Africa

Bioversity International Supports the Sustainable Use of Cocoa Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity International13 May 2014: Through a joint project with the private sector, Bioversity International has developed a comprehensive database and biodiversity assessment and training tools to support the conservation and sustainable use of cocoa biodiversity in Ghana. Ghana is the third largest exporter of cocoa in the world.

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CITES Scientific Committees Discuss Sustainability of Wildlife Trade [viewed]

CITES9 May 2014: At their annual meetings, the Animals and Plants Committees of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met back to back to discuss the conservation and sustainable use of a number of species, including sharks, rays, pythons, rare plants and tropical timber species. The Committees drew attention to the impacts of illegal trade on cheetahs, making recommendations for further consideration of this case, as well as a number of other legally traded species, at subsequent CITES meetings.

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Kenya and China Sign Bilateral Agreements on Environment [viewed]

kenya-china10 May 2014: The Governments of Kenya and China have signed fifteen agreements and memoranda of understanding to enhance bilateral cooperation on the environment, agriculture, health, transport, culture and investment. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang witnessed the agreement signings in Nairobi, Kenya, on 10 May 2014.

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WMBD Marks the Launch of Project Destination Flyways [viewed]

world-migratory-day11 May 2014: On this year's World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), 10-11 May 2014, the UN highlighted the role of sustainable tourism in conserving migratory birds along their flyways. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed support for raising awareness about the threats to migratory birds from habitat destruction, over-exploitation, pollution and climate change. 

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Bioversity International Analyzes Agricultural Biodiversity in Zambia [viewed]

Bioversity International8 May 2014: Farmers in Western Zambia are planting different crops as an adaptation strategy to unpredictable seasonal flooding, according to a working paper by Bioversity International, ‘Assessment of agrobiodiversity resources in the Barotse floodplain, Zambia.' Bioversity International conducted the study as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS), which aims to improve the livelihoods of rural communities through participatory action research.

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Zayed International Prize for the Environment Awards Announced [viewed]

zayed-prize7 May 2014: The Zayed International Prize for the Environment Award has been awarded to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco in recognition of the efforts of the Prince Albert II Foundation to spur urgent action on climate change, biodiversity protection and water security. He received the Prize at a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 7 May 2014. At the event, two additional Zayed Prizes were awarded in each of the '2nd Category for Scientific and or Technological Achievement in Environment,' and in the '3rd Category for Environmental Action Leading to Positive Change in Society.'

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ICARDA Newsletter Documents Partnerships in Ethiopia, Jordan and Sudan [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo8 May 2014: The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) April 2014 Newsletter describes new and ongoing activities in Ethiopia, Jordan and Sudan, as well as efforts to safeguard ICARDA's genebank, which has been under threat due to civil conflict in Syria.

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UNWTO Meeting Discusses Impacts of Poaching on Tourism [viewed]

Unwto7 May 2014: At the 56th Meeting of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for Africa, African member States highlighted the impacts of poaching on tourism and discussed a UNWTO study on the economic value of wildlife watching. 

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COMIFAC Progresses in Regional Coordination for Forests [viewed]

COMIFACMay 2014: The Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) has reported on the finalization of the first draft of the revision of the sub-regional Convergence Plan adopted in 2005. The report was one part of the first quarterly update on the implementation of the 2014 annual work plan for the conservation and sustainable management of forests in Central Africa.

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Nagoya Protocol Reaches 34 Ratifications [viewed]

CBD1 May 2014: Guyana, Hungary, Kenya and Viet Nam ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) in April 2014, followed by Denmark, which ratified on 1 May 2014, bringing the total number ratifications to 34.

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