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Gorilla in Volcano National Park, Rwanda

Rwanda – restoring nature for future prosperity

The Rwandan government’s plans to restore the country’s lost forest lands and boost national development, show real political commitment to deal with ecosystem degradation and its impacts on the rural poor, says IUCN. IUCN urges other countries to recognize the potential of healthy forests for sustainable economic growth. …   | French

02 Feb 2011 | International news release

Kalama Conservancy in Kenya’s dry lands of Samburu District

Appreciating Kenya’s drylands

In Kenya, drylands make up 84 percent of the country’s total land surface and support about 9.9 million Kenyans, or approximately 34 percent of the country’s population. …  

12 Jan 2011 | News story

Boran pastoral in Northern Kenya

Reversal of fortune

The dry rangelands of Northern Kenya are inhabited mainly by pastoralists—people who derive a living from raising livestock and continually move in search of water and pasture. Until recently, pastoralists in this region have been able to adapt to their highly variable conditions, supplying most of Kenya’s meat, milk, hides and skins. …  

10 Jan 2011 | News story

Marula Certification in Swaziland

Swaziland’s natural future

The natural products industry is growing exponentially in Southern Africa. Incomes have increased throughout the supply chain—from primary producers and processing companies to community-based enterprises. A major factor in the increase in revenue is organic and fair trade certification. …  

01 Jan 2011 | News story

Save our Species logo

SOS – A new call on businesses to respond to extinction crisis

The Global Environment Facility, the World Bank, and IUCN today announced they had established the Save Our Species (SOS) initiative with more than $US10 million in financing commitments and called on businesses to help build the biggest global species conservation fund by 2015. …   | French | Spanish

28 Oct 2010 | International news release

Roberto Zolho, IUCN CCDP Country Coordinator in Mozambique

Safeguarding livelihoods in a changing climate: progress in Mozambique

Adaptation to changing weather patterns, some of which may be attributable to climate change, is highly important for people's livelihoods and to help them become more resilient to environmental hazards. Through its Climate Change and Development Project (CCDP), IUCN is working with local and national stakeholders to develop adaptation measures which will sustainably safeguard local livelihoods and habitats into the future. …  

01 Oct 2010 | Audio

Women pastoralists taking part in participatory filming (Olbil, Tanzania)

Participatory Video in the Pangani Basin, Tanzania

Participatory Video, a new innovative way of capturing and sharing communities’ voices on social and environmental change, was recently introduced by the IUCN Water Programme. …  

30 Sep 2010 | News story

Oreochromis karongae. Endangered on the IUCN Red List.  Found in lake Malawi, East Africa

African freshwater species threatened - livelihoods at stake

Twenty-one per cent of freshwater species in continental Africa are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of millions of people at risk. With so much to lose, inland waters must be managed not just for their supply of freshwater but also to sustain the abundant life within. …   | French | Spanish

02 Sep 2010 | International news release

Maasai women taking part in vulnerability assessment, Chambogo Same District, Tanzania

Empowering people to manage water

Across East Africa, water catchment planning and development at the local level is essential for sustainable and integrated water management in the region. "It is at the local level that the opportunity for involvement of all stakeholders, including non-state actors, in water resources management exists", says Katharine Cross, IUCN Water Programme Officer. …  

17 Aug 2010 | News story

Souayibou Varissou of the Africa World Heritage Fund

World Heritage in Africa

Africa is under-represented in terms of World Heritage Sites, with only nine percent of overall sites located on the continent. Souayibou Varissou works with the African World Heritage Fund. He talks about what his organization is doing. …  

28 Jul 2010 | Article