Africa

Equator Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

equatorinitiative9 June 2014: The UN-led Equator Initiative has announced the recipients of its Equator Prize, which recognizes “local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” Winners from around the world are using community-based, grassroots action to tackle climate change, environment and poverty.

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WorldFish and Partners Release Publication on Sustainable Aquaculture Scenarios [viewed]

wri-worldfish-worldbank5 June 2014: Farmed fish and shellfish production will need to increase by 133% between 2010 and 2050 to meet projected fish demand globally, according to a study by the World Resources Institute (WRI), WorldFish, the World Bank and Kasetsart University. The study findings are presented in a report, titled ‘Improving Productivity and Environmental Performance of Aquaculture,' which the organizations launched in a webinar on the occasion of World Environment Day.

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Event: CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for Africa [viewed]

This is a preparatory meeting for National Focal Points in advance of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).  

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ICP-15 Discusses Role of Seafood in Global Food Security [viewed]

Oceans and Law of the Sea30 May 2014: The 15th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (Consultative Process or ICP-15) brought together representatives of 80 governments, 15 intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions to examine the role of seafood in global food security.

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Ecosystems, Economy and Society Conference Highlights Large-Scale Restoration as Path to Sustainable Development [viewed]

ecosystems-economy-society29 May 2014: The first day of the international conference on 'Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-Scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development' opened with a high-level overview of major challenges and pathways to sustainable development. In opening remarks, Antoine Frérot, CEO, Veolia, pointed to the need to change business-as-usual practices, commenting that "impoverishing nature impoverishes humanity."

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GEF Council Considers 2020 Strategy, GEF-6 [viewed]

gefcouncilmeeting27 May 2014: The 46th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council convened immediately prior to the 5th meeting of the GEF Assembly. The Council considered, inter alia, the long term strategy for the GEF, co-financing policy, the GEF-5 Work Program, and the Work program and budget of the GEF Independent Evaluation office. Agenda items specific to the sixth replenishment period of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-6) included a proposal for the System of Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR) for GEF-6, implementation arrangements for the GEF Small Grants Programme, and a summary of the negotiations of the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund.

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GRASP Supports Gorilla's Return to the Congo [viewed]

GRASP26 May 2014: The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) announced that an endangered female Grauer's gorilla, confiscated from poachers as an infant in Rwanda three years ago, was returned home to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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WAVES Newsletter Highlights Partnership Meeting, Partner Projects [viewed]

waves14 May 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program has released the May 2014 edition of its newsletter, featuring short descriptions and links to the Fourth WAVES Partnership Meeting, a global workshop on natural capital accounting (NCA) for forests, and NCA initiatives in Australia and Mozambique. The newsletter also lists upcoming events, recent publications, and news stories about NCA and WAVES partner projects.

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International Day for Biological Diversity Celebrates Island Diversity [viewed]

International Day for Biological Diversity 201422 May 2014: The International Day for Biological Diversity was celebrated globally on 22 May under the theme 'Island Diversity,' a theme that paid tribute to the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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Morocco Recognizes CGIAR Consortium as an International Organization [viewed]

CGIAR22 May 2014: Morocco's Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries, M Aziz Akhannouch, signed an agreement that recognizes the CGIAR Consortium as an International Organization. Morocco, which joined the CGIAR Consortium in 2002, hosts five CGIAR Research Programs through its Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA).

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