Africa

2015 WWD Gets 'Serious About Wildlife Crime' [viewed]

SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime4 March 2015: Convening under the theme, 'It's time to get serious about wildlife crime,' this year's World Wildlife Day (WWD) was celebrated globally on 3 March 2015.

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AMCEN Session Launches Reports on Biodiversity, Climate Change, Mountains, South-South Cooperation [viewed]

amcen_unep4 March 2015: A series of reports launched at the 15th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) address: biodiversity decline; progress toward the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Targets in Africa; development, food security and livelihoods in mountain communities; achievements from the China-Africa Cooperation Programme; climate change adaptation; and youth.

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GEF, UNESCO Promote Sustainable Fishing Gear and Reduce Plastic Waste [viewed]

sgp-unesco23 February 2015: A project to help fishermen eliminate ghost nets and transition to sustainable fishing gear conducted by the Fishermen's Association of Rio Cacheu (APC) in Guinea Bissau, with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme, has contributed to the reduction of the use of illegal fishing nets in the National Mangrove Park of Cacheu River (PNTC). Also, the campaign ‘No plastic: A small gesture in our hands,' launched in the Island of Príncipe Biosphere Reserve, São Tomé and Príncipe, in February 2014, has helped reduce plastic waste and promote access to drinking water.

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Conservation of Humpback Whale, Rhinoceros and European Wildlife Feature in February [viewed]

cms_cites_ecFebruary 2015: In February, the European Commission (EC) announced the development of a draft Wildlife Conservation Strategy for Africa, which according to the EC, will define a holistic strategy for wildlife conservation on the continent over the next 10 years, "with a view to orienting and optimizing EC investments to best address the wildlife crisis."

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Report Reveals Forest Cover Loss in Congo Basin [viewed]

comifac-cbfpFebruary 2015: The Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) and the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) released the 'State of the Forest Report' for the Congo Basin highlighting the ongoing loss of biodiversity and forest cover in the region.

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Governments Advance Revision of Mediterranean Sustainable Development Strategy [viewed]

unep-map18 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the France-based NGO Plan Bleu supported a regional conference in Malta, in which stakeholders and Parties to the Barcelona Convention reviewed a revised sustainable development strategy for the Mediterranean region. Participants considered six thematic areas of the revised Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD): seas and coasts; natural resources; rural development and food; climate; sustainable cities; transition towards a green economy; and governance.

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Member States Seek to "Break with the Past" in Post-2015 Declaration [viewed]

photo_post2015_in220 February 2015: The second session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda focused on the declaration component of the outcome that will be adopted at the Summit of Heads of State and Government on the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015. A summary of the discussion will be produced by the Secretariat, for reference, while the “discussion document” circulated and discussed during the meeting remains “a document without status” but will assist in creating the zero draft of the Summit outcome, according to the Co-Facilitators.

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UK Allocates £40 Million to BioCarbon Fund [viewed]

Worldbanklogo27 January 2015: The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) announced a contribution of £40 million to the World Bank administered BioCarbon Fund (BCF). The funding will support the BCF Initiative on Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL) in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from land use, deforestation and forest degradation.

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EU and GBIF Launch Project to Mobilize Biodiversity Data Collection [viewed]

ec_gbif10 February 2015: The European Union (EU) and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) announced a four-year €3.9 million project to increase biodiversity information available for developing countries.

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Event: Second Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at IFAD [viewed]

The global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will convene prior to the 38th session of IFAD's Governing Council. The meeting will focus on indigenous food systems and sustainable development. The Forum, which institutionalizes IFAD's consultation and dialogue with indigenous peoples' representatives at the national, regional and international levels, held its first global meeting in 2013. In preparation for the second Forum, regional workshops took place in late 2014 in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America.  

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