Africa is a continent of incredible forests and savannas, indispensable plants, and breathtaking animals. By preserving these resources and using them responsibly, each African country can flourish.
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Access to natural resources plays a key role in the challenges Africa faces such as hunger, poverty, and disease. Conservation can protect remaining resources, and help restore those that have been lost. A focus on protecting Africa’s unique plants and animals helps build a healthy environment to combat hunger, improve access to clean water, and even contribute to poverty alleviation.
A healthy Africa will provide people with the food, water, medicine, shelter; everything people need for a healthy, prosperous life. Vast areas of the continent – like the Congo Basin and Miombo-Mopane Woodlands and Savannas – hold enormous promise. These represent two of the five most important wilderness areas on the Earth. And preserving these diverse areas provides important benefits for the local communities: jobs, ecological services, a contribution to state income. Nine of Earth’s Biodiversity Hotspots lie in Africa, and by drawing on the strength of community relationships with their environments, they can be preserved for generations.
A growing number of African nations are leading the way for the rest of the continent, and CI is working by their sides, bringing all of our resources to their aid. From the island of Madagascar to the forests of Liberia, people are increasingly making responsible choices and investing in protecting precious natural resources. These encouraging signs bode well for the future of Africa’s biological diversity.
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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) holds the largest share of the Congo Forest of Central Africa. It is home to exceptional biodiversity, including a number of the world’s threatened great ape species.
Liberia is a shining example of conservation’s role in stability in West Africa. On the continent’s west coast, forests once ravaged by a 14-year conflict have started to heal.
Imagine a place filled with small, strange looking creatures roaming a landscape ranging from lush forests to drier, sometimes spiny forests, where giant bottle-shaped trees mark the skyline. This is Madagascar.
In this diverse land that includes everyone from the Nama to the Ndebele, from pastoralists to potato farmers, from miners to winemakers, bringing people together in the name of conservation is a necessity.