COP24: This time, Africa wants action on climate

COP24: This time, Africa wants action on climate

No more beating around the bush. That’s the message from Namibia, and from African climate activists and negotiators more broadly, as they head to Katowice, Poland, for the COP24 meeting. Formally known as the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the annual…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Uganda’s Museveni promises action on ‘blue economy’

Uganda’s Museveni promises action on ‘blue economy’

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda was among the top African leaders to deliver an address Monday during the opening session of the Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Museveni said he was at first skeptical about the summit on oceans and water resources, but came to the conclusion that marine…

Russia and Africa’s Islamic nations discuss youth, extremism

Representatives from Egypt, Senegal and Tunisia are attending the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group in Dagestan, a four-day session through Tuesday that included a working meeting on Monday. They were among 25 Islamic nations on hand for the event in the Caspian Sea city of Makhachkala, the Dagestan capital, and…

Ibrahim report sees concern for youth, economic opportunity

Despite strong GDP growth over the last ten years, Africa has failed to generate economic opportunities for its young population – and that spells trouble for a sustainable future. It’s a key finding of the 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), released Monday by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. The…

Africa’s micro firms are key to sustainable wood trade

Thousands of African businesses that rely on forests, whether to sell timber, make furniture or produce charcoal, need more support to ensure that woods are sustainably sourced and their work leads to better market access. That’s according to a new report from the Global Timber Forum (GTF) released in London…

New wildlife research makes case for funding African parks

People may think that African wildlife is already facing enough threat from climate change or illegal trafficking, but the continent’s preserves are facing up to USD$2 billion in funding shortfalls that threaten protected areas. That’s according to Peter Lindsey, director of the Lion Recovery Fund and co-author of new research…

Togo’s Gnassingbé talks energy at One Planet Summit

President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo was the only African leader to participate Wednesday on a high-level panel during One Planet Summit, held on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Gnassingbé and philanthropist Bill Gates, along with President Hilda Heine of the Marshall Islands, participated in a…

In Nairobi, it’s environment in focus at AMCEN

Environmental experts from 43 countries are gathered in Nairobi for the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), with the special session for ministers set for Wednesday. The meeting focuses on key issues ahead of Africa’s participation at COP24 in December in Poland, as well as an African Biodiversity Ministerial…

New technologies key to reforming Africa’s agriculture sector

Can drones save sub-Saharan Africa from starvation? That’s the question being asked by scientists, engineers, climatologists and politicians as climate change radically alters weather patterns and temperatures on the African continent, posing new challenges to a sector that is being asked to feed a rapidly growing population while simultaneously adapting…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Angola launches new wildlife protections to curb poaching

Angola’s Ministry of Environment is launching a new wildlife conservation initiative to assess the impact of poaching, and strengthen legal protections and enforcement. Aristófanes Fontes, the director of the National Institute of Biodiversity and Conservation Areas, tells state news agency ANGOP that national training, a licensing program and a law…