World Environment Day 2011: Charcoal production endangering E. African’s forests According to UNEP (2011), forest degradation and deforestation account for nearly 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Broadly, there are three main sources of forest degradation: commercial logging, fires, and gathering wood for fuel. Insects and pests also cause considerable forest degradation. For example, at the beginning of the 20th Century, Uganda’s tropical high forests covered 3,090,000 ha or 12% of the country’s area.
East African Civil Society Call for more Investment in Social Development The 5th Annual Civil Society Organizations’ Forum (EACSOF) on the EAC was held in Bujumbura, Burundi on 28th-29th March 2011 at Hotel Source Du Nil on the theme: ‘Promoting Good Governance for Sustainable Development in the EAC’.
East Africa’s food crisis: The answer is to promote smallholder farmers Famine was declared in two regions of Somalia in July 2011, where 3.7 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Another eight million people need food assistance in neighbouring countries including Kenya and Ethiopia. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls the situation a "catastrophic combination of conflict, high food prices and drought" and has appealed for immediate aid.
Council of Ministers ‘calls back’ the Lake Victoria Basin Commission Bill The East African legislative Assembly (EALA) held its third meeting of the fourth session fromJanuary 25 to February 4, 2011 in Parliament buildings, Nairobi. This session had been expected to debate the second reading of the Lake Victoria Basin Commission Bill for a strengthened Lake Victoria Basin Commission to promote, facilitate and co-ordinateactivities of different actors towards sustainable development and poverty eradication of the Lake Victoria Basin.
Council of Ministers ‘calls back’ the Lake Victoria Basin Commission Bill (2007) The East African legislative Assembly (EALA) held its third meeting of the fourth session from January 25 to February 4, 2011 in Parliament buildings, Nairobi. This session had been expected to debate the second reading of the Lake Victoria Basin Commission Bill for a strengthened Lake Victoria Basin Commission to promote, facilitate and co-ordinate activities of different actors towards sustainable development and poverty eradication of the Lake Victoria Basin.
International Year of Forests 2011: Is Mabira Forest Reserve a ‘sacrificial lamb’? The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.
Regulating Trade in Endangered Species: No reports from East Africa The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
EAC Food security Action Plan: Increase agriculture budget and halt large scale ‘land acquisitions’ “Agriculture operates within complex systems and is multifunctional in its nature.
The Africa Environment Day was designated by the then Organization of the African Unity (OAU) Council of Ministers in their Seventy-Sixth Ordinary Session, which took place in Durban, South Africa in July 2002, adopted Decision CM/Dec.685 (LXXVI) calling on all Member States to commemorate March 03 every year as the Africa Environment Day. This Decision was the recognition of the numerous environmental challenges confronting the African continent, which over the years have been further aggravated by loss of Biological Diversity, Climate Change and Desertification.
Wishing you the best of 2011! We would like to take this opportunity to wish you the best of your endeavors in 2011. This Ebulletin covers the period December 2010 to January 2011 as we were not able to send out the December 2010 issue on time. 2011 promises numerous challenges and opportunities. Poverty, decreased opportunities for the poor due to human and natural factors ‘crept in’ with us from 2010.