Africa

Governments Conclude Consultations on WCIP Outcome Document [viewed]

wcip15 September 2014: The draft outcome document of the forthcoming World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) commits participating Heads of State and Government to give "due consideration to all the rights of indigenous peoples" in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda. The draft outcome document is the result of consultations among UN Member States, chaired by Andrej Logar, Slovenia, and Marjon Kamara, Liberia, which concluded on 12 September 2014.

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ICRAF Urges Use of Indigenous Tree Species in Africa [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)September 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released a policy brief on the use of trees on farms in Nigeria to tackle climate change mitigation and adaptation, and food security.

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Event: African Forestry and Wildlife Commission - 20th Session [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting in order to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. The meeting is one of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions.  

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Event: GSP Training on Digital Soil Mapping for Eastern and Southern Africa Representatives [viewed]

Organized with the support of the European Commission, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has established a Capacity Development Programme on digital mapping in Africa, to be implemented in October 2014 and January 2015. This training workshop will be held from 13-17 October in Nairobi, Kenya. Previous workshops, one of which launched the African Soil Partnership in 2013, have identified capacity development as a regional priority and a key area for improving the availability of updated soil data and information.  

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CITES Protections Come into Effect for Sharks and Manta Rays [viewed]

CITES14 September 2014: Stronger shark and manta rays protections have come into force. International trade in specimens of five shark species and all manta ray species, including their meat, gills and fins, will need to be accompanied by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) permits and certificates confirming that they have been harvested sustainably and legally.

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IOSEA Addresses Marine Turtle Conservation, Launches Network of Sites [viewed]

IOSEA12 September 2013: Representatives from 25 countries agreed on a series of measures to strengthen marine turtle conservation in and around the Indian Ocean at the Seventh meeting of the Indian Ocean-South-East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding Signatory States (IOSEA SS7). IOSEA also launched the IOSEA Network of Sites of Importance for Marine Turtles at the meeting.

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Coffee Gene Sequencing Project Supports Climate Adaptation [viewed]

idb-fontagro11 September 2014: The complete sequence of the coffee genome has been released into the public domain in an attempt to accelerate plant variety selection in the face of climate change and to meet growers' specific needs. The genetic information of the Coffea arabica and Coffea eugenioides species, containing the location and characterization of more than 30,000 genes, was presented during the Conference of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC), held 8-13 September in Armenia, Colombia.

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Event: Conference on Land Policy in Africa [viewed]

The inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa, co-hosted by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the Forum on Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), will convene under the theme 'The next Decade of Land Policy in Africa: Ensuring Agricultural Development and Inclusive Growth,' in support of the 2014 African Union (AU) Year of Agriculture and Food Security. The conference, which will be held biennially, aims to create a continental land policy platform for presenting research and drawing stakeholder attention to the issues and status of land policy in Africa. The conference will include plenary and parallel sessions, side events, panel discussions and exhibitions, and will focus on six sub-themes: inclusive agricultural growth; land governance frameworks; women's land rights; land rights under different tenure regimes; experiences and best practices in land policies; and land administration.  

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Event: 12th Meeting of the REDBIOS Network [viewed]

The 12th meeting of East Atlantic Biosphere Reserve Network (REDBIOS) will take place under the auspices of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of the Azores. It will consider knowledge transfer, exchange of experiences, and new opportunities for cooperation between REDBIOS biosphere reserves, paying particular attention to the potential contribution of European cooperation programmes, such as the Transnational Cooperation Programme Madeira-Azores-Canary Islands (PCT-MAC), to the REDBIOS network and its projects. Participants will also examine new and planned applications for biosphere reserves, particularly from Cape Verde and the Azores. The meeting will be attended by representatives from the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves (WNICBR) to discuss future relations with other regional and thematic networks on biosphere reserves.  

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WAVES Highlights Natural Capital Accounting for Forests, SIDS [viewed]

waves10 September 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program has released the September 2014 edition of its newsletter, featuring recent developments in natural capital accounting (NCA) in Botswana, Mauritius and the Climate Investment Funds' (CIF) Forest Investment Programs (FIP), as well as upcoming events, recent publications, and news stories about NCA and WAVES partner projects.

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