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Natural Gas Exploitation Key To Solving Africa’s Deforestation, Emissions and Energy Security Issues

Africa’s natural gas resources provide the continent with an opportunity to speed up the energy transition, reduce emissions and deforestation while at the same time addressing energy security

Despite having 620 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves, Africa’s over reliance on wood-based biomass energy remains high, resulting in an increase in land degradation, deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions, and in over 900 million people across the continent living without access to clean cooking. However, if fully optimized…

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Global Environment Facility approves $18 million to support FAO-led projects in Africa and Latin America

Five countries will benefit from projects focusing on biodiversity and water security

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has welcomed the decision of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to approve three FAO-led projects in five countries, totalling $18 million in funding. The three new projects – in Nigeria, Venezuela and a regional initiative encompassing Malawi, Mozambique, and Uganda…

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South Africa: Committee Wraps up Northern Cape Public Hearings on National Veld and Forest Fire Amendment Bill

The committee heard that communities relied on fire services that are far from them as a result when fire breaks, it causes a lot of damage

The Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries yesterday wrapped up its Northern Cape leg of public hearings on the National Veld and Forest Fire Amendment Bill [B24-2021] in Hope Town. The committee noted the issues raised by many people who support the Bill. Some of them said that their…

Source: Republic Of South Africa: Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment |

South Africa: Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment addresses issue of baboon management in City of Cape Town

Stakeholders pledge to work together to address the issue of baboon management in the City of Cape Town

Various stakeholders have pledged their commitment to finding a lasting solution to the issue on baboon management in the City of Cape Town. The pledge follows a discussion at the stakeholder engagement in Cape Town led by the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms Barbara Creecy who was…

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Ghana’s ‘Living Lab’: Building Community and Ecological Resilience through the Atebubu and Wiase Forest Landscape Restoration

The community-led Atebubu and Wiase Forest Landscape Restoration aims to increase food security through innovative farming methods, and embed regenerative practices that protect the landscape

To farmers and their families living in the Bono East Region in central Ghana, the Atebubu and Wiase Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) Living Lab offers a more resilient food system, greater income and the opportunity to restore nature.  The first Circular Bioeconomy Alliance (CBA) Living Lab in Ghana has communities…

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CORRECTION: COP15: Global GDP could gain $140 trillion a year, if we achieve the objectives of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification

The Sustainable Development Goal for Life on Land is least funded, but can contribute most to resilience

The global economy could increase by more than $140 trillion a year [1], or 1.5 times the annual global GDP, if the objectives of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) are achieved, participants heard during a side-event at the 15th summit of the UNCCD. Camilla Nordheim-Larsen, Senior Partnerships…

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Land restoration and sustainable cocoa farming: FAO supports the Ivorian Government through a structuring project

SCOLUR-CI is now part of the list of initiatives that FAO is implementing to support the progressive restoration of forests in Côte d'Ivoire

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has reaffirmed its commitment to support the Government of Côte d'Ivoire in the implementation of sustainable agricultural value chains. On the sidelines of the official activities of the 15th Conference of the Parties in Abidjan, FAO Deputy Director-General, Ms. Maria…

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Cameroonian activist wins Wangari Maathai Forest Champions’ Award 2022

Sixth winner of the award announced at the XV World Forestry Congress

Activist Cécile Ndjebet, of Cameroon, today won the 2022 Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to preserving forests and improving the lives of people who depend on them. Presented by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), which is chaired by the Food and Agriculture Organization…

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U.S. Government Supports Eastern Kafue Nature Alliance to Protect Natural Resources

This $21.3 million program will empower local communities in conservation and sustainable management

Coinciding with World Earth Day 2022, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), today launched the Eastern Kafue Nature Alliance in collaboration with private sector partners Kashikoto Conservancy Limited and Amatheon AGRI Zambia Limited.  Implemented by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and supported with a $10 million…

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The Wild Dozen: Prized as ingredients, vulnerable wild plants face surging demand

A new FAO report raises awareness about the need for their sustainable use

You may not realize it, but numerous products made with vulnerable wild plants are probably scattered around your home. A wander through the kitchen may reveal Brazil nuts in your cupboard, gum arabic in your soda and liquorice in your herbal tea. Your bathroom may have lotions containing shea butter…