Appeals & Response Plans
- Kenya: Floods - Mar 2018
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Kenya: Floods - Apr 2016
- Kenya: Floods - Nov 2015
- Kenya: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Kenya: Drought - 2014-2018
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Horn of Africa: Polio Outbreak - May 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Mar 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Jan 2013
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Hannah Reid and Victor Orindi
This briefing aims to provide a brief overview of NAP experiences in African developing countries, highlighting emerging issues, challenges and opportunities.
Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have begun to integrate adaptation into national development plans and climate change policies.
Almost all the focus countries considered in this regional briefing have initiated the process to formulate and implement the NAP.
All I/NDCs in the countries in focus include an adaptation component.
In the hot and dusty county of Turkana in northwestern Kenya lies the sprawling Kakuma refugee camp.
Informal settlements, constructed mainly using a variety of materials such as iron sheets, mud, or traditional thatching, dot the landscape and offer residents relief from the sweltering heat, which can sometimes reach 40 degrees Celsius during the day and only drop to the low 30s at night.
Besides the harsh climate, the camp lies in an area which is dry, windswept and prone to dust storms.
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 …
Nairobi, 27 May 2016 – The world’s environment ministers, gathered at the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi on late Friday, passed far reaching decisions on issues such as marine litter, the illegal trade in wildlife, air pollution, chemicals and waste, and sustainable consumption and production – which are an integral part of the global action needed to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement.
Nairobi, 29 April 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched its 2015 Annual Report website and print edition in all six UN languages. The report showcases many of UNEP’s big results of the last year – from key work in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement to securing investor pledges to decarbonize $600 billion worth of assets under management – and zooms in on projects helping communities in countries like Colombia and Cambodia to adapt to climate change and develop sustainable livelihoods.
A legal framework for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) needs to address diverse and complex issues. These issues are often scattered through various legislation that deals with diverse socio-economic policy concerns. This diffusion calls for harmonization and continuous updating of legislative frameworks. Such frameworks must necessarily address economic, environmental and social issues related to REDD+ in a coherent way, in line with human rights principles and international environmental treaties and conventions (e.g.
Nairobi, 15 April 2014 – Kenya’s transition to a green economy could produce major economic benefits – equivalent to an estimated USD 45 billion by 2030 – as well as greater food security, a cleaner environment and higher productivity of natural resources, according to a new study launched Tuesday by the Government of Kenya and the UN Environment Programme.
This report, commissioned by the National REDD+ Coordination Office in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (MEW&NR) and the UN-REDD Programme, in collaboration with the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, provides an analysis of how corruption may influence the ability of REDD+ activities in Kenya to have successful economic, environmental and social outcomes. It also provides recommendations by a variety of stakeholders in Kenya to respond to these risks.
Deforestation Costing Kenyan Economy Millions of Dollars Each Year and Increasing Water Shortage Risk, UNEP and Kenya Forest Service Report Finds
Services from Kenya’s Water Towers Underpin Many Sectors of Economy
Deforestation deprived Kenya’s economy of 5.8 billion shillings ($US 68 million) in 2010 and 6.6 billion shillings in 2009, far outstripping the roughly 1.3 billion shillings injected from forestry and logging each year, according to a joint Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report.
UN Peacekeeping Set To Benefit From New Environmental Practices, According To New UNEP Report
New York, 1 May 2012 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has today released the findings of a two-year analysis of how peacekeeping missions around the world affect, and are affected by, natural resources and the broader environment.
Undervalued Yet Nutritious Traditional Foods Can Make the Difference
Rio de Janeiro, 28 April 2012 - Placing renewed emphasis on sustaining the natural variety of crops and animals contributing to agriculture, including neglected yet nutritious traditional foods, can improve food security and address growing global concerns over poor nutrition and its negative health effects, officials said at the launch of a new international project at the World Nutrition Rio Congress 2012.
Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen, Don Cheadle & Other Celebrities Unveil WED Challenge and Chance to Win Fuel-Efficient Car
Nairobi, 19 April 2012 - World Environment Day (WED) - to be held on 5 June 2012 - is aiming higher than ever before.
For WED 2012, people across the world will be challenged to register and carry out an environmental activity for 5 June 2012, and help break the record for the greatest number of activities registered in WED’s four decade history.
And this year, there’s an added incentive to get active for the environment.
On her first official visit to Africa, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador and iconic face of fashion, Gisele Bündchen, went to the grassroots level in Kenya to experience the reality of energy poverty and to see how Kenyans are transforming their lives by accessing sustainable energy.
Nairobi, 12 January 2012 On her first official visit to Africa, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador and iconic face of fashion, Gisele Bündchen, went to the grassroots level in Kenya to experience the reality of energy poverty and to see how Kenyans are transforming their lives by accessing sustainable energy.
UNEP Disasters and Conflicts Sub-Programme
Women Win Recognition for Innovative Businesses
Nairobi, 15 December 2011 From a company that transforms groundnut shells into fuel briquettes in Gambia, to an enterprise that has developed solar ovens in Burkina Faso, to an initiative that trains and employs street youth to collect waste materials in Ghana, which they then transform into handmade designer products, to a business in Kenya where women produce aloe-based skin care products, these are just some the 35 winners of the 2011 SEED Awards, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.
Nairobi, 22 September 2011 - Bringing the latest climate change research on forests, agriculture, food security and carbon trading to African journalists was the focus of a media workshop at the Highway Africa Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
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 …
Addis Ababa/Nairobi, 25 November 2010 -The major challenges facing Africa's water resources have been laid out in striking clarity in a new atlas compiled by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).