Environment, Climate Change

See also: Environmental history | South Africa environment

Africa Files
Reprints articles (on AIDS, ecology, gender, NEPAD, youth, human rights, etc.) from the web such as Inter Press Service and AllAfrica.com stories plus original in-depth articles by its editors and others. . "a network of people committed to Africa through its promotion of human rights, economic justice, African perspectives and alternative analyses." The volunteer network included members of the former "Toronto Committee for the Liberation of Southern Africa (TCLSAC) which,... published the Southern Africa Report (SAR)." Based in Toronto, Canada. [KF] http://www.africafiles.org/

Africa Flood 2007
"2 million square miles of land inundated. 1.5 million people affected. The recent flooding in more than 18 African countries has been catastrophic....climate change experts are warning that such events may become a more regular feature in Africa." "swollen rivers spilled over their banks and washed away houses, bridges and roads, crops, livestock, entire communities." Statistics. Suggestions on what you can do. Maintained by faculty and students at the University of California, Berkeley. [KF] http://africafloods2007.googlepages.com/home

Africa Portal 
Policy research on Africa. Has a Digital Library and Experts Directory. Maintained by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI, Waterloo, Canada) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA, Johannesburg). [KF] http://www.africaportal.org/

Africa Water Page
Founded by South African civil engineer/consultant, Leonard Abrams Dec. 1996, "dedicated to the water sector in Africa. Issues addressed include water policy, water resource management, water supply and environmental sanitation, water conservation and demand management, and a variety of other issues." Has full-text documents (govt. white papers, articles, etc.) http://www.africanwater.org/index.htm

Reqires free registration to access. Was a virtual game preserve which closed down. Read the first part of the webcam's rise videoing live from waterholes in the Djuma Game Reserve (South Africa). The site hopes to reappear. In the meantime Djuma operates two Web cams at http://www.djuma.co.za. http://www.africam.com/

African Centre for Technology Studies (Nairobi, Kenya)
"An Institute for Policy Research & Training For Sustainable Development in Africa." "...an international non-governmental policy training and research institute...." The Centre is particularly concerned with environmental issues. Has full text Monographs on-line in PDF, full text Policy Briefs, full text Books, and Technical Reports. http://www.acts.or.ke
Full text reports on Ecological Sources of Conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa.
FAQ on Genetically Modified Organisms, GMO.
Its Institute offers courses in biotechnology, trade and agriculture, capacity building for sustainable development, negotiation in international law making, and interpretation and implementation of international agreements.

African Conservancy
The AC's "mission is to preserve African wildlife and traditional cultures." Supports Zambia's Northern Province Honorary Wildlife Police Officers Unit in its anti-poaching efforts.Works with the Zambia's Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) on wildlife education. Has an e-mail newsletter. Its founder is Corinne Waldenmayer. Sells sculpture, masks, kuba cloth. Also offers "safaris" from Lusaka. Based in Vista, California. http://www.africanconservancy.org/

African Conservation Foundation
Has appeals for funds to protect endangered species, lists expeditions, volunteer opportunities which require self funding, describes conservation projects by country, lists jobs, links to related sites. http://www.africanwebsites.net/

African Environment / Environnement africain (Dakar, Senegal)
Environmental Studies and Regional Planning Bulletin. Published by ENDA-Editions. Has the table of contents. Photocopies may be ordered. [KF] http://www.ajol.info/journal_index.php?jid=129&ab=ae

African Geographical Review
Published by the Africa Specialty Group within the Association of American Geographers. Formerly the East African Geographical Review founded in 1963 at Makerere University. Has the table of contents. Includes a tribute to co-founder the late Prof. Bryan W. Langlands (12 p. in PDF). http://www.macalester.edu/geography/agr/

African Journal of Environmental Assessment and Management
"...focuses exclusively on environmental issues in Africa." Has abstracts of articles. From Volume 5 Number 1, articles will be available free online in Word format to readers who provide their email address. The editors are based in Accra, Baltimore, and Montreal. http://www.ajeam-ragee.org/

African Parks Network
A "private sector park management institution" "manages parks in public-private partnerships with Governments on a long term basis, by combining world class conservation practice with business expertise." Parks in Dem. Rep. of the Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Sudan, Zambia. Funded by government agencies in the Netherlands, Germany, U.S. and private sources such as the Mo Ibrahim Family Trust. Offices in South Africa, Netherlands, U.S. http://www.african-parks.org/

