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National Ozone and Customs Officers in SADC region hold twinning workshop and Border Dialogues
United Nations Environment Programme

National Ozone and Customs Officers from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region (Africa Anglophone Network) gathered at the Birchwood Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24-26 October 2018, for a three-day Twinning Workshop and Border Dialogues. The workshop was organised by UN Environment OzonAction in collaboration with the Government of South Africa.


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2018
Mission Report: Science to Policy Forum in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Region: Summary of Action Items
United Nations Environment Programme

The Nairobi Convention Secretariat through the Project on the ‘Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the protection of the Western Indian Ocean from land-based sources and activities’ (WIOSAP) in partnership with the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) held the 2018 Science to Policy Forum for the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region in Durban S. Africa from the 9th to the 11th of July 2018. The Forum serves as an intermediary body to bridge the gaps between science, policy and practice and facilitates the interface between regional research agenda and priorities that could inform policy developments by member states towards a sustainable WIO region.


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2018
Mercury Research in South Africa: Current Status
Martin, Lynwill G
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2018
Using Scenarios and Voluntary Commitments to Guide Policy and Practice to Achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14 in the Western Indian Ocean:White Paper for the Science-Policy Workshop of the 9th Conference of Parties to the Nairobi Convention, 9-11 July 2018
World Wide Fund for Nature, Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean

The United Nations Agenda 2030 further enshrines the central role of the ocean for sustainable development through Goal 14 (SDG14), to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources ", to lift millions of people out of poverty. The 2017 United Nations Oceans Conference provided a platform to focus countries' and other stakeholders' attention on commitments to achieving SDG14 at national and regional levels. Most countries of the Western Indian Ocean attended the UN Ocean Conference in June 2017, submitting national statements on their commitments to implement SDG 14 through national processes. In addition, countries and organizations responded to the Call from the conference for joint Voluntary Commitments with a more regional scope. Several were submitted, spearheaded by one from the Nairobi Convention Secretariat.


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2018
Johannesburg Case study
United Nations Environment Programme, Chris Ngcobo, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality

High level overview
Background to City of Joburg
Public transport initiatives
Rea Vaya BRT System
Transformation of informal sector/previously disadvantaged operators
City approach
Key experiences from existing operational phases (Phase 1A and 1B)
Lessons and conclusions


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2017
Public Transport in South Africa
United Nations Environment Programme, Alex Bhiman, City of Johannesburg
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2017
Reports and Books
Coral Reef Status Report for the Western Indian Ocean (2017)
Obura, David, Gudka, Mishal, Rabi, Fouad Abdou, Gian, Suraj Bacha, Bijoux, Jude, Freed, Sarah, Maharavo, Jean, Mwaura, Jelvas, Porter, Sean, Sola, Erwan, Wickel, Julien, Yahya, Saleh, Ahamada, Said

This report presents the latest compilation and quantitative assessment of data on coral reef health by the regional monitoring networks in the WIO, adding to the global GCRMN reports published from 1999 to 2008. The main objective of this report is to provide updated information on the status of coral reefs in the region, up to and including the impact of the 2016 third global coral bleaching event. Secondary objectives are to a) illustrate broad patterns that explain the differing health status of various reefs, and the prospects for reef management in relation to this, and b) present regional drivers of change and how they may evolve in coming years, to help countries in planning for impacts and recovery of coral reefs. It is a joint output of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the Indian Ocean Commission, Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean (CORDIO), the United Nations Environment’s Nairobi Convention Coral Reef Task Force and the International Union for the Conservatoin of Nature Species Survival Commission’s (IUCNSSC) Coral Specialist Group.


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2017
Global Adaptation Network (GAN) and Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC) Regional Knowledge Sharing Exchange Visit
United Nations Environment Programme

This second leg of the Exchange followed on from a successful first leg where the kwini Municipality officials visited Pemba to discuss sea level rise, catchment management and climate governance issues. The focus of the return trip was community-oriented biodiversity planning and water governance approaches, Community Ecosystem-based Adaptation (CEBA), environmentally-sensitive solid waste management systems and renewable energy. At the conclusion of this exchange the cities agreed to cooperate on the development of a climate change funding proposal for submission to international funding organisations.


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2017
Reports and Books
The Emissions Gap Report 2017: A UN Environment Synthesis Report
United Nations Environment Programme

The eighth UN Environment Emissions Gap Report provides an up-to-date scientific assessment of the global progress towards the emissions reductions required to be on track to meet the long-term goal of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The overall conclusion of the assessment is that government and other stakeholder’s emissions reduction commitments are far from the level of ambition required for an emissions pathway consistent with staying below a 2°C, let alone a 1.5°C, temperature increase.


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2017
Area Based Planning tools and Regional Cooperation in the Western Indian Ocean meeting
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme Institutional authors
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2016