Afrique de l'Est et du Sud

Khawa Board of Trustees developing their Community Environmental Action Plan.

Communities participate in identifying solutions to landscape and natural resource management issues in Khawa, Botswana

 Community representatives of Khawa in the Kgalagadi district of Botswana met recently to develop a community environmental action plan for their area. The participatory workshop was hosted by Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) in partnership with IUCN and identified key and relevant actions that could address some of the environmental and socio-economic challenges in the village. …  

24 May 2011 | News story
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Women using water in Pangani river basin, Tanzania

Tanzania Minister calls for increased IUCN engagement in conservation and poverty eradication

Tanzania’s Minister of State in the Vice President Office (Environment), Dr Terezya Huvisa, has called on IUCN to engage more strongly in environmental conservation, but also help people tackle poverty in both urban and rural areas of Tanzania. The Minister said this when the IUCN Head of Tanzania office, Mr Abdalla Shah called on her to brief her on IUCN’s work in the country.   …  

19 May 2011 | News story
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Saddlebill stork by the springs in Ngorongoro, Tanzania

Environment enthusiasts discuss the place of environment in Tanzania’s Constitution

 IUCN hosted the second meeting, for the year 2011, of the Informal Discussion Group on Environment (IDGE) in Tanzania on May 10, 2011. The meeting discussed the place of environment in the constitution of Tanzania in order to inform the Constitution review process currently underway. …  

19 May 2011 | News story
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Delegates to the Zambezi Stakeholders’ Forum in Vic Falls, Zimbabwe -  one of the activities that IUCN supported during the build up to the establishment of the ZAMCOM Interim Secretariat

The Interim Secretariat for the Zambezi Watercourse Commission established

 The Zambezi river basin states have established an Interim Secretariat for the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM) hosted by the Government of Botswana in Gaborone, and headed by Mr Michael Mutale as its Executive Secretary. …  

17 May 2011 | News story
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Relic forest

Laying the foundation for an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems

Momentum is gathering behind the case for a Red List of Ecosystems which, modeled on the influential IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, is hoped will generate better environmental management. …  

13 May 2011 | News story

Forest landscape restoration in Rwanda

Rwanda Moving Forward on Ambitious Landscape Restoration Plan

At the launch of the International Year of Forests, the Government of Rwanda, through a statement delivered by Honorable Ambassador Stanislas Kamanzi, Minister of Environment and Lands, formally announced an ambitious plan to integrate landscape restoration into National development plans and to pursue a goal that would witness large‐scale border to border restoration of land, soil, forest and water resources for the benefit of the Rwandan population over the next twenty five years based on an Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Government of Rwanda, IUCN and the United Nations Forum on Forests.  …  

12 May 2011 | News story
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Women in developing countries play a key role in helping communities adapt to the impacts of climate change, yet their voice is hardly heard in discussions on climate change.

IUCN pioneers work on gender equality in tackling climate change impacts

The importance of involving women in preventing and managing disasters is widely recognized but doing so in an effective and holistic way is more challenging. …  

12 May 2011 | News story

Post tropical storm Stan, Mexico

Dealing with disasters...naturally

IUCN calls for effective management of the natural environment to strengthen the resilience of communities to cope with disasters. The devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan shows the catastrophic impact that the sheer force of nature can have on communities, no matter how prepared a country is. …  

09 May 2011 | News story

An extended continental shelf of 396,000 sq. kilometres in the Mascarene region outside the border of the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs).

Mauritius and Seychelles to jointly manage extended continental shelf

Seychelles and Mauritius have received official notification from the Secretariat of the United Nations (Division for the Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs) that following a Joint Submission both countries will now have jurisdiction, as provided under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), over an extended continental shelf of 396,000 sq. kilometres in the Mascarene region outside the border of their two respective Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs).  …  

06 May 2011 | News story
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SANBI’s Tanya Abrahamse and BotSoc’s  Zaitoon Rabaney exchanging copies of the agreement

Botanical giants pool efforts for species conservation in South Africa

Two IUCN members signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on various aspects of conservation. The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the Botanical Society of South Africa (BotSoc) have agreed to strengthen their historical link and demonstrate a true model for effective cooperation and a mutually beneficial relationship between a public entity and civil society.  …  

06 May 2011 | News story
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