African Primates at Home
Photographs, audio files, descriptions of primates taken during field research in Rwanda, Uganda, and Zaire. Brief description of Kibale Forest National Park, Parc National des Volcans, and Parc Nationial des Virunga. Site by M. K. Holder, with the Indiana University Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior. [KF] http://www.indiana.edu/~primate/primates.html

African Wildlife Resource
Has a taxonomic list for African wildlife with links to information from other sources such as the U.C. Berkeley Museum of Paleontology. Has links to sites for African national parks, wildlife conservation. Site is maintained by David Erickson who writes "while I am not a qualified scientist, this page will follow as best as possible.....taxonomic organization....". http://www.awr.net/

Afrol.com - Environment
Current news reports on environmental issues in Africa. Afrol.com, a news source about Africa, is based in Oslo, Norway. http://www.afrol.com/Categories/Environment/env_netscapeindex.htm

AllAfrica.Com - Environment News
Full text articles from African newspapers and from PANA, Pan African News Agency on African environmental issues. http://allafrica.com/environment/

American Museum of Natural History. Congo Expedition, May 1909-November 1915 (Conservation)
"In 1909,...Herbert Lang and James Chapin set sail for the Belgian Congo....By the time they sailed home five and one-half years later, they had collected tons of precious zoological and anthropological specimens..." http://diglib1.amnh.org/

  • Diaries of James Chapin ("At age 19, in 1909, James Chapin left New York for northeastern Congo where he served as Herbert Lang's assistant for the next five years. Chapin was interested in many aspects of Africa's natural history. Birds, however, were his passion, a fact borne out by these diaries.")
  • Biographies of James Paul Chapin and Herbert Lang, photographs (villages, primates), the watercolors of James Chapin including Congo mural paintings, birds, fish, reptiles, mammels.
  • Scientific Publications: "160 publications including 120 American Museum of Natural History publications based on the material collected by the 1909-1915 Congo Expedition, 12 British Museum publications by Barry Bolton on Congo ants, 11 publications on African ants by the South African Museum and affiliated organizations, and 17 Congo-related World Conservation Union (IUCN) publications." Includes Biodiversity in Sub-Saharan Africa and its islands, (Occasional papers of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, No. 6. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, 1990)
  • A central African map with layers. Select which features will appear on the map: protected areas, lakes, cities, roads, railroads, forest, mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, etc., a map of Chapin and Lang's travels, a database on specimens collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition.
  • A bibliographic essay on sources by Paula Willey, specially prepared bibliographies on Congo Conservation (314 citations), Description & Travel (1218 citations), Maps & Atlases (220 citations). [KF]

The Ants of West Africa
Covers "Geography & History; Ant Mosaics; Economic Importance of Ants; Biodiversity and Niches..." with chapters on Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria.  Discusses their role in cocoa plant disease. Has bibliographies, maps, illustrations, tables. By Brian Taylor, Visiting Academic, Department of Life Science, University of Nottingham (UK). In association with Dr. Francis S. Gilbert.   [KF] http://research.amnh.org/entomology/social_insects/ants/westafrica/antcover.htm

Anzuluni, Floribert and Brad Brooks-Rubin - America's Past and Present Collide in the Democratic Republic of Congo
On the importance of the Dem. Rep. of the Congo for climate solutions and green technology. The Wilson Quarterly is published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC. https://www.wilsonquarterly.com/quarterly/reconcilable-differences/americas-past-and-present-collide-in-the-democratic-republic-of-congo

Arid Lands Newsletter
Published by the Office of Arid Lands Studies, University of Arizona. The 1994-1996 issues are online. No. 40 (Fall 1996) features "The Convention to Combat Desertification, Part 1: Africa and the Mediterranean." It includes articles on Kenya and Mali and linkes to web resources on desertification. To subscribe to the Newsletter by email, send email to: majordomo@ag.arizona.edu
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Batterbury, Simon
Dr. Batterbury is Senior Lecturer, School of Anthropology, Geography & Environmental Studies (SAGES), University of Melbourne, Australia. Has his paper on current trends in the West African Sahel (25 years after the great drought) and a 25 p. report on the conference, "The Sahel region; assessing progress twenty-five years after the great drought.".http://www.simonbatterbury.net

Bujagali Energy Ltd.
Site for the hydroelectric power project proposed for the Victoria Nile River near the Town of Jinja, in Uganda. Documents and maps such as the Social & Environmental Assessment (SEA) Reports. Based in Jinja, Uganda. http://www.bujagali-energy.com/

