Eastern and Southern Africa

Slices of dried Devil´s Claw tubers in the hands of a local harvester, Botswana

Jewels of the Kalahari

For poor people living in the drylands of Southern Africa, sustainably harvesting and marketing a range of valuable natural products could help lift their fortunes. …  

01 Oct 2011 | News story

Conserving the grasslands of northern Kenya for people and wildlife

Striking a balance

There’s a growing realisation that successful conservation comes from strengthening governance processes and involving the people who live with and depend on nature. In northern Kenya, IUCN and partners, with support from UKaid and other donors, are helping to secure a future for endangered Grevy’s zebra and the people who share a land with this iconic species. …  

01 Oct 2011 | News story

Improving the lives of people living in refugee camps and reducing pressure on the local environment.

Easing the pressure

The Dadaab refugee camp in north-eastern Kenya, the biggest in the world, is vastly overstretched due to an influx of people fleeing conflict in the wider Eastern Africa region. The local environment is equally feeling the strain. …  

01 Oct 2011 | News story

Woman with baby at local water well, Zambia.

IUCN addresses food, water and energy security at UN meeting

IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, chaired a high-level discussion on food, water and energy security during the recent meeting of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All. She championed the theme that energy, water and food security rely on ecosystem services and in order to safeguard them, we must invest in nature’s supporting role. …  

28 Sep 2011 | News story

Wangari Maathai

Nature loses a heroine

IUCN is deeply saddened by the loss of Wangari Maathai, one of Africa’s foremost environmental campaigners and a great advocate for social justice, human rights, peace and democracy. Wangari Maathai has passed away in Nairobi at the age of 71. …   | Spanish

26 Sep 2011 | News story

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A regional conservation showcase closes at the IUCN Pavilion in Johannesburg

A four-day exhibition of conservation activities implemented in the Eastern and Southern Africa region closes today in Johannesburg, South Africa. The IUCN Green Pavilion was organized as a platform for showcasing conservation activities that contribute to biodiversity management, livelihoods, food security and climate change adaptation and mitigation. …  

23 Sep 2011 | News story
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Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises.

Whales & dolphins need more protected areas

A new book, Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises is released, calling for accelerated efforts to conserve marine mammals by protecting a greater area of the ocean. Currently only 1.3% of the ocean is protected but many new Marine Protected Areas are being created. Erich Hoyt, the book’s author and IUCN’s cetacean specialist, examines current and future developments in ocean protection. …  

05 Sep 2011 | News story

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Malawi forms a National Committee, Carl Bruessow elected Chair

IUCN Members in Malawi met in Blantyre today to establish the IUCN National Committee of Malawi. The Committee intends to facilitate co-operation among the Members of IUCN in Malawi, and co-ordinate the components of IUCN in the country. The Committee has also committed to motivating participation of members in Malawi in the programme and governance of IUCN. …  

01 Sep 2011 | News story
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Garba Tula drylands project, Kenya

Defying drought: nomads have the answer

Mobile pastoralism is part of the solution to the drought in the Horn of Africa, according to the IUCN-hosted World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism (WISP). …   | French | Spanish

30 Aug 2011 | News story

Missing the point in the Horn: Pastoralism is the answer, not the question

In the current food crisis context in the Horn of Africa, media and economic experts are accusing pastoralism of being an ineffective livelihood that is periodically subjected to similar crises. But all evidence points to mobile pastoralism as being part of the solution – not part of the problem – to a crisis that was predictable and predicted. Investments in drylands by government and international aid have to be reoriented, taking into account local ecological conditions as well as local capacities. …  

30 Aug 2011 | News story
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