Eastern and Southern Africa

EWt, SOS, dugongs

Activists Swim for Dugongs

Picture this. On August 22, 2013, a group of eleven friends will swim 5 kilometres across a lake from France to Switzerland. This not any ordinary swim, this is the IUCN Big Swim across lac Leman! You can support the Big Swim by donating via the following link to the SOS project page: http://bit.ly/1epxCf3  Every little helps and is much appreciated.     …  

21 Aug 2013 | News story

Rueppell's Vulture
(Gyps rueppellii)

Vultures – the silent victims of Africa’s wildlife poaching

The recent death of up to 600 vultures after feeding on a poisoned elephant carcass near Namibia’s Bwabwata National Park in July confirms that the indiscriminate use of poison is one of the major causes of the ongoing decline in vulture populations across most of Africa.   …  

15 Aug 2013 | News story

Sugar cane farm

Feeding a growing population - new initiative joins conservation and agriculture

A year ago, when global leaders met in Rio de Janeiro to shape the future of sustainable development, ensuring food security and sustainable agriculture was central to their discussions. As the world faces ongoing food crises, extreme weather and population growth, IUCN and partners led by Bioversity International, have launched an initiative to develop solutions to food security. …  

15 Aug 2013 | News story

Arabian Oryx, Qatar

Saving species by translocation – new IUCN Guidelines

A new publication by IUCN has set a precedent for deliberately moving plants and animals for conservation purposes around the world. Based on 30 years of experience and pioneering reintroductions such as the Arabian Oryx (Oryx leucoryx) in Oman, the Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) in Brazil and the Red Wolf (Canis rufus) in the USA, and many other plants and animals subsequently, this publication is an essential guide to the contentious but increasingly necessary action of translocating species. …  

12 Aug 2013 | News story

Seasonal Harvest

Planning the first IPBES harvest

How could 100+ IPBES State Members effectively participate in the forthcoming Platform’s activities 2014-2018? IUCN recommends improving the current plan with priority given to capacity-building activities, setting up science-policy dialogues at national level, specifying burning conservation issues to tackle and harnessing the work of IUCN to the greatest extent. …  

06 Aug 2013 | News story

Greater Bamboo Lemur
(Prolemur simus)

Lemurs of Madagascar three-year conservation plan launched

Primate experts from around the world have come together to write a 185 page document outlining a three-year strategy for the conservation of the lemurs of Madagascar. In 2012 leading conservationists gathered at a summit meeting organised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) to review the conservation status of the world’s then 103 (meanwhile 104) lemur species – the most endangered mammal group in the world. …  

01 Aug 2013 | News story

Stockholm World Water Week 2013

Countdown to Stockholm World Water Week

With a month to go before 'World Water Week' takes place in Stockholm from 1-6 September, IUCN Water gears up for a busy agenda of seminars and events at the annual water conference. …  

30 Jul 2013 | News story

MFF Countries 2012

Special Meeting of IUCN Regional Directors discusses replication of Mangroves for the Future Initiative beyond Asia.

Regional Directors from IUCN Asia, Central America, Eastern and Southern Africa, Western and Central Africa and Oceania met in Bangkok, Thailand from 4 -5 June for a special meeting to discuss the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Initiative as a successful and replicable model programme for other IUCN regions. …  

11 Jul 2013 | News story
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Guards in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Virunga National Park in peril from armed conflict and oil exploration

Two guards of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature lost their lives following attacks by armed groups in the Virunga National Park World Heritage site, a recent report has revealed. Topped with oil exploration, continued unrest could lead to irreversible damages and ultimately the removal of the site from the World Heritage List. …  

24 Jun 2013 | News story

Nexus Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya

The Water-Food-Energy Nexus: discussing solutions in Nairobi

By 2050 a global population of 9 billion will increase water demands by 55%, energy needs by 80%, and food demands by 60%. With these staggering numbers in mind, the need to carefully plan and manage the resources needed to secure these needs has never been a greater priority. …  

28 May 2013 | News story


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