Africa

WAVES Announces NCA Capacity-Building Project in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco [viewed]

waves12 March 2015: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has announced the recent launch of a one-year research project to complement existing initiatives in natural capital accounting (NCA) in Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco. WAVES also held its first Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Ecosystem Accounting in the Philippines from 23-27 February 2015, and is supporting an ecosystem accounts update in Guatemala.

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UNU-INWEH Report Discusses Sustainable Development in Water Sector [viewed]

unu-inwehMarch 2015: It is possible to close "the gap between promise and practice" in management global water resources, with enabling environments to finance and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a report by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) and the UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). The report explores the role that water, including sanitation and wastewater management, plays in sustainable development, discusses "disconnects" between the proposed SDGs and national development plans, and highlights opportunities for achieving sustainable development through water management.

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Workshop Considers SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation [viewed]

advancing_water_and_sustainable_development25 February 2015: A capacity-building workshop on advancing water and sustainable development brought together policy makers and national practitioners from 20 developing countries and countries in transition in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Discussions addressed the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on "ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all," seeking to enhance capacity toward integrating water and sustainable development into developing countries' national development strategies.

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FAO Publications Focus on Disaster Risk Reduction and Forestry Links [viewed]

FAOMarch 2015: On the occasion of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a special edition of its forestry journal focusing on the impacts of disasters on forest-dependent communities and published a brochure on natural disasters, agriculture and food and nutrition security.

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GFIA Focuses on Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

gfia11 March 2015: To help meet the goal of increasing agricultural production while minimizing environmental damage, the 2nd Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) met to showcase sustainable agriculture innovations and solutions. The forum featured, inter alia: a Global Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) Summit; a solutions conference on ‘Food Losses and Waste Initiative: From Prevention to Valorisation'; a two-day conference on ICT for Sustainable Agriculture; a session on ‘Edible Cities: Building Resilience with Urban Agriculture'; and an Innovations Programme, with sessions on agribusiness, water, mechanization, renewable energy and agroforestry.

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FAO Report: Agrocorridors Can Foster Inclusive and Sustainable Growth [viewed]

FAO11 March 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a report providing guidance on how economic 'agrocorridors' can draw private capital and large-scale investment to projects that benefit smallholder farmers and increase food security in lower-income countries.

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CGIAR Members, Partners Establish Climate Research Centers in Africa [viewed]

logos_cifor_itta11 March 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have announced the establishment of the Congo Basin's first center for excellence in climate change research. A greenhouse gas (GHG) laboratory was established in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in 2014 and represents the beginning of the partners' effort to develop a network of expertise and facilities to strengthen climate change research across Africa.

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UNFF Stakeholders Step-up Engagement [viewed]

UNFF9 March 2015: In support of stakeholder engagement in the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) process, the UNFF Secretariat, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Department of Public Information (UNDPI) collaborated on the production of four television stories highlighting the contribution of forests to sustainable development.

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ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund Supporting 22 Projects on Farmers' Management of PGRFA and Technology Transfer [viewed]

ITPGR6 March 2015: The Bureau of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has selected 22 projects to be supported through the third cycle of the ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund.

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ITTO and Japan Support Sustainable Timber Markets in Africa [viewed]

Itto2 March 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Government of Japan have announced a US$1.4 million investment in support of sustainable timber supply chains within Africa.

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