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Dear Colleagues,

We are still reeling from the first-ever Africa Protected Areas Congress and the launch of our five-year strategy. In case you missed it, we have the full story here.
We are also super excited by the landmark decision by the United Nations to recognise a healthy environment as a human right for all. 
In other news, it will now be easier for small and medium-sized enterprises across Africa to connect and innovate with a new cloud ecosystem spearheaded by leading development organisations in Africa.

We hope you enjoy these and other stories especially curated for you.

A Healthy Environment Is Now A Human Right

In Historic Move, UN Declares Healthy Environment  Human Right

The United Nations General Assembly declared that everyone on the planet has a right to a healthy environment, a move backers say is an important step in countering the alarming decline of the natural world. Read more

APAC Concludes With Kigali Call To Action

WWF: APAC Gives Africa a Voice In Conservation

WWF welcomes the increased political will shown by African governments towards the more than 8,600 protected and conserved areas on the continent.
 

Alice Ruhweza, WWF Africa Region Director, said: “WWF lauds the Kigali Call to Action as a highly significant outcome of the APAC which moves us in the right direction – towards a future where people and nature are at the heart of Africa’s sustainable development journey. African governments, conservation organisations, private sector, civil society, and society at large must build on the enthusiasm, energy and momentum we have generated here in Kigali to ensure the call to action is fully implemented. In particular, recognising the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities to their land and resources is central to achieving this ambition.”
Whilst at APAC, WWF launched its “Strategic Plan for Africa: 2021 – 2025”  – a call to move beyond business as usual and make nature everyone’s business. Read more
Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International, said: “The large participation of African leaders and conservation practitioners at the first ever African congress on protected and conserved areas has sent a clear and strong message that Africa is owning its conservation agenda and is committed to protecting its natural heritage and capital as a foundation for sustainable economy and development. African leaders have also clearly indicated their commitment to increase domestic resourcing to protected areas, and to ensure that expansion and effectiveness in management is promoted through inclusive governance and fair benefit sharing with Indigenous Peoples and local communities.”
Read The Kigali Call To Action

Voices From The Field

WWF Madagascar Celebrates World Mangroves Day

In the month of July, reforestation, conferences, workshops and carnivals took place all around Madagascar, with WWF producing an article on  'The Mangroves of Madagascar'. Read more

WWF South Africa Reacts To Presidential Energy Crisis Plan

In light of the current electricity crisis, an urgent plan to provide for the shortfall has long been needed. WWF South Africa is heartened to see that the Presidency and Department of Mineral Resources and Energy have taken the consultation process to heart. Read more

WWF in Tanzania Partners With Brewer To Restore Wetlands

AB InBev and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have partnered in implementing the Dar es Salaam Water Security Project, which seeks to restore the city’s watersheds through bankable nature-based initiatives. Read more

WWF CAR Celebrates Day Of The African Child

During the commemoration of the Day of the African Child, the Dzanga-Sangha Protected Area organized an awareness campaign on the rights of the child and sensitized the children of Bayanga on the objectives of the DSPA so that the spirit of nature conservation could be instilled into these future conservation actors. More than 865 children participated in this activity. Read more

What We're Reading

Global Wildlife Program Progress Report 2021

The report showcases the achievements and impact made by the projects and partners in
2021. Glance through the report to find out more about how the program is combating
illegal wildlife trade and promoting wildlife. based economies. 

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African Union Climate Change & Resilient Development Strategy and Action Plan

The AU's Climate Change and Resilient Development Strategy and Action Plan seeks to harmonise the continent's approach to climate change over the next decade, setting out the guiding principles, priorities and action areas for enhanced climate cooperation.

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Other Top Stories

African Climate Diplomats Reject African Union’s Pro-Gas Stance For Cop27

Negotiators quashed a proposal to endorse gas for energy access at the next UN climate summit, arguing the controversy would distract from other priorities. Read more

10th Round Findings on Governance Performance in Africa Released

The Africa Integrity Indicators project assesses yearly data on transparency, accountability and social development across specific indicators. Read more

 Africa Cloud Ecosystem Project In Pipeline

The regional cloud ecosystem project will contribute to innovation and the development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises on the continent by making consumers become better accustomed to online national and cross-border transactions.Read more

This African City Is The 7th Most Populated Globally

Half of the world’s population now lives in cities, according to UN-Habitat’s latest reports. While this number is set to increase to two-thirds by 2050, urban challenges are growing exponentially, making it more crucial than ever, to transform our cities. Read more

AfDB And AfCFTA Sign $11.24m Agreement To Boost Sustainable Intra-Africa Trade

The AfCFTA Secretariat, currently in phase II of its implementation phase, will benefit from this support package, which aims to boost sustainable intra-Africa trade and to augment the number of participating African member states. Read more

Rare Pink Diamond May Be the Largest Found in Last 300 Years

A rare pink diamond found in Angola may be the largest recovered in the last three centuries, according to Australian miner Lucapa Diamond Co. Read more

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Visits Africa

A new strategy is expected to be launched during the South African leg of Blinken’s three-nation junket that will also take his entourage to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda between August 7 and 12. Read more
Further, President Joe Biden announced that the United States will bring together leaders from across the African continent for The US-Africa Summit in Washington, DC, this December to discuss pressing challenges from food security to climate change. Read more

This Digest Is Made In Africa But Globally Curious! 

Here is a selection of global news that caught our attention

High Court Ruling Finds UK Government’s Climate Strategy ‘Unlawful’

 

Mr Justice Holgate finds that the Net Zero Strategy, which sets out plans to decarbonise the economy, doesn’t meet the government’s obligations under the Climate Change Act to produce detailed climate policies that show how the UK’s legally-binding carbon budgets will be met. Read more

Colombia Has Protected And Conserved More Than 30% Of Territorys Ahead Of Global Goals

Colombia’s advanced achievement of this goal results from collective work by the people in the territories, the local entities, and the national government. Read more

The Real Cost Of Restoring Forests

Protecting and restoring the world’s forests is a fundamental part of what we need to do in the fight against climate change – but the world is in danger of underestimating the cost and potentially setting projects up for failure. Read more

Illegal Airstrips Bringing Toxic Mining to Brazil’s Indigenous Land 

The airstrip is owned by the Brazilian government — the only way for health care officials to reach the Indigenous people in the nearby village. But illegal miners have seized it. Read more

How One Tiny Island Is Rallying To Save A Critically Endangered Parrot

History-Making Chef Fatmata Binta Is Giving The World A Taste Of Nomadic Food Culture

Elephants, Buffalo Travel Zimbabwe’s Length as Population Surges

Uganda’s Parks Teeming With Wildlife As Conservation Efforts Pay Off

Jumbo Task As Malawi Moves 263 Elephants

What We Are Listening To

Hip-Hop Diplomacy - Why It Matters







 

What We Are Watching

 

The Blind Spots of The Green Energy Transition

Graphic Of The Week

Africa Integrity Indicators 2014-2022

Coming Up

 


International Day Of The World's Indigenous Peoples - 9th August

World Lion Day - 10th August

International Youth Day - 12th August

Our Time on Earth Exhibition (UK) - Ongoing until 29 August 2022





 

We are grateful for your support and interest in The Africa Bi-Weekly Digest and would like to let you know that we will take a break until 5th September 2022. 
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