Africa

Event: Near East and North Africa (NENA) Soil Partnership Consultation Workshop (IYS 2015) [viewed]

This is one of a series of Regional Soil Partnership Workshops being convened as part of activities to commemorate the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP). One of the objectives of the workshops is to consolidate collaboration among Focal Points to the GSP. Activities during the workshops will include: establishing steering committees where these are not currently available; appointing chairs for working groups' pillars; and finalizing regional implementation plans.  

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Conservation of Humpback Whale, Rhinoceros and European Wildlife Feature in February [viewed]

cms_cites_ecFebruary 2015: In February, the European Commission (EC) announced the development of a draft Wildlife Conservation Strategy for Africa, which according to the EC, will define a holistic strategy for wildlife conservation on the continent over the next 10 years, "with a view to orienting and optimizing EC investments to best address the wildlife crisis."

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Event: Training on Digital Soil Mapping for Western and Central African Countries [viewed]

This event is organized by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) with the support of the European Commission to follow up on priorities identified during launch workshops for the African Soil Partnership held in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya in 2013. One of the common gaps identified during the workshops was the need to improve the availability of updated soil data and information to support decision making on soil management. Capacity development in this area was therefore identified as a priority in the region. This event is being organized as part of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015.  

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IGAD, LPI and Partners Launch Regional Land Governance Projects in Africa [viewed]

igad-sdcFebruary 2015: Two regional projects on integrated approaches to improved land governance in Africa, supported by the (SDC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and other partners, kicked off in February 2015.

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Report Reveals Forest Cover Loss in Congo Basin [viewed]

comifac-cbfpFebruary 2015: The Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) and the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) released the 'State of the Forest Report' for the Congo Basin highlighting the ongoing loss of biodiversity and forest cover in the region.

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Expert Meeting Discusses Extractives' Role in Inclusive, Sustainable Growth [viewed]

United Nations24 February 2015: Africa's revenue from the extractive industries and other natural resources revenue is expected to be a key source of development financing for the post-2015 development agenda and the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, according to participants at the High Level Expert Group Meeting on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the AU Agenda 2063, titled 'Enhancing the Management of Africa's Extractive Industries.' The meeting addressed managing Africa's extractive industries to harness their potential for sustainable development, inclusive growth and structural economic transformation.

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Governments Advance Revision of Mediterranean Sustainable Development Strategy [viewed]

unep-map18 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the France-based NGO Plan Bleu supported a regional conference in Malta, in which stakeholders and Parties to the Barcelona Convention reviewed a revised sustainable development strategy for the Mediterranean region. Participants considered six thematic areas of the revised Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD): seas and coasts; natural resources; rural development and food; climate; sustainable cities; transition towards a green economy; and governance.

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Member States Seek to "Break with the Past" in Post-2015 Declaration [viewed]

photo_post2015_in220 February 2015: The second session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda focused on the declaration component of the outcome that will be adopted at the Summit of Heads of State and Government on the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015. A summary of the discussion will be produced by the Secretariat, for reference, while the “discussion document” circulated and discussed during the meeting remains “a document without status” but will assist in creating the zero draft of the Summit outcome, according to the Co-Facilitators.

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Drylands Monitoring Week Establishes Network for Sustainable Management of Drylands [viewed]

FAOFebruary 2015: Participants at the Drylands Monitoring Week, which was hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), saw the launch of a global assessment of land management in grassland and pastoral systems to enhance the sustainable management and restoration of drylands and developed the 'Rome Promise on Monitoring and Assessment of Drylands for Sustainable Management and Restoration.'

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Event: EU-SDC Programme on Land Governance in Africa Launch [viewed]

The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the Government of Niger, will organize a series of events to launch the European Union-Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (EU-SDC) Programme on Land Governance in Africa. The Programme aims to promote the integrated implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) and the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa (F&G) in 10 countries: Angola, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, and Swaziland. The Programme will support these countries' efforts to mainstream the VGGT and F&G in their policy, legal and institutional processes through awareness raising, capacity development, technical facilitation, strengthening of partnerships, and monitoring and evaluation. The programme of events will include: the launch of the EU-SDC Programme and multi-stakeholder awareness raising workshop on VGGT and F&G on 24 February; the First capitalization meeting on 25-26 February; and training on VGGT and F&G on 27 February 2015. The events will bring together about 30 participants representing the EU, SDC, FAO, LPI, coordinators of implementing organizations, and representatives of government land agencies from the ten countries.  

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