The Little Sustainable Landscapes Book

cover_108_153The Little Sustainable Landscapes Book aims to clarify and disseminate sustainable landscape management methods, and to catalyse their implementation across private and public sectors worldwide.

The book summarises current developments in landscape management, makes recommendations on policy, and explains the importance of landscape initiatives in achieving global goals related to sustainable development. It has been produced in collaboration with world leading experts in agriculture and natural resources, including WWF, Ecoagriculture Partners, The Nature Conservancy, IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative, and The Global Canopy Programme.

 

To download a copy in English of The Little Sustainable Landscapes Book please click on the file below. In addition please also find below an Executive Summary of the Little Book in French. Further translations of the book are in development.

 

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UN Post-2015 Development Agenda: Addis Ababa Action Agenda from Third International Conference on Financing for Development

By Magdalena A K Muir, Climate Editor

post2015Third International Conference on Financing for Development

The UN Post-2015 Development Agenda is proceeding to unfold, including a focus on the important issue of financing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  The United Nations General Assembly recently endorsed the new global action agenda for financing sustainable development, or the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the Agenda as a major step that firmly puts the world on the path to a more prosperous, just and sustainable world. General Assembly President Sam Kutesa indicated that the action demonstrates collective commitment towards eradicating poverty, achieving sustainable development and building a better future for all, and urged UN Member States to implement the Addis Ababa Action Agenda .

The  Agenda contains a series of measures to overhaul global finance practices and generate investments for economic, social and environmental challenges. Building on the outcomes of previous development financing conferences held in Monterrey, Mexico, and in Doha, Qatar, the Action Agenda also addresses all sources of finance, and covers cooperation on a range of issues including technology, science, innovation, trade and capacity building.

In his statement to the Assembly, Mr. Ban said by endorsing the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, we launch a new era of cooperation and global partnership. This development can be the foundation for success at the UN summit to adopt the UN post-2015 development agenda, in New York this September, and at the Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), known informally as COP 21, in Paris in December.

Civil society organizations have responded to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), and have released responses and summaries to the draft outcome document for the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. Responses address,areas of consensus and disagreement on the post-2015 draft; recommendations on improving text related to inequality, climate change, energy, land and other topics; data challenges; the translation of discourse into policy; education; and the role of business.

Further information

Conference http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd3/

Outcome Document  Addis Ababa Action Agenda (16 July 2015)

Civil Society CSO FfD Forum Declaration (12 July 2015)

Business Sector International Business Forum Summary (14 July 2015)

IISD Article http://nr.iisd.org/news/civil-society-reflects-on-ffd3-issues-recommendations-on-post-2015-agenda/

Civil Society Blogs:

Greenhill Blog

GPW Blog

ODI Executive Director Blog 

Development Initiatives Blog

Oxfam Recommendations

SDG Compass

[IASS Event Website

IASS Website

ChildRightNow Website

Five Arctic countries, with Inuit support, sign moratorium on commercial fishing for the Central Arctic Ocean pending sustainable management regime that incorporates Inuit traditional knowledge

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This map shows the 2.8-million-square-kilometre area in the central Arctic Ocean that lies beyond the exclusive economic zone of the five Arctic coastal states: Canada, Russia, Norway, the U.S. (Alaska) and Denmark (Greenland.)

By Magdalena A K Muir, Climate Editor

The five Arctic coastal countries (Canada, Russia, United States, Denmark and Norway) have  signed a moratorium on commercial fishing in the Central Arctic Ocean.  Canada, the United States, Russia, Denmark and Norway reached an interim agreement in February 2014 to work toward protecting Arctic waters beyond the 200-kilometre territorial limit of their respective shores, which is an area of ocean the size of the Mediterranean Sea.

The agreement calls for a moratorium on commercial fishing in international waters that lie beyond the five Arctic coastal states 200-mile (320-kilometre) exclusive economic zones pending further research on fish stocks and the development of a sustainable management regime.  Inuit traditional knowledge will be used in assessing the fish stocks and developing the management regime. The Inuit Circumpolar Conference was represented in discussions that led to this moratorium, providing Inuit perspectives to the five Arctic countries

The agreement will block ships from the five coastal states from dropping their nets in the Central Arctic Ocean until the completion of a full scientific assessment of the fish stocks and how they can be sustainably harvested. While the Arctic countries cannot stop boats from China, Japan, South Korea and the European Union from entering the region, it is hoped that this agreement can set an example, pending a binding international agreement.

Inuit peoples from Canada, Greenland and US have been uniformly supportive:

  • Okalik Eegeesiak, Inuit Circumpolar Conference Chair stated, ICC supports such a precautionary approach and we encourage other nations to follow this lead and sign the agreement.
  • The reduction in multi year ice and longer ice free time in high Arctic waters as a result of climate change have mad this region more accessible to foreign ships and potential environmental damage. We are not saying we oppose commercial fishing but rather we must take a precautionary approach, listen to the Inuit and do the appropriate studies, stated Jimmy Stotts, President, ICC (Alaska).
  •  Healthy and abundant fish stocks are essential to the cultural, nutritional and economic well-being and way of life of the Inuit villages and peoples who live along river drainages and coasts; and the Inuit welcome this announcement and have a great deal of traditional knowledge about these stocks to share, stated Duane Smith, President of ICC (Canada).

Officials from Canada, the U.S., Denmark, representing Greenland, Norway and Russia met in Nuuk, Greenland, Feb. 24-26 to discuss the fishing implications of an increasingly ice-free Arctic Ocean. Delegates, pictured above, agreed that more scientific research needs to be conducted on the Arctic Ocean ecosystem but felt the need for a management structure to govern this high seas zone was not yet necessary. Scientists predict the Arctic Ocean could be ice free in summer within 30 years. (PHOTO COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES AND OCEANS)

Officials from Canada, the U.S., Denmark, representing Greenland, Norway and Russia met in Nuuk, Greenland, Feb. 24-26, 2015 to discuss the fishing implications of an increasingly ice-free Arctic Ocean. Delegates, pictured above, agreed that more scientific research needs to be conducted on the Arctic Ocean ecosystem.

Further information

ICC Applauds Adoption of Central Arctic Ocean Fishing Moratorium  or pdf here Central Arctic Ocean Moratorium

http://www.inuitcircumpolar.com/uploads/3/0/5/4/30542564/cao_fisheries_press_release_july_17_2015_ver_2.pdf