Rannveig Knutsdatter Formo and Bernardas Padegimas have returned from a ten-month exchange in Africa, and came back to Norway with a fresh perspective of capacity building, having experienced first-hand how environmental information, or the lack thereof, can literally mean the difference between life and death.

A new Rapid Response Assessment report entitled Green Hills, Blue Cities: An Ecosystems Approach to Water Resource Management for African Cities, prepared by GRID-Arendal  for UNEP and UN-HABITAT,  was launched in Cape Town on the occasion of World Water Day 2011. According to the report urbanization over the last five decades is changing Africa’s landscape and also generating challenges for water supply and sanitation services.

Cape Town/Nairobi, 21 March 2010. Rapid urbanization over the last five decades is changing Africa’s landscape and also generating formidable challenges for supplies of water and sanitation services, says a new UN report on major cities in Africa released today in Cape Town, South Africa, as part of World Water Day 2011.

Nairobi, 21 February 2011 – A Ugandan radio journalist has won a prestigious new journalism award from the United Nations Enviornment Programme (UNEP), outclassing entries from over 100 correspondents from across the African continent. Patricia Okoed-Bukumunhe won the UNEP Young Environmental Journalist Award for her report ‘Climate Change and Uganda’, broadcast on Radio France International. Jury members described the entry as “original, cutting edge environmental reporting”.  

Geneva/New York/Nairobi, 7 January 2011 - The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have released a report calling on Nigerian authorities to prevent further lead poisoning in northern Nigeria. The report recommends taking greater measures to limit ore processing activities at sensitive sites, such as water sources from which humans and livestock drink.