Africa

ITTO TTM Notes Illegal Trade Danger Rating Increase in Three African Countries [viewed]

ITTO logo30 June 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has launched the 16-30 June issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which notes that Spain has increased the illegal timber danger rating to high for the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Mozambique.

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UNDP and Government of Japan Launch Second Phase of Satoyama Initiative Project [viewed]

UNDP27 June 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the Government of Japan, have announced the second phase of the Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS), which includes new initiatives in Bhutan, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Mongolia, Namibia, and Niger. The Programme promotes inclusive, community-based approaches to the sustainable development of landscapes and seascapes, through support for biodiversity conservation, human security, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. 

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

This meeting aims to promote exercises on national capacity development (NCSA), results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, as well as synergies in project design related to the biodiversity, climate, chemicals and desertification conventions. Participants will also hear updates on the GEF2020 Strategy and on the GEF-6 replenishment process. The targeted audience is GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions, representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF agencies.  

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Event: LEG Workshop on Adaptation for African Anglophone LDCs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), this workshop aims to provide technical guidance and advice to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in addressing adaptation to climate change through the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), the LDC work programme and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process, through the exchange of information, and the promotion of regional synergies and synergies with other conventions. It will be preceded by a one-day preparatory meeting organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on 28 July, to discuss, among other issues, integration of biodiversity and climate change adaptation at the national level, progress in revising and updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and synergies in implementing the objectives of all three Rio Conventions at the national level. Participation of biodiversity experts in the UNFCCC workshop is facilitated through collaboration with the CBD Secretariat.  

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G8 Leaders Recognize the Urgency of Addressing Illegal Trade in Wildlife [viewed]

CITES24 June 2013: At the G8 Summit held from 17-18 June 2013, at Lough Erne, the United Kingdom, G8 leaders noted in their communiqué that the fight against illegal trade in wildlife is as important as fighting corruption, transnational organized crime and the illicit trafficking of drugs and people.

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Event: Expert Workshop on the Conceptual Framework for IPBES [viewed]

An international expert workshop on the conceptual framework for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be convened by the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and co-hosted by the Governments of South Africa and the UK, with additional support from the Government of Japan. The goal of the workshop is to share among the experts and the stakeholders work to-date on and to provide inputs to the development of a draft conceptual framework for the Platform. The outcome of this workshop will form the basis of a recommendation by the MEP of a conceptual framework for adoption by the Plenary at its second session scheduled to take place in Antalya, Turkey, from 9-16 December 2013.  

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44th GEF Council Meeting Approves US$369.82 Million Work Program [viewed]

gef4420 June 2013: The 44th Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program amounting to US$369.82 million, comprising 48 projects on biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), as well as multi-focal area projects.

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CITES CoP16 Decisions and Resolutions Enter into Force [viewed]

CITES14 June 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that the new listings of species and the 165 Decisions and 36 Resolutions adopted or revised at the 16th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP16), which convened in Bangkok in March 2013, entered into force on 12 June 2013.

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Bioversity International Calls for Fellows on Forest Genetic Resources [viewed]

Bioversity International17 June 2013: Bioversity International has issued a call for the 2013 Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo fellowship, which supports research on understanding the status of and threats to genetic resources of priority forest tree species, and methods for conservation and sustainable management of genetic resources of important tree species.

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UN Poverty-Environment Initiative Deepens Efforts on Gender, Equality and Stakeholder Partnerships [viewed]

UNDP UNEP12 June 2013: The UN Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) launched its 2013-2017 programme, announcing that its new phase will consolidate current programme achievements, further integrate gender and equality concerns, and strengthen stakeholder partnerships for the long-term mainstreaming of poverty-environment issues.

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