Africa

UNEP Releases Kenya Wetlands Atlas and Master Plan [viewed]

UNEP31 July 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with funding from the Government of Kenya and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), has released the Kenya Wetlands Atlas and Master Plan for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Water Catchment Areas in Kenya. Both the Atlas and the Master Plan underscore the need for Kenya to undertake a range of conservation measures under the three pillars of wise use, wetlands of international importance, and international cooperation.

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FAO Newsletter Celebrates 300 Years of Sustainable Forestry [viewed]

FAO31 July 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released the 12th issue of InFo News, highlighting 300 years of sustainable forestry and honoring Hans von Carlowitz, a German administrator who was the first person to define the concept of sustainability.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Ninth Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme31 July 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has released the June/July issue of its newsletter, which highlights the outcomes of the ninth meeting of the UN-REDD Policy Board, including the approval of US$4 million for Colombia's national REDD+ programme.

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ITTO Tropical Forest Update Focuses on Timber Tracking [viewed]

ITTO logo29 July 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released its Tropical Forest Update with an editorial covering innovations to the tools and methods employed to track logs and finished wood products in developing countries. The update also reports on an ITTO project to track timber in Peru, as well as efforts by the Government of Cameroon to trace timber from community forests.

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Event: 19th Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission [viewed]

Created in 1959, the African Forestry Wildlife Commission (AFWC) is one of six Regional Forestry Commissions established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) to provide a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. It meets every two years. FAO encourages wide participation of government officials from forestry and other sectors as well as representatives of international, regional and sub-regional organizations that deal with forest-related issues in the region, including NGOs, and the private sector.  

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International Land Coalition Synthesizes Issues on Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Lands [viewed]

ILCJuly 2013: Building on the goal of securing equitable access to land and resources for the rural poor, the International Land Coalition has published a synthesis paper, titled 'Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources.'

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FAO Outlines Benefits of Fish Drying Techniques in Burundi [viewed]

FAO22 July 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a report on the importance of fish drying racks for increased production, livelihoods and nutrition in Burundi's Lake Tanganyika.

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Event: IPBES Africa Regional Consultation Meeting [viewed]

The purpose of this regional consultation is to bring together African member States and other stakeholders in the region to discuss the current status of the intersessional process, including the development of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) work programme, draft conceptual framework, stakeholder engagement strategy, strategic partnership document and other elements of the Platform, and to strengthen the capacity and raise awareness in the region in the context of the IPBES framework.  

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Bioversity International Annual Report Documents Successes in Conservation of Agricultural and Forest Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity International8 July 2013: Bioversity International has released its 2012 Annual Report, which describes key research and project outcomes carried out by the organization related to the conservation of biodiversity, increased understanding of climate change impacts on agriculture, and opportunities for sustainable agricultural production.

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CITES, UNEP Welcome Developments in Combating Wildlife Trafficking [viewed]

CITES UNEPJuly 3 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has welcomed the Executive Order on Combating Wildlife Trafficking issued by US President Barack Obama, while UNEP has profiled a new tool for dating elephant husks as well as a poster campaign to curb demand for illegal wildlife products.

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