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Access to adaptation funds a concern: Usamate

New from UNFCCC - 22. May 2017 - 15:59
Source: Fiji Times - FIJI'S Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate, says the country's top foreign policy agenda in 2017 includes climate change and its impacts on Small Island Developing States, especially the Pacific islands.

Patricia Espinosa y Robert Glasser: Los desastres del cambio climático impulsan la pobreza y causan enormes daños públicos

New from UNFCCC - 22. May 2017 - 15:59
Source: El Cronista - Es un hecho que, si seguimos batiendo récords de emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero a la atmósfera, multiplicaremos los riesgos de sufrir desastres, una amenaza mundial que planea sobre nosotros y las próximas generaciones.

Berlín y Pekín animan a EEUU a permanecer en el Acuerdo del Clima de París

New from UNFCCC - 22. May 2017 - 15:59
Source: EFE Verde - Los Gobiernos de Alemania y China animaron hoy a EE.UU. a no abandonar el Acuerdo de París para frenar el cambio climático, mientras la administración de Donald Trump continúa con la revisión de este tratado que suscribió el anterior presidente, Barack Obama.

Why your parents’ investing style is not the best for you

News from India - 22. May 2017 - 14:21
In today’s world, we cannot adopt the same investment strategies as our parents did for various reasons

Linkages Update - Issue #267 - 22 May 2017

News from IISD - 22. May 2017 - 14:00
Latest news, information and analysis on international environment and sustainable development negotiations and policy making.

ENB Report | ICP-18 | 15-19 May 2017 | New York, US | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 22. May 2017 - 13:23
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, produced a summary and analysis report from the 18th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea - The Effects of Climate Change on Oceans, which took place from 15 to 19 May 2017, from UN Headquarters in New York

ENB+ Report | 2017 ARFSD | 18 May 2017 | Addis Ababa, ET | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 22. May 2017 - 11:52
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, produced a summary report from the 2017 Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (2017 ARFSD) - Ensuring Inclusive and Sustainable Growth and Prosperity for All, which took place from 17 to 19 May 2017, from the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

India is making its biggest tax reform far too complicated

News from India - 22. May 2017 - 11:41
If the potential of the goods and services tax reform is to be realized, then the GST Council has more work to do in its last meeting scheduled early next month

World should think twice before abolishing cash

News from India - 22. May 2017 - 7:05
Most arguments in favour of demonetisation don’t stand up to scrutiny, and those that do should raise other concerns

GM hitting the brakes in India is a big mistake

News from India - 22. May 2017 - 5:03
A decade hence, for GM to give up on India, one of the world’s major auto markets, for the sake of a few margin points might not look like such a good call

At this rate, fintech will slaughter India’s banks

News from India - 22. May 2017 - 4:53
Even if they are successful in cleaning up stressed assets mess, banks—especially state-run ones—will end up ceding a lot of ground to fintech

Why India needs another statistical revolution

News from India - 22. May 2017 - 4:26
The Indian statistical system is failing to fulfil the needs of 21st century policymaking

The political economy of the Srinagar Consensus on GST

News from India - 22. May 2017 - 4:25
This new federal polity, riding on the bonding the finance ministers struck during the GST journey, augurs well for India

The big dreams of small finance banks

News from India - 22. May 2017 - 4:25
Eight of the 10 entities that received RBI licence to start small finance banks are now operational. How have they been doing?

Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians at risk: A UNESCO World Heritage concern

News from WWF - 22. May 2017 - 2:00
Bratislava, 22 May 2017 – On International Biodiversity Day and days after UNESCO expressed concern regarding the future of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians in Slovakia, WWF urges the Slovak government to take action to secure the country's world heritage. 

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee's draft decision, published last Friday, highlighted that the Slovak part of the transboundary World Heritage Site continues to be threatened by logging, despite the efforts of the government targeting to strengthen the management of the park. According to the draft: "unless urgent measures are taken to address the lack of an adequate protection regime (....), their protection from logging and other potential threats cannot be guaranteed in the long-term, which would clearly constitute a potential danger to the outstanding universal value of this serial transnational property as a whole".
 
The Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007 and is located in three countries: Slovakia, Ukraine and Germany. The Slovak part of the site includes unique 200 year old beech trees and more than 300 year old clusters of silver fir, and is home to grey wolves, European bisons, brown bears and lynx.
 
However, the 33,670.2 hectares of outstanding natural heritage is not all protected appropriately. Inaccuracies in the designation documents, lack of communication with landowners and land users as well as incoherence between nature conservation and forestry legislation has led to long-lasting conflicts in the Slovak part of the site. As a result, current economic activities including forestry and tourism development may seriously damage more than half of the Slovak site where a strict non-intervention protection is currently not applied.
 
"Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians represent outstanding natural values in the Slovak but also global context. There is a risk that we lose these valuable old-growth forests and many rare and protected species inhabiting the area. It is time for the Slovak Government to show political responsibility to safeguard the area for the benefit of nature and people", said Miroslava Plassmann, Director of WWF in Slovakia.
 
WWF Slovakia urges the government to take strong action towards the protection of the UNESCO site.
"Proper management and effective mechanism for compensation of landowners is necessary along with sustaining livelihoods for local communities. Only these steps can ensure that universal values survive for future generations" – Plassmann said.
 
 
For more information:
Helena Carska, hcarska@wwfdcp.org
WWF Slovakia
+421 911 184344

Maoist war: For the right cause in a wrong manner

News from India - 21. May 2017 - 23:35
Fifty years into the violent Maoist uprising of Naxalbari, which milestones has the red revolution crossed?

GST Version 2.0

News from India - 21. May 2017 - 20:34
The Goods and Services Tax that we are going to get is complicated, and will create the sort of administrative confusion that the tax department loves

Well done, Macron—now we oppose you

News from India - 21. May 2017 - 20:00
The new president’s policies will worsen France’s deflationary, regressive cycle that is his rival Marine Le Pen’s greatest ally

Designing cybersecurity for the financial sector

News from India - 21. May 2017 - 19:59
There is no dearth of regulatory intervention at present to secure India’s financial ecosystem, and more of the same need not necessarily lead to better outcomes

Missing the coastal growth opportunity

News from India - 21. May 2017 - 19:58
Coastal Regulation Zone norms are an example of a top-down, heavy-handed, legislative diktat from Delhi that ignores local dynamics

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