Burns, Wil - Bibliography: Climate Change and its Impact on Biodiversity
Prepared by Wil Burns, Co-Chair, American Society of International Law, Wildlife Interest Group. Citations only, includes references to the impact on Africa. Covers journal articles, newspaper articles, reports and materials on the Internet. Will be updated. http://www.eelink.net/~asilwildlife/wildlife.html

California Academy of Sciences. Gulf of Guinea Islands Biodiversity Project
Includes an account (with photographs) of a trip, April - May 2001, to São Tomé and Principé, recounted by Robert C. Drewes (Curator and Chairman, Department of Herpetology) and Fabio Penny. The trip documented "the diversity of everything from mammals to diatoms, or tiny planktonic algae,.." Includes meeting with Maria das Neves Batista de Sousa, São Tomé's Minister of the Economy. [KF] http://www.calacademy.org/explore-science/ the Academy Expeditions

CARE - Virtual Field Trip to Madagascar
Describes CARE's health and community development programs, Mahavelona (including a village school) which was devastated by Cyclone Bonita in 1996, a visit to the P?rinet Reserve home to many lemurs, work to save the rain forests of Masoala National Park. http://www.care.org/virtual_trip/madagascar/

Centre Technique de Cooperation Agricole et Rurale / Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
In French and English. "Established in 1983 under the Lomé Convention between the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) Group of States and the European Union Member States. Since 2000, CTA has operated within the framework of the ACP-EC Cotonou Agreement. CTA's tasks are to develop and provide services that improve access to information for agricultural and rural development,..." Promotes rural radio for development, provides CD-ROMs or internet access for rural development. Purchase their publications online. Based in Wageningen, Netherlands.[KF] http://www.cta.int

Cercle International pour la Promotion de la Création, CIPCRE
In French and English. Christian NGO concerned with ecology, sustainable development. Annual reports are online. Based in Bafoussam, Cameroun. http://www.cipcre.org/

CERCOPAN, Centre for Education, Research and Conservation of Primates and Nature
"Founded in 1994 by Zena Tooze, CERCOPAN is a non-profit, non-government organization based in Cross River State, Nigeria. CERCOPAN has established an international research and education centre for the study of non-human primates, biodiversity research, forest management and conservation in Cross River State’s tropical rainforest north of Calabar." http://www.cercopan.org/

Checklist of Online Vegetation and Plant Distribution Maps
Has links to vegetation/forest maps of Africa, Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the Indian Ocean. Compiled by Claire Englander of the Univ. of California-Berkeley, University & Jepson Herbaria/SMASCH Project, and Philip Hoehn, formerly with Stanford University's Earth Science Library. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/vegmaps.html

CITES, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
CITES is an international agreement between governments. http://www.cites.org/

Community Partnerships for Sustainable Resource Management in Malawi (COMPASS)
"Community-Based Natural Resource Management initiatives at national, district and local levels. Full text documents are online (First National Conference 2001, natural resource based enterprises in Malawi, Crocodile and Hippopotamus Management in the Lower Shire, etc.) COMPASS is a development activity funded by USAID/Malawi and implemented by Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) of Bethesda, Maryland U.S.A. in collaboration with Development Management Associates of Lilongwe, Malawi." http://www.compass-malawi.com/

Conserve Africa Foundation(London)
"...independent non-profit international environmental organisation set up by a network of NGOs, public institutions and individuals in Africa and in the North, who are involved in issues pertaining to sustainable development of Africa." Has a discussion forum, Conserve Africa. A section on Medicinal plants and natural products. Articles such as Overview on Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine in Africa, in PDF. Has a volunteer and internship program. Directory of other African environmental NGOs. "You are expected to meet all your living, accommodation and travel expenses." [KF] http://www.conserveafrica.org.uk/

Coral Reefs - Action Atlas
Site by Mother Jones magazine and the Coral Reef Alliance in Berkeley, California on endangered coral reefs in Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Comoros, Seychelles, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Reunion.
Main page: http://www.motherjones.com/coral_reef/
African coral reefs: http://www.motherjones.com/coral_reef/indian_ocean.html

Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG)
Concerned with the conservation of alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and gharials in the wild, their use as bushmeat. Their Newsletter has articles on crocodiles in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Congo (Brazzaville), Zambia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, etc. Based at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, Florida. [KF] http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/natsci/herpetology/crocs.htm

Earthlife Africa (Johannesburg)
Based in South Africa (branch in Namibia), environmental issues such as toxic waste dumping in South Africa, air polllution, nuclear reactors, gill nets, the Nigerian Ogoni struggle, animals rights, flouridation. Has a mailing list for news on the environment in South Africa. http://www.earthlife.org.za/

