Africa

FAO Highlights Publications by DFID and USAID on VGGT Implementation [viewed]

didf_usaid_faoJuly 2016: The inaugural ‘State of the Debate' report of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) programme on ‘Land: Enhancing Governance for Economic Development' (LEGEND) takes stock of land governance initiatives around the world. It concludes that four years since the adoption of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (Voluntary Guidelines or VGGT), much more needs to be done to ensure that they are realized in practice. The report is featured in the July 20016 issue of the Governance of Land Tenure Newsletter of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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UNEP-WCMC Publishes 2015 Annual Report [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc8 July 2016: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has issued its 2015 Annual Report, which highlights how the Centre enables policymakers to put biodiversity “at the heart of decision making.”

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COFI Opens, FAO Releases State of World Fisheries Report and Celebrates PSMA Entry into Force [viewed]

fao_headquarters11 July 2016: The 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) commenced in Rome, Italy, with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva noting that the entry into force of FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (PSMA) “marks the dawn of a new era in the effort to combat illegal fishing.”

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Regional Organizations Agree on Fisheries Management Actions [viewed]

iotc.wecafc11 July 2016: Regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) and regional fisheries commissions have taken steps to promote fisheries management and conservation in their regions. Actions include a decision by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) to implement a precautionary approach towards skipjack tuna and an agreement by the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) to launch a process to establish a RFMO.

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IASS-led Events Highlight Need for Integrated, Inclusive Thematic Reviews [viewed]

iass_fmfa_fnr11 July 2016: Two events organized by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and partners discussed “why” and “how” thematic reviews should be conducted, to ensure they can support the integrated and inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During a two-day high-level event and a subsequent side event to the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF), participants developed key messages and recommendations to support the 2030 Agenda follow-up and review process.

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CBD, FAO Provide Guidance on Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services in East African Agriculture [viewed]

cbd_fao5 July 2016: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have released a joint document that provides technical and policy guidance to East African governments on measures promoting the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural production.

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IUCN, GIZ Report Highlights Best Practices for Wildlife Law Enforcement in Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

wildlife_law5 July 2016: Sustained, well-targeted actions in patrolling, management and intelligence gathering are key to successful wildlife law enforcement, concludes a publication by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ).

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Event: International Workshop on Meteorology, Sand and Dust Storms: Combating Desertification and Erosion [viewed]

This workshop is organized under the auspices of the Ankara Initiative, which aims to contribute towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by sharing Turkey's experience and approaches to land management and combating desertification and land degradation with other affected countries. The workshop targets decision makers, meteorologists and non-governmental organizations from the West Asia and the North Africa region involved in the management of environmental problems related to afforestation, dust and sand storms, erosion control, desertification and forestry. It will also provide an opportunity for key players from the region to collectively review and provide input to a draft policy on sand and dust storms that is currently under development. The workshop is co-organized by Turkey's Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, the General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion (ÇEM) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in collaboration with the Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS), the General Directorate of Forestry, and the Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).  

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June 2016 Climate Finance Update: Funds Meet, Non-state Actor Engagement Accelerates [viewed]

june20165 July 2016: This issue of the Climate Finance Update features recent global and regional news on climate finance activities by a variety of intergovernmental actors. Several climate funds met in June to make decisions on strategy and funding. A number of disaster recovery and resilience projects received funding in Asia and Africa. The World Bank highlighted developments in carbon pricing, and some concrete measures were taken to increase the engagement of non-state actors in climate financing.

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook Projects Stable Food Prices, Highlights Need to Eradicate Hunger [viewed]

oecd_fao4 July 2016: The 'OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2016-2025,' published jointly by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), forecasts relatively stable food prices over the coming decade amid slowing growth in the demand for food and continued improvements in productivity.

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