Capacity Building & Education

Workshop Addresses Integration of MEAs into NBSAPs [viewed]

MEAs into NBSAPs2 July 2013: A workshop on improving the capacity of Francophone African National Focal Points in identifying indicators and integrating the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) objectives into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) brought together National Focal Points for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), CMS and CITES from eight Francophone African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, Senegal and Togo), supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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DESA Guidebook Reviews Green Economy Initiatives [viewed]

UNDESAJune 2013: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department for Economic and Social Development (DESA) has published the fourth guidebook in its series on the green economy. 'Issue 4: A guide to international green economy initiatives' provides background on international cooperation on green economy, reviews international green economy initiatives and includes a resource guide to green economy initiatives. 

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GEF Approves US$33 Million Grants for Climate Change Adaptation in Africa [viewed]

AFDB GEF2 July 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council recently approved several grants for promoting adaptation to climate change in Cameroon, Djibouti, Kenya, Angola and Madagascar. These grants will be channelled through the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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AfDB, UNU Collaborate on Sustainable Development Research in Africa [viewed]

unu-afdb19 June 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and United Nations University (UNU) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to advance knowledge exchange and collaborative research on sustainable development in Africa.

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UNEP Risoe Centre Assesses Emission Reduction Opportunities in 15 ACP Countries [viewed]

UNEP RISO Centre11 June 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre has released a compilation report assessing the status of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) development, capacity building and opportunities in 15 Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The report aims to inform decisions on policy making and project development to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the assessed countries and beyond.

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Event: Training Workshop of the National Coordinators of COMIFAC [viewed]

The Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) is convening a workshop to share experiences and identify best practices with regard to the functions, forms and roles of the national coordinators. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for COMIFAC to report on its activities to the national coordinators while developing further mechanisms for information exchange with and among them.  

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Zambia [viewed]

This meeting aims to promote exercises on national capacity development (NCSA), results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, as well as synergies in project design related to the biodiversity, climate, chemicals and desertification conventions. Participants will also hear updates on the GEF2020 Strategy and on the GEF-6 replenishment process. The targeted audience is GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions, representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF agencies.  

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Event: LEG Workshop on Adaptation for African Anglophone LDCs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), this workshop aims to provide technical guidance and advice to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in addressing adaptation to climate change through the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), the LDC work programme and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process, through the exchange of information, and the promotion of regional synergies and synergies with other conventions. It will be preceded by a one-day preparatory meeting organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on 28 July, to discuss, among other issues, integration of biodiversity and climate change adaptation at the national level, progress in revising and updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and synergies in implementing the objectives of all three Rio Conventions at the national level. Participation of biodiversity experts in the UNFCCC workshop is facilitated through collaboration with the CBD Secretariat.  

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UN-HABITAT Supports Learning on Land Dispute Resolutions in Post-Conflict Africa [viewed]

UN-HABITAT24 June 2013: In an effort to share the lessons countries have learned from using tools to deal with land disputes in post-conflict settings, UN-HABITAT organized the 'Workshop on land disputes resolution: learning from country experiences', in Nairobi, Kenya from 11-13 June 2013.

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AfDB's High Level Panel on Fragile States Discusses Improved Engagement [viewed]

AfDB14 June 2013: The African Development Bank's (AfDB) High Level Panel on Fragile States met to discuss improving AfDB engagement with fragile states, commissioning analytical papers and country missions to inform on key priority areas.

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