Africa

Governments Conclude Consultations on WCIP Outcome Document [viewed]

wcip15 September 2014: The draft outcome document of the forthcoming World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) commits participating Heads of State and Government to give "due consideration to all the rights of indigenous peoples" in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda. The draft outcome document is the result of consultations among UN Member States, chaired by Andrej Logar, Slovenia, and Marjon Kamara, Liberia, which concluded on 12 September 2014.

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Event: African Forestry and Wildlife Commission - 20th Session [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting in order to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. The meeting is one of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions.  

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CITES Protections Come into Effect for Sharks and Manta Rays [viewed]

CITES14 September 2014: Stronger shark and manta rays protections have come into force. International trade in specimens of five shark species and all manta ray species, including their meat, gills and fins, will need to be accompanied by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) permits and certificates confirming that they have been harvested sustainably and legally.

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IOSEA Addresses Marine Turtle Conservation, Launches Network of Sites [viewed]

IOSEA12 September 2013: Representatives from 25 countries agreed on a series of measures to strengthen marine turtle conservation in and around the Indian Ocean at the Seventh meeting of the Indian Ocean-South-East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding Signatory States (IOSEA SS7). IOSEA also launched the IOSEA Network of Sites of Importance for Marine Turtles at the meeting.

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Coffee Gene Sequencing Project Supports Climate Adaptation [viewed]

idb-fontagro11 September 2014: The complete sequence of the coffee genome has been released into the public domain in an attempt to accelerate plant variety selection in the face of climate change and to meet growers' specific needs. The genetic information of the Coffea arabica and Coffea eugenioides species, containing the location and characterization of more than 30,000 genes, was presented during the Conference of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC), held 8-13 September in Armenia, Colombia.

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Event: 12th Meeting of the REDBIOS Network [viewed]

The 12th meeting of East Atlantic Biosphere Reserve Network (REDBIOS) will take place under the auspices of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of the Azores. It will consider knowledge transfer, exchange of experiences, and new opportunities for cooperation between REDBIOS biosphere reserves, paying particular attention to the potential contribution of European cooperation programmes, such as the Transnational Cooperation Programme Madeira-Azores-Canary Islands (PCT-MAC), to the REDBIOS network and its projects. Participants will also examine new and planned applications for biosphere reserves, particularly from Cape Verde and the Azores. The meeting will be attended by representatives from the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves (WNICBR) to discuss future relations with other regional and thematic networks on biosphere reserves.  

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WAVES Highlights Natural Capital Accounting for Forests, SIDS [viewed]

waves10 September 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program has released the September 2014 edition of its newsletter, featuring recent developments in natural capital accounting (NCA) in Botswana, Mauritius and the Climate Investment Funds' (CIF) Forest Investment Programs (FIP), as well as upcoming events, recent publications, and news stories about NCA and WAVES partner projects.

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SPREP to Host Regional Protected Areas and Biodiversity Hub [viewed]

sprep.biopama10 September 2014: The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme has announced a partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Through the partnership, SPREP will serve as the host of the Regional Observatory for Protected Areas and Biodiversity in the Pacific Islands region.

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TMFO to Monitor Impacts of Selective Logging in the Tropics [viewed]

CIFOR8 September 2014: Highlighting the importance of tropical forest monitoring, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) announced the launch of the Tropical Managed Forests Observatory (TMFO). The purpose of TMFO is to examine the impacts of selective logging on forests in the Amazon, Congo Basin and South East Asia.

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SADC Workshop Details Conservation Guidelines for Extractive Industries [viewed]

logo_biopama_colorsafe_793374 September 2014: A regional workshop hosted by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat, and convened in collaboration with the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has resulted in the elaboration of a framework for regional best practice guidelines for facilitating biodiversity conservation during the exploitation of mineral and hydrocarbon resources.

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