African ministers adopt a Pan-African action agenda on ecosystem restoration Agree to build momentum to implement commitments for biodiversity
"The African Summit was held on 13 November 2018 at Sharm El-Sheikh International Congress Center, under the theme “Land and ecosystem degradation and restoration: priorities for increased resilience in Africa. Ministers of Environment together with partner organizations committed to an ambitious action agenda taking a coherent approach to addressing the interlinked challenges of biodiversity loss, land degradation and climate change.” Read the press release here.
SEEDBALLS Kenya, a initiative for low cost and high efficiency forest regeneration
"The Energy and Forestry Policies and Acts have recently legalized sustainable charcoal production, and efforts are underway by government agencies, including the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), and the Ministry of Energy (MoE), to take forward the implementation of this legislation. At least 750,000 kg of rough unprocessed lump wood charcoal is consumed within Nairobi daily, and of that amount 15% is dust, fines and chips - charcoal vendor's waste. This salvaged charcoal waste is the dust we use to make the seedballs. Learn more about the initiative here.
Kenya commits to restoring 5.1 million hectares of land
"Kenya has committed to restoring 5.1 million hectares of land during the African Ministerial Summit on Biodiversity which was held on Tuesday this week at Sharm El-Sheikh International Congress Center (SHICC) in Egypt. Under the theme “Land and ecosystem degradation and restoration: priorities for increased resilience in Africa,” other countries that presented their national commitments and actions taken on ecosystem restoration include Cameroon, Ethiopia, Uganda, Chad, Guinea, Niger, Seychelles, Burkina Faso, Sudan, South Africa, Algeria, The Gambia, and Madagascar." Full article here.
Nigeria: NCF Promotes Restoration of Mangroves, Reclaiming of Desert
"The Niger Delta Mangroves are estimated to provide 60% of the spawning grounds of fishes in West Africa. Mangroves absorb carbon and they determine the livelihood of the coastal dwellers. Nigerian Mangroves make up 40% of the remaining original forests in Nigeria and cover 10,500 squared km. This year's event was used to create awareness and seek support for its Green Recovery Nigeria Initiative, while focusing on restoration of the mangroves and reclaiming the desert." Read the full article here.
AFR100 initiative celebrates 111 million hectares of commitments
"Johannesburg- October 1, 2018 - Twenty-seven nations across the continent have now committed to restore 111 million hectares of degraded land as part of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) and the Bonn Challenge – exceeding the 100- million-hectare AFR100 target. In realizing these commitments, countries will spur climate resilience, economic growth and more. AFR100 was launched in 2015 in response to the African Union (AU) mandate to bring 100 million hectares of land into restoration by 2030." Read the full press release here.
News Report: 73 percent of Ethiopia's land could benefit from restoration
"Ethiopia’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MEFCC) released the country’s first-ever national forest landscape restoration potential assessment, revealing that 82 million hectares, or 73% of Ethiopia’s total land mass, could benefit from tree-based landscape restoration. A total of 54 million hectares has been prioritized for coordinated restoration, with 11 million hectares marked as the highest priority, mostly in areas suffering from, or at risk of, severe erosion, ecosystem degradation, food insecurity, and limited wood fuel." Read the article here. Read the report here.
El Salvador’s president urges U.N. support for proposed decade of ecosystem restoration
"El Salvador’s President Salvador Sanchez Ceren urged member states to support a U.N. Decade for Ecosystem Restoration from 2021 to 2030, an idea first floated publicly by the country’s environment ministry in March at a Bonn Challenge event in Brazil.
“We would invite this general assembly to consider this initiative in a coordinated manner in order to tackle the ever faster loss of forests, soil degradation, and the degradation of ecosystems which have a negative impact on the well being of 3.2 billion people,” Ceren said in an address." Read the full article here.
Africa’s Great Green Wall: A work in progress
"Today, the Initiative has 21 African countries participating, some $8 billion of pledged funding, and such weighty partners as the World Bank and the French government. The project has huge ambitions: to restore 100 million hectares of land, provide food security for 20 million people, create 350,000 jobs, and sequester 250 million tons of carbon by 2030. Work is already well underway. The GGWSSI recently claimed that 15 percent of drought-resistant trees have been planted, largely in Senegal, with 4 million hectares of land restored. Senegal’s experience is documented in Growing a World Wonder, an award-winning virtual reality film." Read the full article here.
Forests could be the most realistic defense against global warming
"A statement signed by 40 prominent environmental scientists argues that the preservation, restoration and sustainable management of forests is the world’s best hope for limiting global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The statement, released by the Climate and Land Use Alliance, a coalition that promotes the role of forests and landscapes in climate change mitigation, was published to coincide with the IPCC special report on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. It suggests that benefits would be immediate and estimates that reforestation and improved forest management could provide 18 percent of cost-effective mitigation by 2030." Read the full article here.
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