Africa

Pacific Mangroves Initiative Works Towards Declaration at SIDS Conference [viewed]

iucn-sprep1 July 2014: The Pacific Mangroves Initiative has developed a mangroves declaration, which is expected to be signed by Environment Ministers from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The declaration is expected to emphasize mangroves as key coastal ecosystems that need conservation and to formalize regional cooperation on their conservation and sustainable use.

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Event: GRASP Regional Meeting – East Africa [viewed]

This two-day meeting of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) is designed to promote cooperation and collaboration among the five countries comprising the GRASP East African Group (Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda), along with conservation organizations, research institutions and other agencies working in the region.  

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ICCWC Strategic Mission, MIKES Launched as CITES SC65 Opens [viewed]

cites-iccwc7 July 2014: At a side event organized during the sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC65), the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) launched its Strategic Mission 2014-2016. The Mission sets forth the agenda to fight wildlife and forest crime, providing the first strategic framework for the consortium's activities and future directions since its establishment in late 2010.

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G-77/China, Others Hold Side Events at First UNEA [viewed]

unea27 June 2014: The 50th Anniversary of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) was commemorated during the first meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 June 2014. The commemoration was one of over 40 UNEA side events, which also included discussions on air quality in African cities, sustainable consumption and production (SCP), sound management of chemicals and waste, illegal trade in wildlife, and green and decent jobs.

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Event: CBD Workshop on Synergies between REDD+ and Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration in NBSAPs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), this workshop aims to support Central African countries in: the development of national targets and plans for ecosystem conservation and restoration within the framework of the Aichi targets; integrating targets, as well as REDD+ actions, into updated national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs); and demonstrating the appropriate data-gathering processes, assessments, policies and tools for implementing a coherent approach to targets and REDD+ actions.  

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ABS Protocol Reaches 42 Ratifications [viewed]

Cbd Logo1 July 2014: The European Union (EU), Namibia and Samoa ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) in May 2014, followed by Belarus, Guatemala, Spain and Uganda, which ratified in June 2014, and Vanuatu, which ratified on 1 July 2014, bringing the total number of ratifications to 42.

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Managers Discuss Challenges Facing Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

Unesco1 July 2014: Representatives from 26 biosphere reserves from 19 countries issued a joint statement following the Fourth Meeting of the Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves. The statement notes challenges and threats faced by these sites related to climate change and natural disasters; water, energy and food self-sufficiency; and waste management.

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European Conference Discusses 'No Net Loss' for Biodiversity [viewed]

EUJuly 2014: The report of a global conference on approaches to avoid, minimize, restore and offset biodiversity loss, titled 'To No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Beyond,' presents lessons and ideas exchanged during the conference as well as major themes and cross-cutting issues. The conference was held under the EU's 'No Net Loss Initiative,' an initiative in support of the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020.

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Uganda, Slovenia Ratify Biosafety Supplementary Protocol [viewed]

CBDJune 2014: Uganda and Slovenia have ratified the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, bringing the total number of ratifications to 25.

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First UNEA Session Adopts Resolutions and Decisions [viewed]

Outgoing GC-27/GMEF President Hassan Abdel Hilal congratulates incoming UNEA President Oyun Sanjaasuren27 June 2014: The first session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) concluded with delegates from 160 countries adopting a decision and resolutions on, inter alia: strengthening the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) role in promoting air quality; the science-policy interface (SPI); ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA); implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development; illegal trade in wildlife; chemicals and waste; and marine debris and microplastics.

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