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At the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment that took place in Dakar Senegal last week, Ministers vowed to end plastic pollution, address climate change, nature loss and antimicrobial resistance. This political will is good news as we head into COP 27 and COP 15.

The 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) is currently underway in New York. New York Climate Week is also taking place. We bring you details of WWF's participation in both events.

Like the rest of the world, we have been mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The queen visited over 20 African countries during her rule, starting with South Africa. Read more on the reaction from Africa.

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

AMCEN - Ministers Vow To End Plastic Pollution

The resumed 18th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) closed with environment ministers from 54 African countries adopting a series of decisions and key messages to tackle climate change, the loss of nature, pollution and waste, including the elimination of open dumping and burning of waste. The conference took place from 12 to 16 September 2022 in Dakar, Senegal. Read more
Prior to AMCEN, WWF wrote a message to ministers.
The message was clear - to ensure Africa’s special needs and circumstances are considered at COP 27 and COP 15,  including leveraging more African-led climate solutions and technologies, including the power of nature, from which the continent builds its richness.
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Towards COP 27

Civil society groups from Egypt, African countries and the Arab world have come together to call for a global mass mobilization of people everywhere to address the root cause of the climate crisis and other injustices, to take place around the world during the COP27 global climate talks this November. The 'COP27 Coalition invites civil society groups around the world to join them in demanding an end to climate and other injustices and urgent response from governments and leaders to climate and other multiple linked crises. 
Read More Climate News Here
 
Climate Action For Africa At COP27: Securing The Future

Africa Is On The Frontlines But Not The Front Pages - Vanessa Nakate On Her Climate Fight

How Africa Can Escape Chronic Food Insecurity Amid Climate Change

Somalia On The Brink Of Famine: Aid Efforts Risk Failing Marginalised Communities Yet Again

Cameroon’s ‘Exploding’ Lakes: Disaster Expert Warns Deadly Gas Release Could Cause Another Tragedy

Ocean Visuals: Open Call For Photography

Cameroon - Thousands of Homes Destroyed By Floods

World On Brink Of Five ‘Disastrous’ Climate Tipping Points

Doñana Wetland In Spain Has Dried Out

Pakistan Floods 'Likely' Made Worse By Warming

High Temperatures Make Us Angrier Online

Europe, North America and China All Experienced Their Hottest August  On Record Since 1880

UNGA 77

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) is the main policy-making organ of the United Nations. It is an opportunity for the world to come together to address the most pressing global challenges facing us today.  

This year's theme is "A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges" that stems from the recognition that the world is at a critical moment in the history of the UN due to complex and interconnected crises.
 
1 million plant & animal species are threatened with extinction. The average population sizes of wildlife have dropped by  ~70% since 1970.
While the situation is alarming, we can still turn things around. WWF is calling on world leaders at UNGA to act for people & nature now. Watch this video for more.

WWF also revealed that animals in their ecosystems are affected. The habitat or places of animals are threatened, causing damage to wildlife, from their reproduction, habitat, biodiversity, and food sources.
“Unstoppable Africa – Africa Leading the World”

A Business Event This Weekend You Should Not Miss - Unstoppable Africa!

UNGA 77 will see the inaugural meeting of the Global African Business Initiative – Unstoppable Africa.
This week, leaders worldwide will unite to focus on global challenges and zero in on global solutions. This event is important because it focuses on answers and ideas and puts the spotlight on one of the most important stories in our world today.  

New York Climate Week

WWF, Conservation International and its research partners – including the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and others – has released the “Exponential Roadmap for Natural Climate Solutions” at New York Climate Week. 
The “Exponential Roadmap for Natural Climate Solutions” is a first-of-its-kind report that shows what, where and how fast people must take action to protect, manage and restore nature to meet our climate goals. It is a high-level guide to ensure nature meets its necessary climate mitigation potential while supporting biodiversity and food security. 

In Memoriam - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Africans Say Goodbye to Queen Who Led Britain into Post-Colonial Era

Voices From The Field

WWF Cameroon Addresses Human Elephant Conflict

WWF Cameroon and the Programme for the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources for the South West Region (PSMNR-SWR), on August 11, 2022, brought together key stakeholders to discuss the recent Human Elephant Conflict that has been raging in these communities. Read more

WWF Uganda Convenes With Church To Make Strong Resolutions for Nature Recovery

The provincial Assembly, which was supported by WWF Uganda under the BIODEV 2030 Project, was held to, among others, come up with voluntary commitments to ensure nature recovery by 2030. Read more 

 

WWF Kenya Welcomes Mombasa As First African City To Join Plastic Smart Cities Initiative

Mombasa has joined WWF’s Plastic Smart Cities Initiative, becoming the first city in Africa to join the global forum led by Cities and Tourism Destination Centres in a concerted effort to fight plastic pollution. By signing the Plastic Smart Cities declaration of intent on 15 June 2022, following WWF-Kenya’s invitation, Mombasa affirmed its commitment to solving the plastic pollution problem. Read more

What We're Reading

UNDP Human Development Report 2021 - 2022

28 African countries are in the low development index. Read what Governments can do. 

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2022 Goal Keepers Report

The annual scorecard of SDGs. Read how Africa is doing.

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Design And Management Principles For People And The Environment

Agroforestry is not just a matter of adding trees to farms. To realize its potential, practitioners need to understand its principles. Agroforestry: A primer is a guide to agroforestry principles and concepts – and how to use them effectively.

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Biodiversity Credits: Unlocking Financial Markets For Nature Positive Outcomes

This initiative aims to design biodiversity credits that are part of a company’s nature-positive journey – an investment in nature’s recovery rather than an offset for damage. 

