Africa

FAO Releases Catalogue of Indian Ocean Deep-Sea Sharks [viewed]

FAOFebruary 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a catalogue of deep-sea sharks of the Indian Ocean, with accounts from all orders, families and genera found in the region.

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UN Launches International Year of SIDS [viewed]

iy24 February 2014: At the global launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be celebrated throughout 2014, Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador of Climate Change and SIDS, Seychelles, who served as Master of Ceremonies, noted that the occasion marks the first time the UN has dedicated an International Year to a particular category of countries.

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Ramsar Update January-February 2014 [viewed]

Ramsar24 February 2014: Over the January-February 2014 period, the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands has celebrated World Wetlands Day and reported on the designation of new sites in Belarus, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and France.

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UN-REDD Presents a Case Study on Spatial Analysis and REDD+ in Tanzania [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme21 February 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released a case study on using spatial analysis to support REDD+ safeguard and multiple benefit decision making in Tanzania.

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OWG Co-Chairs Compile 19 'Focus Areas' [viewed]

owg21 February 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have assembled a list of 19 'Focus Areas' for consideration by Member States as they seek to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. In a letter accompanying the Focus Areas, released on 21 February 2014, Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) write that further action in these areas is necessary to build "prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies that also protect the planet."

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Nine States Join CMS Sharks MoU [viewed]

CMS17 February 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced that nine States in the Arab region signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MoU) concluded under CMS.

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GRASP Launches Application to Save Great Apes [viewed]

unep-grasp12 February 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the release of a mobile phone application called 'apeAPP,' by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP). The application allows users to learn about chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos in Africa and Asia.

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London Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade Adopted by 46 States [viewed]

london-conference_on_the_illegal_wildlife_trade14 February 2014: At the closing of a high-level conference on illegal trade in wildlife hosted by the United Kingdom (UK) and the British Royal Family, representatives from 46 States endorsed the 'London Declaration,' emphasizing urgent action to end wildlife trafficking and eliminate demand through high-level political commitment and international cooperation.

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CIFOR Analyses Potential for Increasing Deforestation in the Congo Basin [viewed]

CIFOR - World Bank9 February 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an analysis revealing that current rates of deforestation in the Congo Basin are likely to rise. 

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AfDB Presents Green Growth Investment Opportunities in Sierra Leone [viewed]

AfDB4 February 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has published a brochure, titled ‘Sierra Leone: Investing in Environmentally Sound Economic Growth,' as part of its efforts to help Sierra Leone transition to a green economy and mobilize resources for green growth. 

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