• Road River: A photo story of a river dried by illegal land acquisitions

    August 20, 2019

    Fredrick Mugira and Annika McGinnis August 20,2019 This reporting project was made possible through the generous support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Data visualisations by Code for Africa A lifeline river for over five million people in southwestern Uganda has been turned into a road. Rwizi River has had up to 80 percent […]

  • Experts reveal what it takes to ensure climate resilient water supply in East Africa

    March 10, 2020

    Hannah Pole, March 03, 2020 Ensuring continuous access to groundwater via multiple water sources and technologies supported by on-going monitoring and external support, will make drought-prone communities in east Africa better equipped to cope with climate change, according to a new study.  A comparison of several thousand rural water supplies during the 2015-16 drought in […]

  • Sebei Youths turn human Waste into cooking fuel

    February 25, 2020

    By Melanie Aayou, February 25, 2020 A group of young people, majority women in Kapchorwa district Sebei Sub region, Eastern Uganda, have started a new project which is using solar energy to transform human and livestock waste into efficient cooking fuel. Pick It Clean, an upcoming local social enterprise – a for-profit company also focused […]

  • Land restoration in Ethiopia pays off but climate change necessitates many strategies

    January 15, 2020

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TROPICAL AGRICULTURE (CIAT) January 15, 2020 A combination of land restoration activities can boost crop yields — in some cases as much as 170 percent — and soil carbon but increased runoff due to climate change and land-use change make degradation a continued threat In the last decade, Ethiopia has invested more […]

  • Tana River Bears the Cost of Development

    January 15, 2020

    Geoffrey KamadiFirst Published by Science Africa January 15, 2020 It could easily pass for anybody’s idea of paradise on earth. The lush vegetation lining River Tana’s banks is so luxurious, that movement is made near-impossible at certain sections of the river channel. No two mdau boats (dug-out canoes made usually from the almond tree (Terminalia catappa) trunk […]

  • The resurrection of Lake Haramaya: Hope and Challenges

    January 15, 2020

    By Konjit TeshomeFirst published by Ethiopian Observer January 15, 2019 Once upon a time, one of Ethiopia’s beautiful and famous Lakes, Lake Haramaya, was a source of life for human beings and animals and a home of beautiful birds in the eastern part of the country. Recreational events, marriage ceremonies and public Holidays were held […]

  • Trapped in the Buffer Zone: Ugandan communities forgotten in the fight against climate change

    January 9, 2020

    By Annika McGinnis January 15, 2020 On the shores of Lake Victoria, southeastern Uganda, a Norwegian timber plantation sells carbon credits on the international carbon market as part of the global effort to fight climate change. Climate finance was designed to bring money and development to the local communities that host such major tree-growing projects. […]

  • Mt. Elgon Landslides Survivors Plant 30,000 Trees through a Village Savings Group to Fight Climate Change

    December 11, 2019

    By: Javier Silas Omagor December 11, 2019 Five years ago when Musa Mandu told his wife and relatives that he was going to quit his local government job to fight against climate change in Manafwa district, they were extremely upset. “They didn’t understand what that meant. They never thought this would sustain me and my […]

  • Rwandan youths work to restore critical Rwanda watershed

    December 11, 2019

    Aimable Twahirwa December 11, 2019 Kigali: It is a hot Monday morning in Nyamagabe, a mountainous district in the Southern Rwanda, a group of young men and women gather for a meeting to share key lessons on hands-on practices to contain soil frequently washed away into neighboring Nyabarongo river due to erosion. The initiative is […]

  • Fighting for the conservation of even the less-charismatic species

    September 9, 2019

    Michelle Rotchford Galloway September 09, 2019 “Tourists don’t pay to see a crab,” said Tatenda Dalu of the Department of Ecology and Resource Management at the University of Venda. He says charismatic animals – like the big five – tend to receive the focus of conservation activities due to the tourist dollars they attract but […]