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MEA Bulletin

List of Guest Articles

Issue 1

UNEP’s programme for climate change outreach
By Michael Williams and Arkadiy Levintanus, UNEP’s Division on Environmental Conventions

Issue 2            

Is GRASP – The United Nations Great Ape Survival Project – a new MEA?By Stanley Johnson, Advisor to GRASP

Issue 3            

Addressing an emerging issue: the CMS Taskforce on Avian Influenza
by Robert Hepworth, Executive Secretary of UNEP/CMS Secretariat

Issue 4

Promoting Europe’s sustainable development through new regional MEAs
By Frits Schlingemann, Regional Director and Representative, Regional Office for Europe, UNEP

Issue 5            

Mainstreaming MEAs into the MDGs
By Bakary Kante, Director, UNEP/DEC

Issue 6

Environment under scrutiny as major UN reform starts
By Susan Brown, Policy Analyst, WWF International

Issue 7            

Addressing capacity needs to manage MEAs in South Asia
By Arvind Anil Boaz, Director General of SACEP, Pradyumna Kumar Kotta, SACEP, and Makiko Yashiro, UNEP

Issue 8            

Options for harmonizing national reporting to biodiversity-related agreements
By Peter Herkenrath, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Issue 9            

Strengthening the biodiversity conventions through the strategic use of information
By Michael Williams, UNEP/DEC, and Marcos Silva, CITES Secretariat

Issue 10            

Averting ossification in MEAs
By Joanna Depledge, Sutasoma Research Fellow, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge

Issue 11

New treaty on conservation and sustainable development of Caspian Sea enters into force
By Michael Williams, UNEP/DEC

Issue 12

Linking Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Tourism Development at World Heritage Sites
By Art Pedersen, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Salamat Ali Tabbasum, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and Makiko Yashiro, UNEP

Issue 13

MEAs: Evolution Not Ossification
By Mukul Sanwal

Issue 14

Piloting synergistic implementation of MEAs in Africa
By Alexandra Karekaho, UNEP Division of GEF Coordination

Issue 15

Ramsar’s unique “Partners” system keeps pace with the times
By Dave Pritchard, BirdLife International

Issue 16

The UNECE Water Convention Shows the Way on Payments for Ecosystem Services in Integrated Water Management
By Francesca Bernardini, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Anantha Duraiappah, UNEP, Rainer Enderlein, independent consultant, and Sibylle Vermont, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment

Issue 17

The Multilevel Governance of Global Climate Change
By Michele M. Betsill, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Colorado State University

Issue 18

Invasive Species: Multilateral Opportunities for Sectoral Integration
By Stas Burgiel, Ph.D., Senior International Invasive Species Policy Advisor, The Nature Conservancy

Issue 19

European Countries Start Common Work Under the Protocol on Water and Health to Improve Water Management and Curb Water-Related Diseases
By Francesca Bernardini, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and Roger Aertgeerts, Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO)

Issue 20

Law and Sustainable Development at FAO
By Elisa Morgera, FAO Legal Office, Development Law Service

Issue 22

Issues related to MEA Institutional Clustering
By Jerry Velasquez

Issue 23

Markets for Ecosystem Services: A Potential Tool for Multilateral Environmental Agreements
By Anantha Kumar Duraiappah, Chief, Analysis and Emerging Issues Unit, UNEP Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC), Former Director, Economic Policy, IISD

Issue 24

The African High-Level Panel on Biotechnology: The African Union Seeks Advice on Modern Biotechnology
By Cyrie Sendashonga, Member of the High-Level Panel on Biotechnology and Regional Coordinator, CIFOR-Central Africa

Issue 25

A Structured Approach to the Promotion of Synergies among MEAs
By Jerry Velasquez

Issue 26

Climate Policy and Higher Education: Strengthening University Contributions in Vulnerable Countries
By Mary Jo Larson, Ph.D., Consulting Practice in Leadership, Peace Building and Sustainable Development, Senior Fellow, University for Peace

Enhancing Academic Institutions and Organizations Involved in Biosafety Education and Training
By Erie Tamale, CBD Secretariat

Issue 27

Reforming International Governance for Sustainable Development
By Felix Dodds and Jennifer Peer, Stakeholder Forum