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Conservation Status And Red List Of The Terrestrial Carnivores Of Namibia

The conservation status of Namibia’s land carnivores has just been published in a comprehensive book by a partnership comprising the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, the Large Carnivore Management Association of Namibia and the Namibian Chamber of Environment. 

Get The Book

Species Of The Week

No need to wonder why they're called Spotted-necked otters! Spread across Africa, they depend on healthy, fish-filled rivers and their aquatic adaptations - fully webbed feet & ability to dive 14m deep in search of prey. Read more
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Other Top Stories

The Kampala Declaration and Plan of Action

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) launched the 2nd regional Experts Meeting, under the framework of its Support Platform of the Nairobi process,  on Kampala Declaration on jobs, livelihoods and self–reliance for Refugees, Returnees and Host Communities today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read more

Cheetahs From Namibia Land In India

The arrival of the big cats - the fastest land animal on Earth - coincides with the 72nd birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who released the first cat into the park on Saturday. It is the culmination of a 13-year effort to restore a species which vanished from India some 70 years ago. Read more

Iconic Dress That Took 353 Artists 13 Years To Make

After 13 years of toiling and back and forth among 47 countries, 353 artists worldwide managed to create a stunning maxi red dress emblazoned by a myriad of worldwide cultures. Read more

From Mozambique To The World - Happy World Manta Day 2022

Marine Mega-fauna Foundation first began as the ‘Manta & Whale Shark Research Centre’ in Tofo, Mozambique, where its founder completed the world’s first PhD on the ecology of manta rays. Read more.

The Woman King Movie– Shining A Light On The Women Warriors Of Benin

The action blockbuster is adding to renewed global interest in the historical women warriors of Dahomey, a kingdom that flourished in the 1700s and 1800s in what is today Benin in West Africa. Read more

Tanzania Sets Strategic Plans to Secure Wildlife Corridors

The government is strategising to secure wildlife corridors that have been extensively blocked countrywide, leading to wild animals killing, injuring people and destroying properties and crops. Read more

This Digest Is Made In Africa But Globally Curious! 

Here is a selection of global news that caught our attention


Yemen’s Coffee Farmers Bid To Win Over Baristas To Their Heritage Beans

The beans that have grown across Yemen’s harsh mountain landscapes for more than 600 years have been largely overlooked by modern coffee connoisseurs. Read more 

BMW - The New Engine Against Plastic Waste

In a first for the automotive industry, the BMW Group is using recycled marine waste to produce visible trim parts in the injection moulding process. Read more

To Ease The World Food Crisis, Focus Resources On Women And Girls

Crises hit women and girls especially hard in low- and middle-income countries. It is estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic pushed an additional 47 million girls and women into extreme poverty, reversing decades of progress. Read more

Patagonia’s New Owner Is… Earth

Founder Yvon Chouinard and his family are giving away ownership in the outdoor apparel company to a trust and a nonprofit devoted to fighting the environmental crisis. Read more

Critically Endangered Arctic Fox Breeds Successfully In Finland

This summer, a long-awaited turn took place during the Arctic fox nesting inspections when the Arctic fox was found to have successfully bred in the Enontekiö mountainous area in Northern Lapland. The on-the-spot inspection revealed three pups had been born to the Arctic fox couple. Read more

Step Up! WWF Urges Central Banks And Financial Supervisors 

In a new call to action, WWF and more than 90 organisations and thought leaders urge central banks and financial supervisors to manage climate and biodiversity related financial risks as part of their primary mandate. Read more


The Best Way to Preserve Nature Is Also the Fairest

How Much Do You Know About Africa's Dinosaurs?

World’s Rarest Gorilla Shows Signs of Comeback

GLF Africa 2022 Digital Conference By The Numbers

South African Colonial Diaries May Help Protect Against Future Climate Calamities

What We Are Listening To

Keep Buildings Cool As It Gets Hotter By Resurrecting Traditional African Architectural Techniques –- The Conversation Weekly







 

What We Are Watching

 

 

Big Cats, Big Opportunities!

If you love big cats, check out this new YouTube channel highlighting the extensive conservation work of the global community of civil society and international organizations, governments, communities, indigenous peoples, and the private sector.
It’s the new home of video content, live streams, and the Big Cats Podcast. Hear from global experts on how Big Cats impact ecosystems, biodiversity, infrastructures, and security for communities all around the world
WWF Suomi 50 vuotta – kosteikkopanda suojelee Itämerta ja luonnon monimuotoisuutta

 

To celebrate its turning 50 in October, WWF Finland created a Panda wetland to protect the Baltic Sea.

Graphic Of The Week

Extreme Events 2020 Africa
 
The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has developed a tool to view a legend of each type of extreme event and its corresponding icon. Drag your cursor to see events as they’ve occurred over the year. Alternatively, simply click and watch as months go by.

The WMO, in 2021,  also developed a report on the State of the Climate in Africa 2021 with a special focus on water. High water stress is estimated to affect about 250 million people in Africa and is expected to displace up to 700 million people by 2030. Four out of five African countries are unlikely to have sustainably managed water resources by 2030. 

Coming Up

 

Rhino Day Webinar - 22nd September

77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) - 13th to 27th September.2022

FLAG Science Based Target Setting Guidance Launch - 28th September

YouthConnekt Africa Summit -  13th to 15th October 2022

Launch of the WWF Living Planet Report - 13th October







 

Useful Resources

Cornell Lab Of Ornithology And BirdLife International Allow You To Keep track of your bird Lists, Photos, And Sounds
This week, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (which manages eBird) and BirdLife launched a new tool that marries the power of eBird with the strength of BirdLife’s network of national partner organisations as part of a collaboration to monitor and conserve the most important sites for nature.WWF is part of the KBA partnership. Read more
The Ocean Agency is a different kind of non-profit: a strategic creative agency working for their biggest client - The Ocean.
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