Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao today met with Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama. On his first official visit to Fiji, Mr. Nakao also called on Attorney General and Finance Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. Discussions focused on ways ADB can further enhance its support for Fiji to meet its development priorities.
Many people are putting their faith in private finance – particularly international private finance streams such as foreign direct investment and loans – to finance climate adaptation in LDCs and SIDS, but this faith may be misplaced.
Between 1980 and 2000 – a timber logging boom. Illegal logging followed – so, another boom in the 10 years from 2000, and then the palm oil boom came after that.
Pristine forest was severely logged and turned into degraded forest. What was left was slashed and burned, made ready for oil palm and wood plantations of different scales.
This landscape transformation provided benefits and costs to various actors. But fire and haze were also part of the landscape transformation.
The IUCN Congress will be held under the theme ‘Planet at the crossroads’, emphasising that nature conservation and human progress are not a zero-sum game, and that credible and accessible choices exist that can promote general welfare while supporting and enhancing our planet’s natural assets.
Rwanda’s Vision 2020 recognizes the private sector as one of the six main pillars for driving social and economic development. The private sector can play an important role in securing livelihoods, ensuring sustainable use of natural resources and minimizing environmental impacts of its operations. In 2013 PEI Rwanda signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the national Private Sector Federation to support the capacity of the private sector to adhere with environmental sustainability and poverty guidelines.