Africa

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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Bioversity Promotes Action on Neglected and Underutilized Crops in Africa [viewed]

Bioversity International30 April 2014: Bioversity International has released an Action Plan and a policy brief, titled 'Realizing the promise of neglected and underutilized species,' to foster action on neglected and underutilized species (NUS) as strategic assets for food security in Africa.

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Special Issue of Journal Presents Papers from UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference [viewed]

planet-riskApril 2014: Global Risk Forum (GRF) Davos has dedicated a special issue of its journal 'Planet@Risk' to the topic of desertification. All of the papers in the issue are based on presentations that were given during the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference, which addressed the theme of 'Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry subhumid areas.'

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Evaluate Development Finance Reporting [viewed]

OECD21 March 2014: A meeting convened by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) and the Working Party on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT) discussed trends in the reporting of development and climate finance flows, including the use of the Rio markers for reporting under the Rio Conventions.

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Global Oceans Action Summit Charts a Path for Ocean Health, Blue Growth [viewed]

global-oceans-action25 April 2014: Urgent, coordinated action is needed to restore productive, resilient oceans, ensure food security and support human livelihoods, according to participants at the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth. The Summit also called for oceans to be embedded in the post-2015 development agenda, preferably in a stand-alone sustainable development goal (SDG) on oceans.

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April 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb-afdb-ebrd-gefApril 2014: Throughout April 2014, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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Carbon Fund Approves REDD+ Proposals from DRC, Ghana, Mexico and Nepal [viewed]

Forest Carbon17 April 2014: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ghana, Mexico and Nepal will each receive $50-$70 million to demonstrate how Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) can work on the ground.

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