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Dear Colleagues,

It’s a busy time for nature conservation work.

The fourth meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is underway in Nairobi. For Africa, climate finance and the transfer of technology are critical to meaningful progress towards a deal at COP15.

This week also sees CHOGM underway in Kigali and SRI22 in South Africa.

Last week, the Bonn Climate Change Conference concluded discussions on a new phase of negotiations post-Glasgow COP26, with an increased focus on implementation; however, there is disappointment at the broken promises and unfulfilled commitments on climate finance and action by rich countries.

The World Ocean conference cohosted by Kenya starts next week with interactive dialogues to address key themes and issues such as making fisheries sustainable and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets.

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

 

African Civil Society Raise Their Voice In Bonn

At the 56th session of the subsidiary bodies meeting of the UN Climate Change Conference, held from June 6 to 16, 2022, in Bonn, Germany, climate justice civil society groups in Africa joined their counterparts across the globe to call on African governments to demand loss and damage finance, adopt practical and workable non-market mechanisms needed to attain real zero and not net-zero. The talks have ended in acrimony between rich and poor countries over cash for climate damage. According to a statement by the groups, Africa's contribution is insignificant to the current climate crisis, yet the continent is the most adversely affected by its consequences.

News from Bonn:
Undelivered Climate Finance And Action By Rich Countries Stand In The Way Of Future Action By All

Briefing Paper: Fostering Geopolitical Stability Through Climate Action

Read more on WWF's briefing papers prepared ahead of Bonn.

Dates And Location Announced For Africa Climate Week 2022

Voices From The Field

WWF Uganda Rallies School Going Children to Lead Conservation Efforts

WWF Uganda, together with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the relevant district officials, engaged ten (10) schools around Rwenzori Mountains National Park (RMNP) in forming Wildlife Clubs in their respective schools. 

WWF Tanzania Launches Multi-Country Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative

The initiative aims to kickstart the restoration of 13.5 Million hectares of degraded and deforested Land across nine African countries by 2027. WWF-Tanzania is host Country for this Regional Forest Programme.

WWF Kenya Commemorates World Oceans Day

In the build-up to  World Oceans Day, WWF Kenya handed over KES9M worth of equipment -- a twin-engine boat and state-of-the-art diving gear -- to Kenya Wildlife Service to improve the management effectiveness of the Kisite Mpunguti Marine Protected Area. Read more

WWF CAR Celebrates Additional Elephant Calves in Dzanga-Sangha

A baby gorilla and a slew of newborn African forest elephants were spotted in the Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas complex—a biodiversity hotspot that’s home to an incredible range of wildlife from bongos to forest buffalo. Read more

WWF Gabon Launches #Gabon4Nature Campaign

To mark the International Day for Biological Diversity, WWF Gabon launched the billboard campaign "Gabon4Nature" carried by its Ambassadors, as part of the New Deal for Nature and People Project. Read more

Kenya Co-Hosting UN Ocean Conference

The upcoming UN Ocean Conference (Monday, June 27, 2022 - Friday, July 01, 2022), co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world seeks to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
For WWF, it is an unmissable opportunity to mobilize support and accelerate action to secure ocean health and achieve a nature-climate-people-positive future. It supports WWF's global, regional and national advocacy objectives. It provides a powerful platform to build political will and momentum for more significant ocean action and investment by the public and private sectors. 

How Our Oceans Can Help Us Secure A Nature-Climate-People-Positive Future

Americans Frustrated That Plastic Waste Ends Up In Oceans, WWF Survey Finds

Saving Our Oceans With Africa's Great Blue Wall

This World Oceans Day, Explore the Secrets of Seabirds

WWF Africa At SRI 22

The Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress 2022 - SRI2022 is a transdisciplinary gathering in sustainability – a space of dynamic advocacy for sustainability scholarship, innovation, collaboration, and action. This is an annual series that unites global leaders, experts, industry, practitioners, and innovators to inspire action and promote transformation in sustainability.
Join WWF Africa Region Director Alice Ruhweza and Africa Project Design Specialist Peter Scheren at the Sustainability Research and Innovation - SRI2022. They will discuss a sustainable ecological future for Africa, and how we can garner opportunities to reorient Africa’s development trajectories towards a sustainable path that does not compromise our rich biodiversity and ecology.



 
Register For The Session

Reports We're Reading

Kwando River Basin Report Card

The Kwando (also spelled as Cuando) River is one of the few rivers worldwide that remain undisturbed and naturally connected. Extending through an area of dry sandy woodland, its Basin is a "linear oasis" – it serves as the only water source within thousands of square kilometres for wildlife and people in southwest Africa.

Read The Report Card

FDi Report 2022

The world is in flux and the fDi Report 2022 provides a fascinating insight through the lens of foreign direct investment (FDI). The report showed that Africa improved its project intake from 2020, with growth driven by South Africa-bound investments.

