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Latest News - 14 October 2014
IEA Africa Energy Outlook Explores Role of Energy in Regional Development
Read More: IEA Africa Energy Outlook Explores Role of Energy in Regional Development
14_October 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched a Special Report examining the energy sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report focuses on ways to accelerate economic and social development in the region through energy sector actions and investment, and examines future prospects of the region's energy sector, broken down by fuel, sector and sub-region, and key issues such as the role of renewable energy, in particular mini-and off-grid solutions, in providing access to electricity. continued...
Global Mechanism, IOM Project Promotes SLM in West Africa
Read More: Global Mechanism, IOM Project Promotes SLM in West Africa
8_October_2014: The Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are working on a project that promotes sustainable land management (SLM) in migration-prone areas in West-Africa through the use of innovative financing mechanisms. The three-year project, funded by the Government of Italy, supports Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Senegal in efforts to prevent land degradation and restore degraded land areas by increasing investments in SLM. continued...
Climate and Development in Africa Conference Focuses on Food Security
Read More: Climate and Development in Africa Conference Focuses on Food Security
10_October 2014: The fourth conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IV) focused on how the continent can feed itself, especially under a changing climate. The conference addressed the connections between climate and agriculture, examining how climate-smart agriculture can increase resilience, how climate change will affect the livelihoods and food security of vulnerable populations, and how climate knowledge can bolster agricultural productivity. continued...
BASIC Ministers Prepare for Lima
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10_October 2014: Ministers from the four BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) countries convened for the group's 19th Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change to discuss: issues relating to the UNFCCC negotiations; matters relating to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP); and key topics emerging from the negotiations and informal consultations. continued...
FAO Launches Software for Forest Monitoring
Read More: FAO Launches Software for Forest Monitoring
10_October 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of Open Foris, a suite of open source software tools to monitor forest inventory. Piloted in ten countries, the tools allow for data entry on smart phones or tablets. continued...
UN Crime Convention COP Highlights Impacts of Rhinoceros Poaching
Read More: UN Crime Convention COP Highlights Impacts of Rhinoceros Poaching
9_October_2014: The Seventh Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime met to discuss the many facets of global crime, including new forms of transnational organized crime focused on the trafficking of people, human organs, and wildlife as well as forest crime. The Conference featured an exhibit on rhinoceros poaching. continued...
INTERPOL Announces Establishment of Environmental Crime Team in Africa
Read More: INTERPOL Announces Establishment of Environmental Crime Team in Africa
7_October_2014: INTERPOL has announced the establishment of a dedicated team to address wildlife crime in Africa. The team will also support the activities of INTERPOL's Project Wisdom, which combats elephant and rhinoceros poaching and illegal trade in ivory through the financial support of the Wildcat Foundation. continued...
TRAFFIC Reports on Increased Illegal Trade in South African Abalone
Read More: TRAFFIC Reports on Increased Illegal Trade in South African Abalone
7_October_2014: TRAFFIC has released a report that details evidence and the evolution of illegal harvest and trade in Perlemoen Abalone, a species found off the coast of South Africa. continued...
World Bank Links Energy Subsidy Reform to Job Creation in MENA Region
Read More: World Bank Links Energy Subsidy Reform to Job Creation in MENA Region
8_October_2014: A study by the World Bank finds evidence of a positive relationship between fuel prices, per capita gross domestic product (GDP) growth and job creation, and encourages the governments of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to cut energy subsidies in order to build dynamic, employment-intensive economies. The study, titled ‘Corrosive Subsidies,' also projects economic growth in the MENA transition countries to be hampered by macroeconomic imbalances and unfinished subsidy reform. continued...
International Organizations Call for Research on Ebola and Wildlife Links
Read More: International Organizations Call for Research on Ebola and Wildlife Links
8_October_2014: On the occasion of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), Jane Smart, Global Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s Biodiversity Conservation Group, highlighted the links between the spread of Ebola and biodiversity loss. The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have also announced calls and support for research into the links between bushmeat consumption and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. continued...
Madagascar and CITES Cooperating to Address Illegal Timber Trade
Read More: Madagascar and CITES Cooperating to Address Illegal Timber Trade
7_October_2014: On the margins of the 69th UN General Assembly, Madagascar President, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, and John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), discussed continued cooperation and means to stem illegal trade in timber. continued...
UNEP-WCMC Models Policy Scenarios for Land, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in East Africa
Read More: UNEP-WCMC Models Policy Scenarios for Land, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in East Africa
6_October_2014: A workshop by the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and partners on scenario-guided policy analysis concluded that there is a need for increased integration between plans for agricultural development and environmental management. The workshop, which focused on the future of development, food security and the environment under climate change in East Africa, meant to identify important future policy questions for the region guided by research, and more specifically, modeling. continued...
Nile Basin Development Forum Calls for Cooperation through NBI
Read More: Nile Basin Development Forum Calls for Cooperation through NBI
7_October_2014: The 4th Nile Basin Development Forum concluded with the issue of a Declaration calling for transboundary cooperation through the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) and rebuilding the relationship between Egypt and the other Nile basin countries. continued...
Water Economists Address Efficiency and Water Conservation
Read More: Water Economists Address Efficiency and Water Conservation
29_September 2014: The 11th meeting of the International Water and Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC), hosted by the World Bank, discussed the latest research on the economics of water management, focusing on the theme “Efficiency and Water Conservation.” continued...
