Africa

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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AU Summit Focuses on Agriculture as Key for Africa's Future [viewed]

africanunionlogo31 January 2014: The Assembly of Heads and State and Government adopted a number of key decisions at the 22nd Annual African Union (AU) Summit, which took place under the theme ‘Agriculture and Food Security.' The Assembly adopted decisions on, inter alia, the Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the 2050 Africa Integrated Maritime (AIM) Strategy plan, desertification, ending hunger, health, partnerships, peace and security, statistics and trade.

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ABS Protocol Reaches 29 Ratifications [viewed]

CBD31 January 2014: Benin, Burkina Faso and Myanmar have ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS), bringing the total number of ratifications to 29.

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GFFA Addresses Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security [viewed]

gffa28 January 2014: Bringing together global leaders in agricultural policy and practice, the fourth Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2014 (GFFA) examined the consequences of climate change, loss of soil fertility and loss of biodiversity on agricultural potential.

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