Download The Report

Insuring A Nature Positive World

With freshwater species in freefall and rivers under ever-increasing pressure, we cannot afford to build any of the thousands of high-impact hydropower projects that are still on the drawing board from the Amazon to the Zambezi.
WWF has launched this first-of-its-kind guide to Insuring a  nature positive world detailing seven key actions that insurers can take

Download The Report

Living With Tigers Report 2022

The Living with Tigers report is in many respects a direct response to a considerable conservation success story, which is that wild tiger populations are on the rise following a 2010 agreement by tiger range countries and their partners to double the global population of the species by 2022. 

Download The Report
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Other Top Stories

Mina Guli Lands In Kenya For African Leg Of  Run Blue Campaign

Water advocate, ultra-marathon runner and businesswoman Mina Guli arrived in Kenya on Saturday, 11 June, to kick off the African leg of the RUN BLUE Campaign. Read more

Peek Into The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2022 In Kigali

The long-awaited Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) opens on 20th June in Kigali, Rwanda. This will be the second time for a partner state of the East African Community to host the prestigious conference.

Gabon To Host Africa Climate Week

The dates and location for this year’s Africa Climate Week (ACW 2022) have been announced – from 29 August to 1 September in Libreville, Gabon. Read more

Bogolo Kenewendo Named As Climate Champions’ Special Advisor, Africa Director

Former minister for Botswana, global economist and international trade and development specialist, Bogolo Kenewendo has been appointed as the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions’ Special Advisor, Africa Director. Read more

Universal Energy Access In Africa Could Cost $25 Billion

About 600mn folks in Africa, or 43 per cent of the inhabitants, lack entry to electrical energy. Common vitality entry could possibly be achieved by 2030 by funding of $25bn per year. Read more

China Media Group Launches Media Action In  Africa On World Environment Day

WWF Africa, at the event, reiterated the need to help media simplify and make environmental stories interesting in order for the public to relate to their reporting  Read more

West Africa's Green Turtles Are The Most Exploited For Human Consumption

Green turtles are a key element of West Africa's biodiversity heritage and contribute to the health of coastal marine ecosystems in the region. Read more

This Digest Is Made In Africa But Globally Curious! 

Here is a selection of global news that caught our attention

We Can Now Measure Peace, How Did This Begin?

Ahead of the 2022 Global Peace Index launch, lets take a look at how the Global Peace Index was started in this extract from Peace In The Age Of Chaos. Read more

WTO Concludes First Environmentally Sustainable Deal

Talks aimed at curbing harmful subsidies for fisheries concluded in Geneva in the first multilateral trade agreement the World Trade Organization (WTO) has struck in almost a decade. Read more

50 Years Of UN Environmental Diplomacy: What’s Worked And What Can We Expect?

The Stockholm Conference was a turning point in how countries thought about the natural world and the resources that all nations share, like the air. Read more
 

Post Stockholm 50+ Reflections: Where Have Thirty Years Of Climate Summits Got Us?

It has been 30 years since the Rio summit when a global system was set up that would bring countries together on a regular basis to try to solve the climate crisis. Read more

There Will Be African Victims of Russia’s War, Warn Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Olusegun Obasanjo

Second Meeting Of The Environment Deputies Meeting and Climate Sustainability (EDM-CSWG) Kicks Off

Corruption And The Challenge To Protect Human Rights And The Environment: What Can Conservationists Do?

What We Are Listening To

Accelerating Climate Solutions (newly launched) -  Global Alliance for the Future of Food and Foundations Platform F20 







 

What We Are Watching (dancing to, really)

 

The New Hit Single - Freshwater In The CBD


Next week sees critical talks on the new UN Biodiversity global framework for nature - it must elevate freshwater to the same level as 'land & sea'. This fun video tells us why.

Other Films To Look Out For

How did the willful daughter of a Himalayan forest conservator become the world’s most powerful opponent of Monsanto? The Seeds of Vandana Shiva, a feature-length documentary, presents the remarkable life story of the Gandhian eco-activist and agro-ecologist, Vandana Shiva

Graphic Of The Week

The Most Peaceful African Countries In 2021 According To Global Peace Index

Mauritius still maintains its spot as the most peaceful country in Africa. The country comes in at 28th place on the global rank. Mauritius conducted a peaceful election and attained a high level of economic stability according to the Global Peace index. 
 

Coming Up

 


The 2022 Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress (SRI2022) - 20th to 24th June 2022

Agriculture Nutrition and Health Academy (ANH22) - 20th June to 30th June 2022

World Rainforest Day - 22nd June 2022

Open-Ended Working Group Kenya- 21st to 26th June 2022

Africa Green Economy Conference - 27th to 30th June 2022

UN Ocean Conference - 27th June to 1st July

Call for Emerging Writers Dissent Magazine - 1st July 2022

World Biodiversity Forum - 26th June to 1st July 2022

48th G7 Summit - 26th June to 28th June 2022

The IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) - 18th to 23rd July 2022

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



 
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