Earth Network for Sustainable Development
The Earth Council, based in Costa Rica, is an international NGO created in 1992 to promote implementation of the Earth Summit agreements. Members include Ms. Wagaki Mwangi (Kenya) and Chief (Mrs.) Bisi Ogunleye (Nigeria). The site has directories of African environment-related organizations and NGOs, reports on "Implementing Sustainable Development. Experiences and Recommendations from National and Regional Consultations for the Rio+5 Forum." with reports on Africa: http://www.ecouncil.ac.cr/rio/natreg/afrmidea/Afrme.htm
Earth Network: http://www.ecouncil.ac.cr/

Eastern Arc Mountains Information Source
"The Eastern Arc Mountains are a chain of mountains in Kenya and Tanzania that are influenced by the Indian Ocean....These mountains are recognized as one of 24 globally important "hot spots" for forest biodiversity according to Conservation International." Has a directory of organizations (Kenya, Tanzania, U.S.), map with links to photographs and reports. Part of the Bugwood Network hosted by the University of Georgia and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service. http://www.easternarc.org/

EcoCultureTours Zanzibar
A non-profit making NGO. "The objectives of our organisation are to foster sustainable economic development on Zanzibar and to protect the environment....the organisation implements a micro enterprises development project funded by the Austrian Government." "Our aim is to encourage local micro entrepreneurs to enter into environmentally and cultural friendly income generating activities that cater for the growing tourism industry on the isle." Based in Zanzibar. http://www.ecoculture-zanzibar.org

ECOFAC, Conservation et utilisation rationnelle des Ecosyst?mes Forestiers d'Afrique Centrale.
In French.  ECOFAC, funded by the European Union, is concerned with the environment and biodiversity of forests, animal life, etc. in the Cameroun, Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Sao Tome. Has the full text of its bulletin, Canop?e, on line. http://www.ecofac.org/

EcoNews Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)
An NGO founded by Kenyans which analyses environment and development issues from an African perspective. Has full text articles from its newsletter. Offers training in community media (radio, theatre, newsletters, video, etc.) http://www.econewsafrica.org/

The Elephants of Cameroon
"Join the North Carolina Zoo and a team of researchers on an interactive project to track and study elephants in northern Cameroon." Includes lessons & activities for K12, photographs, information on Cameroon's natural environment, links to related sites. Part of the Field Trip Earth site. http://www.fieldtripearth.org/div_index.xml?id=3

A non-profit on-line environmental information resource. Has an e-magazine, One World (based in Austin, Texas) with articles on the Kalahari Desert (excerpts from The Harmless People by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas) and Ethiopia. There is a search facility which locates information on toxic waste dumping in African countries for example. http://www.envirolink.org/

The "first environmental conference to take place entirely on the internet". Sponsored by the Institute of Chemical Engineers. Has papers, discussion. You need to register (for free) to access the main sections. http://www.environment97.org

Environmental Defence Fund (New York City)
"Questions Concerning The World Bank and Chad/Cameroon Oil and Pipeline Project. Makings of a New Ogoniland? Corporate Welfare Disguised as Aid to the Poor?" By Korinna Horta, Economist, Environmental Defense Fund. March 1997. 11 page report concerning development of Chad oil fields with a pipeline through Cameroon by Exxon, Shell and ELF to be funded by the World Bank and others. http://www.edf.org/pubs/Reports/c_chadcam.html

Environmental Law Institute. African Environmental Law & Policy
The ELI's goal is "To advance environmental protection by improving law, policy, and management." Its Africa Program works with NGOs and governments. Has a directory of web sites organized by environmental issue or country (only has Namibia [mixed in with Swaziland], Zambia, Zimbabwe). Based in Washington, D.C. [KF] http://www.eli.org/africa.htm

Essential Action - Boycott Shell
About Shell and other oil companies operating in the Niger Delta. Campaigns for environmental justice/corporate accountability. See also their e-mail list: Shell-Nigeria-Action. http://www.essentialaction.org/shell/

Essential Action & Global Exchange - "Oil For Nothing: Multinational Corporations, Environmental Destruction, Death and Impunity in the Niger Delta"
Full text report in html and Adobe .pdf format. 28 pages. Essential Action, based in Washington, D.C., was "created to alert activists to current international campaigns and activities." http://www.essentialaction.org/shell/report/

Florida Geographic Alliance - Africa 6th
Lesson Plans From the 1992 Geography Academy for Teachers. "Florida Geographic Alliance is a professional organization affiliated with the National Geographic Society...and housed at the Florida State University....It is comprised of Primary, Secondary, Community College, and University Geography Educators,...." Lessons plans for studying African topics. http://fga.freac.fsu.edu/academy/

