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Africa is thought to be the most vulnerable continent to climate change given its predominately climate-dependent livelihoods, extensive water-stressed populations, and low adaptive capacity. Weak economies, institutions, and governance structures all contribute to the low adaptive capacity. Human activities have been a leading cause of climate change through activities such as fossil fuel…

AWF pays tribute today to the UN’s “World Environment Day 2020.” We support this year’s theme of celebrating biodiversity with a renewed call to help end the illegal trade of elephant ivory to buyers in countries in Asia and other parts of the world. The persistent demand for elephant ivory because of its beauty and artistic uses has dramatically reduced the elephant population across the…

The world has been thrust into a global health and economic crisis that will reverberate long after COVID-19 has passed. In the midst of all this, wildlife and the environment, often taking a back seat when economic policies are being discussed, are emerging as some of the ways through which the world could course correct. People are waking up to the fact that we can no longer treat the…

By the time the rains had failed yet again in October 2019, more than 100 elephants had already succumbed to the southern drought in Zimbabwe alone. One of the harshest dry periods experienced in the region in the last four decades, the extended drought disappeared water sources across shrinking grazing areas. Wildlife mortalities continued to rise in Zimbabwe’s iconic protected areas, most…

On a Saturday morning in early May, a group of women gathered in an open field in Kabilone II village adjacent to the Dja Faunal Reserve in south-eastern Cameroon. They patiently waited their turn as a government representative from the reserve’s Conservation Service handed over face masks and bars of soap for the women to distribute and use within their communities.

Each person at the…