New toolkit launched to guide governments to drive economies through tourism
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New toolkit launched to guide governments to drive economies through tourism

New toolkit launched to guide governments to drive economies through tourism By Duncan Mboyah A new tool kit has been launched to guide African governments to drive their economies through tourism. The tool kit will guide protected area authorities to attract new international investment to fund national parks while also conserving environments and providing socio-economic benefits. “The kit provide models on protected areas in Africa and gives predicted revenue increases of between four and eleven times within a decade,” Dr. Lauren Evans, Director of Conservation Science at Space for Giants notes during the launched in the sidelines of the summit on wildlife conservation in Zimbabwe.Dr. Evans observes that Africa’s unique diversity of wildlife and habitat has the potential to radically transform the continent’s economy. She says that it is encouraging that a few state protected areas are meeting their potential as engines for growth and presents a major opportunity for governments. “Cared for and sustainably developed, these are national assets that can provide significant financial and social returns now and long into the future,” she adds. Bringing new private sector investment Presenting a paper, Building a Wildlife Economy: Developing Nature-Based Tourism in African State Protected Areas, Dr. Evans notes that national parks and other state-owned conservation areas could significantly multiply the revenue they pump into African economies. The paper says that bringing new private-sector investment to underfunded protected areas to capitalize on surging interest in nature-based tourism would help fund conservation without draining state finances, while driving sustainable local and national development. Oliver Poole, executive director of the Giants Club, says that the paper details not only the boost to an African country’s economy that comes from developing tourism to its national parks in a sustainable way, but also the steps that governments can best take to secure that share of the tourism market. “If governments implement the toolkit laid out in this report they will not only help secure the long-term future of their wildlife and the landscapes they rely on but also will draw on foreign investment, create jobs and raise the GDP of their nation,” he adds. The authors notes that four of every five tourists to sub-Saharan Africa visits to view wildlife while the number of tourists is set to double to 134m by 2030. Sustainable Tourism creates jobs Tourism already drives 8.5 percent of Africa’s GDP and provides 24 million jobs while spending on tourism, hospitality and recreation could double to more than $260 billion by 2030. They however called for urgent improvement of the economy and ecological value to save wildlife and landscapes that are under a cute threat. The paper states found out that some...

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Wildlife experts meeting to enforce new rules in wildlife management
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Wildlife experts meeting to enforce new rules in wildlife management

Wildlife experts meeting to enforce new rules in wildlife management By Duncan Mboyah Wildlife experts in Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls this week to enforce new rules in wildlife management. The summit that is being held from June 23 – 25, 2019 has been convened by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the African Union (AU) to radically change the way the continent’s nature-based economy is managed. “To save wildlife and preserve livelihoods, we must ensure that wild spaces remain a legitimate and competitive land-use option,” Joyce Msuya, Deputy Executive Director of UNEP said. Msuya noted that the there is urgent need to create a new and effective wildlife economy so as to ensure that they are used responsibly. A New led Africa-led vision The summit is a new, Africa-led vision of conservation that links the private sector with national authorities and local communities to design and finance conservation-compatible investments that deliver sustainable economic and ecological benefits to countries, people and the environment.   In Africa, businesses such as tourism, the harvesting of plants and natural products for food, cosmetics or medicines, wildlife credit schemes for direct payments for conservation, or fees, taxes and levies tied to the use of nature, employ millions of people and earn governments billions of dollars in revenue. “Africa has made significant headway in protecting natural spaces and conserving wildlife and ecosystems,” Josefa Correia Sacko, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture.   Sacko noted that it is time to boost economies through Africa-led public-private partnerships that place communities at the heart of investment, while taking into account the need to continue the conservation pathway.” Alongside commercial rewards, conserved habitats drive local, regional and global environmental benefits. According to UNEP and the World Conservation Monitoring Center the consumer spending on tourism, hospitality and recreation in Africa, estimated at $124 billion in 2015, is expected to reach $262 billion by 2030. They said that even as economies built on wildlife continue to grow, they must take into account economic, social and ecological sustainability. The African Wildlife Economy Initiative to be launched The summit is set to develop a road map to social sustainability that mainstreams local communities as co-investors in the nature-based economy. This will ensure that people living with nature must be at the center of transactions, and communities must be treated as equal partners, with their own conservation and development aspirations similarly valued alongside important interventions to conserve species. Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe, will launch the African Wildlife Economy Initiative.   12 Ministerial delegations from Angola, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Gambia, Zambia, Chad and South Sudan are due to attend, as well as private sector...

