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    • More than 100 migrants met on National Arbor Day to plant trees together. Photo: IOM/Daniel Kisito Kouawo
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‘One Migrant – One Tree’: Over 100 Migrants Plant Trees on Niger’s Independence Day

To mark the day, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) supported the initiative “One Migrant – One Tree”

Niger’s economy is largely dependent on subsistence agriculture, making it vulnerable to adverse climatic conditions. It is estimated that more than 100,000 hectares of arable land are lost each year in Niger due to desertification. Periodic droughts and floods – as well as land degradation caused by overgrazing – aggravate…

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    • IOM staff planting trees at the Gullele Botanical Garden in Addis Ababa. Photo: IOM Ethiopia
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Ethiopia IOM Participates in Planting of World Record-breaking 353 Million Trees in One Day

Over 50 staff from IOM Ethiopia and other UN colleagues participated in the planting at Gullele Botanical Garden in Addis Ababa

Responding to Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed’s call to break the Guinness World Record in a nationwide reforestation initiative, 353 million trees were planted in one day this week (Monday, 29 July 2019) in Ethiopia.  Entitled the “Green Legacy” project, this effort began with a goal of planting 200…

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    • Greening Ethiopia Initiative plants 200 million saplings on a single day
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Greening Ethiopia Initiative plants 200 million saplings on a single day

The nation-wide reforestation program, also popularly known as green legacy, is aimed at recovering the trees and forests that have been lost over the years

A nation-wide tree planting initiative kicked off on the morning of Monday 29th July aimed at breaking the world record of planting 200 million saplings on a single day. India currently holds the world record. Officially launched by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in May, the nation-wide reforestation program, also…

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    • Urgency of climate action highlighted for U.N. Summit preparatory meeting
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Urgency of climate action highlighted for U.N. Summit preparatory meeting

Drought has triggered food insecurity in the Greater Horn of Africa, whilst southeast Africa is still recovering from devastating tropical cyclones

Earth is set to experience its five warmest years on record from 2015-2019, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  Increasing greenhouse gas concentrations will fuel the global heat – and accompanying ice melt, glacier retreat, sea level rise, ocean heat and extreme weather for generations to come.   The…

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Tree-planting voluntary activity on the Auspicious Occasion of the Coronation of King Rama X

The activity, in turn, will help promote positive image of Thailand and her citizens to Egyptian general public

On 1 May 2019, H.E. Mr. Chainarong Keratiyutwong, Ambassador of Thailand to Egypt, joined 65 Thai people and students in tree-planting voluntary activity on the Auspicious Occasion of the Coronation of King Rama X at Al Azhar Unversity Specialized Hospital. On this connection, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Farouk Hagag, the Director…

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Canon’s New Cosmos of Photography competition 2019 opens for entries

Experts from around the world have been invited to judge this year’s competition

Canon (www.Canon-CNA.com), world-leader in imaging solutions, today announced that the company will begin accepting entries for its New Cosmos of Photography 2019 photo competition from the 25thApril. Now in its 42ndyear, the competition is open to international entrants in the aim of discovering, nurturing, and supporting developing photographers who want…

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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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Assistance to Uganda in Developing a Strategic Anti-Poaching Outpost for Elephants

The elephant population has been increasing steadily over the last twenty years, since being reduced by poaching to below 400 elephants in 1988

On Thursday, April 12, Handover Ceremony of a Strategic Anti-Poaching Outpost for Elephants was held in the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. This project was funded by the Government of Japan in cooperation with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The…

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    • A villager walks through a baobab forest in Niger. Baobab leaves and fruits are sources of food for people and fodder for animals
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The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) join forces to protect West Africa’s forests

New project to strengthen sustainable forest management and address transboundary threats

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have joined forces to protect West Africa's forests and help safeguard the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on them. The three institutions…

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Kabakoo set to innovate creative learning for the Africas

Kabakoo is building a network of inclusive spaces dedicated to creative learning

Learning locally relevant skills and knowledge is the major challenge to be addressed for achieving Africa’s promised demographic dividend. To solve the problem, Kabakoo (www.Kabakoo.Africa) is building a network of inclusive spaces dedicated to creative learning. Kabakoo – The House of Wondering is innovating learning for the Africas. Its approach,…