Africa

Event: CBD GTI Workshop for Western and Central Africa towards Achieving Aichi Targets 9 and 19 [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this capacity-building workshop for Western and Central Africa will focus on the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI) and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 9 on invasive alien species and 19 on improving biodiversity-related knowledge.  

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Event: Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States [viewed]

The Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is scheduled to convene from 1-4 September 2014, in Samoa. This conference will include a high-level segment to build upon the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI), and will identify new challenges for the sustainable development of SIDS. According to UN General Assembly resolution A/67/L.66, "The General Assembly, recalling its resolution 67/207 of 21 December 2012, in which it welcomed the offer of the Government of the Independent State of Samoa to host the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in 2014, decides that the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States shall be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, to be preceded by activities related to the Conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia". In addition, a Partnerships Forum will take place on 30-31 August.  

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CAF States Agree on Extending AEWA [viewed]

12 December 2012: The Range States of Central Asia have unanimously agreed to extend the Agreement on African Eurasia Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) geographical area to encompass the entire Central Asian Flyway (CAF) region and incorporate the CAF Waterbird Action Plan under the Agreement. The meeting on the way forward for the CAF legal framework took place in in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on 12 December 2012.

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Event: CBD Sub-regional Workshop on Valuation and Incentive Measures for Sub-Saharan West Africa [viewed]

This workshop is one of a series of regional sub-regional capacity-building workshops organized with a view to support countries in making use of the findings of the study on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), in integrating the values of biodiversity into relevant national and local policies, programmes and planning processes, and in promoting the exchange among practitioners on practical experiences on incentive measures.  

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CMS Raptors MoU Concludes First Meeting of Signatories [viewed]

11 December 2012: The First Meeting of Signatories (MoS1) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) took place from 9-11 December 2012, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It was attended by more than 90 participants, including representatives from 22 Signatories and the EU.

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FAO's Infosylva Focuses on Forest Day 6 [viewed]

FAO10 December 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a special edition of Infosylva on the occasion of the conclusion of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The newsletter focuses on the outcomes of Forest Day 6, held on 2 November 2012, on the margins of COP 18. 

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GLISPA Spotlight Features "Island Bright Spots" and "Island Life" Events [viewed]

GLIPSA10 December 2012: The latest issue of the Global Island Partnership's (GLISPA) "Event Spotlight" features two events that took place on 16 October 2012 in Hyderabad, India, on the sidelines of the 11th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The events are: “Island Bright Spots: Exchanging Innovations and Successes;” and "Island Life: Celebrating Leadership and Commitment to Action."

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FAO Infosylva Highlights Brazils' Low Deforestation Rate in the Amazon [viewed]

FAODecember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 22nd edition of its 2012 Infosylva newsletter, which highlights the lowest rates of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon since records began in 1988.

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UNEP/GRID-Arendal Newsletter Features West African Workshop on Capacity Building [viewed]

30 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the November 2012 edition of its newsletter (Marine Newsletter #10), featuring: a Sustainable Seas workshop held for West Africa; a map of Australia's marine reserve network; recent and upcoming marine-related events; and GRID-Arendal's contribution to a book on environmental security in the Arctic Ocean.

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African Workshop Addresses Integration of CMS, CITES Objectives into NBSAPs [viewed]

UNEP7 December 2012: A regional workshop for Africa focused on integrating the objectives of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) into national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).

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