Water and Society 2015 – 3rd International Conference on Water and Society

The conference is motivated by the need to bridge the gap between the broad spectrum of socio-political sciences and humanistic disciplines and specialists in physical sciences, biology, environmental sciences and health, among others.

15-17 July, 2015;  A Coruna, Spain

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Third Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, ?Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition?, 29-30 January 2015, Venice, Italy

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is holding its Third Annual Conference on the theme of “Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge – Creating Impact”. The conference, hosted in partnership with the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), will be held at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice from 29 through 30 January 2015.

A global partnership
The GGKP is a global partnership of leading organizations that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. Established in 2012 by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), UNEP and the World Bank, the GGKP has since expanded to include over 35 partner organizations.

Conference details
Fiscal instruments, such as environmental taxes, pollution charges, subsidies for green technologies, green budgeting, and tax incentives can play a crucial role in promoting a green economy by creating needed fiscal space while limiting environmental externalities. The key to successful implementation and political acceptance of fiscal instruments hinges on effective complementary measures, and in particular, addressing distributional impacts.

To stimulate discussion and debate on these issues, the conference will draw together the world’s leading researchers, experts and policy makers. Conference participants will jointly assess the efficacy, geographical applicability and policy implications of various fiscal instruments in the transition to a green economy. The conference aims to explore cutting-edge research, identify lessons learned, and promote innovative thinking around fiscal policy, as well as to identify knowledge gaps to catalyze further applied research.

The conference will include a mix of plenary and parallel sessions and will engage participants in jointly debating the most effective means of introducing and implementing green fiscal measures in various national contexts.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/conference2015 or email conference@ggkp.org. Registration closes on 31 December 2014.

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The Second Environmental Protection and Sustainability Forum: Towards Global Agreements on Environmental Protection and Sustainability

The Department of Economics and the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath are hosting a three-day international forum to discuss state-of-the-art academic research on international environmental agreements informed by the insights of key policy-makers and practitioners in the field.

The first Forum was hosted by the University of Exeter in 2011. As before, the second forum will not only involve top quality academic presentations (ten academic keynote presentations and 40 academic contributed papers) but ensures engagement with stakeholders through roundtable discussions and public lectures. Thus, the forum is distinct from many other major international conferences in seeking to connect researchers with those who design and implement policy, and those who are affected by such policy.

For more information and papers submission, please visit: http://go.bath.ac.uk/sustainability-forum

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First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations

The First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations took place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 26-28 November 2014, organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and co-convened with the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO). Around 120 participants took part in the forum, including water ministers, heads of international organizations and other delegates from 45 participating governments, 25 basin organizations, and many partner institutions. Delegates shared approaches and experiences to strengthening freshwater governance in their countries and regions, and discussed ways to enhance implementation of basin-level agreements and relevant global conventions, especially in light of the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses in August 2014 (the Watercourses Convention, or UNWC).

The summary of this meeting is now available in PDF format at http://www.iisd.ca/download/pdf/sd/crsvol227num1e.pdf  and in HTML format at http://www.iisd.ca/basin/if/2014/html/crsvol227num1e.html 

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Mid-term Conference SWIFTLY Green: Greening of transport – greening of Core Network Corridors

The outcome of the SWIFTLY Green project will be recommendations and proposed concrete measures for greening of transport corridors. At this conference the latest outcome and results of the project will be shared.

4 November 2014, Brussels, Belgium

More information and registration under http://www.swiftlygreen.eu/en

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Worldwide Integrated Assessment

Concern about the impact of systemic pesticides on a variety of beneficial species has been growing. The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides – a group of global, independent scientists affiliated with the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management and the IUCN Species Survival Commission has found that there is clear evidence of harm sufficient to trigger regulatory action.

The analysis, known as the Worldwide Integrated Assessment (WIA), to be published in the peer-reviewed Journal Environment Science and Pollution Research, finds that neonics pose a serious risk to honeybees and other pollinators such as butterflies and to a wide range of other invertebrates such as earthworms and vertebrates including birds. Neonics are a nerve poison and the effects of exposure range from instant and lethal to chronic. Even long term exposure at low (non-lethal) levels can be harmful.

The analysis found that the most affected groups of species were terrestrial invertebrates such as earthworms which are exposed at high levels via soil and plants, medium levels via surface water and leaching from plants and low levels via air (dusts). Both individuals and populations can be adversely affected at even low levels and by acute (ongoing) exposure. This makes them highly vulnerable to the levels of neonics associated with agricultural use.

Neonics have become the most widely used group of insecticides globally, with a global market share now estimated at around 40% and sales of over US$2.63 billion in 2011. This gives reason for concern and limited actions have been taken yet.

Read more under Worldwide Integrated Assessment of the Impact of Systemic Pesticides on Biodiversity and Ecosystems (http://www.tfsp.info/worldwide-integrated-assessment/)

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Open-access ebook: Global Water – Issues and Insights. 38 concise chapters from leading researchers

The Global Water Forum ( http://www.globalwaterforum.org/  ) and the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance are pleased to publish the open-access collected volume: Global Water: Issues and Insights.

This ebook discusses key academic research and issues in water management and policy. Coverage of a wide range of specific issues and its accessible style make it an excellent textbook for introductory to intermediate courses in water governance, a reference for readers working in water, or simply a good read for anyone interested in water policy.

The 38 concise chapters cover a broad range of topics, from water consumption in energy production to measuring the water-related Millennium Development Goals, information exchange in water treaties to improving the productivity of water services in Africa, among many others. A full of table of contents can be found below.

Find eBook here

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