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Confronting climate change in South Sudan

30 Jun 2017 by Jean-Luc Stalon, Deputy Country Director & Biplove Choudhary, Team Leader, Human Development and Inclusive Growth, UNDP South Sudan

Up to 95 percent of the people of South Sudan, or more than 11 million people, depend on climate sensitive sectors, including agriculture, forestry resources and fisheries. Photo: Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNDP
According to the Climate Change Vulnerability Index 2017, South Sudan is ranked amongst the five worst performing in the world alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Haiti and Liberia. Projections indicate that in South Sudan, global warming will be felt 2 ½ times more than the global average. … Read more

Setting sail to achieve SDG 14 – Life below Water – in Africa

29 Jun 2017 by Saskia Marijnissen, Regional Technical Adviser - Ecosystems & Biodiversity, and Akiko Yamamoto, Regional Technical Adviser - Water and Ocean Governance, UNDP Africa

Fishermen offloading tunas at the industrial fish port of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Photo: FAO/Sia Kambou
For Africa’s coastal and island states, proximity to the sea offers vast opportunities. Blue economy sectors such as fisheries, maritime transport, renewable energy, and tourism can boost employment, food security and trade, leading to economic growth. However, these sectors will only be sustainable if accompanied by efforts to restore and sustain ocean health. … Read more

Can the SDG target to industrialise be achieved in resource-rich Africa countries?

19 Jun 2017 by Degol Hailu and Chinpihoi Kipgen

To see how far this SDG target will be achieved, we have analysed the performance of seven resource-dependent countries in sub-Saharan African (SSA) that have prioritized diversification and industrialisation in their national development plans and strategies. … Read more

Land degradation and Migration: will restoring degraded lands keep people at home?

15 Jun 2017 by Phemo Kgomotso

‘Would forced migration end, if people knew that they could thrive and survive in their homeland’? The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) asks this pertinent question as we observe World Day to Combat Desertification, on 17 June, focused on examining the important link between land degradation and migration. … Read more

Waves of change in Seychelles marine waters

07 Jun 2017 by Line Mancienne with contributions from Helena Sims & Andrew Grieser-Johns

The island nation of the Seychelles is globally recognized for its rich marine biodiversity. The Aldabra Atoll, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s second largest coral atoll, is renowned for its spectacular and abundant terrestrial and marine life.
Seychelles is among the top 25 largest ocean states in the world, with 1,370,000 km2 of oceans, and a land area of only 455 km2 encompassing 115 islands. It is no surprise that the country's economy, including the livelihoods of its people, depends heavily on its oceanic zone. Tourism and sport fishing, industrial tuna fishing, semi-industrial and artisanal fishing all rely on marine ecosystem services. … Read more

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