Africa

UNODC Report Addresses Ivory Trade in Eastern Africa [viewed]

UNODC4 September 2013: The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released a report, titled 'Transnational Organized Crime in Eastern Africa: A Threat Assessment,' which highlights the scale of ivory poaching and its threat to elephant populations in the region, among other issues.

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Event: Third International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species [viewed]

Co-organized by Bioversity International, Ghana's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and other organizations, the 'Third International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species: For a Food-Secure Africa' will promote knowledge sharing and debate under three themes: improving the resilience of agricultural and livelihood systems; upgrading value chains of neglected and underutilized species; and creating an enabling environment.  

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Central America Council Ministers Declare Support for ITPGR Strategic Action Plan for Mesoamerica [viewed]

ITPGRAugust 2013: Participating in a meeting of the Agricultural Council of Central America (CAC), six Ministers and two Vice-Ministers of Agriculture noted the importance of the Strategic Action Plan for Mesoamerica, developed in the framework of the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), and declared their intention to incorporate it into their national agendas.

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FAO Highlights Governance and Natural Resource Management in Africa [viewed]

FAOAugust 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Office for Africa has issued a newsletter highlighting articles and reports on promoting good governance in natural resource management in the region.

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ICARDA Annual Report Stresses Innovations on Climate Resilience [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo29 August 2013: The 2012 Annual Report of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) notes that despite significant challenges due to the on-going conflict in Syria, the Center has made significant achievements in translating research into action and policy impact, highlighting its leadership in the high-level international conference on Food Security in the Dry Lands, as well as enhanced partnerships with Canada and South Asia.

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First Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference Focuses on Ecosystem-based Approaches [viewed]

FAO UNEP21 August 2013: The First Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference: Harnessing Ecosystem-based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa was convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), other UN agencies, governments and other stakeholders. The Conference explored ecosystem-based approaches to enhance food security, ecosystem productivity and climate change adaptation in Africa.

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Event: Saker Falcon Task Force – Stakeholders' Action Planning Workshop [viewed]

The Saker Falcon Task Force (STF) aims to find long-term solutions for the conservation and management of the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) throughout its range. This workshop will bring together representatives from Range State governments, partners, other stakeholders and interested parties to review all available information on the species and to develop a 2nd Draft of the Saker Falcon Global Action Plan. STF is an initiative led by the Coordinating Unit of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Bird of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) under the auspices of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).  

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Bioversity International and ICAR to Strengthen Collaboration [viewed]

Bioversity International13 August 2013: In a five year agreement focusing on research collaboration and training through 2016, Bioversity International and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have agreed to collaborate on biodiversity use and conservation, technical assistance, publications, outreach and training, as well as support for the exchange of plant genetic resources.

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CBD Biosafety Newsletter Celebrates 10th Anniversary of the Biosafety Protocol [viewed]

CBDAugust 2013: Marking the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the latest edition of the Biosafety Protocol Newsletter, published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), reviews progress, experiences and lessons learned during the first decade of the Protocol's implementation.

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Event: Harnessing Natural Resource Wealth for Inclusive Growth and Economic Development [viewed]

This conference will focus on policies for sustainable and inclusive economic growth in natural resource rich countries. Key issues include ways to strengthen the macro-fiscal framework and strategies for economic diversification. The event will discuss shared lessons from regional and global perspectives with representatives from a number of diverse resource-rich countries in Asia and the Pacific, as well as Africa and the Caribbean, and will conclude with a high-level Policy Round Table Discussion. The organizers are the International Monetary Fund (IMF), jointly with the Government of Timor-Leste, and in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and Japan International Cooperation Agency.  

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