February, is expected to reconvene on 17-18 May, 27 and 29 July, 20-21 October, and 13, 14 and 16 December. The Sub-Committee on Least Developed Countries is scheduled to meet on 9 March, while the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures will meet from 17-18 March, 23-24 June, and 13-14 October. Meanwhile, the Committee on Trade and Environment is expected to convene on 16 April, from 6-7 July, and again from 12-13 October. The Committee on Trade and Development is scheduled for 11 May, 28-29 September, and 16 November. The Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights will meet from 15-17 June, 21-23 September, and 30 November to 2 December. For more information contact: WTO Secretariat; tel: +41-22-739-5111; fax: +41-22-731-4206; e-mail: enquiries@wto.org; Internet: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/meets.pdf

IGES INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM “BUSINESS AND THE ENVIRONMENT” FY2003 - DEVELOPMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING AND GREEN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT: 5 March 2004. Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. Organized by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), this symposium aims to explore best current knowledge and national and global trends in Environmental Management Accounting. The symposium will also explore the application of EMA principles to Green Supply Chain Management, an emergent area in corporate environmental management. For more information contact: IGES Kansai Research Centre; tel: +81-78-262-6634; fax: +81-78-262-6635; e-mail: kansai@iges.or.jp; Internet: http://www.iges.or.jp/en/event/

WORKSHOP ON BANKING AND FINANCE IN SMALL STATES: ISSUES AND POLICIES: 3 May 2004 - 14 May 2004. Valletta, Malta. The workshop is being organized by the Islands and Small States Institute in collaboration with the Banking and Finance Department of the University of Malta. The aim of the workshop is to disseminate knowledge and provide training on banking and finance, covering a variety of themes with a focus on small states. The workshop is primarily intended for officials, at senior and middle management levels, operating in banking and financial institutions or in the public sector. Participants should normally be nominated by the national governments and sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation. A limited number of self-funded participants can also participate. Certificates of attendance will be awarded to those participants who complete the entire programme. For more information contact: The Director, Islands and Small States Institute, Foundation for International Studies, Un; tel: +356-2124-8218; fax: +356-2123-0551; e-mail: islands@um.edu.mt; Internet: http://www.iisd.ca/download/doc/sidsbanking_Brochure.doc

SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL ECONOMIC ANALYSIS - TRADE, POVERTY AND THE ENVIRONMENT: 17 June 2004 - 19 June 2004. Washington, D.C., United States. Jointly organized by the World Bank and the Center for Global Trade Analysis, with additional support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the USDA Economic Research Service, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the U.S. International Trade Commission, this conference aims to promote the exchange of ideas among economists conducting quantitative analysis of global economic issues. For more information contact: Judy Connor; tel: +1-765-494-4267; e-mail: connerjr@purdue.edu; Internet: http://www.gtap.org

TWELFTH ANNUAL SHORT COURSE IN GLOBAL TRADE ANALYSIS:
7 August 2004 - 13 August 2004. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States. This course aims to: introduce participants to a standardized framework for conducting global trade analysis in an applied general equilibrium setting; provide participants with training on software that has been tailored to global trade analysis within a standard modeling framework; and give participants the opportunity to interact with economists working on global trade and resource use issues. For more information contact: Judy Connor; tel: +1-765-494-4267; e-mail: connerjr@purdue.edu; Internet: http://www.gtap.org

SECOND ANNUAL SHORT COURSE IN GLOBAL TRADE ANALYSIS:
8 October 2004 - 13 October 2004. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States. This course aims to: introduce participants to a dynamic model designed for conducting global trade analysis in an applied general equilibrium setting; provide participants with hands-on training with software that has been tailored for undertaking analysis using a dynamic recursive model; and give participants the opportunity to interact with economists working on global trade and resource use issues. For more information contact: Judy Connor; tel: +1-765-494-4267; e-mail: connerjr@purdue.edu; Internet: http://www.gtap.org

Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY:
29 February 2004. Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Organized by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), this symposium will feature notable academics and environmental activists from within and outside Japan, who will discuss freshwater problems in the Asia-Pacific region, and how Japan can contribute to solving for these issues. For more information contact: Ms. Murakami, Secretariat for IGES International Symposium; tel: +81-3-5511-1505; fax: +81-3-5511-1502; e-mail: sympo-iges@ccc-inc.co.jp; Internet: http://www.iges.or.jp/en/event/index.html

GPA OUTREACH ONLINE DEBATE: 8 March 2004 - 17 March 2004. online, Stakeholder Forum website. Launch by Stakeholder Forum and the UNEP GPA, this online debate aims to enable stakeholders to provide input to the 5th Global Civil Society Forum, which will take place prior to the upcoming Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environmental Forum. The debate will focus on water management and governance, and water and poverty reduction. For more information contact: Karen Dickinson; e-mail: kdickinson@stakeholderforum.org; Internet: http://www.unedforum.org/

COURSE ON ADVANCED ISSUES IN REGULATING WATER/WASTEWATER UTILITIES: 12 April 2004 - 23 April 2004. Washington, D.C., United States. This advanced course, designed for regulators, utility managers, and ministerial officials, focuses on the key challenges involved in the regulation of water and sanitation services. The course addresses issues such as structuring tariffs and subsidies in a sustainable manner, using benchmarking and comparative competition to improve sector performance, taking consumer involvement in the regulatory process to the next level, and ensuring that regulation has pro-poor considerations. For more information contact: The Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, Inc.; tel: +1-202-466-8930; fax: +1-202-466-8934; e-mail: training@ip3.org; Internet: http://www.ip3.org

WORKSHOP ON OCEAN ZONING – CAN IT WORK IN THE NORTHWEST ATLANTIC?: 10 May 2004 - 11 May 2004. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. This workshop aims to explore the concept and effectiveness of ocean zoning as a tool for integrated management of marine resources and activities. For more information contact: Penny Doherty; tel: +1-902-429-1335; fax: +1-902-422-6410; e-mail: oceanzon@dal.ca; Internet: http://www.oceanzoning.ca

12TH MEETING OF THE SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL REVIEW PANEL OF THE RAMSAR CONVENTION:
1 February 2005 - 4 February 2005. Gland, Switzerland. The dates of the 12th meeting of the STRP have been changed from December 2004 to 1-4 February 2005 to provide the Panel and its Working Groups time to complete their tasks for transmission to the 31st meeting of the Standing Committee and COP9. The postponement will also permit time prior to the Panel meeting for members and observers to review the draft “Ramsar Synthesis Report” being prepared as part of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment’s contribution to the Ramsar Convention. It is anticipated that the draft of this report will become available for review in early December 2004. For more information contact: Ramsar Convention Secretariat; tel: +41-22-999-0170; fax: +41-22-999-0169; e-mail: ramsar@ramsar.org; Internet: http://ramsar.org/w.n.strp-datechange.htm

 

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