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Director’s Cut
Kimo GoreeDue to lack of funding, IISD Reporting Services was unable to send a full team of writers/editors to the Fifteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP15) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). As a result, as many of you have noted, we did not publish daily issues from the recent meeting in Doha, Qatar. … article continues

Kimo Goree
Director, IISD Reporting Services

Editor’s Note
Chris SpenceLast month, the Simultaneous Extraordinary meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (ExCOPs) and international environmental governance discussions during the 11th Special Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum demonstrated and debated options related to calls for synergies and collaboration among multilateral environmental agreements. … article continues

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.
Editor, Linkages Update and
MEA Bulletin

Comings and Goings
John Scanlon appointed as new CITES Secretary-General
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DGEF seeks STAP Secretary
UNCCD seeks coordinators for science and policy units
Rotterdam Convention seeks senior technical officer
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New Reports and Resources
Water, Wetlands and Forests: A Review of Ecological, Economic and Policy Linkages
Implications of the REDD Negotiations for Forest Restoration
Convenient Solutions to an Inconvenient Truth: Ecosystem-Based Approaches to Climate Change
Indigenous Lands, Protected Areas, and Slowing Climate Change
Assessing the Role of Microfinance in Fostering Adaptation to Climate Change
International Agreements and Processes Affecting an International Regime on Access and Benefit Sharing under the Convention on Biological Diversity: Implications for its Scope and Possibilities of a Sectoral Approach
GLOBIO Website
Framing the Flow: Innovative Approaches to Understand, Protect and Value Ecosystem Services Across Linked Habitats
Climate Change Mitigation Policies in Selected OECD Countries: Trade and Development Implications for Developing Countries
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Latest News - Friday, 26 March 2010
Manila, 20 March—The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) held several back-to-back meetings from 15-19 March 2010, in Manila, the Philippines, hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), where plans were unveiled to mobilize some US$40 billion for country-led low carbon growth. The series of meetings included a meeting of the CIF Partnership Forum, meetings of CIF committees and subcommittees, and a roundtable with NGOs. More.
Photo: L-R: Katherine Sierra, Forum Co-Chair and Vice-President for Sustainable Development, World Bank; Haruhiko Kuroda, Asian Development Bank President; Heherson Alvarez, Commissioner and Vice-Chairman, Philippine National Climate Change Commission; and Preety Bhandari, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat
New York, 18 March—The Ninth Round of Informal Consultations of States Parties (ICSP 9) to the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UN Fish Stocks Agreement) took place on 16-17 March 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. ICSP 9 was convened to serve as a preparatory meeting for the resumed Review Conference on the Fish Stocks Agreement, scheduled to take place at the same venue from 24-28 May 2010. At the conclusion of the meeting, most participants appeared satisfied with their achievements, pointing to the general approval given to the resumed Review Conference’s proposed organization of work and agenda, as well as fruitful discussions on Conference outputs and possible future actions beyond May 2010. More.
Photo: Delegates at ICSP 9 considered the agenda item on future actions, including possible meetings of the Review Conference after May 2010, and future informal consultations.
Other News
AIMS SIDS discuss MSI implementation
Caribbean region reviews MSI implementation
African ministers declare decade for science in Africa
Sustainable Development News

Human Development
UN Secretary-General calls for an action plan to accelerate MDG progress to be endorsed by the MDG Summit
DFID, UN agencies and development experts discuss the “Turning Point on Poverty”
UN Human Rights Council considers proposal for international convention on the rights of peasants
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UN-Water organizes seminar on water supply and sanitation in Africa
World Water Day celebrated
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CARICOM meeting focuses on Copenhagen outcome
EU Ministers adopt conclusions on Copenhagen follow-up
Earth Hour 2010 to be celebrated
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Governments adopt Declaration to protect Wadden Sea
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Additional $1 billion pledged for REDD+ funding
UNFF Secretariat hosts briefing sessions on forest financing
World Agroforestry Centre and IISD convene REDD workshops
FAO calls for proposals for forest law enforcement programme
UNECE and FAO collecting data on Europe’s forests
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Rotterdam Convention’s Chemical Review Committee recommends listing two chemicals
Stockholm Convention convenes POPs and PCBs workshop for Francophone Africa
Stockholm Convention announces climate and POPs study
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP releases environmental outlook for the Arab region
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Trade, Finance & Investment
ECOSOC and Bretton Woods high-level meeting discusses development goals
GEF replenishment negotiations continue
GEF STAP meeting addresses scientific needs arising from Copenhagen Accord
World Bank announces first large-scale forest CDM project registered in Africa
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
World Urban Forum 5: The Right to the City - Bridging the Urban Divide: 22-26 March 2010. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
60th session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee: 22-26 March 2010. London, UK.
53rd meeting of the CDM Executive Board: 22-26 March 2010. Bonn, Germany.
CBD ABS 9: 22-28 March 2010. Santiago de Cali, Colombia.
Open-Ended Meeting of Government-Designated Experts on a Compilation of Internationally Agreed Environmental Goals and Objectives: 29-31 March 2010. Geneva, Switzerland.
CSD 18 Thematic Seminar Series: Sustainable Consumption and Production: 30 March 2010. New York, US.
19th Session of the Near East Forestry Commission: 5-9 April 2010. Hammamet, Tunisia.
Fourth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change: 6 April 2010. London, UK.
AWG-KP 11 and AWG-LCA 9: 9-11 April 2010. Bonn, Germany.

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from the
Fourth Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change
6 April 2010 | London, England

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