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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.
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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.
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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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Observation de la Terre et Geoinformation pour l’amélioration de la Gouvernance en Afrique

La 7ème conférence Internationale de l’African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) s’est déroulée à Accra au Ghana du 27 au 30 Octobre 2008. Elle a regroupé des délégués venus d’une quarantaine de pays du monde (scientifiques, décideurs politiques, secteur privé, universités Africaines et d’ailleurs, etc.). …   | English

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

Renforcer les capacités pour un meilleur suivi des écosystèmes en Afrique.

L’atelier de renforcement des capacités des acteurs sur l’analyse des données satellitaires et la visualisation pour le suivi des écosystèmes s’est tenu à Accra au Ghana les 25 et 26 Octobre 2008. …   | English

09 Mar 2009 | News story
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