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New protected area buffers Mauritania’s shifting sands

This latest initiative will complement the Great Green Wall, a pan-African initiative stretching 8,000 kilometres across 11 countries, including Mauritania

Mauritania’s battle against encroaching desertification, which has damaged ecosystems and endangered species, has received a timely boost with the news that 200,000 hectares will be turned into a protected area to support biodiversity in the country. The new project, implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and supported by the Global…

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Triple planetary crisis, green recovery top agenda at African Ministerial Conference on the Environment

To accelerate a green and sustainable recovery plan for Africa, the online platform for the African Green Stimulus Programme (AGSP) was officially launched

Meeting this week virtually at the 18th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), 54 African Environment Ministers agreed to step-up the continent’s response to accelerate the green and sustainable recovery programme to tackle the triple crisis of climate change, loss of biodiversity, and pollution.  In a Ministerial…

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Era of Leaded Petrol Over, Eliminating a Major Threat to Human and Planetary Health

This development follows an almost two decades long campaign by the UNEP-led global Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV)

Official end of use of leaded petrol will prevent more than 1.2 million premature deaths and save USD 2.45 trillion a year; the end of leaded petrol follows a 19-year campaign led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners; UNEP urges countries to work towards zero emissions vehicles to…

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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…