Africa

IUCN Report: Sustainable Tourism Can Conserve Protected Areas [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: An International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report says that increasing the number of visitors to protected areas can be an effective tool for conservation and community development, as long as well-functioning management systems are in place. The report, titled ‘Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Sustainability,' was launched during the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.

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Elephant Ivory Seized in Cameroon [viewed]

iucn-sos13 November 2014: Approximately $190,000 worth of ivory was seized in Cameroon, following a tip from an intelligence network supported by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) believes the tusks were in route to South East Asia.

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Central and West Africa Protected Areas and Biodiversity Observatory Launched [viewed]

cbfp12 November 2014: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) has released the outcomes of a series of workshops on protected areas in Central Africa. The workshops form part of the EU funded BIOPAMA project, which supports capacity development under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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CGIAR Launches Ecosystem Services and Resilience Framework [viewed]

CGIAR11 November 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) has launched the Ecosystem Services and Resilience (ESR) Framework for using ecosystem service and resilience concepts to improve human well-being and food and livelihood security in agricultural landscapes.

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UNEP, League of Arab States Cooperating on Environment [viewed]

unep-las10 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the League of Arab States (LAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 51st Meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE). The MoU provides the basis for enhanced cooperation and coordination on a range of programmes and activities related to biodiversity, climate change, environmental governance, the green economy, post conflict assessments and recovery, sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and water resources.

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ITTC Announces US$8.3 Million in Funding, Deliberates ITTO Executive Director Appointment [viewed]

ITTC-508 November 2014: The 50th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-50) came to a close with delegates authorizing US$8.3 million in financing for International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) activities such as capacity building for transboundary biodiversity conservation, and continued implementation of thematic programmes focused on trade and market transparency, forest governance and reducing deforestation. The Council also undertook lengthy discussions on the appointment of the next ITTO Executive Director.

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UNEP Announces 2014 Champions of the Earth Laureates [viewed]

championsoftheearth7 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the recipients of the UN's highest environmental honor, the ‘Champions of the Earth Award,' which recognizes innovators and policymakers for service to the environment, saving lives, improving livelihoods and bettering environmental governance and conservation.

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Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade in Birds in Focus at CMS COP11 [viewed]

cms-cop106 November 2014: At the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11), in Quito, Ecuador, countries are taking steps to combat the illegal killing, trapping and trade of birds. Parties are also considering including the Great Bustard in Appendix I of the Convention and are expected to agree on a Global Action Plan for the Saker Falcon.

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Ceremony Marks Extension of CMS, UAE Agreement; Accessions to CMS MoUs [viewed]

cms-cop105 November 2014: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) have signed a Partnership Agreement extension, including a US$1.3 million financial contribution. Under the original Agreement, a CMS office was established in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2009.

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CMS COP11 Side-Event Highlights Potential of Tourism for Conservation [viewed]

cmscop115 November 2014: An event organized by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Consulting Unit on Tourism and Biodiversity, in collaboration with the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), highlighted key initiatives with the potential to harness tourism for the conservation of migratory species.

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