Biodiversity & Environment Africa is a fully digital, website-based platform – freely available to readers globally.
The primary objective of B & E Africa is to interpret and disseminate often complex academic research and environmental policies in a digestible and easy to understand format. B & E Africa strives to be a dynamic communications channel, bridging the gap between academic research findings and translating scientific literature into a format that anyone can appreciate and understand.
B & E Africa will cover a range of topics and carry out interviews with scientists, researchers, businesses, and politicians across the African continent and further afield. Some of the topics covered include:
- Biodiversity (focus on diversity and conservation of plants and animals)
- Biosecurity (the prevention of pathogens and invasive species)
- Climate change (global climate change)
- Community upliftment (environmental benefits to communities, tourism, bioprospecting)
- Conservation (endangered species, trade, poaching and conservation issues)
- Economy (financial economics and the environment)
- Ecotourism (safari and game lodges, ecotherapy, tourism, birding and hunting)
- Environmental management (landscaping, environmental scoping and impact assessments)
- Invasive species (spotlight on invasive animals and plants)
- Legislation (environmental law and legislation)
- Marine resources (fisheries and recreation)
- Recycling (waste management)
- Resource management (agriculture, forestry and mining)
- Sustainability (development and resource management)
- Technology (GIS, satellites and other technology used in environmental management)
- Water (water resource management & wetlands)
Publications and resources are available as downloadable PDFs, as well as regular online blog posts. It is our hope to make information available as far and wide as possible. In keeping with its environmental ethos, printing and distribution is effectively reduced, therefore striving towards a low carbon footprint and minimal use of natural resources. The website, www.biodiversitynature.com and blog articles therein, can easily be viewed in alternative languages by right clicking and using Google translate.
Never has environmental communications been as important and pertinent as it is in today’s rapidly changing, dynamic world. It is critical that people receive reliable information about biodiversity, conservation, and environmental issues. Just as important, communities need to understand why biodiversity is important in their daily lives and why environmental issues are personally relevant to their health and wellbeing. Given the levels of poverty across Africa, the challenges may seem insurmountable, but can be overcome strategically with foresight, dedication and consistency.
Traditional knowledge and consumption of natural resources must be integrated into sustainable biodiversity management strategies and communities need to see, and experience first-hand, the benefits of biodiversity. The benefits of ecosystem services need to be demonstrated clearly and practically. Africa must also be cautious of international and corporate investments which lead to environmental destruction and biodiversity loss for short-term profit. Such short-term financial gain and profits cannot be allowed to overrun long-term sustainable goals and biodiversity conservation objectives. As humans, we yield immense power over the natural world, but we have a moral and ethical responsibility to leave a legacy of natural wonder to the generations that follow, so that they too can experience the majestic roar of lions, the trumpeting of elephants, and the humble dung beetle in the African savanna.
It may seem idealistic to aim for environmental sustainability and conservation of biodiversity when many regions of Africa are suffering from prolonged civil conflict, disease and poverty, but these challenges can be overcome. It will however take dedication and resolve from politicians, and more importantly, Africa’s citizens. Thousands of game guards, wardens and environmental activists have lost their lives protecting biodiversity and natural assets across Africa. This alone goes to show that the will to protect is there. We owe it to these fallen heroes to ensure that their sacrifice will not be in vain.
Africa is custodian to some of the world’s most unique landscapes, plants, and animals. Elephant, rhino, gorillas and a plethora of less enigmatic but no less interesting creatures call this continent home. Nurturing an appreciation and spiritual connection to these plants, animals and landscapes is critical to ensuring their long-term survival. It is the continent’s youth that needs to be uplifted and guided to do this. Environmental education and resource management are essential skills that should be taught at every stage of a child’s education, from pre-school to tertiary level.