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‘Revolutionized’ Sudan launches first environmental outlook

Fresh from staging a wholesale revolution culminating in the October 3 peace accord, the republic of Sudan has launched its first State of the Environment and Outlook Report which is meant to drive development.

Tagged “Environment for Peace and Sustainable Development,” it is meant to ensure that environmental concerns are factored into the country’s transition to freedom, justice, peace and growth.

With the technical support of the UN Environment (UNEP), the report comprises ten comprehensive chapters with facts and figures on the state and trend of the environment of Sudan from 2011 to 2020.

It covers challenges such as deforestation, land degradation, waste management and food security.

This document also provides detailed facts and figures collected from a broad spectrum of institutions, officials, experts and stakeholders.

This followed years of environmental degradation due to unchecked, unregulated oil exploration activities.

According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the total restoration of the Ogoni environment could take 30-years.

Through the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), the Nigerian government has been pushing for the clean-up of the area.

While this move has long been commended by many interest groups, not everybody is impressed with the work done so far.

“Sudan is in the midst of a very significant political transition to a more inclusive and peaceful future. In addition, like countries around the world, Sudan is struggling to to recover in the face of the economic crisis and the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Environmental sustainability, coupled with inclusion, lie at the heart of the country’s efforts to grow economically, because natural resources are the foundation of its agriculture-dominated economy. We hope this report will contribute to sound, environmentally sustainable growth and to Sudan’s overall transition.”

Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP

This report was produced under the UK-AID/UNEP Adapt for Environment and Climate Resilience in Sudan initiative, which aims to promote evidence-based policy and decision-making and scale up successful environmental practices in development and humanitarian programming.