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African Union Urged to Address the Threat of Congo Forest Logging Driving Extreme Weather across Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa’s climate is fundamentally linked to the state of Central Africa’s forests and massive logging can impact the quantity of rainfall throughout the region

Industrial logging in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) may severely disturb rainfall patterns across sub-Saharan Africa and bring about more extreme weather, including intense droughts and flash floods. In a letter (https://bit.ly/3jr9DY0) sent today to the African Union, Greenpeace Africa is calling for an urgent discussion of the consequences…

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Mozambique Becomes First Country To Receive Emission Reductions Payments From Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) paid Mozambique $6.4 million for reducing 1.28 million tons of carbon emissions since 2019

Mozambique has become the first country to receive payments from a World Bank trust fund for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation—commonly known as REDD+. The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) paid Mozambique $6.4 million for reducing 1.28 million tons of carbon emissions since 2019. The payment is the first of…

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U.S. Government Launches New Project to Combat Corruption and Wildlife Trafficking in Madagascar

More than 21,000 endemic tortoises were seized in illegal wildlife trafficking attempts in Madagascar between 2018-2021

The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and on behalf of the American people, launched on October 15 a new $3.4 million, three-year project to address the growing problems of illegal wildlife trafficking and related corruption. “Wildlife trafficking is a serious crime that damages…

Source: Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania Tel Aviv, Israel |

Experts Sound Warning on Village Forests

The study was part of the project called Conserving Forests through Sustainable, forest-based Enterprise Support in Tanzania (CoForEST) implemented from 2019-2022

Tanzania Forestry Working Group (TFWG) has raised an alarm over the possibility of demoralizing local communities in Morogoro region from participating in conserving forests in their villages, calling on district authorities to make immediate interventions. The country's Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) policy emphasises on involvement of local communities in conservation…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) |

ECA model biodiversity project takes root

This signature biodiversity project promotes the sustainable management of the catchment areas within select critical energy infrastructure zones notably hydropower dams by deploying nature-based solutions

The second anniversary of the “Nature-based Solutions for Water Resources Infrastructure and Community Resilience in Ethiopia” project was marked yesterday at Geferessa in Oromia region of Ethiopia. This signature biodiversity project launched by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in partnership with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy last…

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Urgent Need to Restore Degraded Land at Scale: A Call for Action in Africa Climate Week

Degradation of land can be reversed by investing in the right technology, tools and skills

“It’s much more than tree-planting. It’s huge social and economic benefits for rural farming communities. It’s a bulwark against climate change. It’s bringing technology to enhance traditional knowledge. It’s supporting dignity and pride. Restoring land back to productive good health and protecting forests is a huge and beneficial opportunity for…

Source: FAO Regional Office for Africa |

New review finds slow progress in restoring Africa’s degraded lands, urges greater efforts for climate action

With the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration underway, review finds successes and many challenges ahead to restore Africa’s degraded lands and improve livelihoods

The first ever stocktake of restoring Africa’s forests and landscapes, launched today during Africa Climate Week, shows that more needs to be done to fully tap the enormous opportunity for the continent to return land to sustainable production, protect biodiversity, and shield livelihoods in the battle against climate change. Up…

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) |

UNESCO steps up efforts for biodiversity conservation with the designation of 20 new biosphere reserves

Lesotho, Libya and Saudi Arabia join the MAB Network this year with the designation of their first sites

UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme today added 20 new sites, in 21 countries to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, which now numbers 727 biosphere reserves in 131 countries, including 22 transboundary sites. UNESCO Biosphere reserves now cover more than 5% of the Earth’s landmass, in which biodiversity…

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Survey Finds Poaching is Increasing Across Africa and Wildlife Rangers are Bracing for Impact Amidst the Ongoing Impacts of Covid-19

Ranger teams across Africa call for public support as they join forces this weekend to bolster the anti-poaching efforts of thousands of their colleagues

Africa’s rangers are stretched to capacity and continue to see drastic cuts in resources and an increase in poaching due to the devastating economic impact of COVID-19. The Wildlife Ranger Challenge is a multi-million-dollar fundraising initiative in support of the thousands of men and women on the frontline of Africa’s…

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UNESCO Director-General to attend International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme in Africa

The council will review proposals for new biosphere reserves on 15 September

Mere days after the World Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature shone a light on the global diversity crisis, stating that more than 8,500 species are threatened with extinction, the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC) meets for its 33rd Session in Abuja…