World Rhino Day : there are now just 4,800 black rhino individuals left in the wild-UN ENVIRONMENT
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World Rhino Day : there are now just 4,800 black rhino individuals left in the wild-UN ENVIRONMENT

World Rhino Day : there are now just 4,800 black rhino individuals left in the wild-UN ENVIRONMENT By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   About 96 percent  of black rhinos were lost to large-scale poaching between 1970 and 1992, according to UN Environment. Although numbers have recovered since, today there are now just 4,800 black rhino individuals left in the wild. Rhino populations and sub-species have disappeared entirely from several Asian and African countries in recent years recalled the UN Environment. In 2011, the Western Black Rhino was declared extinct, and there is only a single surviving individual of the Northern white rhino. International Trade is strictly prohibited. All five species of rhinos, two in Africa and three in Asia are included in CITES  (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species). One of the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 15 is to: “Take urgent action to end poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna and address both demand and supply of illegal wildlife products.”...

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Dr Richard Munang: “With EBAFOSA, everyone can be engaged in Africa”
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Dr Richard Munang: “With EBAFOSA, everyone can be engaged in Africa”

Dr Richard Munang: “With EBAFOSA,everyone can be engaged in Africa” Currently the Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator of the UN Environment, Dr Richard Munang helps drive countries to implement the Paris Agreement and helping young people finding opportunities in green jobs. Presentation. By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Dr Richard Munang is the Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator of the UN Environment for 8 years. He holds a PhD in Environmental Change and Policy from the University of Nottingham, in the United Kingdom. He also holds an Executive Certificate in Climate Change and Energy Policy Making from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, in the United States of America. In 2016, he received the prestigious African Environmental Hero award conferred by the International Environmental Roundtable for Africa for his leadership on environmental policies across the continent. His assignments “My main role is to help drive UNEP strategies on climate change in Africa, mostly in helping countries to implement the Paris Agreement, from the perspective of seeing climate action as social economic opportunity to address aspect on food security, create jobs and other opportunities as well as offsetting carbon and contributing to the resilience of ecosystem,”Dr Munang said recently. He is indeed coordinating the implementation of diverse projects in key economic sectors especially in agriculture, and in energy. From 2009 to 2012, he worked on coordinating a program called “climate change adaptation and development in Africa”. This project involved 11 countries.  Ghana, Togo, Senegal, Benin, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda were part of this project. “We have learned that there is no absence of action across the continent, but what has been the problem is that these actions are often isolated and not be brought together,” he explained. Dr. Munang launched  the first Africa Adaptation Gap Report which has helped to galvanize a coherent continental strategic climate policy position. Change the attitudes with EBAFOSA He is currently working on showing examples of adaptation projects in Africa, through the framework Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security in Africa Assembly: EBAFOSA. In 2015, indeed, the UN environment in collaboration with the African Union Commission and other partners created EBAFOSA. Today,  Dr Munang  mentors African youth: he gives them knowledge to solve Africa’s environmental and development challenges. He is working with 44 countries. “With EBAFOSA,everyone can be engaged in Africa: it is also an opportunity for young people, to develop mobile application in the agriculture value chain for instance,” he explained. For Dr Munang, Combining  Agriculture with Information Communication Technology (ICT) is the key for Africa Sustainable Development. After years of advocacy on adaptation to climate change in Africa, he  thinks that  institutions of higher...

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