ARE, PANGEA Partner Under SE4ALL
Read More: ARE, PANGEA Partner Under SE4ALL
29_September 2014: The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and Partners for Euro-African Green Energy (PANGEA) are partnering to accelerate the adoption of decentralized bioenergy and off-grid systems in developing countries and emerging economies. The partnership, supported by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), was developed under the auspices of the UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL). continued...
Secretary-General Proposes Terms for 10YFP Board Members
Read More: Secretary-General Proposes Terms for 10YFP Board Members
12_September 2014: A note by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon proposes a duration of terms for the members of the board of the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (SCP). The board will meet on 15-16 October 2014, in Santiago, Chile, for the third time since its establishment in September 2013. continued...
OECD Development Co-operation Report Assesses Financing for Sustainable Development
Read More: OECD Development Co-operation Report Assesses Financing for Sustainable Development
7_October_2014: “There are many sources of financing available to eradicate poverty and spur sustainable growth,” argues the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s Development Co-operation Report 2014. The yearly report provides ideas and recommendations on how to mobilize necessary resources to tackle the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). continued...
OECD-AUC Forum Advances Regional Cooperation
Read More: OECD-AUC Forum Advances Regional Cooperation
7_October_2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and African Union Commission (AUC) signed an agreement on dialogue on a pan-African agenda of integration and transformation. The signing took place at the 14th International Economic Forum on Africa, which was organized for the first time jointly by the OECD Development Centre and the AUC. The Forum also saw the launch of the OECD Development Centre's ‘Africa Action Plan' on partnerships and activities with member countries and institutions in the region. continued...
CPF Wangari Maathai Award Presented to Mexican Environmentalist
Read More: CPF Wangari Maathai Award Presented to Mexican Environmentalist
6_October_2014: The Mexican environmental campaigner Martha Isabel ‘Pati' Ruiz Corzo has been honored with the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) Wangari Maathai Award 2014 for her efforts to preserve forests and alleviate rural poverty in Mexico. A special Honorable Mention was given to the late Cambodian environmental activist Chut Wutty for his work to end illegal deforestation in Cambodia and protect the rights of indigenous forest dwellers. continued...
COMIFAC and FAO Review MRV Progress in the Congo Basin
Read More: COMIFAC and FAO Review MRV Progress in the Congo Basin
4_October_2014: The Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) convened a regional meeting on measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) for Central Africa. continued...
Africa RECs Discuss Role of Agenda 2063 in Development
Read More: Africa RECs Discuss Role of Agenda 2063 in Development
1_October_2014: The African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) gave a briefing on their role in consolidating peace, security, governance and development in the context of the African Union's (AU) Agenda 2063. Participants discussed economic progress, challenges across Africa and the region's long-term future. The Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (OSAA), Permanent Observer Mission of the AU to the UN, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa co-organized the meeting, which took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 1 October 2014. continued...
IFPRI, AfDB Publish Review of GM Crops in Africa
Read More: IFPRI, AfDB Publish Review of GM Crops in Africa
October_2014: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and African Development Bank (AfDB) have released a report detailing the current status of biotechnology in Africa, with particular focus on genetically modified (GM) crops. The report, titled 'GM Agricultural Technologies for Africa: A State of Affairs,' considers the potential pros and cons of expanding Africa's currently limited use of GM crops and outlines the barriers to their adoption. continued...
TRAFFIC Report Reviews Trends in Illegal Trade in Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn
Read More: TRAFFIC Report Reviews Trends in Illegal Trade in Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn
22_September 2014: The USAID-funded Wildlife Trafficking, Response, Assessment and Priority Setting (Wildlife TRAPS) Project has published a study prepared by TRAFFIC on illegal trade trends in wild African elephant and rhinoceros. continued...
Database Provides Genetic Markers for Tropical Trees
Read More: Database Provides Genetic Markers for Tropical Trees
17_September 2014: An interactive open-access database, called tropiTree, provides detailed information on genetic markers for 24 species of trees, which are important to smallholders in tropical agroforestry systems. Reduced sequencing costs made the development of the genetic markers in the database possible for ‘non-model' (or genetically under-researched) species. continued...
African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
CBD COP 12 Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 6 Oct - 17 Oct
Cities Biodiversity Summit Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 12 Oct - 14 Oct
Italy and Africa: Working Together for a Sustainable Energy Future Rome, Lazio, Italy 13 Oct - 14 Oct
GSP Training on Digital Soil Mapping for Eastern and Southern Africa Representatives Nairobi, Kenya 13 Oct - 17 Oct
Nagoya Protocol on ABS COP/MOP-1 Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 13 Oct - 17 Oct
8th Meeting of the GCF Board Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados 14 Oct - 17 Oct
Tenth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC10) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 21 Oct - 24 Oct
First Africa Regional Mountain Meeting (AMRF) Arusha, Tanzania 22 Oct - 24 Oct
Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming Rome, Lazio, Italy 23 Oct - 24 Oct
Tenth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 10) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 26 Oct - 30 Oct
Global Dialogue on Family Farming Rome, Lazio, Italy 27 Oct - 28 Oct
47th Meeting of the GEF Council Washington D.C., US 27 Oct - 30 Oct
Africa Conference on Land Grabs 2014 Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa 27 Oct - 30 Oct
IPCC 40 Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark 27 Oct - 31 Oct
Fifth African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo - C5) Arusha, Tanzania 27 Oct - 2 Nov
 
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