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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.

Mountain gorilla numbers soar

Story contains video Source: Vancouver Sun, Thu December 09, 2010
KIGALI -- The number of endangered mountain gorillas in national parks straddling three African countries has risen by 26 percent in the last seven years, a sign that conservation efforts are paying off, a census showed on Tuesday.

Rwanda reaches deal to enforce sentences imposed by UN genocide tribunal this article opens in a new window

Source: United Nations, Wed March 05, 2008
Rwanda has become the seventh country to sign an agreement to enforce a jail sentence imposed by the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes committed during that country’s 1994 genocide.

Skies to be swept for alien life

Source: BBC News, Sat October 13, 2007
Hat Creek, California - The switch has been thrown on a telescope specifically designed to seek out alien life.

Al Gore & IPCC Share Nobel Peace Prize For 2007

Source: Scoop, Sat October 13, 2007
Oslo, Norway - The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.

Refugees living in Zambia will receive continued assistance, UN official pledges

Source: United Nations News Centre, Wed August 22, 2007
Kala, Zambia - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres has assured refugees from several African countries living in Zambia that his agency will continue to assist them in their efforts to either return to their homes, or to settle in local communities.

Africa Wages War on Scourge of Plastic Bags

Source: ENN, Wed August 22, 2007
Nairobi, Kenya - They've become as much a symbol of Africa's landscape as the stereotypical lions and plains ... Discarded plastic bags -- in the billions -- flutter from thorn-bushes across the continent, and clog up cities from Cape Town to Casablanca.

Human Feces Powers Rwandan Prison

Source: Wired News, Sat July 16, 2005
Rwanda - Imagine eating food that was cooked using natural gas generated from your own human waste. Thousands of prisoners in Rwanda don't have to imagine it -- they live it.

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