Intro Photo Large

Remove this module

Section Info

EditPhoto Title:Sub-Saharan Africa
EditPhoto Description:Africa is growing, fast. The world is taking note. The potential is huge. And we have to seize the opportunity.
EditImage Url:/SiteCollectionImages/ci_91868547.jpg
EditImage Description:Woman carrying baby, Togo.
EditPhoto Credit:© Art Wolfe/ www.artwolfe.com
EditPhoto RenditionID Small:5[Optional]
EditPhoto RenditionID Webkit:6[Optional]
EditPhoto RenditionID Medium:7[Optional]
EditPhoto RenditionID Portrait:8[Optional]
EditPhoto RenditionID Large:9[Optional]
---- Add Modules And Content Below Here ----
Map of Sub-Saharan Africa. © Conservation International

Africa is vast — about as big as the United States, China, India and Australia combined.


And it holds great wealth — in its forests, its oceans, its minerals and more.

But Africa’s resources are being depleted far too quickly. And if we don’t protect them, we’re putting the continent, and the more than 2 billion people who will call it home by 2050, at grave risk.


Why is Sub-Saharan Africa important?

Jobs And Prosperity

In Sub-Saharan Africa, the current population of nearly 1 billion is set to double in the next 40 years. Yet today, two-thirds of people are self-employed, work without pay or otherwise work outside the formal economy. Job creation is a top priority for lifting hundreds of millions of Africans out of poverty in the coming years and, ultimately, benefiting everyone on Earth.

Energy To Fuel Growth

Africa exports a wealth of energy resources, like the oil that fuels our cars and the natural gas that heats our homes. In fact, 19 African countries have significant oil and gas reserves. To help the continent grow alongside the global economy, we have to find smart, sustainable ways to use these resources.

Resources To Build

The metals in your phone. The coffee in your cup. The chocolate in your candy bar. Africa is endowed with valuable stocks of these products and countless others — in its lands, in its seas and beneath its soils. And they’re keys to the continent’s sustainable growth.


Circles 2 Across

Remove this module

Section Info

EditSection TitleWhat are the issues?
EditSection ID (Anchor Tag):issues[Optional]

Row

Circle

EditCircle color (For Mobile View): fact--green    
EditCircle icon:icon-pickaxe
EditCircle icon:fact--green-forest
 
EditResult value:80%
EditResult field:exports from natural resources
EditTitle:Growing extractive industry
EditText:More than one quarter of Africans live in countries where natural resources account for more than 80% of exports. Too often, however, industrial activity causes serious, long-term environmental harm, even as communities don’t always see the full benefits. Africa loses tens of billions of dollars a year to illegal activities, many of them in the extractives industry.

Circle

EditCircle color (For Mobile View):fact--brown    
EditCircle icon: icon-deforestation
EditCircle icon: fact--brown-stumps
 
EditResult value:2x
EditResult field:the global rate of deforestation
EditTitle:Deforestation
EditText:In Sub-Saharan Africa, firewood and brush supply approximately 52% of all energy sources, but Africa is suffering deforestation at twice the global rate. Madagascar, for example, has lost more than 90% of its original forest. What’s worse, deforestation also contributes to climate change and leads to the loss of important species and to erosion that puts Africans’ access to fresh water in severe danger. 

Row

Delete Row

Circle

EditCircle color (For Mobile View): fact--blue    
EditCircle icon:icon-fish
EditCircle icon:fact--blue-waves
 
EditResult value:50%
EditResult field:decline in fisheries jobs
EditTitle:Climate change
EditText:The African continent is particularly vulnerable to climate change. In fact, with 80% of the African population dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, it could cost as much as US$ 50 billion a year for Africa to adapt to the effects of climate change. Moreover, climate change could also mean a 50% decline in jobs related to fisheries.

Circle

EditCircle color (For Mobile View):fact--color-FCBC17    
EditCircle icon: icon-elephant
EditCircle icon: fact--yellow-currencies
 
EditResult value:35,000
EditResult field:elephants killed by poachers
EditTitle:Illegal wildlife trade
EditText:Wildlife trafficking is valued at more than US$ 7 billion a year, making it the globe’s fifth most lucrative illegal activity — and putting huge sums of money in the coffers of criminals, including terrorist groups. In 2012 alone, poachers killed 35,000 elephants, threatening to destabilize nations, hurt security forces and seriously harm local economies that depend on wildlife.
Add row
​​ ​​ ​​

Divider Shadow Line

Text with Image or Video

Remove this module

Title

EditHeader:CI's solutions
EditAnchor tag for sticky nav:solutions[Optional]

Sections

Image and Text

Edit Image Position:rightRight
EditSection Title:Engaging African leaders
Edit Section Title Style:h3--logomark--responsiveGray With Logo
EditImage URL: /SiteCollectionImages/ci_14715192.jpg
EditImage Description: Maasai women singing
EditText: CI looks for opportunities to partner with local and national leaders in Africa who are champions of the environment. We worked closely with the government of Botswana to create the Gaborone Declaration — a set of goals that, when put into action, place nature at the foundation of development. Ten African countries have already signed on.
READ MORE: The Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa
EditLink for Header and Image:[Optional]
EditPhoto Credit:© Marc Samsom 2008
EditPhoto RenditionID Medium:31[Optional]
Edit Photo RenditionID Large:9[Optional]

