Eastern and Southern Africa


News of Eastern and Southern Africa.

  • Dr Galen Rathbun holding the newly discovered Rhynochocyon udzungwensis, a type of giant elephant shrew, or sengi Photo: David Ribble

    Discovery: First New Species Of Giant Elephant-Shrew In 126 Years


    Dr. Galen Rathbun, Chair of the IUCN/SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group, and a team of collaborators confirmed the existence of a new species, Rhynochocyon udzungwensis, a type of giant elephant shrew, or sengi, in the mountains of Tanzania.

  • Life, biodiversity and harvesting honey in northern Kenya


    Threats to the environment such as climate change, the scramble for water, and deforestation have created an urgent need for new ways of tackling these pressing issues which cater for all types of inhabitants.

  • Refugees in Sudan take responsibility for environmental protection of camps


    Tens of thousands of mostly Eritrean refugees, living in eastern Sudan for more than 40 years, have taken the environmental rehabilitation of their camps into their own hands in partnership with hosting communities.

  • MPs tour African river basin


    Members of Parliament from three East African countries recently visited the Pangani River Water Basin in Tanzania to get an insight into the challenges facing the basin’s ecosystem as a case study in integrated water resources management.

  • Slices of dried Devil´s Claw tubers in the hands of a local harvester, Botswana Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Brigitte Schuster

    Drylands contribute more to the economy than previously recognized


    A series of case studies by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) has revealed the economic contribution of drylands needs to be revalued

  • Camel caravan in Komadugu Yobe river basin, North East Nigeria Photo: Danièle Perrot-Maître

    Nomadism benefits the economy, new study shows


    New report on the economics of nomadism reveals importance of this traditional lifestyle to the income of developing countries and international trade

  • IUCN Supports Djibouti in Avian Flu Initiative


    The belief that water birds cause avian flu has raised concern in Djibouti, a small Eastern African country bordering the Gulf of Aden in the Horn of Africa. Djibouti is on the path of migratory water birds from the Northern Hemisphere and is seen to be...


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