Africa

COMIFAC Workshop Validates Landscape Management Approaches [viewed]

COMIFAC30 May 2013: The Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC), in collaboration with the Central Africa Regional Programme for the Environment (CARPE), the Government of the United States (US) and other partners, convened a workshop to validate guides on land use planning and management.

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FAO Approach Leads to Sustainable Increases in Cassava Farming [viewed]

FAO28 May 2013: In a new field guide, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) promotes the application of the FAO's 'Save and Grow' approach to cassava, documenting significant potential to scale up production with limited chemical inputs.

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FAO Reviews the Future of Pinus radiata Plantations [viewed]

2FAO8 May 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released its Forest Paper No. 170 titled, ‘Sustainable Management of Pinus radiata Plantations.' The report examines plantations starting with site section through to production, with a particular emphasis on Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain.

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IFAD Irrigation Project Improves Livelihoods, Increases Climate Resilience in Swaziland [viewed]

IFAD15 May 2013: A long-standing irrigation project implemented by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Swaziland has reported results in increasing adaptation to climate change, conserving biodiversity and reducing land degradation through sustainable land management (SLM) practices.

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UN Secretary-General, Prince of Wales Highlight Urgency of Addressing Poaching, Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

CITES UNEP23 May 2013: In his report to the UN Security Council on the activities of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa and on the Lord's Resistance Army-affected areas, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted that increases in poaching, mainly targeting elephants, are a growing security concern in Central Africa. 

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Meeting of the East Atlantic Biosphere Reserve Network Sets Priorities [viewed]

mab-unesco22 May 2013: During the Eleventh International Meeting of the East Atlantic Biosphere Reserve Network (REDBIOS), the biosphere reserves of the REDBIOS Network agreed to reinforce their commitment to the development of the Man and Biosphere (MAB)Programme and established different priority work areas.

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UNESCO Outlines Best Practices of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

mab-unesco22 May 2013: The Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and partners have released a book, titled 'Best Practices of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves,' which compiles the presentations of the Island Biosphere Reserves that attended the 2nd meeting of the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves: Sustainable Development and Climate Change, held in Jeju, Republic of Korea, in September 2012.

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Orphaned Bonobos Indicate Pressure on the Congo's Forests [viewed]

PROFOR22 May 2013: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has examined and used the number of bonobo orphans arriving at a sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as an indication of pressure on rainforests in the country.

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Event: African Regional Online Real-time Conferences on Socio-economic Considerations Arising from Impacts of LMOs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this online conference aims to continue the exchange of views and synthesis of information and experiences regarding socio-economic considerations arising from the impact of living modified organisms (LMOs) on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, especially with regard to the value of biological diversity to indigenous and local communities. Building on a series of previous online discussions, the conference is open to representatives from Parties, other Governments, relevant organizations and indigenous and local communities from the African Region.  

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ITTO Update Introduces Entry into Force of ITTA 2006 [viewed]

Itto21 May 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization published the first quarter Tropical Forest Update for 2013. The Update celebrates the entry into force of the International Tropical Timber Agreement 2006 (ITTA 2006), highlighting the objectives of improved trade of sustainably harvested tropical timber and the sustainable forest management (SFM) of tropical timber producing forests.

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