Forest Conservation Archives and Portal
Find full text articles from their large database. Has for ex. stories on Jacques Ngoun, leader of the Bagyeli being displaced by an oil pipeline. Also has African Rainforest Conservation News & Information--1998 & Earlier. The mission of Forests.org is to "contribute to the conservation of rainforests, forests, biodiversity, indigenous cultures and the climate..." [KF] http://forests.org/

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
A collaborative project with the Rutgers Univ. Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis to produce a GIS database of the mountain gorilla habitat for the purpose of protecting the gorilla population.  Has photos and videos. http://www.gorillafund.org/  also the Mountain Gorilla Geomatics Project: http://www.informatics.org/gorilla/

Friends of Conservation (London)
Founded in 1982, its first projects were in Kenya's Masai Mara. "The latest projects to receive support are in Romania, Spain, Brazil, Zimbabwe and Uganda." http://www.foc-uk.com/

Gabon National Parks
Information on all the parks, a map. "In a move that sets a new standard in African conservation, the nation of Gabon, which contains some of the most pristine tropical rainforests on earth, announced today that it will set aside 10 percent of its land mass for a system of national parks. Up to this point, Gabon had no national park system. The Gabonese government has been working closely with The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) on conservation issues for the past ten years." - Sept. 4, 2002 press release from the Wildlife Conservation Society. Also describes protected areas. [KF} http://www.gabonnationalparks.com/gnp-nationalparks

Geo e-Links Africa
"...map portal to sustainable rural development experiences" Find case studies through a digital map of Africa. Case study sites can be viewed against base maps, FAO soil maps,and precipitation, agroclimate maps. "Case study topics include parks, wildlife, and biodiversity conservation; forest management and forestation, sustainable agriculture, agroforestry and agroecosystem management; soil and water conservation, and management of grasslands or other grazing resources." Find studies by category, country, environmental context, and other parameters. Maintained by Development Ecology Information Service, Alexandria, Virginia.

Geomatics Nigeria Limited
A Nigerian environmental management and remote sensing - GIS company with offices in Lagos and Ibadan.  It produces 1:250,000 land use and vegetation maps, state environmental action plans, and forest management plans. Describes its projects in hydrogeology, tropical forestry, geotechnical engineering and environmental management. http://www.geoniger.com

Global Forest Watch
"...an international data and mapping network..." "Global Forest Watch began its work in 1997 in...Cameroon, Canada, Gabon, and Indonesia." Also works in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text reports include: An Analysis of Access to Central Africa's Rainforests (26 pages, in Adobe pdf), An Overview of Logging in Cameroon (72 pages), A First Look at Logging in Gabon (56 pages), Monitoring for Impact - Lessons on Natural Resources Monitoring from 13 NGOs (2 vols., has case studies from Cameroon, Nigeria, Angola). Create interactive maps for Cameroon and Gabon (showing logging concessions, protected areas); also has an African continent interactive forest map. Provides downloadable data (over 35 gigabytes of map data); one must register first. [KF] http://www.globalforestwatch.org/english/gabon/

Global Population Distribution Database
"This project has provided a population database depicting the worldwide distribution of population in a 1X1 latitude/longitude grid system. The database is unique, firstly, in that it makes use of the most recent data available (1990). Secondly, it offers true apportionment for each grid cell....." The database, by Yi-Fan Li, consists of 3 datasets compiled in dBase IV format. It was prepared for the UN Environment Programme. http://grid2.cr.usgs.gov/globalpop/1-degree/

Global Witness (London)
"...focuses on areas where profits from environmental exploitation fund human rights abuses." Has no political affiliation. Full text reports such as:

Goldman Environmental Prize
2009 Prize winner is Marc Ona Essangui. The Goldman Prize is the world's largest prize program honoring grassroots environmentalists. "Marc Ona led efforts to publicly expose the unlawful agreements behind a huge [Chinese] mining project threatening the sensitive ecosystems of Gabon’s equatorial rainforests." Based in San Francisco. http://www.goldmanprize.org/
Winners of the 2006 Prize included Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor from Liberia. He "exposed evidence that Liberia President Charles Taylor used the profits of unchecked, rampant logging to pay the costs of a brutal 14-year civil war..."
Other African awardees are:

