Africa

UNDP, EU and GEF Partner to Protect Iona National Park [viewed]

UNDP15 April 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced a project in coordination with the Angolan Ministry of Environment, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the European Union (EU), to protect the 1.5 million hectare Iona National Park. The US$10 million project also aims to assess the size and dynamics of plant and animal populations, and enforce anti-poaching efforts, making Iona a model national park.

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Guest Article #17: CITES CoP16, Bangkok 2013: A ‘Watershed Moment' for Combating Wildlife Crime [viewed]

The 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16) held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3-14 March 2013, took decisive action to tackle the disturbing spike in the illegal killing of the African elephant and rhino and smuggling of their ivory and horn, which is the focus of this article.

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ECCAS Countries Adopt Plan to Protect Elephants in Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic [viewed]

23 March 2013: Ministers of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) representing ministries of foreign affairs, defense and security issues, regional integration and wildlife protection convened an emergency meeting in Yaoundé, Cameroon and adopted an emergency anti-poaching plan (PEXULAB) to protect elephants in ECCAS countries.

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South Africa Designates Nature Reserve as Ramsar Site [viewed]

8 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of South Africa has designated the uMgeni Vlei Nature Reserve, a BirdLife Important Bird Area in KwaZulu-Natal province, as its 21st Wetland of International Importance.

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CBD Circulates Report of Workshop for African LDCs on the Fifth National Report and GBO [viewed]

CBDMarch 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has made available the report of the first workshop for African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on the "preparation of the Fifth National Report and Global Biodiversity Outlook and regional scenarios," which was held from 28 January - 1 February 2013, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Event: CBD Capacity Building Workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on ABS for Middle East and Djibouti, Libya, Mauritania [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) under the framework of the medium-sized project on capacity building for early entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol. Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Japan Biodiversity Fund, this workshop will overview the key features of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and relevant international developments, will include an exchange of experiences on steps taken towards ratification and implementation, and will identify opportunities for support toward ratification and implementation.  

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World Bank Improves Water Management in the Senegal River Region [viewed]

World Bank3 April 2013: The World Bank has reported on the implementation of a multi-country project, titled Senegal River Basin Multi-Purpose Water Resources Development Project (MWRD), which aims to assist Guinea, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal in jointly managing shared water resources, as well as reduce poverty, diseases and hunger.

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Angola, Namibia and South Africa Sign Convention on Ocean Governance [viewed]

18 March 2013: Angola, Namibia and South Africa have signed the Benguela Current Convention, which establishes the first global multilateral Commission to apply the Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) approach to ocean governance. The agreement creates a permanent inter-governmental institution responsible for promoting the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME), an ocean area extending from Port Elizabeth in South Africa to the province of Cabinda in the north of Angola.

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FAO Releases Videos on Forests [viewed]

FAOMarch 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a series of videos on forests in Algeria, Tanzania and the Mediterranean region in celebration of the first International Day of Forests, held 21 March 2013.

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World Water Day Celebrates Water Cooperation [viewed]

22 March 2013: This year's edition of World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March, was organized around the theme of water cooperation and within the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation. The Day's celebrations were coordinated by UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), for UN-Water.

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