NEW DELHI: The environment ministry’s strong pitch for funds to fight air pollution and save rivers has found an unusual backing from the parliamentary standing committee examining budget allocatio

Arusha — The East African Community (EAC) climate unit which was closed two years ago, will soon be back in operation.

Protesters are marching for change in Togo, where President Faure Gnassingbé has held office since 2005 after following a father who had been in office since 1967.

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have it rough in many ways. They are perhaps best known for their vulnerability to climate change, as a result of high poverty, rural populations, dependence on traditional agriculture, tourism-based economies and other factors.

The Chairman, House Committee on Environment and Habitat, Obinna Chidoka, has said over 40 per cent of Africa’s land resources, especially in the Sahara and Sahel are degraded due to desertificatio

Degradation of forests can have severe negative local impacts and far-reaching consequences, including soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions, dust storms, diminished livelihood opportunities and reduced yields of forest products and services.

Burundian farmer John Ahiboneye wearing rainboots stood in rippling green rice on a December morning.

Soil erosion is integrally linked to land degradation. The excessive soil loss resulting from poor land management has serious implications for crop productivity and food security, which calls for sustainable use of our soil resource.

Restoration of degraded land can create vast bioenergy crop potential, without constraining food crops or other land use options. This presents an important opportunity for African countries to develop modern, sustainable bioenergy from rapidly growing wood crops at the same time as pursuing ambitious forest landscape restoration initiatives.

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the benefits and costs of restoring forests and landscapes in countries around the world, demonstrating how smart policies and innovative financing can help governments meet their restoration targets.