THE CHALLENGE OF A SUSTAINABLE AFRICA

David Attenborough’s latest series ‘Africa’ describes the challenge of sustaining the greatest wilderness on earth, with the highest level of biodiversity. One of the exciting projects he describes is the idea of planting a belt of trees across 11 countries to stop the southward encroachment of the Sahara Desert. A dramatic graphic shows a wide band of green stretching across the African continent from west to east. This will be a truly amazing project if it can succeed.

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Photo of the Sahara Desert, from the BBC series ‘Africa’

In another exciting project, Masai warriors now constitute themselves as conservators of lions, instead of killing them, as numbers of lions have reduced to less than 30,000 across Africa. Loss of habitat and conflicts with human settlements continue to be the biggest threat to the survival of the unique ecosystems of Africa. The Masai are working to ensure that lions will continue to roam the plains of this unique landscape.

Another important friend of Africa is the legendary Jane Goodall, with her ‘Roots & Shoots’ program encouraging villagers to protect habitat for chimpanzees and other iconic African animals. These programs bring hope for the ecosystems and for the local communities for a sustainable future.

Link to David Attenborough’s ‘Africa’ series:

http://ten.com.au/tvshows/africa.htm

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About redgumgirl

Dr Anne Jensen is an environmental consultant with a passionate interest in sustainable management of our natural resources, particularly the River Murray and wetland environments. She is particularly interested in using photographs and stories to explain issues around water and protecting natural ecosystems in terms that are understood by the wider community, so that we can manage our environment sustainably for our common future.
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