Thursday, September 8, 2005

Financing Ecosystem Services - Conference

A Seminar on Environmental Services and Financing for the Protection and Sustainable Use of Ecosystems will be held in Geneva on 10-11 October 2005.The Seminar will examine existing methodologies to value ecosystem services; will review legal and contractual arrangements supporting the establishment of payments for ecosystem services and the challenges for
implementation. National experiences in the UNECE region will be exchanged.

The Seminar is intended to foster development of concrete joint activities at international, regional, transboundary, national and local levels, and recommendations for future action by the Parties to the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes. It will also contribute to the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the 1971 Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Kampala, Uganda, 8-15 November 2005).

The Seminar is a follow-up to the "Seminar on the Role of Ecosystems as Water Suppliers"  (December 2004), highlighting the role of water-related ecosystems (wetlands and forests)  in water management and development  of mechanisms to finance their protection and restoration.

The Seminar is organized by the Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape and the secretariat of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes.

Additional information is available at:
http://www.unece.org/env/water/meetings/payment_ecosystems/seminar.htm
or through
Francesca Bernardini
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and
International Lakes
Tel: +41-(0)22-9172463
Fax: +41-(0)22-9170107
E-mail: francesca.bernardini@unece.org
Web site: http://www.unece.org/env/water/

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