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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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Trawler, Hobart harbour, Australia

World fisheries: in stable but critical condition

The 2009 State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) report released last week in Rome produced very much the same findings as the previous report released in 2007. The document, published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) at the Committee on Fisheries (COFI), reported that global trends in marine fish stocks have continued to deteriorate slightly. …  

10 Mar 2009 | News story
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Tanzania

Focusing two climate agendas under one priority: water

By Dr. Mark Smith, Head of the Water Programme, IUCN, and Dr. Ger Bergkamp, Director General of the World Water Council.

Even as climate science at last brings political action, an unfortunate and unnecessary rift has arisen between those striving to prevent emissions above and those working to adapt to the consequences below. …  

10 Mar 2009 | News story
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WANI Nigeria - Video

Water and Nature Initiative Nigeria

This films shows how the Water and Nature Initiative empowers communities to manage water in the Yobe River Basin in Nigeria. …  

10 Mar 2009 | Video

Logo AARSE

Earth observation and geoinformation for governance in Africa.

The 7th International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) was held in Accra, Ghana from October 27th to 30th 2008. It brought together delegates from about forty countries of the world (scientists, political decision makers, private sector, African universities and elsewhere, etc). …   | French

09 Mar 2009 | News story
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Atelier UNEP d'Accra sur le SIG - Monitoring des écosystèmes et visualisation

Build the capacities for a better follow-up of the ecosystems in Africa

On October 25th and 26th, 2008, a workshop was organized in Accra, Ghana to build the capacities of the actors on the analysis of satellite data and visualization for a follow-up of the ecosystems. …   | French

09 Mar 2009 | News story
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Eléphants du TOGO

Appui au développement de projets de conservation des éléphants au Togo

Une mission du Programme du Groupe de Spécialistes de l’Eléphant d’Afrique (GSEAf) en Afrique de l’Ouest a séjourné au Togo du 05 au 17 Novembre 2008. …  

09 Mar 2009 | News story
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Photo Forum National Rwanda

Reform of CEFDHAC: National fora established

Workshops were organized in November 2008 to establish national fora, respectively in Kigali in Rwanda, Bujumbura in Burundi and Sao Tome and Principe. …   | French

09 Mar 2009 | News story
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