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What is marine-based carbon removal?

What is marine-based carbon removal?

What is marine-based carbon removal? There are three ways the ocean can become a carbon removal titan. By Eve Pope, analyst at IDTechEX     Every year, our oceans absorb 11-15 gigatonnes of CO2 as part of the Earth’s natural carbon cycle. An unsung hero in the face of rising global temperatures, negative emission technology pioneers […]

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Dealing with DRC’s mining boom

Dealing with DRC’s mining boom

Dealing with DRC’s mining boom The DRC has seen considerable investment into infrastructure supporting its mining sector.       Now the world’s second-largest producer of copper behind Chile, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is seeing considerable investment in infrastructure to support mining and other sectors. According to SRK Consulting South Africa’s chairman Vis Reddy, it

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Defeating malaria could boost African economies

Defeating malaria could boost African economies

Defeating malaria could boost African economies African economies could experience cumulative growth if UN targets to reduce malaria are met. According to research in a new report titled “The malaria dividend” by Malaria no more UK, African countries could see a GDP increase of USD127-billion dollars if the UN target to cut malaria by 90%

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Why fund Africa’s biodiversity?

Why fund Africa’s biodiversity?

Why fund Africa’s biodiversity? Funding is vital to preserve Africa’s ecosystems which are essential to sustain its biodiversity. Compiled by Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine.      Africa is home to the world’s most biodiverse regions. Eight of the 36 recognised global biodiversity hotspots are found on the African continent.

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Come trailblaze with WhyAfrica!

Come trailblaze with WhyAfrica!

Come trailblaze with WhyAfrica! There is still ample time to become part of the 2024 WhyAfrica Road Trip story.   By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine   To enable the WhyAfrica team to drive more than 9000km overland through six African countries and visit close to 30 project sites

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Preparing for extreme weather

Preparing for extreme weather

Preparing for extreme weather Extreme weather events are becoming more intense and more frequent across Africa. Strategies are needed to prepare for and adapt to extreme climate and weather events. Out of season occurrences have been battering parts of Africa over the last few years. According to CSIR senior researcher Dr Neville Sweijd extreme events

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Be part of the biodiversity plan

Be part of the biodiversity plan

Be part of the biodiversity plan There is an urgent need for collective action to reverse biodiversity loss. The theme of this year’s International Day for Biodiversity, “Be part of the Plan” emphasises the urgent need for collective action to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity by supporting the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global

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On a stairway to heaven

On a stairway to heaven

On a stairway to heaven Less than 70km north of Johannesburg lies the Magaliesberg, a modest mountain range composed mainly of quartzites.   The Magaliesberg rises at a point south of the Pilanesberg (and the Pilanesberg National Park) to form a curved prominence that intersects suburban Pretoria before it peters out some 50km to the east, just south of Bronkhorstspruit. The highest

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African roads less travelled

African roads less travelled

African roads less travelled The WhyAfrica Road Trip concept was born more than 23 years ago on a winding dirt road in remote Namibia. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine Our unscheduled stop happened about 60km from Rundu on the way to Divundu in the Caprivi Strip. In the

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African travel with a purpose

African travel with a purpose

African travel with a purpose Following the Zambezi River for an extended overland expedition leaves travellers in awe of one of the mightiest rivers in Africa. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and Director of Endorphin Expeditions      The Zambezi River is the fourth longest river in Africa. Its drainage basin covers 1,390,000 km2, slightly less

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Tanzania’s mangrove forests matter

Tanzania’s mangrove forests matter

Tanzania’s mangrove forests matter Tanzania’s mangrove forests are national assets that hold immense socioeconomic value. Mangrove forests are vital in the mitigation of the current climate crisis. These trees, found in the intertidal zone between land and sea, are concentrated in the tropics and sub-tropics from Bermuda to Australia. According to the report Roots of