Issue 28

The Role of Biodiplomacy in Implementing MEAs
By Balakrishna Pisupati

Issue 29

Tapping the Potential of Environmental Funds
By Yibin Xiang (CBD Secretariat), Yoko Watanabe (GEF Secretariat) and Alberto Paniagua (RedLAC)

Issue 30

Creating Trading Zones and Expertise for Climate Information
By Marie Rarieya, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA (

Issue 31

Strengthening the Montreal Protocol at the 20th Anniversary MoP in Montreal: Maximizing the Climate Mitigation Potential of Ozone Protection
By Donald Kaniaru, Rajendra Shende, Scott Stone and Durwood Zaelke

Issue 32

Poverty and Ecosystems: Prototype assessment and reporting method – Kenya case study
By Anantha Kumar Duraiappah, Chief, Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI), UNEP, Former Director, Economic Policy, IISD, and Marlene Roy, Working Group on Poverty and Environment, IISD

Issue 33

Measuring Policy Coherence among the MEAs and MDGs
By Anantha Kumar Duraiappah, Chief, Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI), UNEP, Former Director, Economic Policy, IISD, and Asmita Bhardwaj, IISD Associate

Issue 34

Management of transboundary waters: Assessing the status of transboundary rivers, lakes and groundwaters
By Francesca Bernardini, Rainer Enderlein and Ella Behlyarova, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Issue 35

RESOURCE FOCUS: Multilateral Environmental Agreement Negotiator’s Handbook

Issue 36

What Could a Global Forest Partnership Look Like?
Rooting a Global Forest Partnership in stakeholder capabilities and needs

By Steve Bass, International Institute for Environment and Development

Issue 37

A Tale of Two Cities: Lessons for Climate Negotiators
By Romina Picolotti, Argentina’s Minister of Environment

Climate variability, a common factor of desertification and climate change
By Mélanie Requier-Desjardins, Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel

Issue 38

The New ENTRI Conference of Party (COP) Decision Search Tool
By Alex de Sherbinin, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), The Earth Institute at Columbia University

UNDP MDG Carbon Facility: Leveraging Carbon Finance for Sustainable Development
By Yannick Glemarec, UN Development Programme/Global Environment Facility Executive Coordinator and UNDP Environmental Finance Manager

Issue 39

Adaptive Policies: Meeting the Policymaker’s Challenge in Today’s Complex, Dynamic and Uncertain World
By Darren Swanson, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and Suruchi Bhadwal, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Issue 40

Bridging the Climate-Change Media Divide on the Road to Copenhagen
By Mike Shanahan, IIED and Climate Change Media Partnership

Improving MEA Compliance: the Role of National Audit Offices
By Vivien Lo, team member from the past Chair of INTOSAI’s Working Group on Environmental Auditing, Office of the Auditor General of Canada

Issue 41

Sharing Power. A Global Guide to Collaborative Management of Natural Resources
By Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend, Michel Pimbert, M. Taghi Farvar, Ashish Kothari and Yves Renard (2007, Published by Earthscan, IUCN and IIED, London, UK)

Issue 42

No time to spare for LDCs in climate-change negotiations
By Saleemul Huq, International Institute for Environment and Development

Global Public Policy Network on Water Management:
Ensuring maximum stakeholder input to the water management review at CSD-16
By Hannah Stoddart, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future

Issue 43

The Bern Convention: A tool for nature conservation and implementing international biodiversity obligations in Europe
By Carolina Lasén Díaz, Secretary of the Bern Convention

Issue 44

Managing knowledge among the biodiversity-related agreements
By Peter Herkenrath (UNEP-WCMC), Elizabeth Mrema and Balakrishna Pisupati (UNEP DELC)

Issue 45

How Information and Communications Technologies Can Support Education for Sustainable Development: Current uses and trends
By Leslie Paas, IISD Associate, with Heather Creech, Director, Knowledge Communications, IISD

Issue 46

The downside risk to developing countries of drought, land degradation, and desertification
By Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification

Issue 47

The Value of Livestock-Based Livelihoods
By Arthur Getz Escudero, Heifer International

Issue 49

Fast and Furious: Early Agreement on Fair and Equitable Financing is Key to Post-2012 Treaty
By Romina Picolotti, Argentina’s Minister of Environment

Issue 50

Start, then Strengthen: The Importance of Immediate Action for Climate Mitigation
By K. Madhava Sarma, former Executive Secretary, UNEP Ozone Secretariat, & Durwood Zaelke, President, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Issue 51

