The global community must understand the importance of soil in order to protect it.
The road leading to the Etosha National Park East Gate at Fort Namutoni, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
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The presence of roads, even inside protected areas, may pose a significant threat to species.
The world’s leaders have tried to stop deforestation before, but have had little success.
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The pledge to end deforestation holds great potential, but Canada has some work ahead if it is to make meaningful progress on the new goal and stop ongoing forest and carbon loss.
Herder-farmer conflicts are on the rise in Ghana.
Critics have said that ranching is environmentally unsustainable because it results in land degradation. There are other reasons it’s not the solution.
A herd of elephants in Mali.
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Elephants avoided areas where others were poached.
A woman sells vegetables on the street in Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia in June 2021.
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To avoid a repeat of one of the worst humanitarian crises of recent times, Ethiopia needs all-inclusive national dialogue.
Humanity is destroying Earth’s ability to support complex life. But coming to grips with the magnitude of the problem is hard, even for experts.
Rural communities are dynamic and complex. Imposing innovations that don’t speak to the needs of these communities will inhibit rural development.
Underwater Kenya Wildlife Services offices at Lake Nakuru park.
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Because the forecast for rainfall in the Rift Valley basin is a rising trend, the lake levels look set to rise even more in the future.
A maize farmer in Kenya surveys his degraded land.
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Regreening Africa works directly with 500,000 households to restore one million hectares of agricultural land.
Insects are essential to the functioning of land and freshwater ecosystems but species populations are being lost at a rapid rate globally.
Bam, a province Burkina Faso, was once a migration source due to land degradation. This is changing thanks to soil and water conservation projects.
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Soil and water conservation projects can create fertile farmlands and change migration patterns linked to land degradation in Burkina Faso.
Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi.
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Building connections and grassroots efforts will sustain conservation over the long term.
Women fetching water from a borehole drilled by an aid foundation in Babile, Ethiopia.
Parts of Ethiopia will likely be hotter, drier, and more water stressed - with consequences for human and economic development.
Mining activities in South Africa’s rural areas tend to occur at the expense of local communities and the environment.
South Africa’s rural communities where mining licenses have been granted are often excluded from consultations and bear the brunt having their environment and livelihoods destroyed.
White-bearded wildebeest migrate through the Mara.
Four of the five contemporary migrations in East Africa are severely threatened and have virtually collapsed.
Over 90% of South Africa’s electricity comes from coal-fired power stations.
South Africa needs to wean itself off coal in a way that protects jobs and the environment.
One third of the world’s land has been severely degraded from its natural state.
A Land Degradation Surveillance framework could solve this problem by systematically measuring and tracking indicators of land health in Africa.
Sudden droughts are bad news for political stability worldwide.
A new international report makes for bleak reading on the state of the world’s soils. It predicts that land degradation will displace up to 700 million people worldwide by mid-century.