News / 3 October 2008

Both ENDS at IUCN congress Barcelona

In cooperation with partners Both ENDS will organize multiple workshops at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona. During the event from 5-14 October more than 8,000 of the world's leading decision makers in sustainable development: from governments, NGOs, business, the UN and academia will share ideas and initiatives. Together they will debate, share, network, learn, commit, vote and decide. The objective: ideas, action and solutions for a diverse and sustainable world.


Because of the great diversity participants Both ENDS will focus on three important subjects: Gender and Biodiversity, Small Grants and Certifying Commodities. Both ENDS will also be present as a partner of Drynet


Gender and biodiversity conservation and management: communicating a lost world?
Tuesday 7, October 2008, 11:30 - 13:00, room 122. Addressing gender inequity issues in biodiversity conservation and management as part of sustainable use of natural resources is crucial. Not only from the perspective of equality and social justice, but also because men and women have distinct attitudes, responsibilities and (traditional) knowledge related to biodiversity. Women play an important role in biodiversity management and conservation, but their representation and influence in decision-making structures is often limited.

The organizers (Both ENDS and Alterra in cooperation with ALTER-Net) welcome practitioners, researchers and policy makers to help us develop this strategy and share their views and experiences!


Small grants - Big changes: The case for investment in small grant schemes for financial support to projects in developing countries!
Wednesday 8, October 2008, 14:30 - 16:00, room 131. Topics which will be highlighted include: lessons from evaluated small grants programmes; some challenges of SG Funds (e.g. overhead costs, decision making, accountability, results & impact); what can be learned from development organisations receiving funding from their governments? What can be learned from Small Grants Funds in the USA which do not receive government funding? The purpose of the workshop is to engage and get feedback from bilateral and multilateral donors, such as the European Commission, and large foundations with respect to their own experiences and plans with regard to the promotion and funding of small grant schemes.

Convenors: Both ENDS and The World Bank (to be confirmed), the National Committee of the Netherlands for IUCN, the IUCN Regional Office for Europe and the French IUCN National Committee.


Certifying commodities, beauty or beast?
Thursday 9, October 2008, 14:30 - 16:00, room 119. Things have moved on in the last 4 years. International Roundtables have discussed what credible certification should look like, certified Palm Oil is on the market, the ISEAL Alliance has had considerable success in strengthening and promoting certification, local initiatives for standard setting have sprung up, and 'eco' labelled products are becoming increasingly prominent on our shelves. There is a need to review this topic and see how far we have come in answering some of the questions and challenges posed by the 2004 Congress, and to identify key areas for future improvement.


Convenors: Both ENDS and the National Committee of the Netherlands for IUCN.


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