Africa

UNEP-WCMC Maps Global Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystem Assets [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc1 August 2014: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has produced a composite map of the marine and terrestrial ecosystem assets of the world.

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ITTO TTM Reflects on Impacts of Slow EU Construction Sector [viewed]

Itto1 August 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released the 16-31 July issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report highlighting a projected rebound in the EU construction sector which, although growth has been slow, is still a significant market for tropical wood products.

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Report Finds 'Coasts at Risk' in SIDS, Tropical States [viewed]

coastsatriskAugust 2014: Tropical and small island developing States (SIDS) are most at risk from exposure and vulnerability to coastal hazards, according to ‘Coasts at Risk: An Assessment of Coastal Risks and the Role of Environmental Solutions.' The report uses an indicator-based approach to assess risks from exposure and vulnerability to coastal hazards and identifies where environmental degradation increases these risks. The report then considers how environmental solutions, such as conservation and restoration, can contribute to risk reduction and conservation goals.

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FAO Unasylva Focuses on Mediterranean Forests [viewed]

FAOAugust 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 65th volume of its Unasylva journal, which focuses on forestry and forest industries in the Mediterranean.

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African Water Facility Supports Improved Sanitation in Kenya [viewed]

AfricanWaterFacility31 July 2014: The African Water Facility (AWF) will support a project to provide sanitation services in Kenya while creating business opportunities through sales of sanitation by-products, such as biogas, energy and fertilizers.

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Africa Water Forum Focuses on Access to Water For All [viewed]

Unesco31 July 2014: Participants discussed 'Access to water for all in Africa' at the second International Forum of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) official NGO partners. The Yamoussoukro Forum brought together representatives from international, regional and national NGOs with UN agencies and academia to share views on water and facilitate cooperation on innovative projects.

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IUCN Reports Pangolins Are on the Brink of Extinction [viewed]

IUCN29 July 2014: According to the latest update of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, all eight species of pangolin are now threatened with extinction. The Chinese and Sunda pangolins are now classified as Critically Endangered.

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July 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

EIB-CIF-AfDB-EBRD-World Bank-GEF31 July 2014: During July 2014, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have reported on climate investments. Both the African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced partnerships with the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) for a variety of climate-related investments. The World Bank also announced additional funding to be provided by CIF.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights South-South Exchanges [viewed]

unredd1 August 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the August 2014 edition of its newsletter, highlighting a regional workshop on National REDD+ Strategies for Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Civil Society Continues to Issue Reactions to Proposed SDGs [viewed]

OWGAugust 2014: In reaction to the 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified by the Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs, civil society organizations (CSOs) have issued articles and positions outlining their ideas for consideration during the next steps in defining the post-2015 development agenda.

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