Does the so-called “green” economy represent a chance for Africa to review its copy in terms of economic development, respectful of the environment? How to adapt to global warming and preserve biodiversity, while preserving growth? To talk about it, we have Al Hamndou Dorsouma, head of the climate change and green growth division of the African Development Bank. According to him, the green economy “makes it possible to ensure economic growth, while taking into account social inclusion and environmental sustainability”.
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Volunteers and start-ups mobilized against plastic pollution in Cameroon
Cameroon produces an average of 600,000 tons of plastic waste per year. Currently, only 20% of this waste is treated. They therefore most often end up in nature with harmful and irreversible consequences on biodiversity. The “Walk and clean” operation was launched by the NGOs “Game Changers” and “Young Volunteers for the Environment”. In particular, they organize garbage collection operations to clean up public places.
In Benin, local communities participate in the revival of classified forests
One out of four Beninese households uses wood as a source of energy. In order to reduce this figure, the authorities undertook in 2020 to put an end to the exploitation and carbonization of wood, which is carried out in an anarchic manner. The local communities were particularly involved. The project has reforested nearly 18,000 hectares over the past three years. Ultimate objective: to find the ecosystem as it was 80 years ago.
Source: France 24