Africa

World Environment Day 2015 Focuses on SCP [viewed]

WED 20155 June 2015: Celebrations and events took place around the globe on the occasion of World Environment Day (WED), which focused on the theme, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.' The theme encouraged consumers to rethink their lifestyles and decrease impacts on natural resources by making one change towards more responsible resource consumption and conscious consumer decision-making.

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GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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ITC Publications Address Wildlife Trade and Climate Change and Agri-Food Trade [viewed]

ITC5 June 2015: International trade in wildlife can be sustainable and contribute to biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods if certain conditions are in place, according to a publication released by the International Trade Centre (ITC) on World Environment Day (WED). Also commemorating WED, ITC released a study on the perceptions of agri-exporters in Peru and Uganda on climate change.

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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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