Africa

West African Coastal Countries Submit Joint Document to CLCS [viewed]

Grid Arendal25 September 2014: Seven West African coastal countries jointly submitted a document on seafloor exploration and exploitation to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). GRID-Arendal, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Mapping Authority and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate provided technical support to the countries in their submission, according to GRID-Arendal's September newsletter.

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GEF Reports on Support for ABS Capacity Building [viewed]

GEFOctober 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a review of its support for capacity building and implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) provisions on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilization (ABS), as well as for the ratification and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS.

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Community-based Conservancies in Tajikistan Receive 2014 Markhor Award [viewed]

cic16 October 2014: During a side event to the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) honored community-based conservancies in Tajikistan with the CIC Markhor Award.

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FAO Journal Explores Agroforestry and Urban Food Security Links in Africa [viewed]

FAOOctober 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released Volume 28, Issue 2 of its 'Nature & Faune Journal,' which focuses on 'Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Africa's Urban Food and Nutrition Equation.'

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ITTO and CITES Highlight Partnership [viewed]

ITTO CITES15 October 2014: On the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held an event to discuss the agencies' joint work programme, which coordinates the listing of timber species in CITES annexes through the implementation of projects across Latin America, Africa and Asia.

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September 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

wb.adb.ebd.afdb.gefSeptember 2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM); and reducing disaster risk from flood and drought.

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MONUSCO Cites LRA in Garamba National Park Poaching [viewed]

monusco13 October 2014: During a visit to the Garamba National Park, the head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) called for increased national and international efforts to preserve the Park's wildlife. Despite intensified anti-poaching efforts, more than 60 elephants have been killed in the park since April 2014.

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Wetlands International Highlights Ecosystem Based Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

weatlands22 September 2014: Wetlands International has released a book, titled ‘Downstream Voices,' which presents stories from the Mahanadi delta, India, the inner Niger delta, Mali, and the Senegal River, Senegal. Authored by Fred Pearce, these stories highlight the journeys of communities dependent on these ecosystems.

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EMG Reports on Green Economy Knowledge Products [viewed]

emgSeptember 2014: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) has published a ‘Stocktaking Report on Green Economy Knowledge Products by UN Agencies and Partners,' which compiles toolkits, best practices, lessons learned and assessment methodologies that support learning and capacity building on green economy.

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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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