Africa

GRASP Launches Application to Save Great Apes [viewed]

unep-grasp12 February 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the release of a mobile phone application called 'apeAPP,' by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP). The application allows users to learn about chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos in Africa and Asia.

read more »

London Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade Adopted by 46 States [viewed]

london-conference_on_the_illegal_wildlife_trade14 February 2014: At the closing of a high-level conference on illegal trade in wildlife hosted by the United Kingdom (UK) and the British Royal Family, representatives from 46 States endorsed the 'London Declaration,' emphasizing urgent action to end wildlife trafficking and eliminate demand through high-level political commitment and international cooperation.

read more »

CIFOR Analyses Potential for Increasing Deforestation in the Congo Basin [viewed]

CIFOR - World Bank9 February 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an analysis revealing that current rates of deforestation in the Congo Basin are likely to rise. 

read more »

AfDB Presents Green Growth Investment Opportunities in Sierra Leone [viewed]

AfDB4 February 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has published a brochure, titled ‘Sierra Leone: Investing in Environmentally Sound Economic Growth,' as part of its efforts to help Sierra Leone transition to a green economy and mobilize resources for green growth. 

read more »

UNESCO Outlines SIDS 2006-2013 Activities [viewed]

UNESCO13 February 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a 40-page booklet, titled 'Islands of the Future – Building resilience in a changing world,' which outlines UNESCO's activities in small island developing States (SIDS), covering the period from 2006-2013.

read more »

Operation COBRA II Announces Seizures and Arrests [viewed]

CITES10 February 2014: Operation COBRA II, a month-long global operation to combat illegal wildlife trade led by officers from 28 countries, concluded with over 400 arrests in Asia and Africa and more than 350 seizures of illegal wildlife goods.

read more »

Delhi Sustainable Development Summit Discusses Energy, Water and Food Security [viewed]

dsds20148 February 2014: Participants highlighted growing demand for energy, water and food, and recommended actions at the 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS).

read more »

COMIFAC/FAO Support Regional Wildlife Strategy for Central Africa [viewed]

FAO - COMIFACFebruary 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) convened a workshop to develop a Central African wildlife management strategy. 

read more »

Policy Update #1: International Wildlife Crime: An IISD Overview of Recent Events [viewed]

In recent months, as headlines and reporting in the biodiversity sphere have increasingly focused on the waning status of flagship species of rhinoceros[1], elephants[2] and apes[3], a number of international actors have undertaken a flurry of activity and first-ever steps to address the issue of wildlife crime.

read more »

UN Security Council Sanctions Target Groups Financed through Poaching and Illegal Trade in Wildlife [viewed]

United Nations3 February 2014: The UN Security Council has adopted two resolutions, 2136 (2014) and 2134 (2014), which through sanctions regimes, address the links between wildlife crime and the finance of armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.

read more »