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World: Climate Conversations - Cassava comes to the tablefeedproxy.google.com | 18 May 2012
Source: AlertNet Country: World By Neil PalmerIt might be an abuse of artistic license, but 2012 might well be remembered as the first International Year of Cassava - in all but name.That's because this year has...
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.
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.
Cameroun: Des investisseurs américains se déploient dans l'agroalimentairefr.allafrica.com | 13 May 2012
Reçu au palais de l'Unité vendredi dernier, Bruce Wrobel, Pdg d'Herakles Capital Corporation, a fait avec le ministre secrétaire général de la présidence de la République, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, le point du déploiement de cette entreprise dans le secteur du palmier à huile au Cameroun.Le ministre...
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.
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.
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.
Cameroun: Contrat sign'? pour la construction du barrage de Memve'elefr.allafrica.com | 13 Apr 2012
La réalisation du projet de barrage hydroélectrique de Memve'ele se rapproche chaque jour davantage. Désormais, Sinohydro Corporation Limited, l'entreprise chinoise retenue pour les travaux de construction de ce barrage peut se déployer sur le site sans aucun souci. Elle a obtenu le feu vert du gouvernement camerounais pour réaliser, en 54 mois, cet ouvrage porteur d'espoir pour le pays.
Event: CBD Workshop for Indigenous and Local Communities of the African Regionbiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 13 Apr 2012
This regional workshop aims to increase the number of indigenous and local community (ILC) representatives, with an emphasis on women, effectively involved in the CBD processes, as well as to build their capacity to do so. This sub-regional workshop will focus on Articles 8(j) (traditional...
Rwanda Third Country to Ratify the ABS Protocolbiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 12 Apr 2012
On 20 March 2012, Rwanda ratified 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), following Gabon and Jordan.
IUCN Prepares for World Conservation Congressbiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 11 Apr 2012
IUCN has announced that the draft agenda for the World Conservation Congress, which will take place in Jeju, Republic of Korea, from 6-15 September 2012, and the first set of Congress documents are available on the IUCN Congress website. IUCN notes that participants are invited to register online and take advantage of an Early Bird fee by registering before 5 July 2012.
Celebrating the world's forest heroesIUCN | 22 Mar 2012
Today, World Forestry Day, we report on the outstanding efforts of people who have made an extraordinary contribution towards protecting forests and forest communities. At a special ceremony hosted recently by the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), the Forest Hero Award was presented to six regional winners.