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Scaling up climate policy and solutions requires “enabling environment”

An African development pathway that could propel climate-resilient economic growth is possible if an enabling environment that promotes innovation and collaborative actions for climate change solutions is put into place, concluded a side event themed “innovations and African collaborative approaches for transformative climate policy solutions” at COP22 today. Organised by the Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) of the Economic Commission ...

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Concrete progress is being made towards delivering on the Paris climate pledges

Leaders in the global drive to protect, restore and sustainably manage forests have announced a series of measures that show concrete progress is being made towards delivering on the Paris climate pledges and global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More than a dozen initiatives from Africa to Indonesia to South America are demonstrating how climate mitigation and adaptation actions related to ...

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Elephant poaching costs African tourism $25 million per year

In Africa, tens of thousands of elephants are killed by poachers each year. Now a new study shows that this poaching crisis costs African countries around $25 million annually in lost tourism revenue. The research was published November 1 in the journal Nature Communications. “Conservation is often seen as a luxury,” says Brendan Fisher an economist at the University of ...

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Kumbuka the gorilla: what actually happened

ZSL London Zoo has been the subject of much interest and speculation over the last few days, after Kumbuka, our silverback gorilla, made headlines for escaping his enclosure for a short time. As the first part of our investigation concludes, I’m keen to use this opportunity to clarify some things. The results of this initial investigation have established that the ...

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John Kerry’s remarks at the Montreal Protocol meet in Kigali

Well, good afternoon everybody. I want to begin by thanking the president of this Meeting of the Parties, Minister Biruta, and the Government of Rwanda for the terrific job that they have done in hosting everybody all of this week here in beautiful Kigali. I also want to thank the terrific administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – my friend, ...

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How Rwanda made it to the top 100 green destinations list

By Our Reporter When Greg Bakunzi submitted the Volcanoes National Park to this year’s Sustainable Destinations Top 100 competition, it was just another fishing expedition for the Amahoro Tours man. He was not certain his reluctant efforts would actually earn his country a place among the world’s top 100 green destinations. During the selection process, applications were rated basing on ...

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Scientific tourism: Dr Kinani’s new initiative to boost Rwanda’s tourism

By Joseph Oindo Today, Rwanda joins the rest of the world to celebrate World Tourism Day. And with almost 1.2 billion people travelling abroad every year, this industry has become a powerful economic sector and a passport to peace and posterity, plus a transformative force improving millions of lives. In Rwanda, different sector players have come on board to find ...

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Amahoro Tours’ Bakunzi among Sustainable Destinations Top 100 winners

By Our Reporter Rwandan tour operator Greg Bakunzi is among this year’s winners of the Sustainable Destinations Top 100 competition. The winners of the green label will be recognised at the two-day Global Green Destination Day (GGDD) international conference, which takes place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on September 27-28. The conference is being held in Ljubljana because it’s “a city that ...

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Africa’s first community owned elephant orphanage to open in Kenya

Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Samburu County of northern Kenya is to open the first community owned and managed elephant orphanage in Africa. The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is situated in the remote Mathews Range, among Kenya’s second largest elephant population. It will take in orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with an aim to release them back into the wild herds adjoining ...

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Why conservation in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is so crucial

By Our Writer There are currently about 900 mountain gorillas in total around the world. These critically endangered species can only be found in the Virunga chain of volcanic mountains that straddle Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Around half of them live in Rwanda, which is why conservation in this area is so crucial. They reside in ...

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