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Stephen Kamau, KENVO conservation officer

Care in the community - saving Kenya's forests

Forests cover less than 3% of Kenya’s land area but they’re an important source of income, food and economic growth to the country. However, forests are increasingly under pressure, due to rampant charcoal burning, illegal logging, overgrazing, forest fires and pollution. The Kijabe Environment Volunteers group (KENVO) has made great moves in preserving vast areas of the Gatamaiyu forest near Nairobi, working with local communities, many of whom were previously involved in illegal and destructive activities in the forest. …  

01 Jun 2010 | Audio

Mali, West Africa

Drylands mustn't go to waste

How can we manage something that we can’t measure? The value of drylands is often overlooked and yet they are a crucial source of income and other benefits for millions of people worldwide, as well as for the environment. IUCN works to ensure that dryland resources are valued, recognized and taken into account by decision makers. …  

24 May 2010 | News story

Mama mutere tree

What’s in it for me? Engaging local communities in conservation

Edmund Barrow, Regional Forest Advisor from IUCN’s Forest Conservation Programme in Africa, is based in Nairobi but supports the Forest Programme across the whole continent. Engagement with local communities is a very important part of his work. Here he talks about the challenges that this entails and how conservation work can bring real-life benefits both to people and to the environment. …  

21 May 2010 | Audio

Giant mimosa (Mimosa pigra) growing 4 m high in a dense, impenetrable single species thicket on the Kafue Floodplain in Zambia

Are protected areas in Africa harbouring invasive species?

Protected areas, long thought of as safe refuges for animals and plants, are under increasing threats from invasive species which not only affect biodiversity but also people’s livelihoods. Protected areas can have huge social and economic value, particularly in Africa, where national parks are a major tourist attraction and a significant source of income. But according to the Global Invasive Species Programme, of which IUCN and CABI are partners, many managers of protected areas in Africa are not aware of the severity of the problem which is on their doorsteps nor how to address it.   …  

20 May 2010 | International news release

Boy collects water from a stream, Pangania Basin, Kenya

Water for nature, water for people

Water, biodiversity and livelihoods are inextricably linked. Dr Emmanuel Mwendera, Water Programme Coordinator for IUCN’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, explains. …  

14 May 2010 | Audio

African elephant in Botswana's Okavango Delta

New book celebrates aquatic life in Africa’s Okavango Delta

IUCN and its partners unveiled a stunning new book this week that features one of the most globally-important and species-rich wetlands, the Okavango Delta, world-renowned for its unique ecological and economic role in southern Africa. …  

04 Feb 2010 | News story

Minister Morgan

Minister lauds Nature Seychelles’ Heritage Garden

A model garden that promotes the use of traditional food and medicinal plants was opened amidst much praise at the Nature Seychelles’ Centre for Education and Environment. The Garden was officially opened on 16 October 2009 on the occasion of World Food Day. It is a model for the Heritage Gardens project - an initiative started in 2005 by Nature Seychelles and Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles in collaboration with the Department of Natural Resources and Ministry of Education upon realization that food crops, fruits and medicinal plants were disappearing from farms, backyards and people’s cuisine. Its aims are, among others, promoting the love, nurture and propagation of traditional plants (edible and medicinal) by young people thereby passing on a rich biological and cultural heritage and encouraging a return to ways of sustaining life that were beneficial to people, the environment and left the least impact. …  

26 Jan 2010 | News story
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Delta Environment Centre Class

Delta Environment Centre - empowering people for a better environment

Delta Environmental Centre is an environmental education, training and consultation network that aims to encourage participation in environmental action projects by sharing appropriate knowledge and developing responsible values and attitudes. …  

26 Jan 2010 | News story
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Africa Environment Magazine

ENVIRONMENT magazine: South Africa IUCN members partner with other organizations to launch the world-class magazine

Four IUCN members in South Africa, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, Game Rangers Association of Africa, the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, and the Wilderness Foundation; have teamed up with three other organizations in South Africa to launch a brand new magazine. …  

26 Jan 2010 | News story
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South Africa Members Meeting

South Africa members host the new Regional Director

The new Regional Director, Mr Ali Kaka visited South Africa to meet with the members and familiarize himself with the activities members are doing in the country. …  

26 Jan 2010 | News story
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