Thanks to green growth, Gabon is at the forefront of a sustainable Africa

  In 2011, Yale University ranked Gabon first among African countries for the Environmental Performance Index (EPI). This was no accident. In the last 5 years, Gabon has undertaken a deep transformation of its economy in order to follow a more sustainable model of economic development. Thanks to its efforts…

Maixent Accrombessi

Former senior executive in the financial services and import-export divisions of several French private companies, Maixent Accrombessi has risen within the Gabonese state apparatus since 1997.

COP21: the good and the bad for Africa

Just before global leaders gathered in December 2015 for the COP21, the world was inundated with news on the changes our climate has undergone in recent decades. The scientific and non-scientific communities released proofs demonstrating that the world is nearing the biggest man-made disaster in the history of mankind. Although the…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

How Africa can fight climate change by saving trees

“Paris is over. Now comes the hard part,” announced every obvious headline from the New York Times to the Bangkok Post, and most places in between. Heading back on the flight home, one wonders what the final signing of a climate change agreement really meant to delegates like Gabon, Democratic…

Thierry Durand

Thierry Durans is an environmental development consultant based in Paris with 5 years of experience of working in West Africa.

COP21 African Pavilion opens

On Friday the African Pavilion at COP21 was officially opened aimed at union and solidarity in the face of climate change. The President of Benin, Yayi Boni, spoke at the opening; “Africa did not come here (COP21) to beg for money or assistance but to bring about commitment of all…

Africa taking the fight to COP21

In the on-going COP21 summit in Paris, an occasion that has announced itself with all the resounding glory of a wet lettuce, fundamental decisions are being made about the planet’s future and, more importantly, the generations of people who will suffer by or benefit from them. But is Africa’s voice…

Monica Gitau

Monica is a freelance journalist based in Kenya

What will COP21 do for Africa?

“There is a lot of work to do here in Paris, and the stakes are very high, especially for the most vulnerable people and countries,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at COP21 today. “Science tells us we have only a few years left before the window could close on our…