Image and Text

Edit Image Position:rightRight
EditSection Title:Evaluating the true value of African resources
Edit Section Title Style:h3--logomark--responsiveGray With Logo
EditImage URL: /SiteCollectionImages/ci_43061272.jpg
EditImage Description: Children in the Ankeniheny Zahamena Corridor, Madagascar.
EditText: Countries and corporations around the world are interested in accessing Africa’s natural wealth. And CI is helping to make sure that’s done responsibly. We’re using technology to collect near real-time data about the health of forests and farms, demonstrating the real dollar value of Africa’s natural resources and showing how conservation is good business.
READ MORE: Avoiding Deforestation in Madagascar
EditLink for Header and Image:[Optional]
EditPhoto Credit:© Conservation International/photo by Solofoniaina Ralaimihoatra
EditPhoto RenditionID Medium:31[Optional]
Edit Photo RenditionID Large:9[Optional]

Image and Text

Edit Image Position:rightRight
EditSection Title:Empowering local communities
Edit Section Title Style:h3--logomark--responsiveGray With Logo
EditImage URL: /SiteCollectionImages/ci_46186209.jpg
EditImage Description: Iron ore mining in Liberia.
EditText: Conservation is only effective when local societies take ownership of managing their resources in a sustainable and responsible way. Working on the ground to test new practices and policies, CI helps identify good approaches to conservation that communities, governments and others can effectively replicate in other areas.
READ MORE: Responsible Mining in Liberia’s Nimba Mountains
EditLink for Header and Image:[Optional]
EditPhoto Credit:© jbdodane/ jbdodane.com
EditPhoto RenditionID Medium:31[Optional]
Edit Photo RenditionID Large:9[Optional]
Add Image and TextAdd Video and TextAdd Image Thumbnail List

Divider Shadow Line

​Call to Action 3 Across (with background images)

Remove this module

Title

EditModule Title:What can you do?
EditBackground Image RenditionID:37
EditAnchor tag for sticky nav:actions[Optional]

Sections

Video Section

Edit Section Title:Watch
Edit Section subtitle:African leaders are answering the call for development solutions that value both people and the planet. Watch this video.
Edit Video ID:0DL4sjfyZOo
Edit Video Thumbnail (must be 16x9 pixel ratio):[Optional]
Edit Video Page URL:/pages/video.aspx
Edit Video image alt text:Video: Summit for Sustainability in Africa: Highlights
Edit Background image:/SiteCollectionImages/ci_78712405.jpg
Remove this section

Button Section

Edit Section Title:Say no to illegal wildlife products
Edit Section subtitle:Understand where your food, pets, ornaments, apparel and materials come from, and if in doubt, don't order or buy them.
Edit Button link:/pages/what-you-can-do-tips.aspx#say-no-to-illegal-wildlife-products
Edit Button text:Learn more
Edit Background image:/SiteCollectionImages/ci_16936603.jpg
Remove this section
Add Video SectionAdd Button SectionAdd Bulleted List Section

Call to Action 2 Across (Email + Donate)

Section Configuration

EditAnchor tag for sticky nav:[Optional]

Newsletter

EditNewsletter Title:Keep in touch
EditNewsletter Message:Get the latest updates on CI’s work in Africa — and the rest of our conservation efforts — delivered to your inbox.
EditNewsletter Confirmation Message Title:Thank you for joining
EditNewsletter Confirmation Message Text:You should expect to recieve a Welcome email and periodic updates on our work.
Substitute this section with text

Left Column Text

Edit Text Title:Text Title value
Edit Text Message:Text Message value
Make this section the Newsletter

Donate

EditDonate Title:Donate
EditDonate Message:Donate to CI to help empower Africa’s local communities.
EditDonate Button Text:Give now
EditDonate Button Link:Donate Button Link value
Substitute this section with text

Right Column Text

Edit Text Title:Text Title value
EditText Message:Text Message value
Make this section the Donate button
Remove this module

More of Our Work Links

Remove this module

Section Configuration

EditAnchor tag for sticky nav:[Optional]
EditImage RenditionID Small:21[Optional]
EditImage RenditionID Webkit:22[Optional]
EditImage RenditionID Medium:23[Optional]
EditImage RenditionID Webkit Medium:24[Optional]
EditImage RenditionID Large:25[Optional]
EditImage RenditionID Webkit Large:26[Optional]

First Image

EditTitle:Climate
EditImage:/SiteCollectionImages/ci_30785027.jpg
EditLink:/what/Pages/Climate.aspx
EditImage Alt Text:Night falls over Rio de Janeiro. © Nikada

Second Image

EditTitle:Wildlife Trade and Trafficking
EditImage:/SiteCollectionImages/ci_52852871.jpg
EditLink:/what/pages/wildlife-trade-and-trafficking.aspx
EditImage Alt Text:A leopard cat kitten at the Phnom Tamao Zoological Park and Wildlife Rescue Centre. © Conservation International/photo by Molly Bergen

Third Image

EditTitle:Working with Governments
EditImage:/SiteCollectionImages/ci_12892312.jpg
EditLink:/How/Pages/Working-with-Governments.aspx
EditImage Alt Text:Flags from all over the world. © Brasil2
---- Add Modules And Content Above Here ----