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France: WAVE BUMPER: la solution au risque de submersion marine
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France: WAVE BUMPER: la solution au risque de submersion marine

France: WAVE BUMPER: la solution au risque de submersion marine D’après Météo France, les côtes françaises seront touchées par la tempête Miguel ce vendredi avec des rafales de vent allant jusqu’à 130 km/h sur l’ouest de la France. Une solution ingénieuse développée par WAVE BUMPER, une société française, pourrait permettre de limiter les dégâts sur les infrastructures côtières par un système anti-submersion amovible Comment se présente ce système? 100% imaginée, conçue, développée et fabriquée en France ces digues amovibles sont composées de boucliers déflecteurs incurvés en matériaux composites et de sacs réutilisables. Ces modules sont capables de supporter l’impact destructeur des vagues de submersion. Cette technologie, brevetée, renvoie l’énergie des vagues et génère un mouvement de retour vers l’océan. Rapidement déployables, les digues amovibles sont mises en place entre deux marées dès que l’alerte est donnée et sont désinstallées puis stockées simplement une fois l’alerte levée. Comment est-il né? Romain Chapron, l’initiateur, a eu l’idée de créer ce dispositif anti-submersion, à la suite des tempêtes dévastatrices sur la côte Basque ( Hercule, Petra, et Christine) au début de l’année 2014. Spécialiste de la conception de planche de surf en bois, étudiant le mouvement des vagues, il développe ce dispositif innovant pour protéger le littoral tout en respectant l’environnement. Testées sur la Grande Plage de Biarritz, les digues amovibles ont prouvé leur efficacité et ont permis à Romain Chapron de créer son entreprise en 2017. Quel est le risque de submersion marine en France? 1000 communes littorales sont exposées au risque de submersion marine en France. Le coût des dégâts causés par ces tempêtes augmente à chaque phénomène. La solution WAVE BUMPER peut intégrer dans les Plans de Prévention des Risques de Submersion Marine, les Plans de Prévention des Risques Littoraux, le Programme d’Action de Prévention des Inondations et leur nouvelle compétence de Gestion des Milieux Aquatiques, d’après l’entreprise WAVE BUMPER. WAVE BUMPER s’exporte Face à l’accélération des aléas climatiques, la start-up Wave Bumper part à la conquête des Caraïbes, un an après le passage de l’ouragan le plus puissant enregistré dans l’atlantique nord et le plus couteux de l’assurance outre-mer. D’autres régions pourraient-elles être tentées ? https://wave-bumper.fr/ Vidéo de démonstration :...

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Changements Climatiques: Le Japon et l’Autriche soutiennent  le secteur privé en Afrique
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Changements Climatiques: Le Japon et l’Autriche soutiennent le secteur privé en Afrique

Changements Climatiques: le Japon et l’Autriche soutiennent le secteur privé en Afrique Par Era Environnement   Le Japon et le l’Autriche ont approuvé un million de dollars  pour renforcer la participation du secteur privé dans la lutte contre les changements climatiques en Afrique. Ce financement passera par le service du don de l’Assistance au Secteur privé en Afrique ( Fund For African Private Sector Assistance en anglais). Son objectif: étendre le rôle du secteur privé dans les contributions nationales déterminées des pays africains. Parties intégrantes de l’Accord de Paris, les contributions nationales sont des efforts nationaux des pays signataires de l’accord de Paris pour réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Aider à la mise en oeuvre des contributions nationales Le département des Changements Climatiques et de la Croissance Verte de la Banque Africaine de Développement mettra en oeuvre ce projet. De fait, le secteur privé africain pourra améliorer  des mesures d’intégration sur les changements climatiques dans les décisions d’investissements dans six pays : l’Egypte, l’Angola, le Mozambique, le Maroc, le Nigeria et l’Afrique du Sud. Ambitions: contribuer à la croissance économique verte et inclusive dans ces pays. Autres ambitions: renforcer les capacités des développeurs de projets et les parrainer en les aidant à augmenter les investissements verts dans le cadre des contributions nationales.  Le projet abordera les contraintes financières pour accéder au financement climat, y compris le manque de connaissance de l’entreprise et l’insuffisance de capacité à préparer des projets bancables.  En quoi consiste le FAPA ? Le FAPA est un appui financier  de partenaires de  la Banque Africaine de Développement. Il  fournit des dons permettant une assistance technique en  Afrique. Le gouvernement du Japon et de l’Autriche  contribuent activement dans le financement de ce fonds. A ce jour, environ 79 projets  dans 38 pays d’Afrique ont été financés  à travers ce fonds. Le FAPA vise à la fois des projets nationaux et régionaux, qui améliorent l’environnement des affaires, renforcent les systèmes financiers, construisent les infrastructures, promeuvent le commerce extérieur, et développent les petites et moyennes entreprises....

