8 March 2010: Costa Rica, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Republic of Congo, Solomon Islands, and Sudan have been invited to join the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board as observer countries.
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Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, urged Japan to take the lead in preserving the world's biodiversity in a speech Tuesday in Tokyo.
More than three decades ago, Wangari Maathai came up with the idea of using economic incentives to encourage rural women and farmers to plant trees on their land to protect the environment and promote sustainable development. In 2004 Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the Green Belt Movement, a nonprofit NGO she founded in her native Kenya.
Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai has warned that if Kenyans are not insistent in protecting forests, the country will only have a third of the water it currently has by 2012.
Few species receive less respect and less conservation attention than insects. This despite the fact that they are some of the most diverse species on the planet andthey provide a number of essential services to humankind, including pollination, pest control, production (for example honey and silk), waster recycling, and indications of habitat health.
Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai, has urged African leaders to use the rule of law in protecting the environment. Wangari says Africa can protect its natural resources and environment by drafting laws that will deter leaders in power from misusing the privilege and exploiting the natural resources for selfish gains.