New Focus on Rural Development: Where does the UNCCD figure?
By Christian Mersmann, Managing Director of the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD

Applying the Ecosystem Approach to Biodiversity Conservation in Agricultural Landscapes
Text by Sara Scherr and Seth Shames, Ecoagriculture Partners

Issue 52

Bridging the Gap Between the Rio Conventions: The RNSCC Experience
By Theodore B. Mayaka, Coordinator, Regional Network for the Synergy between the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention to Combat Desertification in West and Central Africa (RNSCC)

Issue 53

GEO: An Experiment in Governance
By Michael Williams, External Relations Manager, Secretariat, Group on Earth Observations

Issue 54

Safeguarding Natural Value and Building Responsible Markets
By Susan Steinhagen, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services/Asia Pacific Task Force, UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative

Issue 55

Clean Energy Investment in Developing Countries
By Aaron Cosbey, Jennifer Ellis, Mahnaz Malik and Howard Mann, IISD

Issue 56

Special Meeting Report: Lusaka Agreement Parties Complete Ninth Governing Council Meeting

Issue 57

May the Second Best Win: Another Look at the Lessons for Climate Change Mitigation from the Montreal Protocol
By Asger Garnak, Senior climate change economist, COWI,

Avoiding Tipping Points for Abrupt Climate Changes with Fast-Track Climate Mitigation Strategies
By Durwood Zaelke, President of IGSD and Director of INECE; Peter Grabiel and Elise Stull, Law Fellows, IGSD

Issue 58

A Rights-Informed Approach to Tackling Climate Change
By Marc Limon

Issue 59

A Transatlantic Perspective on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Issues
By Sirini Withana, Policy Analyst, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), London/Brussels

The International Year of Sanitation 2008: What Has it Accomplished?
By David Trouba, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)

Issue 60

International Energy Agency’s Databases of Policies and Measures
By Sara Moarif, IEA

Streamlined Reporting for Pacific Island Countries (PICs) to the Biodiversity-Related MEAs: Development of a Consolidated Reporting Template
By Melissa Jaques

Issue 61

Capacity Development for Policy Makers to Address Climate Change
By the Environment and Energy Group, Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Issue 62

EC Partners in Innovative MEA Implementation Programme
By Elizabeth Mrema and Marko Berglund, UN Environment Programme, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions

Issue 63

The WEDC International Conference: focusing on water and sanitation issues in low-income countries since 1973
By Julie Fisher and Brian Reed, Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC)

Issue 64

Climate Change and Migration: Reflections on Policy Needs
By Dr. Koko Warner, with Dr. Tamer Afifi, Ms. Olivia Dun and Mr. Marc Stal Section on Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability, and Adaptation

Issue 65

Climate Change Mitigation: Tapping the Potential of Agriculture
By Alexander Mueller, Wendy Mann and Leslie Lipper, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Issue 66

UN initiatives on climate change capacity building and development
By Mamadou Moussa Diakhité, Manager, Climate Change Programme, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Community-Based Adaptation in the Global Climate Change Response
By Angie Dazé, Regional Climate Change Coordinator, West and Southern Africa, CARE International, and Christina Chan, Senior Policy Analyst, CARE USA

Issue 67

Why Global Environmental Problems Entail Ethical Obligations
By Donald A. Brown, Associate Professor, Environmental Ethics, Science, and Law, Program on Science, Technology, and Society, Penn State University

Issue 68

The Green Customs Initiative: Capacity Building for Environmental Security
By Ezra Clark, UNEP DTIE

Issue 69

Securing a Place for Agriculture at the International Climate Change Negotiations
By Gerald Nelson, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Issue 70

UN-REDD Programme: Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Civil Society
By Elspeth Halverson, Environment & Energy Group, Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP

Issue 71 – A New Digital Soil Map of the World
By Alfred Hartemink (ISRIC - World Soil Information, Wageningen, The Netherlands); Alex McBratney (The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia); Jon Hempel (NRCS National Geospatial Development Center, Morgantown, USA); Maria de Lourdes Mendonça Santos (Embrapa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); Neil McKenzie (CSIRO Land & Water, Canberra, Australia); Pedro Sanchez (CIAT-TSBF, Nairobi, Kenya); Gan-Lin Zhang (Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China); Luca Montanarella (European Commission - DG JRC, Italy)

