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Uncertainty over laws fuel land grabs in South Sudan

Foreign investors acquired 2.5 million hectares of land since 2006 Writer: Paul Jimbo Coordination: Annika McGinnis This story was produced in partnership with InfoNile and Code for Africa with support from the Pulitzer Center. The Government of South Sudan is encouraging many new investments in hope that the foreign companies will produce food and ease the country’s […]

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Africa loses out on global share of investments in conservation due to poor data

Ama Kudom-Agyemang April 26, 2019 As countries continue to take action to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and members to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), await the coming of year 2020 to agree to a new global biodiversity framework, it has become clear that data has a crucial role to play. Because biodiversity […]

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Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor to improve water services for 600,000 people in western Uganda

Water Journalists Africa April 24, 2019 WSUP Advisory, the consulting arm of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), has launched a project to improve access to water for 600,000 people in small towns and rural growth centres in western Uganda, thanks to a four-year grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The funding […]

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Human health in dire straits if urgent actions are not made to protect the environment, warns landmark UN report

Agonza Innocent March 14, 2019 The most comprehensive and rigorous assessment on the state of the environment completed by the UN in the last five years was published this week, warning that damage to the planet is so dire that people’s health will be increasingly threatened unless urgent action is taken. The report, which was […]

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UN report calls for urgent action to tackle chemical pollution as global production is set to double by 2030

Water Journalists Africa/ UN Environment-News Desk March 11, 2019 Countries will not meet the internationally agreed goal to minimize the adverse impacts of chemicals and waste by 2020, meaning that urgent action is required to reduce further damage to human health and economies, according to a UN report released today. The second Global Chemicals Outlook, presented during the […]

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African Development Bank calls for scale up in implementation of sanitation targets

Innocent Agonza/APO Group March 2, 2019 The African Development Bank has called on development partners to scale up support for implementation of sanitation programs to fast track Africa’s progress and deliver on its promise to the continent. “Achieving the Ngor Commitments and the ambitious targets for sanitation and hygiene within the Global Development Agenda can […]

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Treating water with sunlight to make it safe and hot saves people and trees in West Africa

Jordi Albacete – Environmental Journalist February 27, 2019 What’s the point of planting a tree if it never reaches adulthood? This is what Kemo Fatty wonders in the little Sahelian country of The Gambia. He is a local farmer who leads Green Up Gambia, a community-led reforestation group. Kemo dreams of the day he will […]

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Researchers Petition African Union to Focus on Climate Risks and Migration; Appoint Special Envoy for Climate Change and Security

APO Group February 07, 2019 Ahead of the upcoming African Union (AU) Summit on 10–11 February, researchers at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) (www.SIPRI.org) released a new essay that gives impetus for the AU to refocus on climate-related security risks and build a broad support to appoint a dedicated AU Special Envoy for […]

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Bridge on Zambezi River to link, open up markets in eight African countries

Agonza Innocent/AfDB January 03, 2019 Scenes of traders, travelers, fishermen and women crossing the Zambezi river on floating planks, ferries, rickshaw boats, and canoes will soon come to an end. In just 24 months, travelling between the water-rich but land-locked Zambia and Botswana will get easier, smoother and faster, when the new road and rail […]

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‘We see its value’: Ugandan communities benefiting from agroforestry

Deusdedit Ruhangariyo/ Mongabay January 2, 2019  Farming communities in the western Ugandan highlands of Butanda have for generations practiced agroforestry, intercropping fruit, grains and vegetables with medicinal plants, trees and grasses on their land. The practice allows them to harvest food throughout the year, both for sustenance and to sell, provides them with timber and […]

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Ugandan eco-product designer welcomes new charter linking fashion with climate change

Fredrick Mugira December 31, 2018 Uganda’s renowned eco-product designer Sarah Nakisanze has welcomed the new fashion industry charter for climate action launched this month during this year’s UN climate change summit describing it as “healthy.” The fashion industry charter for climate action, aligned with the goals of Paris agreement including limiting global warming to 1.5 […]