Sustainability and Conservation

22 Sep 2020

World Bank supports farmers in Uganda

22 September 2020 – The World bank supports farmers in Uganda. Agriculture is the lifeblood of Uganda’s economy. It employs 70% of the population and contributes a quarter of the […]
22 Sep 2020

Gold contributes to SDGs

22 September 2020 – Gold contributes to SDG’s. This is the message from the World Gold Council (WGC). To coincide with the 75th session of the United Nations (UN) General […]
19 Sep 2020

Action on climate change and land degradation

19 September 2020 – Action around land use to slow climate change and biodiversity loss received a vital boost from Commonwealth and United Nations partners.  A virtual gathering has galvanised […]
17 Sep 2020

Conserving lions in the heart of Namibia

By Gail Thomson With input from Lise Hanssen, director of Kwando Carnivore Project. 17 September 2020 – The Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi) is a small strip of land that […]
16 Sep 2020

Solar rolls through Africa

16 September – Solar power is being rolled out at an encouraging rate across Africa. Although there are a few challenges in several countries, a large number of projects are […]
16 Sep 2020

Côte d’Ivoire gold can now be traced from pit to market

16 September 2020 – Côte d’Ivoire gold can now be traced from pit to market. After first export of gold, IMPACT and the European Union announced that a traceability and […]
15 Sep 2020

SA to test food through mobile laboratories

15 September 2020 – The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is collaborating with Mobile Agricultural Skills and Development Training (MASDT), a non-profit company that assists small and medium […]
15 Sep 2020

Covid-19 and its impact on food and agriculture

15 September 2020 – The world was already off track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and the Covid-19 pandemic has made it even harder both to achieve these goals and […]
11 Sep 2020

Moving Africa towards a circular economy

11 September 2020 – South Africa’s – and Africa’s – efforts to move towards a circular economy could be boosted by improved collaboration and partnerships between public sector, private sector […]
8 Sep 2020

Hope for Pepperbark

08 September 2020 – As social and environmental issues become more important, there is increased pressure on extractive industries to preserve and conserve biodiversity and ecosystems. Sappi, the largest forestry […]
6 Sep 2020

Concerns over Chinese coal mining in Hwange National Park

By Tawanda Karombo First published by Africa Sustainable Conservation News 6 September 2020 – Zimbabwe is risking the environment and wildlife in its biggest game park after the government, already battling […]
5 Sep 2020

When operating in Africa, do what Bristow does

Develop local skills and empower African communities By LM Louw 05 September 2020 – Developing local skills and empowering host communities is a non-negotiable for companies operating in Africa. Mark […]
4 Sep 2020

Health workers tackle SA mining’s social issues

04 September 2020 – A new initiative called the Impact Catalyst is making a difference in the mining communities of South Africa. The initiative is a partnership between Anglo American, […]
30 Aug 2020

Biodiversity for sustainable solutions

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa, has assisted women-led Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) in developing nutritious food products for underprivileged communities The Council […]
30 Aug 2020

Exxaro empowers through agriculture

Exxaro Resources, one of the biggest resource companies in South Africa, has set the tone for mining companies to empower their host communities through agriculture and access to land and […]
29 Aug 2020

SA trophy hunting worth R1,98-billion

29 August 2020 – Trophy hunting is worth exceedingly more to the South African economy than thought before. A new study headed by Prof Peet van der Merwe of the […]
19 Aug 2020

Five countries join forces to fight poaching

Fight against cross-border poaching 18 August 2020 – The five partner countries of the Kavango Zambezi (Kaza) Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA), including Botswana, Angola, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, are committed […]
13 Aug 2020

Kenya invests in sustainable forestry

Kenyan logging company Komaza has recently completed a Class B fund-raising campaign that generated USD28-million. The money will be used to develop its forest plantations for sustainable timber harvesting. By […]
13 Aug 2020

African energy a big drawcard for Germany

In a recent webinar about Germany and Africa’s economic relations after Covid-19  panellists discussed how to mobilise German investment into the African energy sector, establishing clean energy and digitalisation as […]
12 Aug 2020

Mosquito odour fights malaria

In Africa, malaria is a curse for local communities, travellers and for those working in Africa. The good news is that scientists have identified male mosquito-specific pheromones that influence mating […]
7 Aug 2020

Orano: worth its salt

A sizeable proportion of the Namibian population on the west coast is dependent on water provided by a desalination plant owned by a mining company. During road trip to Namibia […]
5 Aug 2020

Carbon compliance the key to trade

By Eckart Zollner, Head of Business Development at EDS Systems Africa’s economic survival depends to large extent on trade. However, the ability to trade internationally will be determined by enterprise’s […]
3 Aug 2020

Gold mine invests in conservation

Canadian gold miner B2Gold has launched a great initiative in support of conservation in Namibia. The company, that operates the Otjikoto mine in north central Namibia, introduced the Namibian Rhino […]
1 Aug 2020

Human rights critical during Covd-19 says PAP

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has reiterated that respect for human rights across the spectrum including economic, social, civil and political rights, will be critical to a successful public health response […]
1 Aug 2020

EA’s in SA’s RED zones will now only take 147 days

by Garyn Rapson, Kirsty Kilner, Tsoseletso Bogopa at law firm Webber Wentzel ​The South African Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Barbara Creecy has proposed further regulatory changes to expedite the development of […]
31 Jul 2020

Drone technology improves biodiversity

An ambitious project for veld management and ecological research, that combines ancient animal lore with state-of the-art technology, took a step forward this week when five eland were released at […]
30 Jul 2020

Bumbuna to boost Sierra Leone’s energy woes

Funding of USD6-million has been approved for the development of the 143MW Bumbuna Hydro II initiative in Sierra Leone. This is good news in a country where development of the […]
29 Jul 2020

Human-wildlife conflict on the rise in Tsavo

Covid-19 has placed enormous pressure on conservation and national parks around Africa and has resulted in increased tension and conflict between wildlife and communities surrounding national parks. According to an […]
28 Jul 2020

Danish bank funds Ethiopian wind project

Denmark’s largest bank, the Danske Bank, has granted a further USD131.4-million to further fund the Assela wind project in Ethiopia. The project received funding to the tune of USD201-million from […]
21 Jul 2020

Extractive industry needs a conscience

It is no longer business as usual in Africa. The extractive industry needs a conscience. It will no longer be good enough to tick boxes, but companies need to improve […]