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African Workshop Prepares Position for AEWA MOP 5biodiversity-l.iisd.org | 17 May 2012
The African preparatory workshop ahead of the fifth Meeting of the Parties (MOP 5) to the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) helped African countries consolidate common positions on issues of relevance to Africa. The meeting was attended by 25 different African countries, and worked to finalize the draft AEWA Plan of Action for Africa.
Event: CBD Southern Indian Ocean Workshop to Facilitate Description of EBSAsbiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 15 May 2012
This workshop is convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). It aims to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs), and will include one day...
FAO Publishes Yearbook of Forest Products for 2006-2010biodiversity-l.iisd.org | 15 May 2012
The Yearbook of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) compiles annual data on production and trade in forest products. The 64th issue, containing data for the years 2006-2010, is now available. The compilation is based on country submissions and includes the volume of production, volume of trade, and value of trade in forest products.
Global Guidelines on Tenure of Land, Forests and Fisheries Adoptedbiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 14 May 2012
The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security were negotiated over the course of three years, and will be adapted and implemented by individual governments. The new guidelines aim to promote food security and sustainable development by improving access to resources and protecting stakeholders' rights.
CMS Publication "Living Planet" Now Available in French and Spanishbiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 14 May 2012
The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has released its publication, "Living Planet: Connected Planet," in French and Spanish. It highlights the importance of ecological networks for migratory animals and seeks to demonstrate that collaboration between different countries is critical to ensuring that migratory wild animals can continue to use their routes.
FAO, NEPAD Partnership to Boost Fisheries Development in Africabiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 08 May 2012
NEPAD and FAO have entered into a partnership to promote and improve the long-term sustainable management of both inland and marine fisheries and aquaculture, in support of regional efforts to achieve the MDGs. The partnership uses an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries and Aquaculture (EAF/EAA), and focuses on climate change adaptation and disaster risk management.
Nominate a protected area champion today!IUCN | 03 May 2012
Achieving success in protected areas takes stamina, dedication, hard work, knowledge, passion and a commitment that often goes beyond a mere 9 to 5 work day. The Fred Packard Award acknowledges those who have dedicated their full energies to protected areas, who go above and beyond the simple call...
Seychelles Fourth Country to Ratify ABS Protocolbiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 03 May 2012
On 20 April 2012, Seychelles became the fourth country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
UNCCD Invites Youth to Send Submissions on Their Views on Landbiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 03 May 2012
The UNCCD Secretariat is inviting submissions in the form of short video clips, pictures of field activities, and short articles. The best contributions from each region will be compiled and broadcast during the World Day to Combat Desertification, which will take place on 17 June, on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).
Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project Launchedbiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 01 May 2012
The US$35 million project will provide Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Turkey with information on the nutritional and health benefits of traditional food sources. The results should enhance the development of policies and regulatory frameworks that promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of traditional foods, which are often more nutritious and better adapted to local environments than imported foods, the project notes.
Press Release: Seychelles fourth country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on genetic resourcescbd.int | 27 Apr 2012
Montreal, 27 April 2012 – Seychelles, on 20 April 2012, became the fourth country to ratify the NagoyaProtocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising fromtheir Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity.The Nagoya Protocol will enter into force 90 days after the deposit of the 50th instrument of ratification. Inaddition to Seychelles, Rwanda, Gabon and Jordan have also ratified the Protocol.
FIP Pilot Country Meeting Evaluates REDD+ Initiativesbiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 25 Apr 2012
The third meeting of pilot countries participating in the Forest Investment Program (FIP) brought together representatives from Brazil, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Indonesia, Laos, Mexico and Peru to discuss the REDD+ policies implementation in their countries, as well as innovative approaches to promote mitigation through reducing pressure over natural forests.
ITPGR Multilateral System Gets Moroccan Wheat Accessionsbiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 24 Apr 2012
The Multilateral System (MLS) of access and benefit-sharing (ABS) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) received 351 new wheat accessions that have been evaluated during a project implemented in Morocco and funded by the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund. This is the first time that the MLS receives material generated by a project of the Benefit-sharing Fund.
GEF Supports Sustainable Forest Management in Cameroonbiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 20 Apr 2012
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a US$3.5 million grant to support a project, implemented by the World Bank, aimed at promoting sustainable forest management in the Ngoyla-Mintom Forest in Cameroon. The project is designed to conserve over 160,000 hectares for sustainable management and low impact community activities.
World Bank, UNDP, GEF Project Preserves Biodiversity in South Africabiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 19 Apr 2012
The World Bank and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) implemented two Global Environment Facility (GEF) grants in South Africa in a project to streamline biodiversity objectives into land use planning strategies. The project aimed to improve conservation and implement conservation agreements with private landowners along the Cape Floristic Region.
GEF Finances Marine and Coastal Conservation Project in Mauritaniabiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 18 Apr 2012
A newly approved Global Environment Facility (GEF) project seeks to mainstream biodiversity conservation concerns into the oil and gas offshore sector in Mauritania to ensure development of the sector is achieved while protecting ocean biodiversity.
GEF Supports Conservation of Iona National Park in Angolabiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 13 Apr 2012
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) will implement a project in Angola to strengthen the protected area management system in Iona National Park and conserve biodiversity in the area.