MPs from six East African countries sign declaration to save forests

Inter-Parliamentary Hearing in Nairobi comes to successful close

Nairobi, 6 October 2014: Several members of National Parliaments and Senators from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe declared their commitment to take leadership in saving forests and restoring land at the 3rd Inter-Parliamentary Hearing on ‘Forests for People’ which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, last week.

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International “Forests for People” Hearing Kicks off in Nairobi

Members of Parliament from African Countries discuss Visionary Forest Policies

Nairobi/Hamburg, 30 September 2014: An Inter-Parliamentary Hearing on exemplary African forest policies was officially opened with a ceremony at the KICC in Nairobi today. Honourable Ekwee Ethuro declared the hearing officially opened and highlighted the importance of forests to the country.

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Ocean protection: Cebu City hosts meeting of international policy-makers and practitioners

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Cebu City/ Hamburg/ Eschborn, 28 May 2014:  Marine ecosystems are of vital importance for Asia and the Pacific: the region’s rich oceans and coasts are home to diverse species and ecosystems that provide an important food source for over 120 million people as well as valuable services for tourism and recreation. Coral reefs and mangroves protect the coastlines from tsunamis and storms. These vital functions of the oceans are threatened by habitat loss, overfishing, pollution and climate change.

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Legislators highlight urgent need to preserve biodiversity and marine ecosystems in Mesoamerica

Policy makers and experts from 9 countries gathered in San José

San José/ Hamburg/ Eschborn, 20 September 2013: Legislators, policymakers and experts from Central American and Caribbean countries have highlighted successful measures as well as challenges for conserving biodiversity and marine ecosystems during a 3-day Inter-Parliamentary Hearing on exemplary biodiversity and marine policies in San José, Costa Rica.  

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Policy Hearing Ends with Affirmative Action for Forests in Africa: Legislators and Policymakers Agree to Serve as Goodwill Ambassadors

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania/Hamburg, Germany. 12 July 2013: The 2nd Inter-Parliamentary Hearing on ‘Forests for People’ has concluded with affirmative action by legislators and policy-makers in Africa and the adoption of policy recommendations in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Around 35 legislators, policy-makers and experts from Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Germany committed themselves to raising public awareness and awareness among legislators and policy-makers about the significant role of forests and trees for livelihood, the environment and the future of life on Earth in Africa. They agreed to serve as Goodwill Ambassadors for Forests in Africa.

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Hearing in Dar es Salaam spotlights visionary African policies: Tanzania’s Vice President H.E. Dr Mohammed Gharib Billal welcomed international delegates

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Dar es Salaam/Hamburg, 10 July 2013: Forests can make an effective contribution to improving rural livelihoods, reducing poverty, and promoting equity in Africa. At an Inter-Parliamentary Hearing on exemplary African forest policies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 9 to 12 July, legislators from Eastern African countries will question experts and discuss visionary forest policies. H.E. Dr Mohammed Gharib Billal, Vice President of Tanzania, extended a warm welcome to all delegates at the opening ceremony on Tuesday 9 July.

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Forests for People in Rwanda: A Success Story

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Forests for People in Rwanda: A Success Story New book illustrates the East African country’s prized forest policy

Hamburg, 14 November: The successes of Rwanda’s forest policy are explored in a new book “Forests for People – Insights into Rwanda’s Prized Forest Policy” published by the World Future Council, a foundation based in Hamburg, Germany. Rwanda’s National Forest Policy was awarded the 2011 Future Policy Award. The policy has not only resulted in a halting of deforestation, the country’s forested area has increased by a remarkable 37 per cent since 1990. The primary reasons for this success are massive reforestation projects and plantations undertaken in partnership with the local population. The World Future Council’s Future Policy Award aims to draw global attention to exemplary policies such as this and to encourage other countries to introduce comparable measures.

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World Future Council warns against marine phosphate mining

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World Future Council warns against marine phosphate mining International policy research organisation sees “risk for fisheries” in Sandpiper project

Windhoek/Hamburg 31 October – Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the World Future Council and the Right Livelihood Award, today voiced concerns about the future of Namibian fisheries should the planned Sandpiper marine phosphate mining project be allowed to go ahead: “Mining is a short-term non-renewable activity. Once the phosphate has been extracted, the jobs are gone. In contrast, if fisheries are managed sustainably, as in Namibia, the food and job security they provide can last for many generations to come.”

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Best Oceans Policies Awarded at UN Biodiversity Summit

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Best Oceans Policies Awarded at UN Biodiversity Summit – International organisations celebrate the Republic of Palau, Namibia and the Philippines in Hyderabad, India.

Hyderabad, 17 October 2012: In a well orchestrated ceremony the Future Policy Award 2012 for best policies to protect oceans and coasts was bestowed on the Republic of Palau, the Philippines and Namibia on Tuesday night. In the Hyderabad International Convention Center, Palau was honoured with the Gold Award in recognition of two outstanding marine policies, the Protected Areas Network Act, initiated in 2003, and the Shark Haven Act from 2009. The two Silver Awards were given to the Philippines for its Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act from 2010 and to Namibia for its Marine Resources Act from 2000. The ceremony was convened by the World Future Council, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with support from the Okeanos Foundation.

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FPA 2012 goes to Palau

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FPA 2012 goes to Palau

In the small Micronesian Republic local people live in peace with sharks / Exemplary policies from Namibia and the Philippines win Silver Awards

New York, 26 September 2012. The Republic of Palau has been announced as the winner of the Future Policy Award 2012. Palau received the Award in recognition of two outstanding marine policies,
Palau’s Protected Areas Network Act, initiated in 2003, and its Shark Haven Act from 2009. The two Silver Awards were bestowed on the Philippines for the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act (2010) and
on Namibia for its Marine Resources Act (2000). According to the international jury the four winning policies contribute most effectively to the sustainable management of the world’s oceans and coasts for the benefit of current and future generations. The winners were announced during a press conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 26 September 2012.

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