IUCN's world first: boosting women's role in tackling climate changeIUCN | 13 Mar 2012
International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women making history. Today, the voices of women in Africa are being heard as they engage in action to limit climate change through deforestation.Women have enormous potential as agents of positive change and their leadership is critical when discussing climate change mitigation and adaptation policies. Yet women face daily conditions that limit their full participation, says Lorena Aguilar, IUCNs Senior Adviser on Gender.
COTE D'IVOIRE: Illicit Timber Trade Exposes the North to Droughtips.org | 24 Feb 2012
By Fulgence ZambléThere is a ban on exporting Pterocarpus erinaceus but various traders continue to export it. / Marko Schmidt/Wikkicommons ABIDJAN, Feb 24 (IPS) – Environmental groups in Côte d'Ivoire say the illegal logging and sale of wood from the African gum tree is exposing the north...
Brown Revolution brings new hopeAfricaFiles | 19 Jan 2012
By re-creating the movement of herds over the land, Zimbabwe has found a way to reverse desertification. Calling it the "Brown Revolution", farmers are planning where livestock are grazing, revitalizing depleted soils. Water and carbon retention in the soil are improved with this simple, and cost effective, strategy. CJW
UGANDA: Deforestation Robbing Communities of their Incomeips.org | 06 Dec 2011
By Andrew GreenWorkers on Bugala Island work to clear the rainforest to make way for an expanding palm tree plantation. / Will Boase/IPS SSESE ISLANDS, Uganda, Dec 7 (IPS) – From a distance, Bugala Island in Lake Victoria is a patchwork of green and brown. The pattern is a result of dense...
Africa is losing its deforestation battle and action needed, say expertsAfrican Development Bank | 05 Dec 2011
The UN-based fund that helps compensate developing countries combat deforestation should start fighting the causes as well as the effects. That was one of the main recommendations from forestry experts who gathered at the climate change conference, COP 17, in Durban.The discussion mainly focused on deforestation in Africa, particularly in the Congo Basin, which has the second largest rainforest after South America.
KENYA: Like a Fish Belongs to Water, the Ogiek Belong to the Mau Forestips.org | 25 Nov 2011
By Miriam GathigahSettlers dig trenches in the Mau Forest to divert water to irrigate their illegal farm plots. / Miriam Gathigah/IPS NAIROBI, Nov 25 (IPS) – The resettlement of evictees from Kenyas Mau Forest remains a humanitarian and environmental concern for the country as more than...
In Brief: Spotlight on forestsIRIN News | 11 Jan 2011
Forest clearing to make way for agriculture continues at a high rate, according to a UN Food and Agriculture Organization report published before the launch of 2011 as the UN International Year of Forests on 2 February. Between 2000 and 2010, the world's total forest area decreased at an annual rate of 5.2 million hectares, equivalent to the size of Costa Rica, states the 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment.
Dire Development Issues Converge in the DrylandsInter Press Service | 17 Dec 2010
Few are aware that close to one billion people in over 100 different countries are suffering from or severely threatened by intense desertification. Yet awareness is crucial, for it is human behaviour that has led to the proliferation of hyper-arid, uncultivable drylands over the past few decades.
Africa Loses 3.4 Million Hectares to DeforestationAllAfrica.com | 19 Nov 2010
Abuja — The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), has expressed concern that indigenous forests in Africa are being cut down at an 'alarming' rate of about 3.4 million hectares per year, making the continent the region with the second highest net annual loss of forests in 2000-2010.
UGANDA: One million trees for Mt Elgon regionIRIN News | 05 Nov 2010
MBALE, 3 November 2010 (IRIN) - A three-year project to increase forest cover and help local communities in eastern Uganda adapt to climate change has been launched. "The planting of one million trees has started to sustain an area of tropical forest in Africa the size of Wales," said John Griffiths, counsel-general of the Welsh Assembly, which is supporting the project. "These trees will not only absorb carbon but provide shade for crops."
Nigeria: Chad - FG Commits N1.65 Billion to Desert EncroachmentAllAfrica.com | 02 Nov 2010
Abuja — President Goodluck Jonathan has said in the past two years, Nigeria completed its contribution of N1.65 billion to ensure that the shrinking Lake Chad which has reduced from its original size of 250,000 square kilometres to just 25,000 square kilometres was arrested.
Malawi herbalist battles deforestationAfricaFiles | 25 Oct 2010
Decades of shifting cultivation by rural farmers have threatened forests in the district of Karonga in northern Malawi. The loss of forest cover has also threatened the livelihood of Benjamin Kalowekamo, a herbalist who depends on local plants to mix his healing concoctions.
Placing a value on Kenya's largest forestBBC World Service | 20 Oct 2010
David Shukman looks at the fragile balance of nature in Kenya's Mau ForestThey fall as mere raindrops but quickly transform into cogs in a billion-dollar machine crucial to the future of a nation's economy. That's the startling conclusion of new research into the economic value of the preserving...
Uganda: Manafwa Farmers Pay for Environment SinsAfricaFiles | 22 Sep 2010
JK "The trees that act as carbon sink are being cut every day for farming, exposing land to erosion and emission of carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere," Mr Wokule says.... For farmers who depend on agriculture in the region, the change in climate coupled with increase in population has adverse affects on their production" JK