Africa

CIFOR Reports on Beetle Harvesting in Cameroon [viewed]

19 February 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in collaboration with the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), and the Cameroon Association of Research on Biodiversity and Development (ACBIODEV), has released a publication titled "Making a living with forest insects: beetles as an income source in Southwest Cameroon."

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South Africa Ratifies ABS Protocol [viewed]

January 2013: As announced by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), South Africa has ratified the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), bringing the number of ratifications to 12.

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Kenya, Tanzania Establish Joint Cooperative Framework for Chala and Jipe Lakes, Umba River [viewed]

Kenya - Tanzania flags14 February 2013: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Governments of Kenya and Tanzania will establish a Joint Cooperative Framework for transboundary management of the Chala and Jipe Lakes and the Umba River ecosystems.

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Event: CBD Sub-regional Workshop for Anglophone Africa on the Integration of Climate Change and Ecosystem-based Adaptation in NBSAPs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with a financial contribution from the Government of Japan, this workshop is being held back-to-back with the technical workshop organized by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation to climate change under the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, held from 21-23 March 2013, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop will support the update and/or implementation of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAP) and the development of national climate change adaptation plans.  

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ACP-MEAs Newsletter Features Update on SAICM Implementation [viewed]

December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission have released the latest issue of the newsletter on the Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Senegal [viewed]

The Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) will host discussions on priority issues, development and implementation of Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects, and project integration in national development frameworks. The event will bring together focal points from the GEF, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), with representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat, and the GEF Agencies. The event will include exercises on national capacity development (NCSA), results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, synergies in project design, as well as discussions on the GEF 2020 Strategy, the new GEF Fee Policy, and Project Cycle harmonization. The registration deadline for civil society participants is 17 February 2013.  

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Event: Launch Workshop of the Global Soil Partnership in Eastern and Southern Africa [viewed]

The objectives of the workshop will be to: launch the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) in the East and South African region; take stock of the status, needs and priorities of soil activities; and jointly define a roadmap for establishing the African Soil Partnership. Apart from the establishment of the Regional Soil Partnership, the workshop is expected to produce a joint report portraying the main needs and priorities of sustainable soil management in the different countries, as an input for a plan of action to be implemented by the partnership. The core of the GSP is the establishment of Regional Soil Partnerships to contextualize the needs and priorities of soil actions to be implemented in each region.  

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Nomination of Biodiversity Experts for Participation in LEG Training Workshop on Adaptation [viewed]

CBD - UNFCCC6 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is collaborating with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to include participation of biodiversity experts in the upcoming regional training workshop on adaptation for Francophone Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), established by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC.

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CITES Secretariat Publishes Recommendations on Listing Proposals [viewed]

CITES11 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) published its recommendations on the proposals to amend the Appendices of the Convention. The Secretariat consulted bodies concerned with the conservation and sustainable use of marine species and timber species about these proposals, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which convened an Expert Advisory Panel to examine the proposals related to commercially-exploited aquatic species in detail. 

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ICARDA Newsletter Focuses on Water Productivity, Drought-Resistant Fodder and Improved Seed Varieties [viewed]

February 2013: The February issue of the newsletter of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) highlights recent research and partnerships related to water, genetic diversity and climate-adapted crops in Ethiopia, India, Iraq, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

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