October 2010
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Business Engagement in the CBD

An unprecedented attendance by business representatives is expected this October at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan. Hot topics for business include incentive measures, resource mobilization and access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources.

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COP10 to the Convention on Biological Diversity, October 2010, Nagoya, Japan

Access and benefit sharing of genetic resources

Agreeing on a protocol on the provision and use of the genetic resources is a crucial element needed for the success of the upcoming Convention on Biological Diversity negotiations in Nagoya, Japan.

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Drying the cocoa

TEEB: assessing the value of ecosystems and biodiversity

This October TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) will launch a final report at the CBD COP 10 in Nagoya Japan, illustrating new economic approaches to biodiversity conservation by taking examples from forests, mining and cities.

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Conservation International: Protecting life around the world

In mid-October, a delegation from Conservation International (CI) will head to Nagoya to push for an ambitious agenda to safeguard the world’s biodiversity that will impact the framework of conservation for years to come.

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> Conservation International at the CBD
Frog in the Amazon forest

Emirates Resorts: a pioneer for sustainable tourism

Emirates Hotels & Resorts have been awarded the World Travel & Tourism Council’s 2010 “Tourism for Tomorrow Award” for their exceptional efforts in wildlife conservation and carbon saving in the Dubai desert and the Australian Blue mountains.

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> Emirates Hotels & Resorts
Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa

Mitigating the impacts of biofuel production

IUCN and Shell are working with a wide range of stakeholders to gain a shared understanding of how to mitigate the impacts of biofuel production caused by indirect land use change (ILUC).

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> IUCN website and video on ILUC
> IUCN Shell partnership
Planted forest landscape, Brazil

Protecting whales on the edge of extinction

IUCN and the oil and gas Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (Sakhalin Energy) set up a collaboration to protect the critically endangered western gray whale. The population is slowly growing and is estimated to include 131 whales, but it still remains on the edge of extinction.

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> Western Grey Whales Conservation initiative
Whale photo

Unleashing the power of Farmers’ Co-ops in China

IUCN China and Nokia have been supporting the creation of farmers’ cooperatives to connect Chinese farmers living in remote areas to regional and national agricultural markets.

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Farmers coop in China

Promoting best practices for sustainable tourism

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is a global initiative dedicated to promoting and communicating sustainable tourism practices around the world. At the heart of this work are the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, successfully applied by several eco-resorts in Mexico and India.

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Global Sustainable Tourism Council

IPBES: Improving knowledge on Biodiversity and Ecosystems

The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution to establish the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems, IPBES, which aims to strengthen the science –policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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> More information on IPBES
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Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf

Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary We pose four questions to Dr. Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, about business engagement in the CBD as well as his expectations for the upcoming COP 10.
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IUCN Pakistan & Barclays Bank

IUCN Pakistan and Barclays Bank IUCN Pakistan and Barclays Bank have entered into a new partnership to mainstream biodiversity conservation and social equity into the business decisions of Barclays Pakistan.
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Nespresso partnership update

Coffee beans IUCN and Nespresso, the European market leader in portionned coffee, have signed a five year partnership agreement to promote sustainability in aluminium value chains.
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18 – 29 October

Business-related events at CBD COP10 Nagoya, Japan


18- 20 October

Sustainable cosmetics Summit


8 - 11 November

World Travel Market, London
IUCN event at WTM


16 - 18 November

Health Ingredients Europe Fair, Madrid


22 - 24 November

IUCN Mediterranean Forum, Malaga


Effective biodiversity and ecosystem policy and regulation (WBCSD)

This paper offers practical recommendations for biodiversity and ecosystem policy-making.
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IUCN Green Economy Guidebook

This guidebook serves as an introduction into this complex topic, providing an overview of the key ideas currently animating the Green Economy discourse.
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World Conservation magazine on economics

The latest issue of World Conservation magazine focuses on economic approaches to biodiversity conservation.
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Made in Countdown 2010

20 success stories from Countdown 2010 partners that have been helping to conserve biodiversity
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IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature © 2010

IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.

Photo credits : China Coop members training © Lap Li IUCN; Conservation International © Enrico Bernard; Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa © Emirates; Global sustainable tourism council © Fairmont Mayakoba; IPBES © IPBES; Nespresso © Nespresso; Western GRay Whales © Dave Weller; TEEB © TEEB; Presque Isle quarry rehabilitation © Lafarge; header banner ; Access and benefit sharing © Intu Boedhihartono.

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