Africa

Database Provides Genetic Markers for Tropical Trees [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)17 September 2014: An interactive open-access database, called tropiTree, provides detailed information on genetic markers for 24 species of trees, which are important to smallholders in tropical agroforestry systems. Reduced sequencing costs made the development of the genetic markers in the database possible for ‘non-model' (or genetically under-researched) species.

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Event: IV Mediterranean Forest Week [viewed]

The IV Mediterranean Forest Week is being convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Government of Spain, FOREST EUROPE and other partners in order to explore the role of Mediterranean forests in the green economy. The Week will bring together stakeholders to explore policy considerations from the Tlemcen Declaration and Strategic Framework on Mediterranean Forests (SFMF), promote resilient forests, consider the integration of other sectors within national forest programmes and develop an overall vision for the future of Mediterranean forests and woodlands.  

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ITTO Reports on Activities to Strengthen Timber Processing Efficiency [viewed]

Itto2 October 2014: In the 'Final Report on Strengthening the Capacity to Promote Efficient Wood Processing Technologies in Tropical Timber Producing Countries,' the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) profiles its activities to support efficient wood processing technologies in Cameroon, Ghana, Guatemala and Mexico. The report focuses on a project that addresses primary secondary and tertiary production through the enhancement of capacity within mills.

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TTM Report Focuses on China [viewed]

Itto1 October 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 16-30 September issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report highlighting a drop in imported timber prices in China due to supply, which sits at about 5 million cubic meters, exceeding domestic demand.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Touts Climate Summit Commitments [viewed]

unreddOctober 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the October 2014 edition of its newsletter, which highlights the New York Declaration on Forests and commitments made during Climate Summit 2014.

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September 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adb-afdb-eib-idb-cif-worldbank-gef-ifad1 October 2014: In September 2014, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank reported on various climate finance developments, including in the areas of green bonds, transport, forest emissions and climate resilience.

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UNCCD Mourns Death of First Executive Secretary [viewed]

diallo1 October 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is mourning the passing of Hama Arba Diallo, the Convention's first Executive Secretary who served from 1993-2007. He passed away on 1 October 2014.

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IUFRO Identifies Conditions for Successful SFM [viewed]

IufroOctober 2014: The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) has released a comprehensive analysis, titled 'Forests Under Pressure: Local responses to global issues.' The analysis reviews 27 case studies in order to identify opportunities for and challenges facing sustainable forest management (SFM).

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Water Scarcity, Security Subject of GWP-Med Book [viewed]

GWP Global logotype30 September 2014: A new book, titled ‘Water Scarcity, Security and Democracy: A Mediterranean Mosaic,' has been released by Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University.

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Participants Address Wildlife Trafficking on Margins of UNGA General Debate [viewed]

german-gabon26 September 2014: Heads of States and Government and Ministers from countries affected by poaching and wildlife trafficking, as well as UN agency representatives and other stakeholders, discussed how to combat wildlife trafficking and curb poaching at a luncheon on ‘Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking: Towards Joint Action by the International Community.' Germany and Gabon hosted the event on the margins of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate 2014, with the aim of taking stock of progress on addressing the issues and raising awareness on illegal wildlife and poaching.

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