UN launches initiative to better protect environmental defenders

UN launches initiative to better protect environmental defenders

An initiative designed to protect environmental defenders around the world from threats, intimidation, harassment and murder was launched Tuesday by the United Nations Environment Program. The UN Environmental Rights Initiative was introduced in Geneva with guests on hand including John Knox, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment;…

A new dawn for a peaceful, prosperous Great Lakes region

Africa Times contributed post By Said Djinnit On 24 February 2013, eleven African heads of state made history in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework (PSCF) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region came into being. Sudan and Kenya joined the group 11 months…

Rwanda plans park expansion to protect mountain gorillas

Rwandan authorities say they’re committing USD$180 million to an expansion of the Volcanoes National Park, a habitat for critically endangered mountain gorillas originally established in 1925. The government will add another 3,000 hectares (7,413 acres) to the parkland, Kigali Today reports. The funding will help to compensate residents who live…

U.S. must step up and own appalling disregard for African partners

One can’t help but wonder what was going through the minds of Botswana’s Ministry of International Affairs staff this week, as they prepared the official response to United States President Donald Trump’s reported remarks about African nations. It’s hard to imagine, without wincing, any real-life scenario in which thoughtful diplomats…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Report on climate resilience urges help for sub-Saharan Africa

There’s troubling news for sub-Saharan Africa on climate change, as a new report from a British green-tech company looks at preparedness and resilience levels in nations across the world. It again highlights the urgent need for global commitments to assist the developing world on climate. Each year, the London-based Eco…

Wildlife groups say West African dolphins now critically endangered

Scientists say they now consider the Atlantic humpback dolphin, a little-known mammal that lives only on the ocean coasts of Western Africa, to be among the continent’s most endangered alongside gorillas, African wild dogs and black rhinos. An assessment released this week by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the International Union…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times