Africa

CIFOR Links Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Cameroon's Forests [viewed]

CIFOR30 October 2014: Making links between climate change mitigation and adaptation, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a report from Cameroon revealing that the impacts of climate change may negatively affect REDD+ outcomes.

read more »

African Countries Adopt Sustainable Transport Framework [viewed]

africa-sustinable-transport30 October 2014: Senior officials representing over 42 African countries have adopted a framework for a transition to sustainable transport, with a view to curbing air pollution, boosting the use of sustainable fuels and improving road safety. The roadmap aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the use of low-emission non-motorized transport, and increasing the quality of public transport and investment in clean technologies.

read more »

UNDP Publishes Studies on Developing a Sustainable Charcoal NAMA [viewed]

UNDP21 October 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has published two studies that aim to provide Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana with the information and opportunity to use Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) to implement sustainable value chains and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their current charcoal value chains.

read more »

WAZA, WFEN and OuTrop Join GRASP [viewed]

GRASPOctober 2014: The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) has added three new partners: the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN), and the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Trust (OuTrop). The new additions bring the partnership to 98 members.

read more »

UN-REDD and FCPF Welcome Civil Society Observers [viewed]

unredd-forestcarbon28 October 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have announced the outcomes of the self-selection process for Civil Society Observers.

read more »

Regional Commissions Issue Concept Note for Dialogue with Executive Secretaries [viewed]

rc21 October 2014: The UN Regional Commissions NY Office issued a Concept Note for an upcoming dialogue with the UN General Assembly's Second Committee on 'The Means of Implementation in Support of the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Regional Perspectives.' It will address the Regional Commissions' potential role in catalyzing and mobilizing the means of implementation for achieving the agenda, and the "growing role of regionalism" as a strong driver for development.

read more »

AfDB Supports Mapping of Africa's Renewable Energy Resources [viewed]

afdb-ica-unep17 October 2014: The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$265,000 grant for the development of an energy resource atlas for Africa aimed at accelerating the deployment of renewable energy in the region through improved information on renewable energy resource availability at country level. The ‘Africa Energy Atlas' will be developed in partnership by the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

read more »

Event: ECOSOC Coordination Meeting [viewed]

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination Meeting to discuss items related to the coordination of the Council, including implementation and follow-up to major UN conferences, summits, and UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions. Other issues for discussion include: long-term programme of support for Haiti; coordination and programme in African countries emerging from conflict; sustainable development; environment; and cartography. ECOSOC will also host a dialogue with the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). The Coordination Meeting is part of the 2014 series of ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meetings.  

read more »

Cetaceans Conference Addresses Progress on ACCOBAMS Implementation [viewed]

Cetaceans Conference28 October 2014: Some 50 participants from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia and international and regional organizations met to promote the implementation of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS).

read more »

Online Retail Sites in China to Discourage Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

trafficOctober 2014: At a seminar in Hangzhou City, China, leading Chinese online retailers announced plans to prevent illegal wildlife trade on their platforms and encourage other businesses as well as the general public to follow suit. In the fight against wildlife crime, the businesses will remove any illegal activity from their sites and take action against those advertising illicit activities.

read more »