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UN launches decade-long efforts to tackle desertification UN launches decade-long efforts to tackle desertification
16/ 08/ 2010
The United Nations is today launching the Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification to help protect the world's drylands. These areas are home to a third of the world's population and face serious economic and environmental threats.
UNEP hosts green group on journey across Africa UNEP hosts green group on journey across Africa
13/ 08/ 2010
A Greek conservation group has made a pit-stop at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi during an environmental road-trip that will cover the length of Africa. The team of nine scientists and artists is visiting renewable energy projects across the continent.
A sea of celebrations to protect the Caspian A sea of celebrations to protect the Caspian
12/ 08/ 2010
Five countries are hosting events to mark "Caspian Day". Beach-cleaning events, workshops and concerts will highlight the pollution problems faced by the sea and their effect on the Caspian region.
Trekking for peace in Afghanistan Trekking for peace in Afghanistan
09/ 08/ 2010
Afghanistan's alpine landscape was the backdrop for a community event organised by UNEP as part of a campaign leading-up to the International Day of Peace on 21 September 2010.
Old practices, new solutions: indigenous groups sign up for conservation Old practices, new solutions: indigenous groups sign up for conservation
09/ 08/ 2010
Around 10% of the world's forests are controlled by indigenous groups and communities, but detailed information on their conservation practices is in short supply. A new UNEP project is bringing greater attention to the links between indigenous communities, conservation and biodiversity.
UNEP Sasakawa Prize open: US $200,000 for innovative green project UNEP Sasakawa Prize open: US $200,000 for innovative green project
29/ 07/ 2010
UNEP and The Nippon Foundation today officially launched the 2011 UNEP Sasakawa Prize to find the most innovative environmental project in the developing world
UNEP talks live to 'Plastiki' crew on final leg of epic voyage UNEP talks live to 'Plastiki' crew on final leg of epic voyage
23/ 07/ 2010
As the boat made from bottles edges towards its finishing post in Sydney, UN Under Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner joined journalists for a live video link-up with Plastiki expedition leader David de Rothschild from UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
Environmental Degradation Plagues Haiti Earthquake Recovery Environmental Degradation Plagues Haiti Earthquake Recovery
22/ 07/ 2010
As part of the UN relief and recovery effort, UNEP is focused on promoting a sustainable recovery for Haiti by minimising the environmental damage from reconstruction and ensuring there is adequate, long-term investment in natural resource management
SEED Awards 2010: Invitation for Applications SEED Awards 2010: Invitation for Applications
20/ 07/ 2010
Social and environmental entrepreneurs have the chance to apply to the annual SEED Awards as of today, 19 July 2010

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