Africa

GEF Reflects on Forests [viewed]

GEFJune 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) released a summary of its support for forests that begins with its first project in Guyana in 1991 and culminates in the adoption of the GEF-6 forest strategy in 2014.

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CIFOR, UNEP Investigate REDD+ Benefit Sharing Projects [viewed]

cifor_unep_cbfp2 June 2015: In order to support benefit sharing, which is garnering attention in REDD+ preparedness, especially as countries move towards results based payments, projects in Kenya, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are gathering experiences and developing and testing decision-making support tools.

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XIV World Forestry Congress Launched [viewed]

fao_headquarters2 June 2015: The Government of South Africa and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have officially launched the XIV World Forestry Congress, the first to be held in Africa. Scheduled for 7-11 September 2015, the Congress will focus on the role of forests in a sustainable future.

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AfDB/WWF Report Examines What Africa's Economic Success Means for its “Ecological Future” [viewed]

african_ecological_futures27 May 2015: As part of events marking the 50th anniversary of the African Development Bank (AfDB), AfDB and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) launched the 'African Ecological Futures Report 2015,' in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on 26 May 2015. The report opens with the observation that with many countries sustaining high economic growth over the past 15 years, “the narrative is rightly beginning to question the extent to which Africa's growth is sustainably transforming livelihoods while lifting millions from abject poverty.”

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CIFOR Releases 2014 Annual Report [viewed]

CIFOR28 May 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released its 2014 annual report highlighting achievements in research, policy development and actions on the ground. In particular, the report covers CIFOR's 70 active projects across 42 countries as well as 441 publications and 158 partnerships, describing how they contribute to ‘Forests for a sustainable future,' the theme and title of the report.

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UNCCD GM/IOM Project Explores Innovative Financing to Tackle Forced Migration in Sahelian Countries [viewed]

Global Mechanism27 May 2015: Three West African Sahelian countries have convened national consultations on how to harness innovative financing mechanisms, including diaspora investments, to urgently address the links between forced migration and desertification, land degradation and drought.

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SFM a Focus in Politics and Practice [viewed]

cifor-eu-forestsMay 2015: A number of intergovernmental processes as well as partnerships and projects are focusing on sustainable forest management (SFM), garnering political support as well as working to demonstrate results through research and projects implemented globally.

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GEF Project Extends Conservation Boundaries to Encompass “Protected Landscapes” in Namibia [viewed]

GEFMay 2015: The Namibia Protected Landscape Conservation Areas Initiative (NAM-PLACE) has developed a network of “protected landscapes” spanning five sensitive ecosystems and a total area of 15,550km2, with the aim of making land use practices outside protected areas more compatible with biodiversity conservation objectives.

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African Soil Experts Consolidate Regional Soil Partnership (IYS 2015) [viewed]

international year of soils22 May 2015: The African Soil Partnership consultation workshop that took place in Elmina, Ghana, from 20-22 May 2015, established a steering committee and finalized an implementation plan to guide the network's activities for the coming five years. Convened under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, the workshop aimed to further consolidate the regional network in order to contribute to the objectives of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP).

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CIF Expands Investment Opportunities to 72 Countries [viewed]

CIF19 May 2015: Decisions taken during the semi-annual Climate Investment Funds (CIF) governing body meetings will bring the US$8.1 billion CIF to a total of 72 developing and middle-income countries in the areas of renewable energy, technology, sustainable forestry and climate resilience. During the meetings, the CIF earmarked US$100 million to Ghana, Nicaragua and Haiti to help them develop their renewable energy markets.

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