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Botswana responds to improving food insecurity caused by poor rains
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Botswana responds to improving food insecurity caused by poor rains

Botswana responds to improving food insecurity caused by poor rains Meekaeel Siphambili Gaborone, Botswana- May, 30 2019     The Botswana Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security is responding to food insecurity caused by poor rains and the devastating fall armyworm which has attacked some of the country’s regions last april. The government aided by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation and the Japanese government has launched an emergency response to improving food and nutrition insecurity caused by climate change and promoting sound pest and pesticide management. The Japanese government awarded the Botswana government a grant of 500 thousand US Dollars to strengthen the country’s agricultural sector through awareness, surveillance and early warning, impact assessment and sustainable management and coordination. Helping food security The pest and pesticide management launch follows the recent regional level launching which was on 19 February 2019 in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The launch came after the fall army worm was identified in 2017 in the Kweneng district, 70 to 80 kilometers west of the capital city of Gaborone. According to the country’s agricultural ministry, the fall armyworm has now spread to other districts. Patrick Ralotsia, Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security says the agricultural sector in Botswana has been hard hit by this pest which is destructive to maize and sorghum. “The fall armyworm has greatly affected the livelihoods of farmers in Botswana resulting in low yield and financial losses. If not urgently controlled, the fall armyworm will detrimentally affect crop production resulting in the country being food insecure. The food insecurity will contribute to the food bill increasing significantly,” says Patrick Ralotsia. He said the outbreaks of pests like the fall armyworm represent a major obstacle to increased cereal production, food and nutrition security in Botswana and it is a challenge that has to be urgently addressed to improve agricultural production. Food security, nutrition security, employment opportunities,   economic development, trade and increased resilience to shocks and challenges are alleged to be what Botswana is increasing facing according to the minister. Understanding the disease in agriculture “The fall armyworm is new in Botswana and one of the key challenges farmers face is the lack of awareness and information. Effective dissemination of information of information on this pest is of paramount importance. Commercial chemical pesticides alone pose health risks to build up of pesticides resistance and higher economic losses,” says Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security. Patrick Ralotsia says misinformed usage of chemical pesticides could result in the killing of potential indigenous natural enemies of the fall armyworm and other pests. The damages caused by fall armyworm and the use of pesticides...

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Comorians Coastal areas, after Cyclone Kenneth
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Comorians Coastal areas, after Cyclone Kenneth

Comorian Coastal areas, after Cyclone Kenneth   In Comoros, 7 people died  and  19,300 people were displaced because of   the tropical Cyclone Kenneth happened  from Wednesday  24th to Thusday 25 th of April. Most of the agriculture and coastal areas  were affected by the strongest tropical cyclone of the archipelago’s history.  The risk of water-borne diseases has increased in Comoros countries due to damage to water and sanitation infrastructure, acccording to United Nations Office for the Coordination for Human Affairs (OCHA). Six health facilities were reportedly impacted, including the El-Maarouf National Hospital Centre, two regional hospitals in Foumbouni and Mitsamiouli ( Grande Comore, ), two health posts in Mkazi and Tsinimoichongo ( Grande Comore)as well as a health centre in Nioumachoua  ( Moheli) , according to a rapid assessment conducted on 26 April and confirmed by World Health Organization. Known as one of the best  places to visit in Comoros, Mitsamiouli has seen  part of its infrastructures, trees, and homes destroyed  by the cyclone. Report by Houmi Ahamed -Mikidache     Mitsmiamiouli, northern Comoros Saturday April 27, Roukia, 28 years old, is sitting in the public bus,  the “taxi brousse”  in Gare du Nord in Moroni ( the capital of Comoros). Gare du Nord is the place where she used to take the bus after working many hours as a laboratory technician in hospital El Maarouf, the national hospital of Comoros. For the first time since the Cyclone came to Comoros, she can go to her mom’s place in Mitsamiouli. ” Everyone is safe, except the house, the roof disappeared,” she said.  The bus leaves Moroni. Roukia is looking around. It’s been three days since the Cyclone came to Comoros.  She could not come to her mom’s place before. “The roads were blocked by fallen trees, “she explained. She looks to the windows of the bus. ” This is first time I saw all these trees fallen in the street on my way to my mom’s place, ” she added. The bus passed through many localities which have been damaged by the storm. Finally, one hour later,  Roukia arrived in Mitsamiouli. Fishermen are sitting behind the sea. Mitsamiouli is one the towns in the north of Grande Comore which has been hardly demolished by the cyclone.    Listen to the interview of Shabaan Mohamed Mfwaraya in Comorian and French.       Comores The Fishermen in Mitsamiouli Fisherman Shabaane Mohamed Mfwaraya is  standing behind the sea with others fishermen, in the center of Mitsamiouli, in the north of  Grande Comore.   This  experienced fisherman said people in his town did not believe the cyclone will come. ” We were informed earlier by the Civil Security...

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