Issue 72

United Oceans
By Harlan Cohen, IUCN Advisor on Ocean Governance

Issue 73

Knowledge Sharing for Climate Change Adaptation in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges
By AfricaAdapt KSOs

Issue 74

Climate Change, Biodiversity and Land Degradation: Linking Sustainable Development Challenges
By Jaime Webbe, Programme Officer, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Issue 75

Policy Incoherence in Capitals: Flawed Messages from the International Community
By Harris Gleckman, Principal, Benchmark Environmental Consulting, Project Manager for the Institute for Environmental Security’s Global Policy Coherence Project and Ewout Doorman, Programme Assistant, Diplomacy Programme / Global Policy Coherence Project, Institute for Environmental Security

Issue 76

Special Meeting Report: CBD/UNEP-WCMC Post-2010 Indicators Workshop
By Tristan Tyrrell, UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, UK

Issue 77

UNECE Water Convention Parties to Consider Implementation and Compliance
By Francesca Bernardini and Sonja Koeppel, UNECE, Secretariat of the Water Convention

Issue 78

It’s time for drylands! Towards a “One UN” approach
By Hossein Fadaei, UN Environment Management Group, and Jessica Jones, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Special Meeting Report: UNEP Workshop on Knowledge Management and MEAs
By Eva Duer, UNEP, and Marcos Silva, CITES

Issue 79

UNEP-WCMC Reviews Progress towards CBD’s Protected Area Targets
By Bastian Bomhard, UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, UK

Issue 80

Lake Tanganyika Authority Headquarters Agreement Signed
By Saskia Marijnissen, UNOPS, Technical Advisor UNDP/GEF Project on Lake Tanganyika, and Henry Mwima, Executive Director Lake Tanganyika Authority

Issue 81

The Meeting of the Parties to the UNECE Water Convention ushers in a new era for the 1992 agreement
By Sonja Koeppel and Francesca Bernardini, Water Convention Secretariat, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Issue 82

Global Partnership on Nutrient Management Taking Shape
By David Osborn, Coordinator, Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA)

Issue 83

Global Partnership on Nutrient Management Taking Shape
By M. Paganini, European Space Agency; G. Pace, Advanced Computer Systems ACS S.p.A; P. Castracane, Advanced Computer Systems ACS S.p.A; G. Del Barrio, Estación Experimental de Zonas Aridas (EEZA); H. Van Delden, Research Institute for Knowledge Systems (RIKS); M. Iannetta, Ente per le Nuove tecnologie, l’Energia e l’Ambiente (ENEA); J. Hill, Remote Sensing Department, Fac. of Geogr./Geosciences Trier University; C. Zucca, Nucleo di Ricerca sulla Desertificazione (NRD), University of Sassari; and D. Fernandez-Prieto, European Space Agency

Issue 84

The Sustainable Development Timeline

Issue 85

Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Implementing Sustainable Development
Monday, 1 February 2010
By the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development

Issue 86

Building Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform: Have we got all the blocks?
By Kerryn Lang, IISD’s Global Subsidies Initiative

Issue 87

The New Future of Human Rights and Environment: Moving the Global Agenda Forward – High Level Experts Meeting
By Christopher Holmes, Intern, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, UNEP

Issue 88

Quality matters: World Water Day 2010
By Nicoletta Forlano, UN-Water Communication Advisor and UN FAO Communication and Information Manager

Issue 89

Earth Summit 2012 – the Rio Spirit
By Felix Dodds Stakeholder Forum

Piloting Integrated Processes and Approaches to Facilitate National Reporting to Rio Conventions (FNR_Rio) – a Global Environment Facility financed project
By Adamou Bouhari, UNEP Division of GEF Coordination, and Asghar M. Fazel, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Issue 90

Turning the global tide of sick water
By Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA-Marine)

Agenda for the Rio +20 Summit: Developing country perspective
By Mukul Sanwal

Issue 91

Forests and Biodiversity for our Future
By Jan L. McAlpine, Director, UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat, and Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Issue 92

Confronting Environmental Treaty Implementation Challenges in the Pacific Islands
By Pamela S. Chasek, Executive Editor, Earth Negotiations Bulletin, and Associate Professor of Political Science, Manhattan College

Issue 93

CMS and the Sahelo-Saharan Conservation Project in Niger
By UNEP/CMS Secretariat

Land Day 2 Considering a Holistic Response to Global Climate, Biodiversity and Land Use Challenges
By UNCCD Secretariat

