Africa

UNESCO AfriMAB Book Showcases Biosphere Reserves in Africa [viewed]

UNESCO26 March 2014: The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and Biosphere (MAB) regional network for Africa, AfriMAB, has announced the release of a book that showcases experiences from nine African countries in the management of Biosphere reserves. The 21 papers included in the publication seek to exchange knowledge, share experiences and guide implementation of the MAB programme in developing countries.

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Abidjan Convention Adopts Decisions on Budget Increase and Blue Economy [viewed]

cop1126 March 2014: The 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention for the Cooperation in the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Atlantic Coast of West and Central and Southern African Region (Abidjan Convention) agreed to accelerate the Convention's implementation and ensure the sustainable management of marine resources through increased financial and technical support.

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Central Africa Countries Develop New Strategy for Sustainable Wildlife Management [viewed]

cbfp21 March 2014: The main conclusions of the second meeting of the Sub Working Group on Protected Areas and Wildlife in Central Africa (SGTAPFS), as reported by the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), include the development of a strategy for sustainable wildlife management, which integrates the Forest and Wildlife Crime Analytic Toolbox. 

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Event: CBD Africa Capacity-building Workshop on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable Use [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will provide the opportunity to build and strengthen the capacity of representatives of indigenous and local communities and government officials working on issues related to traditional knowledge, as well as to exchange experiences to advance further national implementation of Article 8(j) and related CBD provisions, particularly Aichi Target 18 on traditional knowledge.  

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World Water Development Report 2014 Highlights Water and Energy Challenges [viewed]

WWAP21 March 2013: The World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2014 ‘Water and Energy,' produced by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), which is hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), highlights that those people lacking access to improved sanitation and drinking water are often the same as those not connected to an electric power grid, and examines the close interconnections between water and energy.

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UNFF Special Event Marks International Day of Forests [viewed]

Unff21 March 2014: In commemoration of the second International Day of Forests, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) organized a special event under the theme, ‘Celebrating Forests for Sustainable Development,' which included a panel discussion on ‘Women as agents of change for forests and sustainable development.'

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AHEG Discusses Future of IAF, UNFF [viewed]

Unff13 March 2014: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has released the advance version of the report of the first meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG 1). AHEG 1 took place on 24-28 February 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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UNWTO, UNODC and African Ministers Join to Fight Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

unodv-unwto10 March 2014: On the occasion of the Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and African Tourism Ministers from Ghana, Guinea, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe committed, in response to the growth in illegal wildlife trade, to join hands in finding a means to stop it.

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South Sudan Becomes 194th Party to CBD [viewed]

CBD7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that South Sudan deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on 17 February 2014. South Sudan is now the 194th party to the CBD. The CBD will enter into force for South Sudan on 18 May 2014. 

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Event: Open-Ended Meeting of the CPR to UNEA [viewed]

The Open-Ended Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will consider policy matters and prepare draft decisions for the consideration of the UNEA when it meets in June 2014. The meeting will discuss, inter alia: new mechanisms to promote transparency and civil society engagement; critical gaps and recommendations on the science-policy interface;and recommendations to the Secretary-General on enhancing UNEP's role in key UN coordination bodies. The CPR will also discuss implementation of past UNEP Governing Council decisions, including a policy on access to information; international water quality guidelines for ecosystems; and outcomes of a consultative process on enhancing coordination within the chemicals and wastes cluster. The CPR is the subsidiary inter-session body of UNEP's governing body.  

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