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UN-backed partnership helps Kenyans protect forests, improve livelihoods

UN News: A United Nations-backed project in Kenya is protecting forests and wildlife, as well as providing alternative livelihoods, and offers valuable lessons on how governments and the private sector can successfully work together for the betterment of communities and the environment. The project is run through the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), which seeks to create financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives...

African nations strive to stem desertification with a ‘Great Green Wall’

UN News: Stretching from Dakar to Djibouti, a United Nations-backed programme dubbed the 'Great Green Wall` brings together 11 countries to plant trees across Africa to literally hold back the Sahara desert with a swathe of greenery, lessen the effects of desertification and improve the lives and livelihoods of communities. The Wall, an initiative spearheaded by African heads of State, will stretch about 7,000 kilometres from Senegal in the west to Djibouti in the east and will be about 15 kilometres wide...

New biosafety protocol to UN treaty on biological diversity opens for signature

UN News: New biosafety protocol to UN treaty on biological diversity opens for signature Home Press Room Multimedia Tools & Services Resources News Focus What, When at UN New biosafety protocol to UN treaty on biological diversity opens for signature Colombia, Denmark, Netherlands and Sweden became the first countries to sign a new treaty that opened for signature at United Nations Headquarters in New York today that provides international rules and procedures for liability and redress in the event...