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May 26, 2015
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AFRICA PHE Updates

Welcome to AFRICAPHE, the forum meant to improve your access to information on integrated approaches to dealing with complex population, health, and environment issues.


Have a PHE update to share? Send your news, publications, and opportunities to africaphe@prb.org.


EVENTS

Regional Conference on Population, Health and Environment

When: September 9-10, 2015
Where: Kisumu, Kenya 

The Lake Victoria Basin Commission, in collaboration with East African Community (EAC) Secretariat, EAC Partner States, PHE Ethiopia Consortium, USAID East Africa, USAID Washington and the PHE Madagascar Network, plans to host a Regional PHE Conference. The proposed dates for the Regional Conference are 9th – 10th September 2015 and the proposed venue is Kisumu, Kenya. More information about submitting abstracts and attending is available online.

ECOWAS Good Practices Forum in Health- Abstracts due June 5, 2015

When: July 29 - 31, 2015
Where:.Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

The West African Health Organization, in collaboration with Member States and partners, are organizing the first ECOWAS (Economic Community Of West African States) Good Practices Forum in Health that will be held on 29-31 July 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The forum will bring together senior officials from ministries of health, regional health experts, researchers and managers of training and research institutions, major local, regional and international NGOs, managers of private companies involved in the health sector, as well as partners in the region and elsewhere. More information about the event is available online

BLOGS

The Costs of Climate Adaptation, Explained in 4 Infographics

World Resources Institute, April 2015

As global temperatures rise, and severe weather events become more frequent, the pressures on national budgets, especially those in the developing world, are growing. This blog post highlights four aspects of the current state of adaptation finance: increasing costs of adaptation; growing public sector financing for adaptation; an unmet global need for adaptation financing; and a trend in climate financing for mitigation.

Measuring the SDGs: investments in Mapping, Geospatial Data Collection Critical to Success

New Security Beat, May 2015 

Roughly a quarter of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators will require geospatial data. This blog post summarizes recommendations from a new report, Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Statistical Capacity Development, regarding investments in innovative mapping technology and geospatial data collection, which would better inform a Sustainable Development Goals framework. Those recommendations include incorporating geospatial information infrastructure and data collection into national reporting systems, the global community ensuring that aid-recipient countries can regularly access and utilize national-scale, moderate- to high-resolution satellite imagery, and pairing geospatial data and remote sensing with ground monitoring, in order to address environmental and public health problems.

ARTICLES

Permaculture in Malawi: Using Food Forests to Prevent Floods and Hunger

The Guardian, April 2015

In Malawi, the pursuit of charcoal and firewood, and the wholesale destruction of indigenous forests to harvest maize, has left the country vulnerable to natural disasters from severe weather events. This article explains how forest gardening by the African Moringa and Permaculture Project may be a means of improving harvesting of water, fuel wood, and high-quality timber, as well as restoring indigenous forests and producing highly diverse food.

REPORTS

The Role in Policy in Facilitating Adoption of Climate-Smart Agriculture in Uganda

CGIAR, April 2015

This study aimed at understanding the influence of policy frameworks on climate change adaptation in Uganda. It combined literature review on existing natural resource management policies, focus group discussions with farming communities and interviews with key informants across various policy implementation levels. Findings reveal that even when farmers are exposed to appropriate adaptation practices, adoption is still constrained by limited enforcement of policies and regulations. The report names multiple reasons for limited enforcement and finds a need for more focused follow-up research on specific issues raised within the report.


These updates are made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of the IDEA Project, managed by PRB, and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government. To unsubscribe from this list please send an email request to AfricaPHE@prb.org.

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