Eastern and Southern Africa

Members of Ruvu community in the Pangani River Basin and participants during a field visit

Training workshop clarifies the link between climate and livelihoods

The Global Water Initiative recently organized a workshop on CRiSTAL (Community-based Risk Screening - Adaptation and Livelihoods) for its implementing partners in Tanzania. The three-day CRiSTAL workshop, held in Same District of Kilimanjaro Region, was facilitated by IUCN’s Regional Climate Change Coordinator Excellent Hachileka and drew 18 participants from Tanzania’s central and local government agencies and NGOs. …  

08 Apr 2009 | News story
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Gorilla in Volcano National Park, Rwanda

IUCN celebrates Africa Environment Day

IUCN US joined other Africaphiles on March 23rd at the South African Embassy in Washington to celebrate Africa Environment Day 2009. …  

26 Mar 2009 | News story

Some of the Participants in Maputo advocacy meeting

IUCN Mozambique Hosts Advocacy Workshop

Landscapes and Livelihoods Strategy (LLS) and The World Initiative on Sustainable pastoralism (WISP) organized a workshop recently in Maputo, Mozambique, to discuss ways of strengthening their advocacy activities. The three-day workshop, which drew participants from 8 countries, covered topics which included political analysis, multi-stakeholder dialogue, barrier analysis and communication, and how they can be applied in advocacy work to enhance impact. …  

18 Mar 2009 | News story
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Children washing laundry in a freshwater pool, with potable water, generated through upwelling from the dam, Saloum Delta, Senegal

ESARO Addresses Regional Water Problems

Water resources play a vital role in development and are critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on poverty, hunger, health and environment.  However, the water forecast for Eastern and Southern Africa region is bleak as a number of basins within the region are already suffering from water scarcity or water stress. …  

13 Mar 2009 | News story
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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.

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.

12 Mar 2009 | News story
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