Today marks the International Day for Biological Diversity, as a good a day as any to celebrate the diversity of species and ecosystems in Africa. This year’s theme, biodiversity and sustainable tourism, coincides with the observance of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
For the past several years, Africa has experienced unparalleled economic growth and entrepreneurship. As indigenous and multinational companies look to make their mark on the continent, they would be remiss to overlook the incredible value add of Africa’s wildlife and wild lands. Water catchments within Africa’s forests supply water to a third of the continent’s largest cities—supporting human life and economies.
Like many early-career professionals, Sarah Chiles and Edwin Tambara are looking to the future. But where some may be thinking solely of their own prospects, Chiles and Tambara tend to focus on the bigger picture. They’re considering the rapid pace of development taking place in Africa and what that may mean for Africa’s wildlife and wild lands. And they’re especially aware of how their own actions may shape the continent’s path.
Today marks World Penguin Day, a special holiday to celebrate some of the planet’s most beloved birds. Dressed for the occasion in their tuxedoed plumage, penguins throughout the Southern Hemisphere are basking in the spotlight. But in Africa? Can penguins even live in Africa?
Like many of its counterparts in sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopia has experienced significant economic growth over the past several years. The country has charted a 10.8-percent growth rate since 2005, according to the African Development Bank. Ethiopia was predicted to supplant Kenya as East Africa’s largest economy in 2016, and its gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to hit almost $80 billion this year.