This meeting, which will be convened with support from the Governments of the Netherlands and the US as well as the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), will focus on the theme ‘Forest Livelihoods and Economic Opportunities for Conservation in Central Africa'. The meeting will consider alternative livelihood opportunities in forests, ways and means to combat wildlife trafficking, and new partnership opportunities to balance forest conservation with economic opportunities. The meeting will also facilitate a marketplace for the exchange of innovative ideas and lessons learned on forest management.
dates: 2-4 December 2013 venue: Okoume Palace Hotel location: Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon
The Ecosystem Services Economics (ESE) Unit of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has initiated the work under the programme on “Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy (VANTAGE)”, and is organizing this meeting. Specific objectives of the conference include: demonstrate the rationale and evidence-base of valuation and accounting of natural capital in the context of the Green Economy, highlighting merits of valuation and accounting towards achieving the Green Economy; build consensus among policy-makers on the need for valuation and accounting of natural capital, especially in the African region; discuss and develop an overall plan to implement valuation and accounting of natural capital in selected countries; promote sharing of information and lessons learned from various ongoing initiatives in the field of valuation and accounting of natural capital; and contribute to capacity development among high-level government officials in the field of valuation and accounting of natural capital towards achieving the Green Economy.
dates: 3-4 December 2013 location: Nairobi, Kenya