Arguments over whether to allow one-off sales of ivory stockpiles have dominated the opening of a two-week summit on trade in endangered species.

Tanzania and Zambia are petitioning the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to "downlist" the conservation status of their elephants to allow sale of stockpiled ivory. But just 2 years after CITES placed a 9-year moratorium on future ivory sales, elephant poaching is on the rise. The petitioning countries are major sources and conduits of Africa's illegal ivory.

This study sets out the importance of analysing a specific situation in order to develop a holistic strategy of interventions which will be appropriate to the vectors

Developing countries such as Zambia are considered highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, since a large part of their economy is dependent on climate sensitive sectors (namely those dependent on natural resources) and their adaptive capacity is often limited by weak human and financial resources and by low institutional and technological capability.

This paper combined a hydro-crop model with a dynamic general equilibrium (DCGE) model to assess the impacts of climate variability and change on economic growth and poverty reduction in Zambia.

Funds are increasingly looking to invest in farmland as a rising global population and changing diets lead to growing demand for food crops.

But the emergence of the asset class is not without pitfalls with the provision of food always highly political and a tentative global economic recovery potentially threatened by the H1N1 flu pandemic, fund managers said.

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Agriculture, the biggest sector of the economy, is under serious threat as gradual sale and lease of large patches of lands to foreigners is being carried out in a very quick and secretive manner, the Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) said here on Sunday.

This atlas demonstrates the potential for spatial analyses to identify areas that are high in both carbon and biodiversity. Such areas will be of interest to countries that wish to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from land use change and simultaneously
conserve biodiversity.

Poverty, pollution and working conditions: the opportunities
and challenges of today's economic globalisation are closely connected. Opportunities to improve living conditions, raise educational standards and establish better health care through participation in global supply chains are certainly there. Yet at