Capacity Building & Education

Event: Online Discussion Forum on the Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this forum offers Protocol Parties, other governments and relevant organizations the opportunity to share views, experiences, and relevant information on implementing the Protocol. The forum will focus on the integration of Protocol implementation into national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and national development policies, plans and programmes as well as resource mobilization for advancing implementation in line with the Protocol's Strategic Plan 2011-2020.  

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African Countries Adopt Common Position on Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

afrp1416 May 2014: The 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (AfRP14) and the 3rd Ministerial Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) convened under the theme ‘Prevent Risk: Build Resilience.' The meeting was one in a series of multi-stakeholder consultations leading up to the 3rd World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), which is scheduled to take place in Japan in March 2015. 

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ECREEE Outlines Regional SE4ALL Priorities [viewed]

ECREEE9 May 2014: The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has released the eighth edition of its newsletter, highlighting ECOWAS' adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies, a campaign for gender awareness, and regional priorities for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.

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Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial Addresses Finance, Markets and Energy-Water Nexus [viewed]

cem513 May 2014: Energy ministers and high-level delegates from 23 countries, as well as representatives from the private sector and international organizations, gathered for the Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) to discuss accelerating the transition toward a global clean energy economy and to assess progress made since CEM1 in 2010. Around 250 participants attended the meeting, which convened a set of public-private roundtables and a Ministerial segment on clean energy, integration, energy efficiency and human capacity.

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UNODC Announces Programme to Combat Forest and Wildlife Crime [viewed]

UNODC13 May 2014: On the margins of the twenty-third session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), Yuri Fedotov, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director, hosted a special event on the theme 'Global Community United to Address Wildlife and Forest Crime.' The event featured a demonstration of a canine search for wildlife by Austrian Customs and an exhibit of seized wildlife products.

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ICRAF Partners for Agroforestry in Africa and Asia [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)14 May 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has announced a national partnership in Indonesia and a regional partnership in Africa. The partnerships aim to, respectively, provide farmers and communities with access to ICRAF research and support the implementation of climate-smart agriculture. 

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Bioversity International Supports the Sustainable Use of Cocoa Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity International13 May 2014: Through a joint project with the private sector, Bioversity International has developed a comprehensive database and biodiversity assessment and training tools to support the conservation and sustainable use of cocoa biodiversity in Ghana. Ghana is the third largest exporter of cocoa in the world.

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Event: Hands-On Training Workshop on the Preparation of BURs for Africa Region [viewed]

The Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) on National Communications will hold the Hands-On Training Workshop on the Preparation of Biennial Update Reports (BURs) for the Africa Region from 18-20 August 2014, in Malawi.  

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CITES Scientific Committees Discuss Sustainability of Wildlife Trade [viewed]

CITES9 May 2014: At their annual meetings, the Animals and Plants Committees of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met back to back to discuss the conservation and sustainable use of a number of species, including sharks, rays, pythons, rare plants and tropical timber species. The Committees drew attention to the impacts of illegal trade on cheetahs, making recommendations for further consideration of this case, as well as a number of other legally traded species, at subsequent CITES meetings.

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Meteorological Institutions and Farmers Use Climate Information Produced Via CCAFS Tools [viewed]

CCAFSMay 2014: The national meteorological services of ten African countries have collected historic data and monitored climate and weather information using participatory tools and approaches developed by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). These tools have helped deliver climate information at a small enough scale for smallholder farmers to use in agricultural planning.

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