Appeals & Response Plans
- Sudan: Floods - Jul 2018
- Sudan: Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) Outbreak - Jul 2017
- Sudan: Floods - Jun 2017
- Sudan: Floods - Jun 2016
- Sudan/South Sudan: Measles Outbreak - Mar 2015
- Sudan: Floods - Jul 2014
- Sudan: Yellow Fever Outbreak - Nov 2013
- Sudan: Flash Floods - Aug 2013
- Sudan: Yellow Fever Outbreak - Oct 2012
- Sudan: Floods - Jun 2012
Most read reports
- Sudan - Council conclusions (19 November 2018)
- WHO steps up efforts to establish Community Based Surveillance in Sudan [EN/AR]
- Sudan: Humanitarian Funds come together to help people support themselves
- Civilian dies in Central Darfur air strafing
- 400 Ethiopian refugees arrive in Sudan following ethnic clashes: official
Sudan’s western Darfur region is home to nearly 10 million people and occupies a land mass which is about ten times the size of Belgium. For decades soils, forests, and water resources in this largely arid and conflict-affected region have been depleted at alarming rates.
Erratic rainfall patterns have led to dwindling water supplies. As agricultural yields have declined, farmers are obliged to cultivate larger plots. This has encroached on the land available for herders.
Lake Chad, once one of Africa’s largest lakes, is in distress.
The lake is shared by Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria; its basin – which extends as far as Algeria, Libya, and Sudan – offers a lifeline to nearly 40 million people.
Le lac Tchad, autrefois l'un des plus grands lacs d'Afrique, est en détresse.
Ce lac se trouve à la frontière du Cameroun, du Tchad, du Niger et du Nigeria. Son bassin - qui s'étend jusqu'à l'Algérie, la Libye et le Soudan - offre une bouée de sauvetage à près de 40 millions de personnes.
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.
November 2017, Khartoum – As the effects of climate change continue to impact the people of Sudan, greater efforts are being made to understand and manage water. Sudan is heavily reliant on the Nile River for its water needs, but attention is shifting towards the multitude of alternative sources to help support livelihoods which are becoming increasingly threatened by climate change. This is especially true in areas that are further from the Nile where people rely, almost exclusively, on seasonal wadis or streams and underground water sources for subsistence.
As part of the adapt for environment and climate resilience project (ADAPT!), the Government of Sudan, supported by the UK Department for International Development and UN Environment, is strengthening its policy framework around tackling climate change. With Sudan having ratified the Paris Agreement in August 2017, the government is now focusing on revising its nationally determined contribution (NDC) which spells out what actions it will take to mitigate climate change.
Sudan – UN Environment and partners are working to enhance women’s role in conflict resolution and environmental management at the community level.
Al Rahad, a dusty town in central Sudan, is emblematic of the challenges facing the country. Drought and deforestation have created tensions between the communities that rely on the region’s dwindling natural resources. At times, these tensions have escalated to conflict.
Khartoum – UN Environment congratulates the Government of Sudan on their ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
“As a country highly vulnerable to a changing climate, the ratification of the Paris Agreement demonstrates the commitment of the Government of Sudan to a more sustainable development path, one that protects Sudan's rich natural resources and enables local communities to adapt to the worst impacts of climate change” said Atila Uras, Head of UN Environment in Sudan.
Khartoum – UN Environment, Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Environment, UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and other key federal institutions in Sudan came together for the first advisory committee meeting of the ADAPT! project.
News Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017 Sudan – Resilience as a result of a better water management.
When the project team surveyed 12 random village councils from across the project’s 34, it found that all of them were using better natural resource management practices.
Agricultural production and household income had risen over the course of the project. Communities reported sorghum crop yields that had as much as doubled in some areas serviced by the water spreading weir, which had flooded a large area of land that had not been irrigated in more than a decade.
Sudan – That conflict occurs over scarce natural resources, such as water, is an accepted fact. But in a region in North Darfur, after more than a decade of strife that has eroded trust and traditional institutions responsible for negotiating the rights of access to water and grazing land, the reverse is unfolding: it’s these very scarce resources that is bringing conflict-weary people together and slowly mending trust.
In 2012-2015, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission (EC) supported a pilot demonstration project on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) in Sudan. The Eco-DRR project was implemented in partnership with the National Government, the State Government of North Darfur, Practical Action, and local communitybased organizations.
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 …
The people of the Arab region face an uncertain future. Millions are fleeing their homes to escape violence and millions more remain trapped by conflict or in occupied territory. The expanding population is placing increasing strain on the environment through unsustainable consumption of limited water supplies and abundant energy resources. The rentier economy that prevails in many countries has proven unable to adapt to new realities or absorb the growing and increasingly youthful labour force.
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.
UNEP's projects help to halt the vicious cycle of climate change, resource scarcity and conflict
Until the late 20th century, a typical landscape in the Sahel - a transitional zone in Africa that lies between the Sahara desert and the savannahs - would include baobab and acacia trees and a sparse grass cover.
Each humanitarian project should identify its potential impact on the local environment, and address it in a manner which is tailored to the specific country.
UNEP’s Disasters and Conflicts sub-programme is comprised of four operational pillars: post-crisis environmental assessment, post-crisis environmental recovery, disaster risk reduction and environmental cooperation for peacebuilding.
In its work on disasters and conflicts, which aims to minimize threats to human well-being from environmental degradation, UNEP focuses on achieving results in two areas:
Risk reduction – Improving countries’ ability to use environmental management to prevent and reduce the risks of natural hazards, industrial disasters and conflict.
KHARTOUM–The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have signed a letter of agreement to formalize their collaboration on activities supporting the government in assisting vulnerable communities in Sudan. The organisations will together address issues of food security as they help communities strengthen their environmental management, their ability to mitigate and adapt to climate change, as well as their disaster-risk reduction programmes. “UNEP is confident that this agreement with WFP