Africa

GEF Report Reviews Impacts of Land Management Financing [viewed]

GEF17 June 2014: On the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) launched its published portfolio review of two financing windows for combating land degradation. The review analyzed the catalytic effect of the GEF's integrated ecosystem management and landscape approach.

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UNCCD Announces 35 Dryland Champions [viewed]

UNCCD logo17 June 2014: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the Dryland Champions 2014. UNCCD selected the 35 Champions from Brazil, Eritrea, Peru and Portugal in recognition of their efforts on sustainable land management (SLM) practices and dedication to drylands.

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CIFOR Counters Misconceptions on Artisanal Logging in DRC [viewed]

CIFOR17 June 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released the results of a three-year long study, which concludes that, if well managed, artisanal logging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could sustain thousands of livelihoods and contribute to sustainable forest management (SFM).

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

This meeting will discuss the main challenges and threats facing island and coastal biosphere reserves, including climate change; water, energy and food self‐sufficiency; natural disasters; and waste management. Participants will share their perspectives and experiences on the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves, including on potential ways to address challenges and threats to reserves. Representatives of island and coastal biosphere reserves from Australia, Chile, China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Maldives, Mauritius, Portugal, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Sao Tome and Principe, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Yemen are expected to attend.  

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SOCO International to Halt Oil Operations in DRC's Virunga Park [viewed]

wwf-unesco-soco12 June 2014: The British oil company SOCO International plc has announced that it will halt its operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) Virunga National Park. The company made the announcement in a joint statement with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), following a complaint the conservation organization filed under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises in October 2013.

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CITES Report Shows Increasing Ivory Seizures [viewed]

CITES13 June 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has released a report showing an increase in the number of large ivory seizures in 2013. The report, titled 'Elephant Conservation, Illegal Killing and Ivory Trade,' contains the latest figures from the CITES Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme and the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), and will be discussed at the forthcoming 65th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee.

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Asian Shark Fishing and Trading States Adopt Xiamen Declaration [viewed]

CITES12 June 2014: A regional workshop for key Asian shark fishing and trading States reviewed the status of sharks as well as the legal, administrative and management regimes for shark fisheries. Participants assessed the challenges and opportunities afforded by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) marine species listings.

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UNGA Elects Sam Kutesa of Uganda as 69th UNGA President [viewed]

UNGA11 June 2014: The UN General Assembly elected Sam Kahamba Kutesa of Uganda as President of its 69th session. Remarking on his election, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and current UNGA President John Ashe underscored the 69th session as a critical time for the UN in elaborating the post-2015 development agenda.

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Global Protections Proposed for 32 Species, including Lions, Sharks and Polar Bears [viewed]

mosaic_pr_species11 June 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that a total of 32 species have been proposed for listing into Appendix I, which requires strict protection and Appendix II, which requires coordinated management by the countries in which the species migrate. Two types of Hammerhead shark, the Silky shark, three species of Thresher sharks (Appendix II); the Asiatic lion (Appendix I) and African lions (Appendix II); and the polar bear (Appendix II) are among the species proposed for listing. 

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FAO and Norway Will Launch Vessel to Study Marine Ecosystems, Climate Change [viewed]

fao-norway9 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced that it will partner with Norway to build a state-of-the-art research vessel as part of its efforts to support sustainable fisheries management.

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