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Nature-based Solutions to the World’s Water Challenges

nature based solutions to water challenges

Today is World Water Day and this year’s theme ‘Nature for Water‘ focuses on nature-based solutions to the world’s water challenges. The ‘answer is in nature‘ campaign aims to help raise awareness for nature-based solutions (NBS) such as tree planting to replenish forests, re-connecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands – as sustainable and cost-effective ways […]

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New Report Shows that Money Does Grow on Trees

Forest Day

A new report by World Resources Institute (WRI) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) reveals that businesses around the world are making money by planting trees, unleashing a growth opportunity for venture capital, private equity and impact investors. The research indicates the restoration economy is at a tipping point. The new report, The Business of Planting […]

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Volvo Ocean Race Team to Turn the Tide on Plastic

volvo ocean race 2017

Each year, teams compete in the world’s longest and toughest professional sporting event and arguably sailing’s toughest team challenge – the Volvo Ocean race. This year, one team “Turn the Tide on Plastic’, will be racing to raise awareness on the growing threat of marine plastic in the world’s oceans. This team is also the youngest and only mixed […]

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Africa’s Watershed Moment: Better Water Management is the Key to Sustainable Development, says new report

River Taxi, Madagascar

A new report commissioned by WWF – Africa’s Watershed Moment: How better water management can underpin Africa’s development – highlights how the management of water is fundamental to sustainable development across the continent. With demand for water in Africa set to increase dramatically as populations, cities and economies expand, this report calls on decision makers to prioritize […]

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Kenya commits to ban plastic bags

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The Government of Kenya has announced a ban on the use, manufacture and import of all plastic bags, to take effect in six months. This commitment to reduce plastic waste through banning plastic bags, sets Kenya apart for their environmental leadership among African countries. This announcement comes just three weeks after the UN declared a […]

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UN launches global #CleanSeas campaign to end marine litter

CleanSeas Campaign_UNEP Shawn Heinrichs

The UN has launched a major global #CleanSeas campaign to eliminate sources of marine litter including microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022. Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, the #CleanSeas campaign is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; targeting industry to minimize plastic packaging […]

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New Climate Reality to Guide Ocean & Reef Conservation

Coral Reef Conservation_USFWS

The new climate reality and predictions of the world’s coral reefs will need to guide and inform ocean and reef conservation, and innovative urgent action is needed to avoid the destruction and breakdown of marine ecosystems that are vital to our daily lives and sustained future. New climate model projections of the world’s coral reefs reveal […]

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Trash Weighing More than 100 Planes Collected During 30th International Coastal Cleanup

microplastics in oceans

Trash weighing more than 100 Boeing 737 planes – totalling over eight million kilograms – was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers during the Ocean Conservancy’s 2015 International Coastal Cleanup. This is according to a a new report released at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, Kenya. For over 30 years, the Ocean Conservancy has been organising the annual International Coastal […]

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Shark Spotters Programme nets Gold Innovation Award for beach tourism

Shark Spotters Cape Town

The City of Cape Town-funded Shark Spotters Programme has been awarded the Gold – Innovation Award in the Best for Beach Tourism Category at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016, held on Thursday 7 April 2016. Judges were looking for organisations that showed leadership in responsible tourism policies and practices in a beach setting, positive […]

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Addressing Africa’s water and sanitation challenges

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Water and sanitation challenges that confront Africa are not new on the continent. Thus, the 18th African Water Association (AfWA) International Congress and Exhibition that took place in Kenya last week (22-25 February) raised my curiosity with the theme “sustainable access to water and sanitation in Africa”. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened the conference and noted […]

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