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Diepkloof Extreme Park, Soweto

Greening Soweto 2010

Owing to years of neglect during the apartheid period, Soweto acquired a reputation of a dry and dusty place. Gravel roads and lack of trees caused serious environmental problems with resultant negative effects on the health of the residents and the ecosystem. However, a joint initiative by Johannesburg City Parks (JCP) and IUCN ESARO is helping to improve the well-being of the people and restore the environment. The project, which exemplifies how partnerships can work to improve social conditions of the people and protect the environment, aims to provide lessons on urban regeneration and ecosystem restoration which will be shared by other cities in South Africa and elsewhere in the world. …  

24 Nov 2008 | News story

 IUCN members in Malawi with ESARO Head of Constituency

Send a member to catch a member: Malawi members commit to recruit new members

IUCN Members in Malawi committed themselves to increasing the membership in their country by inviting more organizations to join the Union. The members however called upon the Secretariat to improve its service delivery to members so that IUCN membership becomes a better proposition. Speaking during the IUCN Members’ meeting held at the Wildlife and Environment Society of Malawi (WESM), Mr. Daulosi Mauambeta, WESM Director pointed out that the Secretariat should ensure that membership benefits are both articulated in all corporate communications and also delivered to members. …  

22 Nov 2008 | News story

Zimbabwe members meeting

National Committee to define the Union’s agenda in Zimbabwe

Soon after returning from the Congress the IUCN National Committee in Zimbabwe met to reflect on their experiences at the Congress and discuss a way forward for members’ activities in Zimbabwe. The members agreed to finalize the draft programme of work for IUCN in Zimbabwe and ensure that it links with the regional intersessional programme. …  

20 Nov 2008 | News story

Capacity Development and Linkages for Environmental Assessment in Africa (CLEAA)

IUCN launches 5th Round of EIA Fellowship Programme

IUCN ESARO in partnership with Capacity Development for Environmental Assessment in Africa has launched the fifth round of the Environmental Impact Assessment Professional Development Fellowship Programme for Eastern and Southern Africa. The goal of the programme is to enhance capacity in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) through learning-by-doing and to strengthen professional environmental assessment networks in the region. …  

27 Oct 2008 | News story

Capacity Development and Linkages for Environmental Assessment in Africa (CLEAA)

Professional Development (PD) Fellowship Program for East and Southern Africa

Call for Applications for Fellowships in Environmental Assessment
Capacity Development and Linkages for Environmental Assessment in Africa (CLEAA) in partnership with IUCN East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), with financial support from Swedish International development Agency (SIDA), is launching a fifth round of fellowships for promising environmental assessment professionals from East and Southern Africa. CLEAA works in partnership with various environmental assessment leaders nationally, regionally and globally, to promote and enhance Africa’s capacity in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), for better environmental governance and sustainable development. …  

27 Oct 2008 | News story

Pastoralist communities in Kenya

WISP launches pastoralism report

The World Initiative on Sustainable Pastoralism recently launched a report on Total Economic Value of Pastoralism.The World Initiative on Sustainable Pastoralism recently launched a report on Total Economic Value of Pastoralism. The official launch of the report, at the recent World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, was aimed at highlighting the value of pastoralism in order to draw attention to the wide range of goods and services that are provided by pastoral systems. This report is based on a study in six countries - Ethiopia, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Peru and Spain. …  

18 Oct 2008 | News story

Kalama Conservancy in Kenya’s dry lands of Samburu District

Drylands are not wastelands

Drylands cover over 40% of the earth’s land surface. They are home to more than 2 billion people, most of whom live in developing countries and are among the poorest in the world. The natural resources on which the majority of dryland dwellers depend are fast disappearing, making desertification one of today’s greatest environmental challenges. Climate change is likely to exacerbate these challenges.  But is it all doom and gloom? A panel of high profile global drylands experts met during the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, Spain, to discuss ways of increasing investment in sustainable drylands management in the face of adverse effects of climate change.   …  

17 Oct 2008 | News story

Former IUCN President, Valli Moosa and ESARO Head of Constituency, Hastings Chikoko talking to some Eastern Africa members

Eastern and southern Africa members ready for the exciting “one-Union” journey

IUCN members from eastern and southern Africa held a series of side-meetings during the IUCN World Conservation Congress during which they renewed their commitment to ensure collaboration among the union’s three components – commissions, members and the secretariat. In order to facilitate cooperation, the members have begun a process to establish a sub-regional committee that reflects the recent merger of eastern and southern Africa regions …  

15 Oct 2008 | News story

ITTO Biodiversity Guidelines tested in Production Forest in Cameroon

The Future of Biodiversity in Africa

African conservation leaders should “move beyond piecemeal projects” and “make biodiversity the foundation of African development,” by bundling ecosystem services to recognize nature as an asset for the well-being of society, according to Mohamed Bakarr, Senior Vice President of Conservation International. Bakarr was speaking at a workshop on the Future of Biodiversity in Africa, convened by IUCN in conjunction with the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. …   | French

03 Oct 2008 | News story

Kenyan Members resolve to work with Secretariat

IUCN members based in Kenya met in the capital, Nairobi, recently to discuss ways of increasing their participation in IUCN programmes. …  

12 Sep 2008 | News story