  • Rutagarama, Eugene - Goldman Environmental Prize 2001 - Mr. Rutagara "risked his life and reached out across ethnic and political boundaries to preserve precious habitat for [Rwanda's Volcano National Park's] 355 mountain gorillas, about half the number remaining worldwide."
  • Peal, Alexander - Goldman Environmental Prize 2000 - "Since the mid -1970s, Alexander Peal, has been a primary champion of [Liberia's] forest conservation and wildlife preservation efforts." He is the President and founder of the Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia (SCNL).
  • Nguiffo, Samuel - 1999 Goldman Environmental Prize - "Cameroon,...is the continent's largest exporter of raw timber. To its north, the forests of West Africa have been largely depleted. As the gatekeeper to the Congo Basin, Cameroon is an important indicator for the future of the entire region." "Samuel Nguiffo, 33, directs the Center for Environment and Development (CED) in Cameroon's capital, Yaounde. A lawyer by training, Nguiffo has devoted himself to the Herculean task of stopping the liquidation of the region's forests for short-term profit."

Goodall (Jane) Institute
"The Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation, a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation, was founded in California......" Now based in Washington, D.C. Includes the habitat, social organization and communications of chimpanzees, history of the Gombe Stream Reserve, a biography of Goodall, comment by Goodall on the origin of HIV-1 in chimpanzees, the Roots and Shoots group for children and young people, a list of Goodall's books/videos. May have internship and volunteer positions.   [KF]   http://www.janegoodall.org

Google Earth
Combines satellite imagery & maps. Need to download the software which is free for personal use. (See computer requirements, need Windows 2000 or XP, 400 MB disk space minimum). Fly from city to city. See the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, planes' eye views of Kinshasa, Dar es Salaam, Luanda, etc. Click on the Borders check box to see country borders. Very useful for seeing the location of lakes, bays in relation to cities, etc. The Keyhold Community site has an Education discussion area for teachers and students using the maps. [KF] http://earth.google.com/
Africa Megaflyover is a 2004 account by Michael Fay of the conservation impact of human activity on various parts of Africa. You need to download the Google Earth software to your computer to see the linked accounts. http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/megaflyover/index.html
The Jane Goodall Institute: Gombe Chimpanzee - "Follow the life of chimpanzees and conservation efforts in Gombe National Park, Tanzania." You need to have Google Earth on your computer.

Gorillas Online
Extensive directory of annotated web sites on gorillas. Has original photographs of gorillas, information on the population and distribution of gorillas, news articles, genetics, a bibliography, links to other sites. By Tim Knight who has created many other conservation and wildlife sites. [KF] http://www.selu.com/bio/gorilla/index.html

Gorongosa National Park / Parque Nacional da Gorongosa
News about the park, conservation projects with the local community, travel tourism information, history & stories about the park from the 1900s to date. Photographs. http://www.gorongosa.net

Great Lakes Region - Environmental Aspects of the African Great Lakes Region
From the United Nations Environment Programme, Global Resource Information Database (UNEP/GRID). Has landsat maps of the Lac Kivu area showing population centers of refugees, maps illustrating land cover, elevation, human population growth, vegetation, etc. and related Great Lakes and gorilla conservation websites. http://grid2.cr.usgs.gov/greatlakes/

Green Belt Movement (Nairobi, Kenya)
An NGO founded in 1977 by Wangari Maathai (Ph.D). Focuses on environmental conservation and community development. Runs Green Belt Safaris Ltd. providing eco tourism. See also: Wangari Maathai. http://www.greenbeltmovement.org/

Environmental news in Namibia. "Each day GREENINFO will distribute direct to your e-mail address, the headline and first fifty or so words of environmental news articles appearing in the local [Namibian] press. A live link to the newspaper's website is provided should you wish to read the whole article." Past messages are online. http://green.namweb.com.na

Provides environmental information for resource management and decision-making for Africa. Maps & charts - water scarcity in Africa, Africa's urban growth rate, East Africa cheetahs and wildebeest, South Africa biodiversity, Uganda bio fuels, slums conditons (Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe), sanitation & water sources in Tanzania, forest land area and fuelwood production in Zambia, forest land area & wood production in Zimbabwe. Land acquisition. African elephant crisis. "GRID-Arendal a centre collaborating with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),"  Based in Norway. http://www.grida.no/

Guinea. Direction Nationale de l'Environnement. Environnement et Biodiversite
In French. Introduction a la diversite biologique en Guinee, Programmes et Plans d'Action, directory of individuals in environmental protection, information and documentation centres in Guinee, facts about Guinea, maps. [KF] http://www.mirinet.com/gn_env/

