|Africa faces $3 Trillion Climate Change Bill
For Africa to avoid the worst effects of climate change, the continent will have to find a staggering 3 trillion by 2030 & develop the capacity to implement often complex systems to roll back the deadly effects of climate change; New African Magazine
Africa's Forgotten Fishes, A Goldmine for Millions
Fishers across the continent haul in at least 3 million tonnes a year – or ¼ of the world’s wild freshwater fish catch – providing critical food for tens of millions of people and jobs for millions more. Find out more about the great opportunities in this sector: Talkafrica.co.ke.
The Sahel Alliance brings together 25 bilateral and multilateral development partners (14 full members and 11 observers) united by a common vision, which is consistent with the 2030 Agenda of sustainable development and targets a sustainable improvement of the living conditions of the Sahelian populations. Alliance-sahel.org
A Surprise in Africa: Air Pollution Falls as Economies Rise
Air quality is improving in one of the continent’s fastest-growing regions, researchers have found. If the trend can be sustained, it would be good news for human health and climate change.New York Times.
Sahara Solar Panels Show Great Strides Toward Lighting-up Africa
While the black surfaces of solar panels absorb most of the sunlight that reaches them, only a fraction (around 15%) of that incoming energy gets converted to electricity. The rest is returned to the environment as heat. Theafricareport.com.
Sahel Alliance General Assembly Adopts Resolution to Foster Regional Sustainable Development
Ghana Becomes the World first Nation to receive COVAX
Ghana last week became the first country in the world to receive vaccines from Covax, the initiative designed to ensure equitable distribution of the shots. South Africa and Zimbabwe pushed ahead with implementing immunization plans. Mozambique received vaccines from China, while Senegal and the island nations of Mauritius and Seychelles have their programs well underway. Bloomberg.
A Voice for Indigenous Communities affected by Climate Change
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, an environmental activist from Chad, founder of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT), and current co-chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, the indigenous peoples’ caucus to the UN details how climate change has impacted her Mbororo pastoralist community and the importance of incorporating indigenous communities in global negotiations. Africaportal.org
Strengthening Education for Sustainable Development in Schools
According to a recent report by the UN Secretary-General, as many as 94 percent of children across the world have been out of school due to COVID-induced closures. The worst case is that learning losses from school shutdowns are further compounded by inequities, especially for students who were already left behind by education systems in Africa. Learn more about what WWF is doing to strengthen education for sustainable development in Africa. WWF Africa.
More FDIs Forecast for Africa in 2021
Just last month, the CDC Group, the UK’s impact investor and development finance institution, announced a commitment to invest over $1 billion in African businesses by the end of 2021. Theeastafrican.co.ke.
Measuring Africa’s Data Gap: The Cost of not Counting the Dead
In Africa it is only Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia, Algeria, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles and Mauritius that have what are called functioning, compulsory and universal civil registration systems - known as CRVS systems - which record deaths. BBC
WWF and Partners Launch Study on Biodiversity Decline Drivers
Last week, WWF under the BIODEV2030 project launched a study dubbed ''Biodiversity Decline Drivers'' focused on undertaking a scientifically based assessment of the drivers of biodiversity decline in Uganda with a focus on the respective contribution of different economic sectors. Read more here: WWF Uganda.
Kenya Is Becoming a Global Hub of FinTech Innovation
African countries such as Nigeria and Kenya have emerged as FinTech hotbeds, and are using inexpensive, accessible tech to mobilize consumers in ways never seen before. Harvard Business Review .
Uganda: One Arrested in Unlawful Possession of Wildlife Pieces
Authorities from the Wildlife Centre equate the trunks [sic] to 22 kgs of Ivory. Wildlife trafficking has over the years become a lucrative transnational crime and Uganda Police has since joined global efforts in ensuring that this illegal wildlife trade is curtailed. Africanelephantjournal.com.
Protecting Sea Turtles and Seagrass in Madagascar
Turtle numbers are declining sharply, under pressure from global warming, fisheries, the harvesting of adults and eggs, coastal development, pollution, pathogens, and wildlife trafficking. GEF.
The Rising E-waste Crisis Is Being Reckoned With in Rwanda
Rwanda is one of only 13 countries in Africa that have passed national legislation regarding e-waste regulation, according to the report. And it has led to the first official recycling and refurbishing facility in the country. CNN.