Africa

MIDORI Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

cbd-midori8 September 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced the winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014. Established in 2012, the MIDORI Prize is an international prize honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

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Island Leaders Commit to New Partnerships through GLISPA [viewed]

GLIPSA3 September 2014: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) hosted a high-level event to celebrate partnerships and collaborations between small islands during the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in Apia, Samoa. 'Leaders Inspiring Action: A celebration of commitments to build resilient and sustainable island communities through innovative partnerships' featured speeches from several Heads of State and Governments, ministers, and high-level representatives of nations involved in GLISPA, highlighting island leadership across the globe.

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FAO, Equatorial Guinea Cooperate on Fisheries, Food Security [viewed]

fao-guinea-ecuat1 September 2014: Equatorial Guinea's Ministry of Fisheries and Environment and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have launched a US$4 million project that aims to contribute to local food security, ensure quality fish products for domestic and international markets, generate jobs and reduce dependence on fish imports.

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ELD Study Calls for Livelihood Diversification in Botswana's Kalahari [viewed]

eld3 September 2014: A study on ecosystem service trade-offs under four different land use scenarios in Botswana's Kalahari rangelands has found that communal grazing land uses deliver the broadest range of ecosystem services. However, the study calls for policy reform to prevent an over-emphasis on commercial food production. The report is part of a series of case study outputs supported by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative.

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Event: IOSEA SS7 [viewed]

The seventh Meeting of the Signatory States (SS7) to the Indian Ocean-South-East Asian (IOSEA) Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will address the IOSEA Conservation and Management Plan; illegal take and trade of marine turtles in the IOSEA Region; marine turtle genetic stocks of the Indo-Pacific; socio-economic and cultural implications of marine turtle use and conservation; and Indian Ocean fisheries-turtle Interactions. Participants will also review IOSEA's Technical Support and Capacity-Building Programme, including recommendations for its future direction, led by the IOSEA Advisory Committee.  

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UNDP-GEF Publication Highlights SIDS as Models for Sustainable Development Solutions [viewed]

UNDP - GEF2 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) can serve as models for global sustainable development solutions that promote human development, reduce poverty and build resilience, according to a report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). ‘Island Innovations – UNDP and GEF: Leveraging the Environment for the Sustainable Development of SIDS' highlights "whole island" approaches to sustainable development, incorporating climate change adaptation, conserving land, ocean and water resources, generating economic growth and enhancing local capacity.

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Youth Forum Seeks Opportunities in Sustainable Development [viewed]

Youth Forum SIDS28 August 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) pre-conference Forum on youth, hosted by the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY), focused on identifying opportunities for young people from SIDS to engage proactively in opportunities relating to sustainable development. The forum shared successful, innovative partnerships and initiatives to determine how these could be replicated to address development challenges.

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Adaptation Fund Approves Project in Belize, Accredits Namibian NIE [viewed]

Adaptation Fund19 August 2014: The Adaptation Fund has approved a US$6 million marine conservation and climate change adaptation project in Belize, and accredited the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) as a National Implementing Entity (NIE).

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Bioversity Highlights Work on Conservation, Sustainable Use of Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalAugust 2014: Bioversity International's 2013 Annual Report highlights work in relation to four themes, namely how agricultural biodiversity is consumed, produced, planted and safeguarded.

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UNEP and Norway Sign Agreement on GRID-Arendal's 25th Anniversary [viewed]

UNEP GRID Arendal14 August 2014: On the occasion of GRID-Arendal's 25th anniversary, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, and Olav Orheim, Chairman of the Board of Directors of GRID-Arendal, signed a Programme Cooperation Agreement in which Norway renewed its contribution to UNEP's Programme of Work for 2014. The Agreement includes a commitment of US$16 million to UNEP, including US$1 million to support action on marine plastic debris and microplastics and US$500,000 to improve fish food security in West Africa.

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