West and Central Africa

West Africa

Will Africa Climate Talks deliver for Africa

The 54-nation African Group says its minimum expectation from the COP 17 climate change conference in Durban is a second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol. However, that result seems someway off at present.
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08 Dec 2011 | News story

Boy with Rice and Fish in the Tsitongambarika forest

Protecting nature makes sense: IUCN and Rio Tinto assess conservation’s costs and benefits

A new study by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) finds that by financing the restoration or protection of natural areas, companies can offset the negative impacts of their operations and generate significant economic benefits, but the needs of local communities must be properly addressed. …   | French | Spanish

07 Dec 2011 | News story

New brief on national forest governance assessments

New brief on findings from national forest governance assessments

Between 2005 and 2009, the IUCN project Strengthening Voices for Better Choices (SVBC) sought to improve the effectiveness of forest governance in six key tropical forest countries: Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Ghana, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Viet Nam. …  

07 Dec 2011 | News story

The “Blue Carbon Policy Framework” outlines opportunities for including the conservation of coastal areas in climate change policies and financing processes.

First action plan for world’s blue carbon policy

The first policy framework outlining activities needed to include coastal marine areas such as mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses into the work of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has been presented in a report by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Conservation International (CI). …   | French | Spanish

06 Dec 2011 | News story

Burkina Faso, West Africa

Climate Change in Burkina Faso

IUCN has been working in Burkina Faso for more than twenty years. According to the head of the office there, Dr Moumini Savadogo, a major part of that work is being developed on climate change adaptation and mitigatation. …  

06 Dec 2011 | News story
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Dr Kenneth Angu Angu, Regional Programme Manager for Central Africa, CARPE/IUCN

REDD+ in the Green Heart of Africa

Whatever the politicians may or may not do at the Durban Climate Change Summit, people around the world are already out there dealing with the existing impacts of climate change. …  

05 Dec 2011 | News story

Masaai boy herding goats, Olbil, Tanzania

Climate awareness at 30,000 feet: IUCN and South African Airways team up

Africa’s most awarded airline, South African Airways, and the world’s largest environmental union, IUCN, have teamed up to launch a unique climate change awareness campaign to coincide with the start of the UN’s Climate Change Summit in Durban. …  

02 Dec 2011 | News story

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Sharing water, sharing benefits: lessons on dams from West Africa

More than 150 large dams have been built in West Africa over the past 50 years. Many more are in the planning to meet the region’s demands for energy, water and food. But how can these developments rime with environmental sustainability and participatory processes? …   | French

29 Nov 2011 | News story

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IUCN Membership tops 1200

On 16 November 2011, the 77th Meeting of the IUCN Council admitted 52 new Members to IUCN and officially recognized the Malawi National Committee of IUCN Members. IUCN Membership now tops 1200 organizations and institutions. …   | French | Spanish

29 Nov 2011 | News story

Lachuá Lagoon National Park

Protected, naturally

More than 180,000 protected areas—national parks, nature reserves and so on—now cover over 12% of the world’s land area and 7.2% of coastal waters. They play an important role in reducing carbon emissions and helping people adapt to the impacts of climate change. These are the findings of a newly-published paper in the journal Solutions. …  

28 Nov 2011 | News story


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