Eastern and Southern Africa

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Lalao Aigrette - Madagascar

For decades, biologists have campaigned for marine reserves, struggling with the mistrust or disapproval of fishermen. Lalao Aigrette, a dedicated Malagasy conservationist, is taking on this challenge amongst remote fishing communities in some of the most biodiverse regions of Madagascar. And she’s seeing some impressive results. …  

11 Apr 2011 | News story

Infrastructure provides a level of comfort for eco-tourists

Nature Seychelles builds infrastructure for conservation

 Providing infrastructure is not the sexy part of conservation and conservationists are usually not interested in it, but someone has to do it. Nature Seychelles (IUCN Member) has over the last two years raised about USD600,000 to improve facilities and equipment. In most countries effective conservation is dependent on good infrastructure and equipment. Without good information technology, equipment, vehicles, boats, information centres, accommodation, roads, supply of potable water and electricity, it would be very difficult to undertake world class conservation action. …  

08 Apr 2011 | News story
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Community discussing solutions to a changing climate and water flows in Olbil, Tanzania

Community based adaptation: local solutions for a global concern

Community-based adaptation is about helping people cope with the impacts of climate change. At the recent 5th annual conference on “Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change” in Dhaka, Bangladesh, researchers, practitioners and policymakers gathered to share knowledge and experience in planning and practicing adaptation at different levels. …  

06 Apr 2011 | News story

Cousin female wardens,  Jelle and Dorothy leading tours

A push for more women in conservation at Cousin Island

 Cousin Island Special Reserve in Seychelles is becoming a success story on increasing the role of women in conservation, with support from Nature Seychelles -  an IUCN member. Arriving at Cousin, visitors will not fail to notice the enthusiastic group of female wardens who will welcome them to the island. It might be the driver of the boat, one of the people pushing the boat, or the person leading a tour of the island. …  

30 Mar 2011 | News story
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Huascarán, Ecuador

Acting beyond boundaries to address urban water challenge

You cannot optimize water in cities without looking at the natural water basin or catchment areas which are serving them” said Dr Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Water Programme during a recent workshop at the UN World Water Day conference in Cape Town. …  

30 Mar 2011 | News story
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Remote and marginalized cultures that have survived in balance with nature for thousands of years will simply disappear if climate change is allowed to go unchecked much longer.

Search for Nature Photojournalist of the Year

Photojournalists, both professional and amateur, are invited to enter the first ever Nature Images Awards organised by IUCN and French nature magazine Terre Sauvage. Judges will be looking for entries which use inspirational images of nature to demonstrate the unique relationship between people and the natural world. …   | Chinese

29 Mar 2011 | News story

IUCN Expert on invasive species, Dr. Geoffrey Howard, monitors the growth of invasive water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes)  at the edge of Lake Tanganyika in Burundi.

Meeting to review invasive species and risks in Lake Tanganyika basin

Officials, managers and experts from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia are meeting in Bujumbura, Burundi from tomorrow to review known invasive species and risks in the Lake Tanganyika basin. The workshop, to be held from 29 – 31 March 2011 will also discuss ways to monitor, manage and control existing or possible future invasive species threats.   …  

28 Mar 2011 | News story
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Celebrating 85 years of conservation and education

South African Member WESSA celebrates 85th birthday

This year, the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) celebrates 85 years of proactive nature conservation and education, which has benefited the country and beyond. …  

25 Mar 2011 | News story

White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum)

Africa’s rhinos face worst poaching crisis in decades

Well-equipped, sophisticated organized crime syndicates have killed more than 800 African rhinos in the past three years - just for their horns. With the most serious poaching upsurge in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya, Africa’s top rhino experts recently met in South Africa to assess the status of rhinos across the continent and to identify strategies to combat the poaching crisis. …  

25 Mar 2011 | News story

Some of the officials from Molopo-Nossob river basin

Three riparian states agree on the management approaches for Molopo-Nossob river basin

 Officials from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa met in Pretoria, South Africa this week to agree on first steps towards the sustainable land management of the Molopo-Nossob river basin.  The meeting focused on the implementation arrangements for the Kalahari –Namib project being implemented by IUCN in collaboration with the three countries and with support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) through the Global Environment Facility (GEF).  

25 Mar 2011 | News story
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