Africa

CIFOR Supports DRC Efforts to Protect and Restore Forests [viewed]

CIFORJanuary 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an overview of the Forests and Climate Change in the Congo (FCCC) project, which aims to support the efforts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in capacity building and applied research to reduce deforestation and forest degradation, and thereby mitigate climate change.

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Event: Africa Environment Day/Wangari Maathai Day [viewed]

Africa Environment Day, celebrated annually on 3 March, was established by the Organization of African Unity in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of the pressing environmental challenges facing the continent. Since 2012, the Africa Environment Day has been celebrated in conjunction with Wangari Maathai Day, in order to pay tribute to the late Nobel Laureate's green legacy.  

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Event: International Forests and Water Dialogue [viewed]

At the margins of the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC), this dialogue will convene under the theme, 'Forests USE water! And forest ecosystems PROVIDE water!' and focus on the links between water and forests including trade-offs and synergies between water yield and other forest ecosystem services. In addition, a five-year action plan will be launched to support and increase coordinated international and national action on forest-water linkages in science, policy, economics and forest practices. Participants will be able to actively contribute to the debate and to the five-year plan. The dialogue will be hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which is calling for abstracts, videos and posters.  

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COMIFAC Quarterly Report Highlights Biodiversity-Related Activities [viewed]

COMIFACJanuary 2015: The Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) released a summary of its activities covering the period July to September 2014. The summary highlights progress in the implementation of the COMIFAC ‘Convergence Plan' including the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework.

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ITTO Update Explores Importance of Value-Added Enterprises [viewed]

IttoJanuary 2015: The last 2014 issue of Tropical Forest Update, published by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), focuses on value-added timber based industries in tropical countries. The update notes that such "downstream" industries can support sustainable forest management (SFM), provide significant livelihood and employment benefits and contribute to national economies.

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Policy Update #6: Biodiversity, People and Parks: Nature-Based Solutions Bring All Three Together for Sustainable Development [viewed]

Taking place just once every 10 years, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) allows for a long view – both of past achievements in biodiversity conservation and of the trajectory of conservation efforts. In this regard, WPC in Sydney, Australia, in November 2014 was uniquely placed, occurring at the mid-point between the adoption of the Aichi Targets in 2010 and their deadline for achievement in 2020.

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Bioversity International, ICRAF Release Descriptors for Baobab [viewed]

bioversity-icraf24 December 2014: Bioversity International and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) have published descriptors defining key characteristics of the Baobab tree (Adansonia digitata L.) in order to facilitate access to data for conservation and management of this multipurpose species.

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GRID-Arendal Highlights Blue Forests Project Launch [viewed]

GRID ARENDALDecember 2014: GRID-Arendal's interim marine newsletter highlights the launch of the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Blue Forests Project, which will explore how to harness the value of carbon and other coastal ecosystem services to improve ecosystem management.

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Event: CMS Raptors MoU MoS2 [viewed]

Under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Coordinating Unit of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) will host the Second Meeting of Signatories (MoS2) to the Raptors MoU, with support from the Norwegian Environment Agency.  

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Policy Update #5: Biodiversity in 2014: A Year in Review [viewed]

It's all about the bass, the bass….no treble…..The popular tune for 2014 was all about the base….the natural resource base and how it could support solutions to the world's development problems.

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