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Kenya’s community conservancies stay afloat amid COVID-19

By Checky Abuje The emergency of Coronavirus pandemic across the globe has in one way or the other left Wildlife conservancies in East Africa reeling in economic burden. In Kenya for instance, Community conservancies have offered solutions to perennial wildlife-human conflicts as they have provided socio-economic solutions to local communities who live in semi-arid and

The GEO-LDN Initiative launches a competition to design a land use planning software

An international technology competition to design software that can support well-informed land-use decisions is launched today by the Group on Earth Observation Land Degradation Neutrality (GEO-LDN) Initiative. As reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, up to 70% of the Earth’s ice-free land has already been transformed from its natural state, mainly to meet the

UN Biodiversity Convention meetings crucial to development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

New dates have been announced for three key UN meetings, including the UN Biodiversity Conference, crucial to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. As approved by the Bureau, the fifteenth meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-15), originally scheduled for October 2020, will now be held 17-30 May 2021,

28 homes belonging to the indigenous Sengwer community in Embobut Forest burnt

Kenyan authorities have burned down 28 homes belonging to the indigenous Sengwer community in the Embobut Forest in Western Kenya. “What is happening now is so dangerous, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Elias Kimaiyo, a Sengwer community leader in Embobut. Many community members had left the area in search of food when the raid took

Is COVID-19 killing East Africa Wildlife Conservation?

By Checky Abuje   Covid19 is threatening East Africa with Wildlife conservation and experts now claim the sector is at the verge of collapse due to limited or no activities thanks to stringent measures governments have put in place to mitigate the spread. The reduced activities have on the other hand given room to poaching and

Global climate solutions: African clean energy pioneers drive Post-COVID-19 green recovery

The Togolese Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Agency (AT2ER) was announced as the winner of Ashden’s System Innovation for Energy Access Award as four other projects from Africa offering climate solutions earned global recognition in the prestigious annual Ashden Awards this year. AT2ER’s public-private partnership is set to electrify 300,000 rural homes by 2022 and

Safety of wildlife paramount in the midst of the pandemic

More than 50 community wildlife rangers from Kenya and Tanzania deployed in a joint border patrol this week in response to a potential risk of poaching. Funded by the European Union through the International Fund for Animal Welfare (ifaw), rangers simultaneously monitored the wildlife-rich landscapes along their respective borderlines, while staying within their international boundaries.

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