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Spotlight on Ethiopia’s tree-planting programme

Ethiopia has embarked on an ambitious tree-planting programme and recently planted over 350 million trees in a single day

“Climate change impacts have greatly affected Ethiopia in terms of flooding, drought and food insecurity,” says Margaret Oduk, Programme Coordinator of UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Liaison Office to the African Union Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and Ethiopia.   “On one hand, lowland areas are experiencing increased…

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Natural weapons put malaria on notice: eco-friendly insecticides in Eswatini

The project is experimenting with biological larviciding as an alternative to DDT, using the Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis bacteriu, or 'Bti

Living atop a hill in Malindza, a tiny county in eSwatini’s lush east, 56-year-old Ntombi Ndzimandze is the matriarch of her household of 11 women and children. At the beginning of the year, two of Ndzimandze’S grandchildren were bitten by Anopheles arabiensis mosquitoes, one of the key vectors of malaria…

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Nairobi Summit looks at solutions to climate change and environmental degradation for women and girls

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) notes that population growth and changes in demographics drive environmental change

In mid-November, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) hosted a summit in Nairobi, Kenya to rally the political will and financial commitments urgently needed to implement the goals of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) adopted by 179 governments in Cairo. That 1994 declaration recognized the delicate balance between population and natural…

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Digital tracking of environmental risks offers insights to humanitarian actors

The tool was deployed in the Mantapala refugee settlement in northern Zambia

By the end of this day many people will have made life-changing decisions, relying on their best guess or their instinct. Some will yield great results while others will imperil individuals, corporations and communities. Humanitarian crises require that we make difficult choices. As they increasingly become complex, as are their…

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Community-led rainfall monitoring in Sudan’s Darfur

The villagers collected rainfall data and transmitted the information using mobile phones

Mohamed Yahia Abakar, 42, has lived in West Darfur’s Abu Suruj all his life. The husband, and father of five daughters and eight sons is a descendant of farmers who followed in his family’s footsteps. His village, established in the early 1950s, is home to about 10,050 residents mainly from…

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Easter eggs with a difference

Côte D’Ivoire is the world’s largest cocoa producer with the most smallholder producers

As Easter approaches, all over the world orders ramp up for chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs. But, have you ever thought about where chocolate comes from and its environmental impact? There are approximately 5–6 million cocoa farmers around the world and, according to the International Cocoa Organization, around 70 per cent…

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Smart housing prototype shows promise in rapidly urbanizing Africa

Studies show that hundreds of millions more Africans will live in cities over the next three decades

Africa is urbanizing fast, as its population grows and many flocks to cities in search of jobs, education and healthcare.  Studies show that hundreds of millions more Africans will live in cities over the next three decades. Many of these new urban Africans, however, are likely to end up in…

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Humanitarian crises and climate change—preparing for the challenges ahead

In 2015, Burundi had an estimated 10.7 per cent forest cover and the growing demand for fuelwood has translated into hastened soil erosion and imperiled food security

Burundi, Chad and Sudan are home to some of the world’s largest displaced populations and vulnerable communities. Burundi’s Gitega Province, which has one of the country’s highest population densities, hosts several thousands of people in refugee settlements and camps. About 96 per cent of families use fuelwood as a primary…

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Building resilience and peace in resource-scarce Darfur

Like many Darfuris, Aziza, 52, has lived for decades in a fragile environment, characterized by growing climatic variability and periods of shortage

Four years ago, Aziza Mohammed Abdallah Mukhtar was scraping a living growing tobacco in the community of Zamzam in Sudan’s arid North Darfur State. Like many Darfuris, Aziza, 52, has lived for decades in a fragile environment, characterized by growing climatic variability and periods of shortage. Her crops took seven…

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SWITCH to Green initiatives show how to build sustainable societies

SWITCH Africa Green, has benefited more than 3,000 micro, small and medium enterprises across six countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda

SWITCH to Green initiatives aim to guide governments towards sustainability by unleashing access to green financing, policies and standards, and eco-entrepreneurship. One of the regional programmes, SWITCH Africa Green, has benefited more than 3,000 micro, small and medium enterprises across six countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and…