West and Central Africa

James G. Workman

Conserving water in cities: special series - the three paradoxes of water and how to solve them

To mark World Water Day with its theme ‘Water for Cities,’ we’re featuring a four-part series of provocative articles by James G. Workman, a writer who has worked with IUCN for a decade. Author of Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought, he is translating the proven system that has sustained indigenous people of the Kalahari Desert into an online, utility-based system that could unleash a widespread, egalitarian race to conserve water and energy in cities worldwide. …  

22 Mar 2011 | News story
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World Water Day, 22 March 2011: "Water for Cities - Responding to the urban challenge"

World Water Day: thirsty cities

Coping with the growing water needs of cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities and it’s estimated that within two decades that will increase to nearly 60% of the population, or 5 billion people. …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2011 | News story

A woman and children crossing the river at the border between Ghana and Burkina Faso.

Protected areas increase economic gains in West Africa

Local populations living close to protected areas in West Africa , earn an additional 40% of their income from activities related to these areas. …  

15 Mar 2011 | News story

Women participating in an FAO Farmer Field School focusing on tree planting in Kitui District, Kenya

International Women’s Day – women in forest communities need louder voice

To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March 2011, IUCN is calling for women in forest communities to be given more control of the management of forests and to be involved in decisions relating to them. …  

08 Mar 2011 | News story

arborvitae 43: Intégration de l’égalité des genres

arborvitae Issue 43 - Attending to gender

  • Women and forest ownership: Providing secure tenure rights to both genders can promote sustainable forest management and poverty alleviation.
  • Feature: Now is the time for the forestry and environment community to recognize that women are primary stakeholders of forest management schemes.
  • Women and community forestry: Women spend significantly more time in forests than men do.
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08 Mar 2011 | News story

Volta Basin, West Africa

Sharing knowledge and know-how between river basins

IUCN, in partnership with the Volta Basin Authority (VBA) and the GEF-Volta Project, visited the Orange-Senqu Commission to undertake a study and discuss areas of collaboration between the two basins. …   | French

07 Mar 2011 | News story

Plantation of 8500 saplings of various indigenous species at Bagh Viala village in Qilla Saifullah district.

Tree plantation campaign launched by IUCN as contribution to International Year of Forests, 2011

Tree plantation campaign launched by IUCN as contribution to International Year of Forests, 2011

Concrete steps are needed to combat the alarming deforestation issues of Balochistan, Mr. Ghulam Ali Baloch, Secretary Forests & Wildlife …  

03 Mar 2011 | News story


Lancement d’un prototype de Système d’Information Environnementale - www.siena.sn

Le SIENA est le Système d’Information Environnementale (SIE) National mis sur pied par l’UICN Sénégal en partenariat avec le CSE (Centre de Suivi Ecologique). Initié en Mars 2009, C’est le premier SIE effectivement mis en place au Sénégal. Son objectif est de fournir aux institutions publiques et privées, aux collectivités locales et aux organisations de la société civile, toute l’information environnementale nécessaire, dans le cadre de leurs activités. Il constitue un pillier de plus dans la consolidation de la politique nationale énnoncée par l’état du sénégal en matière de gestion durable de l’environnement et ce, jusqu’au niveau le plus décentralisé. …  

26 Feb 2011 | News story
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Azraq Wetlands Reserve

Call open for Ramsar Wetland Awards

Ramsar is launching a call for nominations for the Ramsar Wetland Awards, which will be presented at the next Ramsar COP in Romania, June 2012. …   | French | Spanish

25 Feb 2011 | News story

Photo de famille des experts avec les deux formateurs de la CSE

L’UICN lance un projet d'élaboration de la Liste Rouge des espèces ligneuses exploitables en RDC

Sous le patronage de Son Excellence Monsieur le Ministre de l’Environnement, Conservation de la Nature et Tourisme,  le projet sur l’élaboration de la liste rouge des espèces ligneuses exploitables en RDC en vue d’une utilisation  rationnelle et durable de la ressource forestière a été lancé le 14 février 2011 à la Maison de France de KINSHASA. …  

22 Feb 2011 | News story
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