Africa

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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Africa Rising Conference Focuses on Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development [viewed]

africa-rising25 May 2015: The ‘Africa Rising: Mobilising Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development' conference brought together over 100 delegates, including data managers, scientists, researchers and policymakers from Africa and beyond, as well as representatives of civil society, international organizations, UN agencies and private foundations.

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ILC Reflects on Experience Since 2011 Adoption of Tirana Declaration [viewed]

ILC22 May 2015: ‘From Tirana to Dakar: A Report (2011-2015)' highlights the achievements of the International Land Coalition (ILC) in the five years between the adoption of the Tirana Declaration in 2011 and the 2015 Land Forum in Dakar, Senegal. It notes that, while global understanding of land rights and land governance are "closer to the vision of our members,” more needs to be done to turn this vision into reality.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Participation in GBIF Programme on Biodiversity Information for Development [viewed]

GBIF22 May 2015: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), a partner institution to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), has issued two surveys to seek input from stakeholders in Africa on African biodiversity.

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International Biodiversity Day Celebrates Biodiversity and Sustainable Development [viewed]

international_day_biological_biodiv22 May 2015: The 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity convened under the theme, ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Development,' reflecting the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the relevance of biodiversity for achieving sustainable development. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized several events to mark the occasion on 22 May 2015, including one at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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Workshops Address Migratory Birds in the Atlantic and Seabird Bycatch Mitigation [viewed]

cms_fao_birdlife20 May 2015: The conservation of migratory birds along the East Atlantic Flyway was the topic of discussion during two meetings hosted by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in Bonn, Germany.

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Event: Africa Rising: Mobilizing Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development [viewed]

This event is organized by The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), and USAID Resilience in the Limpopo Basin Programme (RESILIM). Its aim is to increase regional understanding of the biodiversity data-science-policy value chain and identify the opportunities and solutions that it presents for sustainable development in Africa as well as draw attention to relevant tools, resources and learning networks for building effective biodiversity information systems in Africa.  

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African Leaders Issue Declaration Against Wildlife Crime [viewed]

conf-labff-brazzaMay 2015: Following a meeting on illegal trade in wild fauna and flora held in Brazzaville, the Republic of the Congo, African leaders issued a strong declaration urging coordinated regional and international action against wildlife crime.

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