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  • SPORT4NONPROFIT CUP

    From the 10th to 12th of August the non-profit association IACACT, in collaboration with its partner the City Hall of Cascia, will organize the street-soccer SPORT4NONPROFIT CUP.
     
    The event is part of the activities of the "casciana" summer, aiming to create a moment of aggregation, fun, sports and solidarity for the local community, hit by the earthquake last year.
     
  • Building resilinecy to climate change in Western Kenya

    The government of Nandi County is preparing to be among the first counties in Kenya to develop a climate change action plan. Wetlands ecosystems have not been spared the negative impacts of climate change. One such ecosystem is Kingwal wetland, an important breeding and feeding habitat for Grey Crowned Cranes located in Nandi County of Western Kenya. Kingwal wetland is among four project sites of the Kenya Crane and Wetlands Conservation Project. The other project sites are Kipsaina, Sio Siteko, and Lake Ol’ Bolossat.

    Prolonged droughts and flooding are among the climate change related impacts adversely impacting Kingwal wetland and survival of Grey Crowned Cranes. At Kingwal, prolonged droughts have resulted in the wetland being used for dry season grazing, contributing to the opening up of the wetland due to the heavy presence of livestock. Besides degradation of the wetland, the livestock, and at times dogs that accompany herders, disturb breeding and feeding cranes. On the other extreme, flooding has resulted in crane nests being washed away.

    more info at https://www.savingcranes.org/climate-change-action-plan-to-support-grey-crowned-cranes-and-wetland-conservation-in-western-kenya/?bblinkid=106346337&bbemailid=9012578&bbejrid=689706980

  • Preparing for the threat of Avian Influenza in East Asia

    Across Asia, the number of poultry farms, both industrial and small-scale, has expanded rapidly in recent years. The conditions in which poultry are raised in close confinement and often poor sanitary conditions have resulted in periodic outbreaks of different strains of avian influenza. The response usually involves culling of poultry at affected farms and strict controls on movement and transport of birds to surrounding areas to contain the spread of the disease.

    Strict biosecurity at farms is recognized as the key approach to address this threat. Wild birds, particularly migratory waterbirds, including cranes, are also the victims of poor biosecurity measures and are susceptible to infection by highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza, as they often inhabit wetlands in close proximity to poultry farms.

     
  • Water and River Relations Workshop for Women

    The Visualizing Water and River Relations Workshop for Women took place May 10th and 11th at the Centre for Mountain Dynamics in Pudung, near Kalimpong, and was attended by 20 Indigenous women of the Lepcha and Rabha communities from the remote river valley in Sikkim as well as villages in West Bengal.

    The women who participated in the workshop were students, farmers, housewives, teachers, as well as forest and river activists. The goal of the workshop was to engage with women about their relationships to and interactions with water and rivers in their daily lives.  

    Based loosely on a concept known as photovoice, which pairs written narrative with photos, the workshop was organized as a way to amplify women’s voices regarding their lived experiences and knowledge about water and rivers, and to (as the name of the workshop suggests) visualize these experiences and knowledge through written narrative, expressive drawings, and photography.

  • $24.2 billion needed for humanitarian assistance in 2018

    The United Nations OCHA’s Global Humanitarian Overview 2018 found that more than 128 million people globally require humanitarian assistance and protection this year, at a total cost of $24.2 billion.

    The cost of humanitarian support is at record levels. The Global Humanitarian Assistance Report revealing that international humanitarian assistance increased for the fourth consecutive year in 2016, reaching $27.3 billion.

    A key driver of this is the increasing numbers of displacement around the world with 22.5 million registered refugees, half of which are under 18. Approximately 300 people a day are forced to flee their homes because of conflict, that’s the equivalent of 20 every minute

    In addition to increasing conflict UN OCHA estimate that there are four times as many natural disasters (when 10+ people are killed or 100+ affected) than there were in the 1960s. Over 80% of the world’s food-insecure people live in countries that are prone to natural hazards.

    Reaching the ambitious targets in the 2030 Agenda requires an estimated $3.5 trillion per annum.

    Products and services that respond to humanitarian disasters are vital to increasing resilience and disaster response.

  • YOUNG DIPLOMATS FORUM, MALAYSIA - KUALA LUMPUR, 3RD-7TH SEPTEMBER 2018

    The Young Diplomats Forum (YDF) is an intensive week long programme of practical sessions, workshops, policy exercises and institutional visits delivered by world leading experts.

    Set up to recognise, enhance and develop the next generation of diplomats. This community of exceptionally bright and accomplished future leaders will gain further insight, tools and opportunities to engage with key stakeholders at a crucial time in their careers and broaden their connections to influence global leaders.

    More info at www.gdforum.org

     

  • East Africa Giraffe Conservation Programme

    The East African region is crucial to the survival of giraffe in Africa: three of the four extant species of giraffe, which include the Masai giraffe (Giraffa tippelskirchi), Nubian giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis camelopardalis) and reticulated giraffe (Giraffa reticulata), occur in the region. While giraffe populations in some other African regions are increasing or stable, the general trend of giraffe populations across East (and Central) Africa is decreasing. In the last 15 years, reticulated giraffe have declined by ~80% while Masai giraffe numbers have reduced by >50%. Since 2016, giraffe are listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, but the Rothschild’s giraffe, now subsumed into the Nubian giraffe, which occurs in Uganda, western and central Kenya, south-western Ethiopia, and South Sudan, are listed as ‘Endangered’. Human activities, in particular habitat loss, fragmentation and poaching represent the most severe threats to the survival of giraffe in the region.

    Unfortunately, relatively little conservation research has been conducted on giraffe, and this lack of knowledge is hindering the assessment of the exact conservation status of giraffe. GCF is working with local and international partners to collate available data, fill data gaps and most importantly to advance giraffe conservation initiatives in the region.

    More info at https://giraffeconservation.org/programmes/ea-programme/?mc_cid=d7e2dcd82d&mc_eid=adaf29f60b

  • AIDF Global Summit, Washington D.C., on 5 – 6 September 2018

    Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF)  are pleased to open nominations for the Global Innovator of the Year Award. This competition celebrates individuals as well as teams who have introduced game-changing initiatives, created research or inventions that have made an impact on the humanitarian aid and development sectors globally over the past year. The aim is to recognise individuals for their inspiring leadership, forward-thinking, creative problem-solving and implementation of innovative programmes that have helped drive the global progress towards Sustainable Development Goals.

    Submit your nomination here!

    The finalists will be showcased at the AIDF Global Summit and the winner of the award will be announced on 5 September 2018 at the 10th Anniversary AIDF Global Summit in Washington D.C, USA. The nominees will be judged on their inspiring innovation, proven impact and success. Nominees should exhibit a thoughtful, creative and innovative approach to resolving humanitarian and development challenges in Asia over the past year. For more information on eligibility click here.