Africa

IPBES Newsletter Highlights IPBES-4 and Regional Assessments [viewed]

ipbesJuly 2015: The first issue of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) electronic newsletter highlights that invitations to the fourth session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-4) have been issued together with a draft agenda.

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UNEP, CIFOR Publications Focus on REDD+ in Tanzania [viewed]

forests_ecosystemsJuly 2015: A report undertaken by the Tanzania Forest Services, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) under the UN-REDD Programme, provides an economic rationale for Tanzania to invest in more sustainable use and conservation of its forest assets. Tanzania is the also focus of a publication by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), which outlines the rules and choices to be addressed by participatory countries in REDD+ activities and shows potential technical problems and related options.

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ECA, BMZ and World Bank to Launch Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa [viewed]

uneca_wb_bmz13 July 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the World Bank have signed a Declaration of Intent to establish a Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA).

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FAO's Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Newsletter Features National Experiences [viewed]

faonewsJuly 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the July 2015 newsletter on the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative. This edition features country experiences from Cambodia, Liberia, Malawi, Myanmar, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and South Africa in using the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (Voluntary Guidelines).

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World Heritage Committee Grants Heritage Status to Biodiversity-Rich Sites in Jamaica, South Africa, Viet Nam [viewed]

world-hereditage-coonvention8 July 2015: During its 39th session, the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed 24 new sites to UNESCO's World Heritage List and made significant modifications to the boundaries of three additional ones, including cultural, natural and mixed properties. The inscriptions include the Blue and John Crow Mountains in Jamaica, the Singapore Botanical Gardens, and extension of the boundaries of the Cape Floral Region Protected Area in South Africa and of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Viet Nam, as well as many cultural sites around the globe.

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ICRAF Examines Landscape Approaches in Africa and LAC [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)July 2015: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has published a chapter, titled ‘Integrated landscape initiatives in practice: assessing experiences from 191 landscapes in Africa and Latin America,' in a book addressing ‘Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality In Practice.' The chapter explains that landscape approaches are being undertaken more frequently in order to realize positive outcomes related to agricultural production, ecosystem conservation, rural livelihoods and multi-stakeholder coordination.

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Event: 2nd Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference (AFSAC2) [viewed]

This conference will convene under the theme ‘Africa's Soil the New Frontier: Re-imagining Africa Food Security Now and into the Future under a Changing Climate'. The conference will explore how to sustainably tap into soil, one of Africa's key resources, in order to enhance food security and climate change resilience, while creating new employment opportunities for the continent's increasing youth population. Specific sessions will address a range of strategies to promote and transform ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) driven agriculture in Africa, including how to: build scalable and inclusive business models; tap into innovative financing; involve women and youth more effectively; harness education, information and communication technology, and data; scale up EBA extension and knowledge services; incentivize private sector involvement; and contribute to increased South-South cooperation and capacity building. Building on the thematic discussions, the conference will focus on how to maximize policy frameworks and develop an action plan for implementing and scaling up EBA approaches and agro-value chains across Africa.

The conference is co-organized by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with a range of partners from UN Agencies, international research and policy organizations, civil society networks and the private sector.  

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Event: 10th Meeting of AEWA Standing Committee [viewed]

The 10th Meeting of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) Standing Committee (StC10) will consider, inter alia: preparations for the 6th ordinary session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) to the AEWA to be held in Bonn, Germany, 9-14 November 2015; celebration of the 20th Anniversary of AEWA; the African Initiative for the Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and their Habitats in Africa; and revision of the Communication Strategy. StC10 will also consider nominations for new members of the AEWA Technical Committee and the selection of winners of the AEWA Conservation Awards for presentation at MOP6.  

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Parliamentarians and CSOs Discuss Forest Governance in the Congo Basin [viewed]

cbfp6 July 2015: A workshop held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, gathering parliamentarians, representatives of civil society organizations and journalists, discussed collaboration on forest governance in the Congo Basin, including on raising awareness through the media on illegal logging and related trade.

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Poverty, Climate, Indicators in Focus of Stakeholder Input [viewed]

post2015July 2015: Civil society and other stakeholders issued policy briefs and articles with proposals and recommendations on the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), addressing, inter alia: the multi-dimensional poverty index; indicators; follow-up and review; the June version of the post-2015 zero draft; and potential impacts of climate change on achieving the SDGs.

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