Environment

The central and eastern African region is of immense environmental significance. Ranging from tropical rain forests to grasslands, swamps and arid desert areas, their geographical makeups have an ecological, meteorological, political and economic impact on our everyday lives. These ecosystems are home to thousands of species of flora and fauna, with potentially many species as yet undiscovered. The value of the region’s natural wealth is immeasurably high for the entire world: it provides habitats for nearly extinct animals such as chimpanzees and gorillas, has an great biodiversity, but also encompasses vast untouched rain forests providing us with oxygen and standing firm against the threat of the spreading of the deserts from the north.

Recycling Art Kampala 2012

An art project on recycling in Kampala, 2012 (Photo by Katherine Payne)

The environment offers great potential for development. However, much of this remains untapped because lack of information and education, a low place on a long list of priorities for civilians and governments and unsustainable economic interests in the natural resources. Fast flowing rivers, windy planes and intense sunlight nearly all year around, could provide sources of energy which will eradicate dependency on western energy companies. Yet complex and interconnected issues are hindering the distribution of information and understanding on the potential the environment, when looked after, can provide.

Our Environment pages will explore some examples of the difficulties communities and the environment face in central and eastern Africa, and how we are all connected to these problem. We have researched the impact of the ivory trade as well as land disputes, and look forward to including more topics in the near future.

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