Eastern and Southern Africa

Cousin Island Seychelles

Half of Seychelles Islands become protected

The Seychelles Government has announced that it will declare new protected areas in the archipelago, resulting in half (50.59%) of all Seychelles land becoming protected by law. The Cabinet approved the designation of protected areas, which amount to 15.72 km² of land representing 3.53% of Seychelles land territory and total 45,500 hectares. Last year, the Silhouette National Park and the Recif Island Reserve were created, increasing the total area of protected land to 47.06%. …  

22 Jul 2011 | News story

Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Top scientists rally together in fight against invasive species

A flurry of articles in influential scientific journals in recent months has questioned the urgency to address the growing threat to biodiversity from invasive species. The assertion is that the concern with invasive species derives from an unreasonable desire to maintain pristine ecosystems and exclude all alien species. Such criticism is, in fact, unfounded. …  

22 Jul 2011 | News story

Minister Huvisa (in a black suit) visiting a farm in

Tanzania Minister visits climate change project sites, commends IUCN’s technical support

Tanzania’s Minister of State in the Vice President Office (Environment), Dr Therezya Huvisa visited field projects sites for the IUCN Climate Change and Development Project (CCDP) project some weeks ago. The visit marked the end of the first phase of the CCDP project which was implemented with financial support from the government of Finland.  Minister Huvisa joined members of the Project Steering Committee to observe how the project has improved the lives of the people. …  

06 Jul 2011 | News story
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Some of the IUCN Members during the IUCN Members’ meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.

IUCN Members in Kenya agree on the roadmap to the World Conservation Congress

IUCN Members in Kenya met in Nairobi on Monday this week to discuss the preparations for the IUCN Regional Conservation Forum and the World Conservation Congress. The meeting was attended by representatives from the IUCN membership, IUCN Commissions and the IUCN Secretariat. …  

05 Jul 2011 | News story
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Officials from the AfDB,  Bamba Diop and Richard Walker with Ali Kaka, IUCN Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa and Aimé Nianogo, IUCN Regional Director for West and Central Africa. Photo: Hastings Chikoko

IUCN and African Development Bank explore additional opportunities in Eastern and Southern Africa

Officials from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and IUCN-ESARO staff met in Nairobi today to look at ways of collaboration as they expand their programmes in the eastern and southern parts of Africa. The meeting convened programme staff from the IUCN regional office and its country offices in the region and is buidling on the work that IUCN and AfDB are doing in West and Central Africa. …  

01 Jul 2011 | News story
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Guatemala

Greener ways to end poverty

Poverty and environmental degradation go hand-in-hand throughout the world; each can cause the other. With the global population likely to reach nine billion by 2050 there is an urgent need to address both in tandem when devising new economic development models. …  

27 Jun 2011 | News story

Firewood

IUCN to convene a forum on forests and food security

IUCN is planning to convene its State and Government members, NGO members; United Nations bodies and other international cooperating partners, international and local NGOs, academic and research institutions; and the business sector from Eastern and Southern Africa to a Regional Forum to discuss the link between forests, food security and finance in a changing climate. To be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 20 to 23, 2011, the Regional Forum will enhance knowledge, attitudes and practice for integrating forest conservation and food security, in a context of change, in Eastern and Southern Africa. …  

27 Jun 2011 | News story
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SOS Call for Proposals now open

The first SOS Call for Proposals is now open, accepting Threatened Species and Rapid Action Grants. Deadline for applications is August 12, 2011.  …   | Chinese

27 Jun 2011 | News story

A marine turtle in the Red Sea, Egypt

Multiple ocean stresses threaten “globally significant” marine extinction

An international panel of experts warns in a report released today that marine species are at risk of entering a phase of extinction unprecedented in human history. …  

20 Jun 2011 | News story

Arabian Oryx

A grain of hope in the desert

The regal Arabian Oryx (Oryx leucoryx), which was hunted to near extinction, is now facing a more secure future according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Its wild population now stands at 1,000 individuals.   …   | French | Spanish

16 Jun 2011 | News story


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