Africa

UNEP Atlas Shows Rapid Environmental Change in Arab Region [viewed]

UNEP10 December 2013 : A report, released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), and supported by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), indicates that the pace of environmental change in the Arab region may be faster than in the rest of the world due to growing populations and increasing environmental pressures.

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Central African Biodiversity Working Group Discusses CBD and IPBES-Related Issues [viewed]

cbfpDecember 2013: The 18th meeting of the Central African Biodiversity Working Group, established under the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), gathered representatives of Central African countries to review activities related to national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), prepare for the second plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-2) and adopt the Working Group's 2014 roadmap.

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Biosafety Supplementary Protocol Reaches Half-way Mark in Ratifications for Entry into Force [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)9 December 2013: Hungary has ratified the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, bringing the total number of ratifications to 20 and achieving the half-way mark towards the Supplementary Protocol's entry into force.

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Elysée Summit on Africa Adopts Declaration on Peace and Security, Climate Change [viewed]

sommet-afrique-elysee7 December 2013: The Elysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa concluded with the adoption of a Declaration that includes sections on peace and security, economic partnership and development, and climate change.

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UNODC Develops Guidelines for Ivory Sampling to Combat Illegal Trade [viewed]

ICCWC6 December 2013: The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), together with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), recently hosted a meeting to develop guidelines for ivory sampling and analysis to be employed at wildlife crime scenes and by forensic laboratories.

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VANTAGE Conference Recommends Increased Natural Capital Valuation in Africa [viewed]

82-vantage-conference6 December 2013: Participants at the International Conference on Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy (VANTAGE) in Africa agreed on a draft outcome document that takes stock of progress on natural wealth valuation and accounting, and formulates recommendations on increasing implementation of VANTAGE in Africa.

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Plan of Action Calls for Sustainable and Legal Use of Migratory Birds in Egypt and Libya [viewed]

AEWA5 December 2013: Egypt, with Germany, Switzerland and other partners, has agreed to a Plan of Action to ensure that the practice of bird trapping in Egypt and Libya is both sustainable and legal, and to implement efforts to better understand current trends in hunting and trapping. 

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CMS StC41 Discusses Future and Implementation of Priority Activities [viewed]

CMS3 December 2013: The 41st Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS StC41) discussed the increased competition for funding with other multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and the need for synergies, policy coherence and greater efficiency. During the Meeting, the Secretariat highlighted progress in the development of an international action plan for the conservation of the argali sheep as well as the Central Asian Initiative to conserve migratory mammals. 

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ITTC Reviews Project Implementation and Receives Funding Pledges for ITTO [viewed]

ITTO logo2 December 2013: At the Forty-ninth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and the associated Sessions of the Committees on Finance and Administration, Economic Information and Market Intelligence, Forest Industry, and Reforestation and Forest Management held in Libreville, Gabon from the 25 to 30 November 2013, the ITTC reviewed project implementation, launched new projects, and received funding pledges in support of the work of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).  

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INTERPOL Seizes Ivory as African Elephant Summit Opens [viewed]

interpol-cites-traffic-iucn2 December 2013:  An operation coordinated under the auspices of INTERPOL's Project Wisdom and Project Leaf led to the seizure of more than 240 kilograms of elephant ivory, 856 timber logs, and 20 kg of rhino horns, in addition to firearms and drugs. In the process, 660 people were arrested. The seizure occurred just as delegates gathered to discuss the plight of the African Elephant at a summit convened by Botswana and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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