Eastern and Southern Africa

UNHCR

Eastern Africa: Tackling environmental challenges in refugee camps

Eastern Africa hosts hundreds of thousands of refugees whose survival is dependent on humanitarian aid and nature. Often cramped together on fragile land, the impact of high concentration of people on natural resources is considerable. While UNHCR provides food, nature provides firewood for the refugees. …  

13 Mar 2009 | News story
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IUCN, Uganda Government in partnership

In 2007, Uganda Government and the World Bank signed an Agreement as an integral component of the Bujagali Hydro Power Project. The hydropower plant is being constructed on River Nile, 10 kilometres from Jinja Town. …  

13 Mar 2009 | News story
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JICA Officials Visit ESARO

IUCN ESARO regional office in Nairobi recently hosted two JICA officials who are doing a preparatory study with a view to developing a hydropower master plan for the Government of Uganda. The objective of the preparatory study is to formulate a master plan for long term power development in Uganda. The results of the study are expected to contribute to the smooth implementation of the master plan.
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13 Mar 2009 | News story
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Kafue Flats Survey

Head of Species Programme Tours Region

The Head of the Global Species Programme, Dr Jane Smart, recently visited the Eastern and Southern Africa Region. Dr. Smart, who is also the Director of the Biodiversity Conservation Group, first visited the ESARO Regional Office in Nairobi and held discussion with the Regional Director ad interim, Hasting Chikoko, and other staff on a range of topics. She also made a presentation on the Species Programme and the Red List process to staff, local IUCN members and Commission members, and met IUCN partners …  

13 Mar 2009 | News story
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WISP Website Revamped

The World Initiative for Sustainable Patoralism (WISP) website has been revamped and the new version can be accessed at: www.iucn.org/wisp 

13 Mar 2009 | News story
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Livestock and Wildlife

Degradation of Rangelands a Threat to Environment

Continued degradation of rangelands will have a far-reaching impact on the environment. According to a report titled “Carbon Finance in Rangelands: An assessment of Potential in Communal Rangelands” rangelands are the largest land use type, covering about 40% of the world’s land surface and have the potential to play a big role in carbon sequestration, yet they continue to be viewed as unproductive. “In many countries, rangelands are misunderstood as under- or non-productive lands and pastoralism seen as backward, of little economic value, and often also environmentally destructive. In this context, there is a risk that pastoralists’ grazing rights are significantly altered in the framework of rangeland carbon finance projects,” says the report based on a study supported by the World Initiative on Sustainable pastoralism (WISP), the Global Environment Facility, UNDP and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
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12 Mar 2009 | News story
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Hillary Masundire in a Council meeting

IUCN Councillors for Africa report back on their first Council meeting

The IUCN Council meeting was held recently. Here is the report from Councillors for Africa (Yolan Freidmann, Brahim Haddane and Hillary Masundire): 

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12 Mar 2009 | News story
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Participants at Friday’s IUCN members meeting in Zimbabwe.

IUCN members define the Programme for Zimbabwe

IUCN members in Zimbabwe met on Friday 20th March 2009 and agreed to define the possible IUCN Programme for Zimbabwe. During the meeting, members suggested priority areas for IUCN in Zimbabwe and identified a core team to develop the IUCN Programme in Zimbabwe and develop project proposals for implementing the Programme. The team comprises one member from the Secretariat, member organization and Commissions. Some of the areas that have come up in previous discussions are the restoration of degraded ecosystems, environment and poverty as well as the linkages between ecosystems, livelihoods and food security.
 

12 Mar 2009 | News story
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IUCN EFlowNet booth at the International Conference on Implementing Environmental Water Allocations (IEWA) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Seeking ways forward to balancing competing water needs

Environmental flows refer to water provided within a river, wetland or coastal zone to maintain ecosystems and the benefits they provide to people. As part of IUCN’s work on promoting awareness and implementing environmental flows, the IUCN Water Programme is supporting the International Conference on Implementing Environmental Water Allocations (IEWA) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. …  

27 Feb 2009 | News story
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Bryan Havemann

Bryan Havemann is the new Chair of the IUCN National Committee of South Africa

The IUCN Committee of South Africa elected Bryan Havemann as the new Chair during a recent meeting held at De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife. Bryan is the National Director of Conservation at the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA). …  

14 Feb 2009 | News story
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