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Namibia: Biodiversity Convention Set to Bring Environmental Justice
The Namibian (Ondangwa) – NAMIBIA has started with the development of national laws and regulations that will allow rural people to benefit from genetic resources found in their environments. Namibia is a party to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), whose third objective calls for the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources. The Convention's Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) agreed in October last year seeks to place developing countries in a better position to benefit from their resources and to provide incentives for the conservation and sustainable use of their biodiversity.
The Nagoya Protocol recognizes that the authority to determine access to genetic resources rests with the national governments and is subject to national legislation. "The challenge for us now is to align our law with this new international instrument," said Nandi-Ndaitwah, the Environment and Tourism Minister. She added that the ministry was finalizing the bill in order to ratify the Nagoya Protocol before the deadline of February 1 next year. http://allafrica.com/stories/201104070385.html
Gambia: Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPS) Validation Ends
Daily Observer (Banjul) – A validation workshop on assessment of the implementation of Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) for African Development Bank funded Agricultural portfolio in The Gambia recently ended at International Trypanotolerance Center (ITC) in Kerr Sering. Speaking at the occasion, Babucarr Njie, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, said that the ESMPs is aimed at integrating environmental and social issues of the project with their existing programme.
According to PS Njie, the ESMPs, if properly implemented will go a long way in helping towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs 1) number one that is poverty alleviation and food security. He noted that it is also in line with the country's Vision 2020 and its national goals for sustainable development approach with various specialized presentation of human resources present. http://allafrica.com/stories/201104080491.html
Namibia: Children Learn About Rio Agreements
The Namibian (Windhoek) – Staff members of three environmental projects of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia, lectured pupils of the Khomas High School in Windhoek on the three Rio conventions.
These global environmental agreements are the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), the UN Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Johnson Ndokosho from the Africa Adaptation Project Namibia, the national co-ordinator of the Capacity Enhancement to Implement the Global Environmental Convention in Namibia (GEGEM), Dietlinde Nakwaya and Daniel Kehrer of the Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Management project made the presentations. Namibia is a party to all three conventions and has come up with a number of activities to meet their requirements. http://allafrica.com/stories/201104070383.html
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