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Ten African nations pledge to transform their economies to take nature into account

Last month ten African nations, led by Botswana, pledged to incorporate 'natural capital' into their economies. Natural capital, which seeks to measure the economic worth of the services provided by ecosystems and biodiversity—for example pollination, clean water, and carbon—is a nascent, but growing, method to curtail environmental damage and ensure more sustainable development.
"We leave this Summit with a strong and robust commitment to give life to the good ideas that came from the debates, and to scale up the commitments contained in the Gaborone Declaration across the whole African continent and indeed the wider world,"
- Ian Khama, President of Botswana

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Ten African nations pledge to transform their economies to take nature into account

Source: MongaBay, Thu June 14, 2012
Last month ten African nations, led by Botswana, pledged to incorporate 'natural capital' into their economies. Natural capital, which seeks to measure the economic worth of the services provided by ecosystems and biodiversity—for example pollination, clean water, and carbon—is a nascent, but growing, method to curtail environmental damage and ensure more sustainable development.

International Bird Area in Kenya saved from conversion into biofuel crop

Source: MongaBay, Fri March 02, 2012
A campaign by NGO Nature Kenya has saved the Dakatcha Woodland Important Bird Area (IBA) from destruction for planting biofuel crops, reports BirdLife International.

Exciting stone tool find in Kenya

Source: BBC, Thu September 01, 2011
The world's earliest sophisticated stone tools have been found near Lake Turkana in northwest Kenya.

Text messages boost malaria care

Source: BBC, Wed August 03, 2011
Daily text messages to health workers more than doubled the number of children getting the correct treatment for malaria, research shows.

A place where girls matter

Source: MSNBC, Wed May 25, 2011
In Kenya's largest slum, the Kibera School for Girls is providing little girls with the chance of their lives—a refuge from abuse and hunger.

How Carbon Credits are Saving Lives in Kenya

Source: Green Biz, Fri May 13, 2011
Vestargaard Frandsen is a Swiss for-profit company that's in business to save lives in the global south. Its products include Lifestraw, a portable water filter and Permanet, a long-lasting bednet to protect people from malaria.

PUMA goes carbon neutral by protecting lions in Kenya

Source: Mongabay, Wed March 23, 2011
PUMA, the sporting goods brand, and its parent company PPR will offset their 2010 carbon dioxide emissions by purchasing carbon credits generated through conservation of wildlife habitat in Kenya.

Church leader reverses stance on HIV, reaches out to those affected this article opens in a new window

Story contains video Source: CNN, Mon February 28, 2011
Patricia Sawo used to believe that HIV was a curse -- until she learned she was HIV-positive. Now she educates her community about the virus, and through her Discover to Recover Centre she supports nearly 100 children who have been impacted by it.

Kenya sees rise in elephant population despite poaching

Source: AFP, Tue February 15, 2011
Despite increased poaching and a recent severe drought, Kenya has recorded a rise in elephant population in its flagship park, wildlife authorities announced Saturday.

Kenya’s Fisheries Management Promotes Species That Grow Larger And Live Longer

Source: , Tue February 15, 2011
Marine conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society working in Kenya have found that better fisheries management that includes restricting fishing gear is producing more predatory and longer-lived species and is improving fishing even in adjacent areas where no management is taking place.

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