West and Central Africa

The “Blue Carbon Policy Framework” outlines opportunities for including the conservation of coastal areas in climate change policies and financing processes.

First action plan for world’s blue carbon policy

The first policy framework outlining activities needed to include coastal marine areas such as mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses into the work of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has been presented in a report by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Conservation International (CI). …   | French | Spanish

06 Dec 2011 | News story

Burkina Faso, West Africa

Climate Change in Burkina Faso

IUCN has been working in Burkina Faso for more than twenty years. According to the head of the office there, Dr Moumini Savadogo, a major part of that work is being developed on climate change adaptation and mitigatation. …  

06 Dec 2011 | News story
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Dr Kenneth Angu Angu, Regional Programme Manager for Central Africa, CARPE/IUCN

REDD+ in the Green Heart of Africa

Whatever the politicians may or may not do at the Durban Climate Change Summit, people around the world are already out there dealing with the existing impacts of climate change. …  

05 Dec 2011 | News story

Masaai boy herding goats, Olbil, Tanzania

Climate awareness at 30,000 feet: IUCN and South African Airways team up

Africa’s most awarded airline, South African Airways, and the world’s largest environmental union, IUCN, have teamed up to launch a unique climate change awareness campaign to coincide with the start of the UN’s Climate Change Summit in Durban. …  

02 Dec 2011 | News story

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Sharing water, sharing benefits: lessons on dams from West Africa

More than 150 large dams have been built in West Africa over the past 50 years. Many more are in the planning to meet the region’s demands for energy, water and food. But how can these developments rime with environmental sustainability and participatory processes? …   | French

29 Nov 2011 | News story

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IUCN Membership tops 1200

On 16 November 2011, the 77th Meeting of the IUCN Council admitted 52 new Members to IUCN and officially recognized the Malawi National Committee of IUCN Members. IUCN Membership now tops 1200 organizations and institutions. …   | French | Spanish

29 Nov 2011 | News story

Lachuá Lagoon National Park

Protected, naturally

More than 180,000 protected areas—national parks, nature reserves and so on—now cover over 12% of the world’s land area and 7.2% of coastal waters. They play an important role in reducing carbon emissions and helping people adapt to the impacts of climate change. These are the findings of a newly-published paper in the journal Solutions. …  

28 Nov 2011 | News story

Sahel crops where woodland has been cleared for farming, Diourbel region, Senegal

Taking matters into their own hands: West African farmers brace against drought

Climate change means the drylands of West Africa are likely to become more arid and less productive. In the Sahel region, which has been plagued by drought in recent decades, farmers are using natural methods to boost their resilience. …  

28 Nov 2011 | News story

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Partager l’eau et ses bénéfices : les leçons de six grands barrages en Afrique de l’Ouest

Le consortium UICN/IIED qui met en œuvre le projet de la Global Water Initiative (GWI) sur les barrages depuis 2009 propose une publication qui passe en revue l’expérience vécue dans le cadre de six barrages au Burkina Faso, au Mali et au Sénégal, du point de vue du « partage des bénéfices » avec les populations locales. En effet, à ce jour, très peu de travaux d’évaluation ex-post ont été réalisés en Afrique de l’Ouest pour faire l’état des lieux après la construction de ces grandes infrastructures hydrauliques. …  

25 Nov 2011 | News story
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Afrique francophone : Les experts au chevet du droit de l’environnement

Les travaux de l’atelier d'échanges sur la mise en œuvre du Droit de l'Environnement en Afrique francophone démarrent le 21 novembre 2011 à Ouagadougou au Burkina Faso. Il réunira une quarantaine d’experts en provenance d'une vingtaine de pays. …  

18 Nov 2011 | News story
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