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The value of Congo’s forest

The value of Congo’s forest

The value of Congo’s forest Protecting the Bemba forest in the Nouabalé-Ndoki will contribute to biodiversity conservation in the Congo Basin. A recent study, published in the scientific journal “Plant Ecology and Evolution,” sheds valuable insights into forest stands of Gilbertiodendron dewevrei (G. dewevrei) in the Sangha Trinational region in the Republic of Congo. dewevrei,

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Calls to eliminate malaria

Calls to eliminate malaria

Calls to eliminate malaria Key players need to tackle a funding shortfall to end malaria in southern Africa by 2030. Goodbye Malaria, a social benefit organisation, has called on government, business, and non-profit sectors to work together to eliminate malaria in southern Africa by 2030. Goodbye Malaria is an African-run initiative with the goal of

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Biodiversity in business strategy

Biodiversity in business strategy

Biodiversity in business strategy By financing practical actions private companies can drive positive action to enhance and restore nature. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine According to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, integrating active management of biodiversity into core business strategies can be a tremendous profit which will

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Funding biodiversity in Africa

Funding biodiversity in Africa

Funding biodiversity in Africa Africa is losing biodiversity at an alarming rate and funding is needed to reverse the trend.   By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine     Funding biodiversity is defined as finance that contributes or intends to contribute to activities that conserve, restore, or avoid a negative

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Protection for Africa’s Miombo’s

Protection for Africa’s Miombo’s

Protection for Africa’s Miombo’s The Miombo Initiative aims to protect and restore 1.9 million km2 of Miombo Woodland in the Zambezi Basin. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has joined an initiative by several African countries to protect large swathes of Miombo Woodlands in the greater Zambezi Basin. The Miombo Initiative, launched during the Miombo Summit

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A candle on Kilimanjaro

A candle on Kilimanjaro

A candle on Kilimanjaro Africa’s rise is in full swing, and it’s time to light a candle, and go and put it on the top of Kilimanjaro. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine   When we get time to take a breath and reflect, it’s good to have a

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East-Africa’s hospitality bounces back

East-Africa’s hospitality bounces back

East-Africa’s hospitality bounces back The hospitality sector in East Africa has bounced back in 2023 after significant challenges.    The East African tourism and hospitality sectors have bounced back remarkably after the challenges posed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, emerging as one of the best-performing asset classes in 2023. This resurgence is particularly

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Understanding Africa’s biodiversity better

Understanding Africa’s biodiversity better

Understanding Africa’s biodiversity better Projects like the Karoo BioGap Project enables researchers to understand Africa’s biodiversity. It is important to know as much as possible about any region’s biodiversity, given the potential that development projects like, for example, shale gas fracking, mining, farming, energy projects, infrastructure development and general land-use changes could have on the

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Tourism at an all-time-high

Tourism at an all-time-high     The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) is projecting a record-breaking year for travel and tourism in 2024. According to the WTTC the travel and tourism sector’s global economic contribution is set to reach an all-time high of USD11.1-trillion in 2024. The global tourism body’s 2024 Economic Impact Research (EIR)

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SA’s parks now bigger.

SA’s parks now bigger

SA’s parks now bigger Four of South Africa’s national parks have increased in size, which is good news for the country’s conservation fraternity.    South African National Parks (SANParks) announced in February that an additional 20 206 hectares of land will be incorporated into four of South Africa’s national parks. More than 18 000 ha of land

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Malawi’s critical infrastructure pipeline

Malawi’s critical infrastructure pipeline Malawi’s ambitions to expand the agriculture, tourism and mining sectors depend on developing critical infrastructure. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine    Although several infrastructure projects in Malawi came to a grinding halt towards the middle of last year, the government of President Lazarus Chakwera

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Women play a pivotal role in Africa’s tourism growth

Women play a pivotal role in Africa’s tourism growth      To celebrate International Women’s Day, the WTTC underscores the pivotal role of women in the global tourism sector. In Africa, estimates are that between 50% and 54% of the total workforce in the tourism sector are women. According to World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

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