Capacity Building & Education

COMIFAC Engages Community Radio in Forest Certification [viewed]

COMIFAC10 June 2013: The Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) announced the launch of a project to engage community radio stations in awareness raising and the promotion of forest certification in the Congo Basin.

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World Bank Improves Water and Sanitation Services in Ghana [viewed]

World Bank6 June 2013: The World Bank has approved a US$155 million International Development Association (IDA) grant to Ghana, aimed to provide access to better sanitation and water supply services to over 3.6 million people living around the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA), while improving the management and use of natural resources.

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ICRAF Builds Partnerships to Develop Seed Crops from Unique African Tree [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)6 June 2013: In an effort to help develop the sustainable production of oil from the seeds of Allanblackia species in equatorial Africa, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has engaged in a public-private partnership with Unilever and a collection of public non-profit organizations, called the Novella Africa Initiative. The partnership has developed a model for over 10,000 collectors or growers of Allanblackia to plant over 20,000 seedlings in Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania.

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UNDP, UNEP Toolkit Showcases Community Approaches to ICCAs [viewed]

UNDP UNEP5 June 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched 'A toolkit to support conservation by indigenous peoples and local communities,' which highlights community approaches to the conservation of Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs).

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Liberian Land Commission Completes National Land Rights Policy [viewed]

Liberia FlagJune 2013: At a two-day conference convened in Monrovia, Liberia, from 20-21 May 2013, the Liberian Land Commission presented a draft land rights policy to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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12th PFII Calls for Focus on Indigenous Peoples' Health, Education, Land Rights, and Culture [viewed]

Unpfii31 May 2013: The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) ended its 12th session with calls for: better health care and education; recognizing collective land and resource rights, especially in multilateral banks' safeguard policies; enshrining “culture” as the fourth pillar of sustainable development; and strengthening indigenous peoples' rights in Africa.

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Vienna Energy Forum Sees Launch of SE4ALL Tracking Framework, Post-2015 Goal Recommendations, MoU for Renewables Center [viewed]

vienna-energy-forum30 May 2013: The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2013 brought together over 1,200 participants from 100 countries, including ministers, policymakers, experts and representatives from the private sector and civil society under the theme 'One year after Rio+20: the energy future we want.'

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SREP Pilot Countries Exchange Lessons on Renewable Energy Investments [viewed]

srep-meeting30 May 2013: The fifth meeting of pilot countries participating in the Scaling up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) brought together over 50 participants from pilot countries, countries on the SREP pilot reserve list, multilateral development banks (MDBs) and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Administrative Unit.

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FAO Approach Leads to Sustainable Increases in Cassava Farming [viewed]

FAO28 May 2013: In a new field guide, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) promotes the application of the FAO's 'Save and Grow' approach to cassava, documenting significant potential to scale up production with limited chemical inputs.

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Nile Perspectives Conference Adopts Khartoum Declaration [viewed]

iwmi-unescoihe7 May 2013: The New Nile Perspectives Conference, which brought together over 120 water experts from Egypt, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sudan, concluded with the adoption by researchers and policy makers of the Khartoum Declaration, expressing their commitment to “continue on-going and develop new activities that would bring a New Nile Future closer,” bringing peace, prosperity and sustainable development to all the residents of the Eastern Nile basin.

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