Africa’s natural environments and spectacular wildlife are about to face their biggest challenge ever. In a paper published today in Current Biology, my colleagues and I assess the dramatic environmental changes that will be driven by an infrastructure-expansion scheme so sweeping in scope, it is dwarfing anything the Earth’s biggest continent has ever been forced to endure.
IUCN and10 civil society groups announce the launch of Enanga, an online platform sharing photo and video testimonies from across Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda on the problems and promises of natural resources. Enanga (www.enanga.org) combines community perspectives captured in photo and video documentaries with expert analysis to foster accountable and participative natural resource management solutions.
Sitting at his desk with the national flag of Cameroon carefully in view, Noel Ebang Urbain, Secretary General, Ministry of Mines in Cameroon talks passionately about an iron ore extraction project. "Nature has given us the resources to be exploited in the interests of the state, in the interest of citizens, in the interest of all". A documentary film "Heart of Iron: Mining in the Congo Basin Rainforest" premiered May 28, 2013 after the World Bank and the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize their collaboration to increase their effectiveness and impact with an emphasis on sustainability in the Tridom area of the Congo Basin area.
On 29th January 2013 the Mtunzini Conservancy (MC) made application for leave to appeal against the judgement handed down by Judge R Vahed in the Kwazulu-Natal High Court in Durban on 8th January 2013.
The Zambezi Society wishes to publicly express its deep concern regarding the threat of mining exploration for Heavy Mineral Sands Deposits (and possibly other minerals) in major tributaries of the Zambezi River in the Mana Pools/Sapi/Chewore area of Northern Zimbabwe.
Tanzania has received UN approval for Australia-based miner Mantra Resources to build a $400m uranium mine in a world heritage game reserve despite pressure from environmental groups opposed to the project, it said on Thursday.
After months of intense lobbying, the Unesco World Heritage Committee has finally granted Tanzania's request to hive off part of Selous Game Reserve to allow mining of uranium in one of the largest remaining wildernesses in Africa.
Monday's decision comes as a great relief to the government, whose plan to alter the boundaries of Selous met strong opposition from environmentalists on the grounds that mining in the World Heritage Site would have disastrous consequences.They argued that mining of uranium had caused devastating environmental and health damage wherever it had been done.
The Wild Foundation in 2008 carried details of an impending copper-mining threat to the integrity of the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia. With the issue early in 2011 of a Large-Scale Mining License to the Australian owned Zambezi Resources and its Zambian subsidiary, Mwembeshi Resources, the threat is now very real, particularly given the recent actions of President Banda in launching the Ichimpe Mine on behalf of its Chinese owners before the Environmental Council of Zambia had approved the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).