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Assessment of the economic value of ecosystem services in the ecological or biological value areas in the Bijagós Islands, Guiné-Bissau

Biodiversity supports everything in nature that we need to survive, including food to clean water. From the plants, animals, insects, fungi to bacteria, biodiversity creates the intricate ecosystems we rely on. Renowned economist Sir Partha Dasgupta believes governments must integrate ecosystem services into calculations of economic health to reduce resource exploitation and promote a healthy relationship between humanity and nature. This argument for “inclusive wealth” forms the basis of Dasgupta’s Economics of Biodiversity, a landmark report that is

Prioritized Action Framework for Sardinia Region for Nature 2000 Network

What is Natura 2000? Natura 2000 is the key instrument to protect biodiversity in the European Union. It is an ecological network of protected areas, set up to ensure the survival of Europe’s most valuable species and habitats. Natura 2000 is based on the 1979 Birds Directive and the 1992 Habitats Directive. The Natura 2000 network currently encompasses over 27,300 individual sites, altogether covering an area of more than 1.1 million square kilometres (EEA, 2022). This corresponds to 18% of the

Policy guidance for a post-COVID strategic approach to coastal and marine conservation in West Africa (Cabo Verde)

Since the begin of 2020, the world is going through a multi-dimensional crisis due to the covid-19 pandemic: aside from an already acute environmental crisis, we are confronted with a health crisis with important human costs and considerable effects on the economy and the societies. There is now an extraordinary opportunity to contribute or even to influence this collective effort by governments, funders, civil society, local communities and corporate actors aimed at “readjusting the target”, towards sustainable approaches to the

Blue Economy as a Catalyst to Green Recovery for Guinea-Bissau

Despite the diverse marine and terrestrial ecosystem, Guinea Bissau has not embarked on a strategic reflection on the opportunities and risks of exploring its Small Island Developing State (SIDS) potential. As shown by the COVID-19 Socio Economic Impact Assessment (accessible here), the blue economy can be the key to recovery from COVID-19 impacts and to embark on a greener and more sustainable and inclusive development pathway. Through the Rapid Financing Facility (RFF), $ 1,5 million were allocated to support the

Biodiversity loss and climate change are deeply connected: to solve one, we must tackle both

The Paris Agreement goals cannot be achieved without nature. As we halve emissions by 2030, we must also reverse the dramatic biodiversity loss across the world. COP27 is a critical COP for nature as it precedes the delivery of the Global Biodiversity Framework (CBD) to be developed under the Convention of Biological Diversity at COP15 in Montreal, Canada. The Biodiversity Day at COP27, on 16th of November, will address several aspects of nature and ecosystem-based solutions, including but not limited to,

World Heritage Site “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe“

The World Heritage Site “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe“ was inscribed into the World Heritage List in the summer of 2017. It was submitted as an extension to the already existing ‘Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany’, which now comprises 94 component parts across 18 countries. More information can be found here and here. The extended property represents an outstanding example of relatively undisturbed,

Climate change is intensifying, along with climate disasters

Despite recent progress made in #DRR, the danger of leaving hundreds of communities behind is still real. How can we build resilient communities? You can find more in the video that showcase the relationship and impact of early warning systems on reducing disaster risk. Climate change is intensifying, along with climate disasters! The Southern Africa region is occasionally affected by disasters such as Floods and Cyclones. Moreover, the lack of coping capacity against disasters puts the region at high vulnerability against

SETIN developed a Strategic Environmental Assessments and Appropriate Assessments on Nature 2000 sites

The global decline of biodiversity poses fundamental risks to human well-being. It threatens our food and water security, jeopardizes our physical and mental health, weakens our economies, increases fragility, heightens the risk of conflict and exacerbates the climate crisis. The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) sets out an ambitious plan to implement broad-based action to bring about a transformation in society’s relationship with biodiversity, ensuring that by 2050 the shared vision of ‘living in harmony with nature’ is fulfilled. Read

COP 27 is around the corner

COP 27 is less than 2 months away. What to expect in Egypt, from 6 to 18 November 2022? Glasgow last year, has reiterated the centrality of finance as a catalyst for progress on all aspects of the global climate agenda, and now attention is focused on how COP 27 will manage to mobilize financing tools to realize the commitment of different governments. More information about COP 27 here. Climate adaptation finance is the cornerstone for implementing climate actions and

SETIN was recently contracted for the elaboration of the “Development and Integrated Management Plan for the RBABB”

The Bolama Bijagós Archipelago Biosphere Reserve (RBABB) on the West African coast, in Guinea-Bissau. The archipelago is made up of 88 islands and islets covering a total surface of 1 046 950 hectares. The RBABB includes several protected areas, such as the Urok Islands Community Marine Protected Area (AMCIU), Orango Islands National Park (PNO) and João Vieira and Poilão National Marine Park (PNMJVP). The Bolama Bijagós archipelago is particularly known for its extensive mangrove forests, the population of hippos that roam free on