Africa

Planning Workshop Discusses Wetlands and Urbanisation Project in West Africa [viewed]

15 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on the planning workshop for the Wetlands and Urbanisation Project in West Africa, which highlighted several key issues related to the future implementation of the Project.

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CITES Issues Statement on Recent Trade of Elephants [viewed]

CITES11 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has issued a public statement to explain the application of CITES to African elephants, in light of a recent trade of elephants from Zimbabwe to a zoo in China.

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Ramsar, CBD Release Technical Paper on Environmental Water Requirements for Estuaries [viewed]

8 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have jointly published a report, titled "Determination and Implementation of Environmental Water Requirements for Estuaries." The report stresses the importance of maintaining the ecological character of estuaries for both integrated river basin management and integrated coastal zone management.

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Event: CBD Workshop on the Inter-Linkages between Human Health and Biodiversity in Africa [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the WHO regional office for Africa, this regional capacity-building workshop will provide a forum for parties and experts from the health and biodiversity sectors to: discuss the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, in particular as it relates to health issues; discuss regional best practices in terms of incorporating biodiversity and health considerations in national and regional biodiversity conservation programmes; strengthen capacity and identify further capacity needs for the implementation of the Strategic Plan; identify possible joint activities to achieve health and biodiversity co-benefits for consideration in national biodiversity strategies and action plans; and promote trans-boundary/regional cooperation and support networks on health and biodiversity issues and strategies.  

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Event: Taking Stock of CITES-listed Tree Species [viewed]

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) is convening this workshop to discuss the results and lessons learned from the first phase of the ITTO-CITES programme and provide recommendations for the implementation of its second phase. The purpose of the programme is to ensure that International Trade in CITES-Listed tropical timber species is consistent with their sustainable management and conservation, as well as to enhance the implementation of CITES listings of tropical tree species. Main themes for discussion at the workshop include an overview of the ITTO-CITES programme in Africa, Asia and Latin America with case studies presented from Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia and Peru. Also on the agenda is timber tracking technologies and the identification of possible regional activities for the second phase.  

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UN Security Council Calls for Investigating Involvement of LRA in Elephant Poaching [viewed]

UN logo24 December 2012: In a presidential statement issued on 19 December, the UN Security Council “strongly condemned the ongoing attacks and atrocities carried out by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)” in Central Africa, and called “on the United Nations and AU to jointly investigate the LRA's logistical networks and possible sources of illicit financing, including alleged involvement in elephant poaching and related illicit smuggling.”

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Swaziland Joins CMS [viewed]

2 January 2012: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat has announced the accession of Swaziland, as the 118th Party to the Convention, on 1 January 2013.

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CITES Announces Withdrawal of Proposal on Downlisting of African Elephant [viewed]

CITES26 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced a decision by Tanzania to withdraw its proposal to downlist the African elephant from Appendix I to II.

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UNGA Adopts Ecotourism Resolution [viewed]

21 December 2012: The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution on “Promotion of ecotourism for poverty eradication and environment protection." By the text (A/67/441), adopted on 21 December 2012, the Assembly calls for optimizing ecotourism's benefits particularly in African countries, the least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS).

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UNESCO-IHP Book Addresses Water and Cultural Diversity [viewed]

21 December 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) has released a book linked to its Water and Cultural Diversity project, titled “Water, Cultural Diversity and Global Environmental Change: Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?”

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