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Following Capacity Building from U.S. Forest Service, Addis Ababa Fire Fighters Share Experience and Expertise with Hawassa Industrial Park

The U.S. Forest Service has also provided unique assistance directly to Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC)

Since 2011, the U.S. Forest Service, in support of USAID/Ethiopia, has been working with the Addis Ababa Fire and Emergency Prevention and Rescue Authority (FEPRA) to help fire fighters and emergency responders build capacity in urban emergency management and response. The Forest Service collaborated with FEPRA to enhance its training…

Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Mauritius and the Republic of Seychelles
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The European Union and the Republic of Mauritius step up their partnership in climate change

The European Union also announced a new support of EUR 3 million to strengthen research and innovation capacities in agriculture to face the challenges of climate change

The Government of Mauritius and the European Union held a High Level Policy Dialogue on Climate Change to discuss how to bring their partnership in climate change to the next level. Participants from various ministries, the private sector and the civil society attended the event. The European Union also announced…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Committee raises concerns with Agricultural Research Council

Agricultural Research Council (Arc) was given the opportunity to respond to the Portfolio Committee’s request to provide a progress report in response to the Auditor-General’s findings for the 2017/18 year

The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries today met with the Agricultural Research Council (Arc) and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, which reported on its first quarter performance for the 2018/19 financial year. Arc was given the opportunity to respond to the Portfolio Committee’s request to provide…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

South Africa: House Chairperson Dikgale disappointed by shoddy built houses in Tshwane

The delegation also heard about allegations that some beneficiaries were illegally selling their houses

The House Chairperson for International Relations in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Ms Masefako Dikgale, was disappointed by the poorly-built RDP houses in Soshanguve, Tshwane, as well as reports of subcontractors who have not been paid in three years. On Tuesday, 18 September 2018, House Chairperson Dikgale led a delegation that included…

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Marriott International Unveils Incredible Members Only Experiences For Loyalty Members

From the Style and Glamour of Milan Fashion Week, to a Braai Master Class in South Africa, to an Epicurean Journey Through Mesmerizing Jordan, to Romantic Island Getaways, Members Enjoy Exclusive Access to Enthralling Experiences

Stepping up its experiences game, Marriott International (www.Marriott.com) continues to create memories that connect with members through their passions be it culinary, culture, music or lifestyle. The company has added countless redemption opportunities for its loyalty members giving them the opportunity to bid their points in exchange for access like…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Presidency |

President Ramaphosa to host President Akufo-Addo of Ghana on a State visit

One of the main features of the visit will be the Business Forum, which will bring both South African and Ghanaian business sectors together to explore further trade and economic cooperation

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday, 05 July 2018, host the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on the occasion of his State Visit to South Africa.  This will be the first state visit that President Ramaphosa hosts since he became President of…

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Democratic Republic of the Congo's government reinstates illegal logging concessions in breach of its own moratorium

Two of the concessions overlap with a recently discovered peatland deposit covering 145,000 km² and believed to contain 30 billion tons of carbon

The Congolese Minister of Environment, Amy Ambatobe, has reinstated 6,500 km² of logging concessions that were cancelled in August 2016 by the then Environment Minister Robert Bopolo following instructions from then Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo. The three concessions reinstated on 1 February 2018 were awarded to the Chinese-owned logging…

Source: BioCarbon Partners (BCP) |

Luambe National Park Now The World’s Most Carbon Neutral

The announcement comes just 18 months after the Lower Zambezi National Park – also in Zambia – became the world’s first to achieve carbon neutrality from operations

Luambe National Park in Zambia has achieved a conservation milestone this week as it became the most carbon neutral National Park in the world. Luambe’s carbon neutral status is a result of the USAID-funded Community Forests Program (CFP) implemented by BioCarbon Partners (BCP) (http://BioCarbonPartners.com), in partnership with the Zambian Government.…

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Greenpeace ship arrives for the first time in Cameroon with a message for the protection of the Congo Basin forest

The Congo Basin forest is the second largest rainforest in the world. More than 75 million people and a wide range of endangered species depend on it for survival.

The Greenpeace ship –The Esperanza (www.Greenpeace.org), has docked at the port of Douala in Cameroon on the first leg of its tour in Central Africa. For four weeks, the Esperanza will sail through the waters of Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Congo to engage…

Source: The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa |

Deputy Minister Magwanishe to Address Forestry Industrialisation Summit in Gauteng

The purpose of the two-day summit is to engage stakeholders on the promotion of wood culture in the built environment as well as the use of renewal resources in resolving the structural challenge that South Africa is facing

The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Bulelani Magwanishe will address the Forestry Industrialisation Summit that will be hosted by the South African Forestry Company in partnership with the Departments of Trade and Industry, Public Enterprise, and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Date: 4 October 2017 Time: 09:00 Venue: Transnet…