Africa

Guest Article #24: Innovations Around Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) [viewed]

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is set to enter into force on 12 October 2014, and the first Conference of Parties serving as Meeting of Parties to the Protocol (COP MOP 1) will be held from 13-17 October 2014 in South Korea. The Protocol has somewhat set a record in terms of the length of time it took to establish a legally binding framework to deal with implementation of Article 15 of the CBD, which came into force on 29 December 1993.

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FAO Launches Software for Forest Monitoring [viewed]

FAO10 October 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of Open Foris, a suite of open source software tools to monitor forest inventory. Piloted in ten countries, the tools allow for data entry on smart phones or tablets.

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UN Crime Convention COP Highlights Impacts of Rhinoceros Poaching [viewed]

UNODC9 October 2014: The Seventh Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime met to discuss the many facets of global crime, including new forms of transnational organized crime focused on the trafficking of people, human organs, and wildlife as well as forest crime. The Conference featured an exhibit on rhinoceros poaching.

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INTERPOL Announces Establishment of Environmental Crime Team in Africa [viewed]

interpol7 October 2014: INTERPOL has announced the establishment of a dedicated team to address wildlife crime in Africa. The team will also support the activities of INTERPOL's Project Wisdom, which combats elephant and rhinoceros poaching and illegal trade in ivory through the financial support of the Wildcat Foundation.

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TRAFFIC Reports on Increased Illegal Trade in South African Abalone [viewed]

traffic7 October 2014: TRAFFIC has released a report that details evidence and the evolution of illegal harvest and trade in Perlemoen Abalone, a species found off the coast of South Africa.

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Event: XXVII International Primatological Society Congress [viewed]

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will gather over 800 of the world's leading primate experts, scientists and researchers at the XXVII International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress. GRASP's bid to host the meeting was built upon the theme, 'Global Connectivity to Ensure the Future of Primates,' and proposes to include Nairobi-based UN experts in areas such as climate change, deforestation, sustainable development, and civil conflict, among others, in IPS symposia, workshops and panels. The event will convene during 2018. The XXVI IPS Congress is scheduled to convene from 21-27 August 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, US.  

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Guest Article #23: How CITES is Taking Concrete Action for a World Living in Harmony with Nature: CITES' Contribution to the UN Decade on Biodiversity [viewed]

As we approach the mid-way point to the 2020 deadline to achieve our common set of biodiversity targets and strategies, it is an opportune moment to reflect on how the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is contributing to: realizing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020); achieving the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and celebrating the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity's vision of a world living in harmony with nature[1].

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International Organizations Call for Research on Ebola and Wildlife Links [viewed]

iucn-cbd-grasp-cifor8 October 2014: On the occasion of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), Jane Smart, Global Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s Biodiversity Conservation Group, highlighted the links between the spread of Ebola and biodiversity loss. The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have also announced calls and support for research into the links between bushmeat consumption and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Madagascar and CITES Cooperating to Address Illegal Timber Trade [viewed]

cites7 October 2014: On the margins of the 69th UN General Assembly, Madagascar President, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, and John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), discussed continued cooperation and means to stem illegal trade in timber.

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UNEP-WCMC Models Policy Scenarios for Land, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in East Africa [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc6 October 2014: A workshop by the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and partners on scenario-guided policy analysis concluded that there is a need for increased integration between plans for agricultural development and environmental management. The workshop, which focused on the future of development, food security and the environment under climate change in East Africa, meant to identify important future policy questions for the region guided by research, and more specifically, modeling.

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