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09 Nov 2018 description

A new report draws on the climate change mitigation experiences of a number of countries to highlight “win-win” options for Ethiopia and Kenya.

The Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – have valuable experience in developing solutions that can reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and save money in the longer term.

25 Oct 2016 description

Reforesting Africa's highest mountain could halt severe water shortages - UN Environment

  • Rivers begin to dry up as the loss of Mt Kilimanjaro's forests triggers water crisis
  • Climate change has destroyed 13,000 hectares of the mountain's forests since 1976 – equivalent to cutting off a year's supply of drinking water for 1 million people
  • East Africa's glaciers expected to disappear within a few decades

19 October 2016 – Reforesting Africa's highest mountain could help protect vital water supplies that …

19 Feb 2015 description

Mediation Can Prevent, Resolve Natural Resources Disputes New UN Guide Launched

Drawing on decades of experience in the field of mediation of natural resource conflicts, the Guide provides best practices and strategies for mediating different types of resource conflicts.

13 Apr 2012 description

13 April 2012, New York - With the risk of disasters increasing globally, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has underlined the central role of healthy and well-managed ecosystems in supporting the resilience of populations before, during and after disasters.

Natural disasters caused a record US$378 billion damage in 2011. While mortality rates from disasters are falling globally, thanks to improved early warning and preparedness measures, some 29,700 people still lost their lives in 302 disasters last year.

13 Mar 2012 description

Nairobi, March 2012 - The Government of Norway has delivered a major boost to efforts to protect vulnerable communities in Ethiopia from the impacts of climate change, with a donation of over $1.5 million to the Ethiopian Environment Ministry.

The money will allow existing projects, which encourage local communities to fight food insecurity and environmental degradation linked to climate change, to be upscaled and duplicated in other parts of the country.

21 Mar 2011 description

UN Report Launched on World Water Day 2011 Outlines Actions Towards Reversing Unsustainable Path

Cape Town/Nairobi, 21 March 2011--Rapid urbanization over the last five decades is changing Africa's landscape and also generating formidable challenges for supplies of water and sanitation services says a new UN report released today.

According to the Rapid Response Assessment by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat, urban centres in Africa are growing at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world.

Today 40 percent of Africa's one billion people …

30 Jun 2010 description

About the Security in Mobility Inter-Agency Partnership

The Security in Mobility (SIM) initiative aims to reconcile pastoralist livelihood and security needs with broader regional security priorities.

14 May 2009 description

Surge in Hunger May Be Avoided through Smart Green Technology, Rainwater Harvesting and Micro-Finance, But Situation is Urgent, Warns UNEP

New York/Nairobi, 14 May 2009 - Delivering food security to an additional 1 billion people in Africa will become ever more challenging over the next four decades unless more intelligent management of natural resources and emerging opportunities are brought to bear.

Invasive pests, land degradation, erosion, drought and climate change have already caused agricultural yields to fall in some cases by up to 50 per cent, according to a new report by …

06 May 2009 description

4th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UNEP-Linked Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

Geneva/Nairobi/Washington DC, 6 May 2009- The United Nations Environment Programme and the World Health Organization, in partnership with the Global Environment Facility, today announced a rejuvenated international effort to combat malaria with an incremental reduction of reliance on the synthetic pesticide DDT.

Ten projects, all part of the global programme "Demonstrating and Scaling-up of sustainable Alternatives to DDT in Vector Management", involving …

10 Feb 2009 description

Thousands of people are expected to show up for a tree planting ceremony organized by the UN Environment Programme in Karura Forest on 14 February.

At the heart of the campaign, entitled 'Trees4Love', is the idea that people will plant trees not just for their loved ones, but also as a symbol of their love for the environment.

The objective is to plant up to 5,000 trees in Karura forest as part of targeted efforts to combat climate change, promote the principle of carbon sequestration and clean up Nairobi River through catchment protection.

The total number of trees …

02 Sep 2008 description

The evacuation of New Orleans in advance of hurricane Gustav and the displacement of two million Indians to the worst flood in 50 years underline the increasing vulnerability of humanity to natural disasters-vulnerability that is set to rise under the scientific scenarios if climate change if left unchecked.

According to Munich Re, one of the world's leading insurance companies and a member of the UNEP Finance Initiative, 2008 is already shaping up to be a significant, disaster-prone year.

By June, an estimated 400 natural disasters had occurred costing $82 billion.

13 Nov 2006 description

UNEP and World Agroforestry Centre Underscore the Continent's Untapped Potential to Boost Agriculture and Drinking Water Supplies

Nairobi, 13 November 2006 - The massive potential of rainwater harvesting in Africa is underlined in a new report released today at the climate convention talks in Nairobi.

05 Nov 2006 description

Nairobi, 5 November 2006 -Assisting developing countries to adapt to the impacts of global warming, especially those in Africa must be a key focus of the latest round of climate change talks which open tomorrow in Nairobi.

A new report on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in Africa, released by the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and based on data from bodies including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) indicates that the continent's vulnerability to climate change is even more …