International Mother Earth Day-22 April 2016

International Mother Earth Day, 22 April 2016. Mother Earth Day Coincides with the Signing of the Paris Agreement. With this year's theme, looking forward to its 50th anniversary, it sets the goal of planting 7.8 billion trees over the next five years. Resolution, schedule, action… find out more…

About the partnership

The Congo Basin Forest Partnership was launched by Colin Powell at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg as a voluntary multi-stakeholder initiative. The Partnership brings together some 70 partners, including African countries, donor agencies and governments, international organizations, NGOs, scientific institutions and the private sector. Read more...

CBFP News

UNEP-Countries Make Further Progress towards Curbing Potent Greenhouse Gases under the Montreal Protocol

11 April 2016 - Only two weeks ahead of the signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the 197 parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer have taken steps towards amending the Protocol to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which will help curb global warming.

GEF-Facilitating synergies among MEAs to deliver results on the ground

This week, the GEF Secretariat piloted an interactive dialogue on facilitating synergies in implementing the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) that the GEF serves as financial mechanism. These MEAs include the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Stockholm Convention and the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

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Unep-Rwanda's Model Green Village - a Sustainable Development Incarnation

Perched on the steep slopes of Rwanda's hilly north, Rubaya village used to suffer from soil erosion caused by heavy rains, which were washing away the most fertile soil, and sometimes even houses or large chunks of the hills. This was affecting the community's agricultural productivity, pushing it into poverty.

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UNDP-CAFI Signature of US $200 million agreement for DRC forests takes place in Geneva on April 22

Geneva - April 22, 2016 - The Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) and the Minister of Finance of the DR Congo today signed a letter of intent (LOI) for 200 million US dollars to address deforestation and forest degradation in the country and to promote sustainable development.

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IISD-summary of the thirty-seventh meeting of the open-ended working group of the parties to the montreal protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer.

The thirty-seventh meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 37) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 4-8 April 2016. Over 350 participants representing governments, UN agencies, Montreal Protocol expert panels and committees, non-governmental organizations, and industry attended the meeting.

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IISD-Summary of the first session of the preparatory committee on marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction

The first session of the Preparatory Committee on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) convened from 28 March – 8 April 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York.

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iisd- summary of the 43rd session of the intergovernmental panel on climate change: 11-13 april 2016.

The 43rd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-43) convened from 11-13 April 2016, in Nairobi, Kenya, and brought together 264 participants from 117 countries.

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Briefing note on the paris climate agreement signing ceremony: 22 april 2016

On Friday, 22 April 2016, the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change took place at the UN Headquarters in New York. Following an opening ceremony, 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement, the largest number of countries to ever sign a multilateral agreement on the day on which it opens for signature. After signing, Heads of State and Government met in parallel sessions to deliver national statements addressing their intention to ratify the Agreement, and outline their climate change policies and actions.

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Upcoming Events

06.06.2016 - 09.06.2016 50th Meeting of the GEF Council
24.10.2016 - 27.10.2016 51st Meeting of the GEF Council

Job offers

Postdoc UCLA- Ecology and Sustainability of West African Ebony

We seek a highly qualified and enthusiastic individual with a background in the ecology of tropical rainforest trees or their dispersers/pollinators and an interest in the conservation and sustainability of African hardwoods to join our team. 

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Adaptation Fund-Helping developing countries build resilience and adapt to climate change

Please begin the proposal submission process by reading the Operational Policies and Guidelines for Parties to Access Resources from the Adaptation Fund. Next, fill out the form entitled “Request for Project/Programme Funding from Adaptation Fund,” which can be found on the Project Proposal Materials page.

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RAPAC: TOR for service delivery: monitoring certification of RAPAC's "Public Administrative & Financial operations"

Offers must be submitted before Friday, 22 April 2016 in a sealed envelope bearing the reference AO/Certif-Adm/04/2016 at the front  desk of RAPAC in Libreville, Haut-de-Guégué, Gabon. Electronic submissions may supplement but will not substitute for hard copy paper submissions and should be sent to the following e-mail...

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RIFFEAC- Recruitment Notice: Procurements Officer; Secretary, Project Manager.

As part of the launch of the ADB-funded PEFOGRN BC-II project, the Network of Forestry and Environmental Training Institutions of Central Africa (RIFFEAC), is seeking: A Procurements Officer, a Secretary and a Project Manager. 

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Establishing a partnership Foundation between ICCN and WWF for the co-management of Salonga National Park, DRC

The overall objective of the consultancy is to provide recommendations on the key features (legal status, governance, funding) of a Foundation as a strong management and sustainable funding mechanism for SNP, together with a clear action plan leading to its creation and operation. The consultancy is the first step of a process that is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 at the latest.

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