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Historic solutions of COP10 (10th Convention of biology diversity)

Radical reform of the global economic paradigm towards the "green economy" should bring the agreements reached within the 10th Conference UN Convention on Biodiversity (COP 10) in Nagoya, Japan (18 to 29 October 2010).

Achim Steiner (head of UN Environment Programme and the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD): "COP10 set a new benchmark of understanding the huge economic value of biodiversity of forests, wetlands and other ecosystems. ... This conference has set an inspiring goal, and drivers of fundamental change towards a sustainable "green economy" ... has provided "an innovative solution to the challenges and opportunities for humanity to overcome poverty and move towards sustainable development (sustainable development)".

Until the last moment COP10 there was a threat that the contradictions among the member countries will not allow them to reach an agreement, and the conference ended in failure, as happened with the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen in 2009. But still they were signed late last night on the final day.

1. Adopted a new strategic plan of the convention on biodiversity "2020 TARGET ", biodiversity and ecosystems for 2011-2020, which aims to replace failed the "2010 TARGET ". The Strategic Plan includes 20 points for the protection of fish stocks, against loss and degradation of natural habitats and the protection of large land and marine areas, including:

protecting 17% of the land and inland waters and 10% of coastal and marine areas by 2020 (now protected 13% of land area, and 1% of the ocean)

take effective and immediate action to halt biodiversity loss by 2020, the ecosystem are sustainable

decrease by 2 times the rate of loss of natural habitats, including forests, and where possible to 0, and a significant decrease in the degradation and fragmentation

transition to sustainable consumption of aquatic flora and fauna (fish, invertebrates, plants)

2. Protocol was adopted on genetic resources, which is also called ABS (International Regime on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources), which regulates the participation of bio resources suppliers in profits from the exploitation of their biological and genetic resources - from animals and plants to fungi.

3. Was adopted by the financial plan and announced the development of methods taking into account the  'natural capital'  in the national accounts of countries (World Bank, UNEP).

4. Also established the Mission 2020 - to take immediate action to halt loss of biodiversity for human prosperity.

In Nagoya, was presented the final report of the global study of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), held at the initiative of UNEP. At the conference, countries such as Brazil and India have declared their readiness to embark on their national research TEEB. Current funding for biodiversity protection - $ 3 trillion a year, but some developing countries believe that there are need to increase by 100 times. By 2020, projected a significant increase.

It was announced a partnership between the World Bank and UNEP to develop a national system of "green" accounts in order to maintain the natural capital in national economic plans. This project will initially be implemented in 6-10 countries, including Colombia and Mexico.

Delegates are hoping that solutions will be a positive signal for sunken climate negotiations, when the rich and poor countries failed to agree over how to share the burden of the costs of curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Climate negotiations will begin in a month in Mexico.

 

Source: http://www.unep.org/

Last Updated (Tuesday, 08 November 2011 10:54)

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Green Building in Russia - the winners of 1-st Green Awards 2010

September 9, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Lenexpo at an international forum PROEstate were summed up the Competition for 1st Green Awards.

Alexander Olkhovsky, Vice President - Managing Director of VTB Bank, Vice President of Guild of Property Managers and Developers (GUD), a member of the Supervisory Board of the Competition Green Awards in his welcoming speech at the award ceremony at the International Forum PROEstate 2010 noted the importance of recognizing the contribution of community builders, developers and architects to the development of "green" building in Russia.

The award ceremony was attended by Robert Watson, founder of the LEED (The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), one of the leading international standards of green building.

Winners and laureates of the First Russian competition on ecological development and energy efficiency Green Awards:

Winner in the category "Multi-storey housing”- Housing complex Swedish Krona ( NCC)

"Silver Certificate" Ecopolis Academic (RENOVA Stroy Group)

"Silver Certificate" Sports-training complex and a residential house on the  Soviet Army street in Moscow (Architectural studio Atrium)

"Silver Certificate" Residential Complex "Hussar Ballad" (Group of companies "Home equity") Residential Complex Swedish krona (company NCC)

Winner in the category "Low-rise housing”- Village EkoDole, Orenburg region. (Company EkoDole Orenburg)

"Gold Certificate" Green Apple Townvillas (Clearlink)

Winner in the category "Offices” - Office building of the World Wildlife Fund (Proma Estate Company)

“Golden Certificate"  Business Center on Obvodny channel (Leader)

"Silver Certificate" Business Complex BolloevCenter (BTK development)

"Silver Certificate" Business Center Pulkovo Sky (Transvey Northwest (EKE Group))

Winner in the category "Mixed-use property” - Mixed-use  centre TETRA Electric (Architectural bureau" Floor ", a group of companies" TETRA Electric)

"Silver Certificate" Multi-administrative-commercial complex "Guns" (ADM Partnership)

The winner in nomination "Objects of social sphere" - Tower of the Green Wave (Architectural studio Tsytsin)

"Silver Certificate" The museum of Olympic glory, the press- centre of the 2014 Olympics and a meeting room (the company Krasnaya Polyana, Project Office, "Center for Environmental Initiatives”)

Bronze Certificate "Multi-sports complex" Yantar "(City-XXI Century)

Winner in ‘Hospitality” - Hotel “New Peterhof "(Architectural bureau " Studio 44 ")

"Silver Certificate" wellness hotel in the Vladimir region (Architectural studio Atrium)

The winner in the special category "Green Company" - Company URSA Eurasia

Nomination Objects “Warehouse property"

Bronze Certificate "Office and warehouse complex “Culon Yugros” (Espro Development)

Source: www.greenawards.ru

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1st issue of Green Re:view (August, 2010)

Recent studies of the global cinsulting companies  have confirmed the great potential for the  "green" goods and services market, especially in developing countries (for instances, demand is not satisfied by 70%). 

These countries are "the last" jumped on the running board of "green" train which is accelerating  on world markets faster and faster. 

It is obvious that Russia can not remain on the "platform" in solitude. 

Since Russia was not included among the countries studied, we made a preliminary rapid assessment of the Russian "green" consumers by questionnaire on sociological portal www.virtualexs.ru in July 2010 

The results and comparison with global trends can be found in our first newsletter "Green Re:view": "Green consumers: global trends and local perspectives "

It is concluded according our finding that purchasing power of "green" Russian consumers or consumers who may start to buy "green" products with a corresponding awareness is clearly underestimated.

 

 
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