Issue 94

Global Agreement on Mercury in Sight
By Nordic Environment Ministers: Karen Ellemann, Denmark; Paula Lehtomäki, Finland; Annika Olsen, Faroe Islands; Anthon Frederiksen, Greenland; Svandís Svavarsdóttir, Iceland; Erik Solheim, Norway; Andreas Carlgren, Sweden; and Katrin Sjögren, Åland

Issue 95

Voluntary environmental or sustainability labeling for sustainable consumption and production
Paper by Liazzat Rabbiosi and Patrick Clairzier, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch

Issue 96

A Proposal to Change the Political Strategy of Developing Countries in Climate Negotiations
By Romina Picolotti, Center for Human Rights and Environment

Issue 97

Resource Focus: Conflict-Sensitive Conservation

Issue 98

Biodiversity Policy-Related Databases

Issue 99

Good reasons why the ABS Protocol should include simple access procedures for non-commercial public good research on biodiversity
By Sylvia I. Martinez, Swiss Biodiversity Forum, Swiss Academy of Sciences, Bern, Switzerland and Institute of Botany, University of Basel, Switzerland; and Susette Biber-Klemm, SCNAT, Department of Philosophy, Program Sustainability Research, University of Basel, Switzerland

Prospects for Mainstreaming Ecosystem Goods and Services in International Policies
By Marcel T.J. Kok, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL); Stephen Tyler, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Anne Gerdien Prins, PBL; and László Pintér, IISD

Issue 100

Nordic Expert Symposium: “Synergies in the biodiversity cluster”
By Niko Urho, Senior Adviser, Ministry of the Environment of Finland

Issue 101

Lake Tanganyika Authority / Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Technical Assistance Agreement signed
By Henry Mwima, Executive Director of the Lake Tanganyika Authority, and Kaitira Ibrahim Katonda, Director of Fisheries of the Lake Tanganyika Authority

The DESIRE Project and Sustainable Land Management
By Simone Verzandvoort, on behalf of the DESIRE consortium (

Issue 102

Streamlined reporting by Pacific Island countries to the biodiversity-related MEAs
By Melissa Jaques, Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Issue 103

Multilateral Environmental Agreements: Legal Status of the Secretariats
By Professor Bharat H. Desai, Chairman, Centre for International Legal Studies and Jawaharlal Nehru Chair in International Environmental Law at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India; e-mail:

Agreement on the Conservation of Gorillas and their Habitats
By Balraj Sidhu, Doctoral Scholar, Centre for International Legal studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India; e-mail:

Issue 104

Addressing climate change in national key sectors – assessing the costs of adaptation and mitigation
By the Environment and Energy Group, Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Issue 105

Making Progress in Water and Health Related Issues Across the Pan-European Region
By Sonja Koeppel and Tomasz Juszczak, UNECE/WHO-EURO Joint Secretariat of the Protocol on Water and Health

Issue 106

Environmental Goods and Services Negotiations at the WTO: Lessons from multilateral environmental agreements and ecolabels for breaking the impasse
By Aaron Cosbey, Soledad Aguilar, Melanie Ashton and Stefano Ponte

Issue 107

Ethics, Justice and the Convention on Biological Diversity
By Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati – UNEP-DELC -, and Prof. Doris Schroeder – University of Central Lancashire -

Issue 108

UNEP’s efforts to support compliance with and enforcement of MEAs
By Lara Ognibene, Freshwater and Marine Law and Governance Unit, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, UNEP

Biodiversity, Adaptation, Food Security – Learning from the Field
By Balakrishna Pisupati, Chief, Biodiversity, Land Law and Governance Unit, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, UN Environment Programme

Issue 109

Ramsar Convention Marks 40th Anniversary
By Secretary General Anada Tiega, Ramsar Convention

Issue 110

Providing Scientific Advice to the UNCCD: Getting Science to Policy on Land Issues
By Richard Thomas, United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH)

Issue 111

Vision for the Rio+20 Summit
By Mukul Sanwal

Issue 112

Migratory Species and Ecological Networks
By Borja Heredia, CMS Scientific and Technical Officer

‘Taking The Lead’ to Reduce GHG Emissions: The transformative impact of the rise of China
By Mukul Sanwal

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