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Cristiana Paşca Palmer assumes position as Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Cristiana Paşca Palmer today assumed office as the new Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the principal global treaty on biodiversity. Adopted by governments in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro at the same time as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention has near-universal membership, with 196 Parties. The overarching

JICA, UNCCD to strengthen Partnership to fight desertification in the Sahel

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have pledged to jointly accelerate efforts to eradicate poverty in Africa and achieve global stability through the “African Initiative for Combating Desertification to Strengthen Resilience Climate Change in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa”. Issuing a statement from the

Declare ongoing drought a national disaster, Kenya government urged

The ongoing drought in Kenya rightly qualifies to be termed a national disaster, an environmentalist has said. Speaking to Africa Science News in Busia county, the Kenya Forest Services coordinator James Were said, the drought has so far led to death of livestock, humanity and has hugely disrupted lifestyle and livelihoods. “The Social-economic and environmental

Amidst drought, Kenyan farmers threatened by low seed volume and limited crop choices

As Kenyans brace for another bout with drought, a new study released today finds local agro-dealers could play a pivotal role in helping farmers adapt to climate change—yet their assistance is severely limited by a shortage of certified crop seed stocks and financing options. Kenya Markets Trust, through its implementing partner in crop seed, Agri

Tanzanian Study shows that involving communities in mangrove management makes them more sustainable

Mangrove forests that incorporate local communities into their management fare better, a new study by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia and Tanzania released today on World Wetlands Day finds. Scientists conducted a review of international literature as well as case studies. According to the study, mangrove forests are overwhelmingly managed by

How Women in Kitui County Cope with Aftershocks of Climate Change

By Clifford Akumu   The journey from Kitui town to Mutomo is full of surprises; If it’s not the bumpy road, it is the generosity exhibited by the inhabitants-occasionally punctuated by the ‘singing acacia trees’ that dot the 80 kilometres stretch. But what is not generous in this village of Mutalani is the vagaries of

Kingdom of Morocco to host Africa’s coordinating office on Desertification and Drought

The Kingdom of Morocco will host the Africa Regional coordination Unit of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), a Press statement from the body said yesterday. This will provide the secretariat with vital support services that the Parties to the Convention need to effectively implement the Convention in Africa. The announcement was made

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