International Day for Biological Diversity - 22 May
The world’s natural capital is worth US$125 trillion per year, a figure that exceeds global GDP. The food we eat, the clean air we breathe, our water, medicine, and places for recreation – all depend on nature. Yet, we have historically ignored nature’s v
For example, finance for sustainable forestry and for forest protection is outpaced by finance for deforestation by more than 140 to 1. It’s time to make a business case for sound and politically feasible finance solutions for biodiversity. UNDP and our partners invite you to learn how to make a business case for financing nature by joining our upcoming Massive Online Open Course on Biodiversity Finance, a free seven-week course, offered in English, Spanish, French and Russian. This course will teach participants how to assess the policy, institutional, and economic context for biodiversity finance; conduct a financial needs assessment to achieve a country’s biodiversity goals; and develop a biodiversity finance plan with the most suitable finance solutions for tackling persistent finance gaps. The course runs from 15 April through 31 May 2019 and is designed to train biodiversity policymakers and practitioners on how to use the language of business and finance to make a business case for conserving biodiversity as a means of achieving national economic priorities. You can find the registration links here: English, French, Spanish, Russian. Participants who do not have a Learning for Nature account must create an account here prior to registering for the course. You can view the Course trailer here, see the Registration announcement here, and find the Promotional package here. We would be grateful if you could share this information about the course with your networks, including on social media. Thank you in advance for your support, and we hope to see you online in 2 short weeks!
In 2019 E.C.O. Institut für Ökologie again organize two important training courses in cooperation with the FH Kärnten and the World Commission on Protected Areas:
The International Master of Science Programme "Management of Conservation Areas" (MCA) takes place at the FH Kärnten and the summer school "European Parks Academy" (EPA) is organised by us in cooperation with the WCPA. MCA: This comprehensive academic education is unique in Europe. It allows for career growth in protected areas (nature parks, national parks, biosphere reserves, world heritage sites or European protected areas), in research and education as well as in NGOs or international organizations. The next course start for the 2-year training is in October 2019 (application deadline: June 30, 2019).
“The Designation and Management of Ramsar Sites”
new guidebook is now available on the Ramsar Convention website. The guidebook was produced for those involved in the designation and management of Ramsar Sites and it is based on materials identified by the Ramsar Secretariat and the Convention’s experts and partners.
Cuba becomes 38th Party to the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and
- Three more ratifications needed for entry into force - Supplementary Protocol provides for response measures in event of damage from living modified organisms