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22 Jun 2018 description

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.

28 Feb 2018 description

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.

30 Jan 2018 description

Over the past 25 years, Somalia has experienced a cycle of protracted droughts, culminating in the most recent one in 2016 and 2017, when rains failed for three seasons in a row.

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 …

30 Sep 2016 description
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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.

17 Apr 2013 description

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud launches innovative charcoal use reduction programme to address land degradation, promote alternative energy and create sustainable livelihoods in Somalia with support of UN agencies

30 Apr 2012 description

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.

09 Nov 2010 description

Nairobi, 9 November 2010 - As part of a concerted effort to 'green' UN peacekeeping operations, an intensive training programme for UN peacekeeping missions on environmental matters is taking place at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi.

According to the 2009 UN Greenhouse Gas inventory, UN Field Missions globally account for 56% of UN total greenhouse gas emissions.

The training in Nairobi will equip UN Field Mission staff with the tools to address environmental issues related to the work and mandate of UN peacekeeping missions.

Participating in the four-day course are 25 …

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.

30 Jun 2009 description

From Kosovo to Afghanistan, Lebanon, Sudan or China, UNEP has responded to crisis situations in more than 30 countries since 1999, delivering highquality environmental expertise to national governments and partners in the UN family. On this basis, UNEP’s Medium Term Strategy (MTS) for 2010-2013 designates “Disasters and Conflicts” as one of the organization’s six priority areas of work.

31 Dec 2005 description

Executive Summary

The Indian Ocean Tsunami of 26 December 2004 affected part of Somalia, with most of the damage experienced in the north-east along a 650 km coastline stretching from Xafuun in the Bari region, to Garacad in the Mudug region. About 44,000 people are believed to have been affected by the tsunami.

25 Feb 2005 description


Approximately 650 kilometres of the Somali coastline was impacted by the tsunami, primarily in the stretch between Xaafun (Hafun) (Bari region) and Garacad (Mudung region), with differing degrees of devastation. The tsunami resulted in the death of some 300 people and extensive destruction of shelters, houses and water sources as well as fishing gear. The tsunami came at a time when many parts of the country were beginning to recover from four years of consecutive drought and periodic floods in addition to chronic insecurity.

25 Feb 2005 description


1.1 Introduction

03 Feb 2005 description

1 Background

1.1. UNEP Asian Tsunami Task Force

On 28 December 2004, the UNEP Asian Tsunami Disaster Task Force was established by the UNEP Executive Director, Dr. Klaus Töpfer. The Task Force is supporting the national authorities and the UN family in assessing and addressing the environmental impacts from the disaster, providing environmental expertise and in mobilizing and coordinating international efforts in the environmental sector.

05 Jan 2005 description

I. Introduction

The UNEP situation report no. 1, dated 1 January 2005, outlined the activities that UNEP is currently undertaking, in cooperation with the UN family, to respond to the South Asian Disaster. UNEP situation report no. 2 outlines the current requests and activities that are being undertaken at the national level to address the environmental concerns and assess the impacts.


30 Dec 2004 description


(Reissued as received.)

NAIROBI, 30 December (UNEP) - As the Asian earthquake and tsunami death toll is now feared to be approaching 100,000 people, emergency humanitarian assistance remains the top priority, but urgent environmental concerns that threaten human health must be addressed, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

The Organization decided to create a Task Force in Geneva to coordinate all inputs from the UNEP system to identify and alleviate the environmental impacts of the disaster and to support the efforts of the affected countries and …