Africa

WAVES Country and Annual Reports Released [viewed]

wavesMay 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has released its ‘Annual Report 2014,' which documents the Partnership's methodological and institutional progress on natural capital accounting (NCA) for integrating natural resources into development planning. WAVES has also released country reports for five of its eight core implementing countries: Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Madagascar, and the Philippines.

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CBD and GLISPA Launch Island "Bright Spots", Highlight Island Leadership on Biodiversity [viewed]

IDB 201422 May 2014: On the International Day of Biological Diversity, Caleb Otto, Permanent Representative of Palau to the UN, moderated an event to highlight “bright spots” of conservation leadership in small island developing States (SIDS). The event also served as the launch of a publication from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), titled ‘Island bright spots in conservation and sustainability: investing, scaling and replicating in order to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.'

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UN Watercourses Convention to Enter into Force Following 35th Ratification [viewed]

UN Treaty Collection19 May 2014: The UN Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (UN Watercourses Convention) will enter into force in August 2014. Viet Nam became the 35th country to accede to the Convention, in accordance with Article 36 of the Convention, which states that entry into force will occur on the 90th day following the deposit for the 35th ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.

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AfDB Meeting Participants Call for Maximizing Blue Economy [viewed]

AfDB20 May 2014: Participants discussed the role of building infrastructure and capacity in maximizing the blue economy during a session titled ‘Maximizing Africa's Blue Economies' at the African Development Bank's (AfDB) 2014 Annual Meeting. Participants also discussed challenges such as climate change, sustainable supply changes, over-fishing and toxic waste within the context of the blue economy.

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GEF Announces Program to Enhance Food Security and Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

GEF15 May 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched a US$120 million program meant to enhance food security in sub-Saharan Africa through scaling-up practices for improved crop and livestock productivity, and increased production system resilience.

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As Hong Kong Crushes Stockpile, CITES Says Illegal Ivory Has No Commercial Value [viewed]

CITES15 May 2014: Hong Kong SAR has begun the destruction of 28 tons of illegal ivory, the world's largest illegal ivory stockpile and more than every other country in history combined. John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), delivered a statement on the occasion. 

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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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