Africa

Event: Regional Great Lakes Stakeholder Forum [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society as part of a regional Stakeholders Engagement for Informed Decision-Making, Threats Mitigation and Sustainable Fresh Water Services Management in the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa project. The forum will convene under the theme "Addressing the drivers of change in the Freshwater Systems of the Great Lakes Region". The two-day event will take place in the framework of the project ARCOS is implementing with funding support from the MacArthur Foundation and in partnership with Lake Tanganyika Authority, Nile Basin Discourse, Ramsar Centre for Eastern Africa, BirdLife International/Africa Partnership Secretariat and IUCN-Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office.  

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Event: Enhancing the Mountain Partnership in Africa for Sustainable Development in African Water Towers [viewed]

This meeting, organized by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and The Mountain Partnership Secretariat, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the Government of Rwanda, is supported by the MacArthur Foundation. The main objective of the meeting is to continue building an African agenda and a strong Mountain Partnership constituency on the sustainable development of mountain ecosystems, while contributing to climate change and water discussions. The meeting will provide an opportunity for participants to share views and experiences on the current state of sustainable development in mountain regions in Africa and to discuss joint activities, future challenges and opportunities. The one-day event will take place ahead of the wider Regional Great Lakes Stakeholders Forum.  

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TRIDOM Partners Discuss Anti-Poaching Action Plan for 2013 [viewed]

6 December 2012: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership project TRIDOM met from 5-6 December 2012, in Doula, Cameroon, to discuss stepping up anti-poaching efforts in 2013. TRIDOM refers to the transborder complex of protected areas in the countries of Cameroon, the Republic of Congo and Gabon.

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UNDP, WCS Programme Revives South Sudan's Parks and Wildlife [viewed]

UNDP5 February 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) are collaborating to train South Sudanese wildlife authorities on all aspects of professional park management. The programme aims to preserve wildlife and support rural livelihoods through three components: improving national park conservation; building government capacity; and sustainably financing conservation efforts.

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IUCN/TRAFFIC Report Submitted to CITES Highlights Status, Conservation and Trade in Rhino [viewed]

22 January 2013: A new Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) notification highlights that the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)/Species Survival Commission African and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups and TRAFFIC Final Report referred to in CITES Resolution Conf. 9.14 (Rev. CoP15) was received by the Secretariat in late December 2012 and is now available.

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UNEP/GRID-Arendal Newsletter Reports on GEF-Funded “Blue Forests” Project [viewed]

January 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the January issue of its newsletter (Marine Newsletter #1), featuring articles on: the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded demonstration project on the incorporation of carbon and other ecosystem services values into financial markets; the release of the State of the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Environment Report; and the launch of the World Ocean Assessment website.

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Bioversity Publication Focuses on ITPGR MLS Implementation in Kenya, Morocco, Philippines, Peru [viewed]

January 2013: Edited by Isabel López Noriega, Michael Halewood and Isabel Lapeña, Bioversity International has published a volume that includes four case studies highlighting the incentives, disincentives, opportunities and constraints for Kenya, Morocco, Peru and the Philippines in the implementation of the Multilateral System (MLS) of access and benefit-sharing (ABS) established under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), as well as the measures that could be adopted at the national level to advance the Treaty's implementation.

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Tunisia Designates Two Important Bird Areas as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

29 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Tunisia recently designated two Important Bird Areas (IBAs) as new Wetlands of International Importance. 

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REPALEAC Adopts its New Strategic Plan and Road Map [viewed]

25 January 2013: The Republic of Congo and the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) convened the third General Assembly of the Network of Indigenous and Local Communities for the Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (REPALEAC).

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FAO Releases Audit of Inland Capture Fishery Statistics in Africa [viewed]

FAO24 January 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Fisheries and Aquaculture Department has published an audit of inland capture fishery statistics in Africa.

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