UNESCO designates 8 new Global Geoparks
UNESCOs Executive Board has approved the designation of 8 new UNESCO Global Geoparks bringing the number of sites participating in the Global Geoparks Network to 177 in 46 countries Two new countries Luxembourg and Sweden this year join the Global Network with the designation of their first geoparks
As COVID-19 threatens Living Heritage around Lake Chad, women respond
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an indigenous woman from the Mbororo pastoralist community in Chad As nomadic cattle herders residing in the far west of the country near Lake Chad her community have developed an array of traditional practices and weather forecasting knowledge based on their interactions over generations with their living environment During periods of drought or unexpected weather events the Mbororo turn to such knowledge of changing seasonal patterns to adapt often travelling vast distances over the semiarid Sahel in search of water and pastures Today Ibrahim works to empower indigenous peoples voices and ensure their inclusion on international platforms She is President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad AFPAT and is currently serving as a Member of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues and UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate She collaborated with UNESCO to conduct a 3D participatory mapping of Chads Sahel desert region where some 250000 Mbororos make their living from herding and subsistence farming She is also a member of the technical and scientific committee of the BIOPALTUNESCO project She recently spoke with the Living Heritage Team in UNESCOs Culture Sector about how her community is coping with the COVID19 pandemic and its impact on their way of life as well as their knowledge and cultural practices related to the natural environment and climate change
Webinar 11 June 2020 - COVID-19 and Biodiversity Loss: Another Threat to Great Apes?
UNESCO invites you to a webinar on COVID19 and the loss of biodiversity the threats to the survival of the great apes On this occasion Ms Sabrina Krief Mr Inza Koné Mr Anton Nurcahyo and Ms Noëline Raondry Rakotoarisoa will discuss the health of biodiversity zoonoses and in particular how to prevent them the particular risks for great apes and humans and how to reduce them
Green economies, a bulwark against COVID 19 for Lake Chad communities
COVID 19 is causing a shockwave around the world and is now the number one concern of the international community It is fundamental and legitimate to focus on the present of the pandemic But we must not forget the root causes It is also essential to think now about the postcrisis the reconstruction phase which should be about not only health economic and social issues but also the environment
Great apes and covid-19, an additional threat to already endangered species?
Due to the destruction of their natural habitat and increasing contacts with human activities Great apes of which seven species are already threatened by extinction are potentially vulnerable to this new virus