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Environment Projects in East Africa

  • Solar energy powers clean water, business opportunities for refugees

    TANZANIA, 2017/07/19 Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, at the same time as she contracted cholera next drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhoea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is part thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases in the crowded Nyarugusu camp in western Tanzania, due to poor sanitation.
  • World Bank to Earmark $16 Billion for African Clean Energy Projects

    AFRICA, 2016/11/28 Clean energy projects will be flying high across Africa as the World Bank is planning to raise $16 billion for solar, hydro, and geothermal energy projects. Practice Manager for Energy and Extractives at the World Bank, Charles Cormier, said at a side event held at the African Pavilion at the COP 22, that the move is part of the Africa Climate Business Plan which was presented at the COP 21.
  • Global trade in wild African Grey Parrot banned, U.N. meeting rules

    BOTSWANA, 2016/10/03 The United Nations has banned world trade in wild African Grey Parrots, prized for their ability to imitate human speech, to help counter a decline in numbers caused by trafficking and the loss of forests. The highly coveted species was placed on the convention's "Appendix I", which prohibits any cross-border movement in the birds or their body parts for commercial purposes. The decision, made at the same time as members of the U.N.'s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) held a secret ballot for the initial time ever, came at a two week-long convention in Johannesburg.
  • Global wildlife agency hails Sino-U.S. deal to save elephants

    CHINA, 2015/09/29 A world wildlife conservation organization on Monday lauded agreement reached between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama committing to take swift action to protect elephants. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) CEO Azzedine Downes said the agreement reached on Friday would play a key role in ending the poaching crisis across the globe. "President Xi has delivered a tremendous victory in the battle to save elephants. China has slammed the door in the face of all those who are profiting from the slaughter of elephants," Downes said in a statement released in Nairobi.
  • Coordinator of East African Tourism Platform (EATP) steps down

    AFRICA, 2015/03/28 Three years ago the East African Tourism Platform (EATP) was launched across the East African Community, amid some serious fanfare for that matter, and it was the first time that a regional tourism apex body was put into place, able to lobby at the East African Community (EAC) level and also at the level of national governments. It was also the first time many heard and then met Waturi Wa Matu, who was to become the Coordinator at the EATP office which was based in Nairobi and attached to the Kenya Tourism Federation offices. Waturi did not remain a stranger and soon her name was known in all tourism forums across the region, with the words “here, there, and everywhere” coming to mind as she jetted from event to event, from city to city, and from country to country to stand by the national tourism associations and support them in their quest to be heard, listened to, taken more seriously, and most important, promoting the common policies agreed on at the EATP level.