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
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
Join a growing community of practices on Nature-based-Solutions to reduce disaster risks
Naturebased Solutions are solutions inspired by nature to reduce risks of natural hazards while providing environmental social and economic benefits UNESCO and partners have developed an open access platform GeoIKP to gather and share comprehensive knowledge about NatureBased Solutions and are now inviting people to share their experiences through its new Citizen Stories GeoIKP was developed through the OPERANDUM project an EUfunded project implemented by 26 partners from all over the world including UNESCO who research NatureBased Solutions to adapt rural and natural territories to the impacts of rising extreme weather events The platform gives access to all of the results derived from the project and to bring awareness and foster the cocreation of naturebased solutions NBS as a vehicle for transformational change It serves as a hub for the growing NBS community to share information tools data and experiences to reduce hydrometeorological hazards and address related societal challenges in rural and urban areas It caters to both advanced users with a professional interest as well as firsttime visitors without any prior knowledge of naturebased solutions offering rich and varied information for every type of stakeholder scientific data for researchers real examples of cocreation processes for media and associations learning tools for citizens best practices for policy makers and even a hub for finding partners and opportunities for business and investors The newly launched Citizen Stories of GeoIKP gives a voice to vulnerable affected or concerned citizens to share personal experiences of how and why they started applying naturebased solutions to their areas and to inspire others to take action The citizen stories represent a growing knowledge repository for anyone interested or engaged in grassroots solutions to climate change
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
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