Gulf of Guinea Islands' Biodiversity Network
"This website aims to provide information about the biodiversity, and its conservation, of the four Gulf of Guinea islands of Bioko, Pr?ncipe, S?o Tom? and Annob?n." Includes full text reports on birds, fish, plants, trees, wild animals, links to related sites, abstracts of research papers, a species list (reptiles, amphibians, birds), etc. From the Gulf of Guinea Conservation Group which is based on the island of S?o Tom?. http://www.ggcg.st

IBISCUS, Systeme d'information sur les pays en developpement (Paris)
The association IBISCUS was created in 1983 by the French Ministry of Cooperation to collect, organize and disseminate Third World development information. Has a directory, by country, of environment-related organizations. http://www.ibiscus.fr/

IDA-Africa, In Defense of Animals - Africa
"...a non-governmental organization in the Republic of Cameroon. Its mission is to provide a sanctuary in a natural environment for captive chimpanzees in Cameroon and to wage a conservation campaign aimed at saving the country's remaining wild chimpanzees." Newsletter, information on the bushmeat trade, adopt-a-chimpanzee-program. Based in Beaverton, Oregon. [KF] http://www.ida-africa.org/

ILWIS Africa
Integrated Land and Water Information System, ILWIS is a software program, geographical information system and remote sensing software, developed by ITC in the Netherlands. The software can be used for rural development or environmental monitoring. http://www.itc.nl/personal/ilwisdev/index.html

Indian Ocean and South-East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding
"...an intergovernmental agreement that aims to protect, conserve, replenish and recover marine turtles and their habitats of the Indian Ocean and South-East Asian region" Database of projects by country. Based in Bangkok, Thailand. http://www.ioseaturtles.org/index.php

Institut de recherche pour le développement. Laboratoire de cartographie appliquée (Bondy, France)
In French. Publishes printed maps, atlases, cdroms. On-line maps can be downloaded. Maps include Togo land degradation. Has SPHAERA, a database of citations to African maps from sources world-wide; the same citations can be accessed through a clickable map. There is a catalog of maps produced by the IRD. Provides a GIS software program, Savane. Savane has been used by workers in refugee camps in Kenya, Bamako, Mali, and Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. The IRD, l’Institut de recherche pour le développement, was (formerly ORSTOM), based in Paris, France. [KF] http://www.bondy.ird.fr/carto/labo.html
Full text publications on-line include:

Integrated Approaches to Participatory Development (IAPAD)
Uses Participatory 3D Modelling (P3DM) to merge "indigenous technical knowledge and traditional spatial information." "Participatory 3-D Modeling (P3-DM) is the community-based tool which merges Geographic Information System (GIS)-generated data and peoples' knowledge to produce a stand-alone relief model." You must register to use the database. Based in Milan, Italy. http://www.iapad.org

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC
Won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with U.S. Vice-President Al Gore. "the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988. It is open to all members of the UN and WMO." Based in Geneva, Switzerland. [KF] http://www.ipcc.ch/

International Institute for Environment and Development (London)
Independent, non-profit whose "...principal aim is to improve the management of natural resources so that communities and countries of the South can improve living standards without jeopardising their resource base." http://www.iied.org/
Has full text documents (in Adobe PDF):

  • Dynamics of irrigated rice farming in Mali
  • In the Balance? Evaluating Soil Nutrient Budgets for an Agro-Pastoral Village of Southern Mali
  • Economic Valuation of Communal Rangelands in Botswana
  • Farmers' Perceptions and Sustainable Land Use in the Atacora, Benin
  • Farmers' Knowledge of soil fertility and local management strategies in Tigray, Ethiopia
  • Managing fragile soils: A case study from North Wollo, Ethiopia
  • Sustainable Livestock Management in the Kalahari
  • Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Siaya District, Kenya
  • Participatory Research on Compost and Liquid Manure in Kenya
  • Policies on the cultivation of vleis in Zimbabwe and local resistance to their enforcement

International Institute for Sustainable Development
Not specifically Africa-oriented. Based in Winnipeg, Canada.  "...established in 1990 with continuing financial support from Environment Canada, CIDA and the Province of Manitoba." Has a Sustainable Development Chronology/Timeline from the 1960s to 1990s. http://iisd.ca/contents.htm

International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN
"IUCN is a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and some 10,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries." "Founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization." Describes their work in Africa. Based in Gland, Switzerland. http://cms.iucn.org/
Full text documents on-line such as "Best Practice Guidelines for Reducing the Impact of Commercial Logging on Great Apes in Western Equatorial Africa"; the Red List of Threatened Species.

IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre
Based in The Hague, netherlands has many African projects. Their mission is to help people in developing countries "get the best water and sanitation services they can afford." http://www.oneworld.org/ircwater/

Kenya Wildlife Service (Nairobi, Kenya)
Describes the national parks includes historical background, biodiversity / conservation programs. http://www.kenya-wildlife-service.org

Kilimanjaro Adventure Travel
Hosts a Gorilla Help Site with information on the mountain gorillas and numerous links to related gorilla and primate sites including the Jane Goodall Institute. Also links to the World Society for the Protection of Animals. http://www.kilimanjaro.com/

Information and communications technology (esp. mobile technology) for conservation in developing countries, emphasizing low-cost, grassroots, sustainable solutions. Work in Nigeria, Zambia, South Africa, Uganda and Mozambique. Includes the report, Mobile Phones: an Appropriate Tool for Conservation & Development ? (in PDF), and Ken Banks blog. Ken Banks is Managing Director. http://www.kiwanja.net

Kristof, Nicholas D. - Our Gas Guzzlers, Their Lives
June 28, 2007 article on the disastrous results in African countries of greenhouse gas emissions. and global warming. CARE staff member - " the negative impact of the West’s carbon emissions will overwhelm the positive effects of aid." Cites crop failtures in Burundi on Lake Tanganyika where "the shoreline has retreated 50 feet" http://select.nytimes.com/2007/06/28/opinion/28kristof.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Land Cover and Land Use Change in Tropical Rainforest of Africa
"In this study, we propose to use high resolution satellite imagery to map areas of forest clearing and general land cover types for the entire Central African tropical region." "The resulting land cover map will be integrated in a socio-economic study to assess the trends and patterns of deforestation by including demographic and social and environmental policies." Concerns Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Zaire. By Sasan Saatchi and Al Wong, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Cailfornia.  http://southport.jpl.nasa.gov/centralafrica/africa.html

Lawyers' Environmental Action Team (LEAT)
"...the first public interest environmental law organization in Tanzania....established in 1994...Its mission is to ensure sound natural resource management and environmental protection in Tanzania. LEAT carries out policy research, advocacy, and selected public interest litigation. Its membership largely includes lawyers concerned with environmental management and democratic governance in Tanzania. Press releases, full text documents, information on a controversy surrounding the Bulyanhulu Gold Mine, etc. [KF] http://www.leat.or.tz/

Legal Assistance Centre (Windhoek)
"The LAC is a non-profit public interest law centre in Namibia, southern Africa. It litigates only in the public interest: where a case is likely to have an impact beyond the people directly involved." Its AIDS Law Unit addresses the issue of discrimination. Other units: constitutional rights, gender advocacy, juvenile justice, land / environment, legal education. Has some full text court cases. [KF] http://www.lac.org.na/

Lesotho. Department of Environment
Was formerly the National Environment Secretariat. Full text documents such as the National Implementation Plan 2005 - 93 pages; Assessment of Environmental Information Systems in Lesotho - 78 pages and more. Full text environment-related laws on online. http://www.environment.gov.ls/

Live Earth
"...a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series of 7/7/07 that will bring together more than 150 music artists....to inspire a global movement to "Answer the Call" and combat the climate crisis." The Johannesburg, South Africa concert featured Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Danny K, Joss Stone, The Parlotones, The Soweto Gospel Choir, UB40, Vusi Mahlasela, and Zola. "Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is the Chair of the Alliance for Climate Protection and a Partner of Live Earth." http://www.liveearth.org/

Maathai, Wangari
On October 8, 2004 it was announced that Dr. Maathai had won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for the Kenyan activist's contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace. She is the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize:

  • Nobel Peace Prize: biography, text and video of her speech, text and video of an interview, photographs. http://nobelprize.org/peace/laureates/2004/
  • BBC Annoucement: includes a profile, text of the Nobel Committee announcement, commentary on the Peace Prize, etc. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3726024.stm
  • Green Belt Movement: Dr. Maathai's organization

Major Biomes of the World
Concerns the"climate, vegetation, structure and growthforms, soil, subclimaxes, fauna, and distribution for eight different biomes." African areas include the tropical forest, tropical savanna, and desert. Maintained by Dr. Susan Woodward, Prof. of Geography, Radford University (Virginia, USA). http://www.runet.edu/~swoodwar/CLASSES/GEOG235/biomes/main.html

Mesob.org (Addis Ababa)
Directories (with addresses, email) of Ethiopian NGOs, of HIV/AIDS education organizations in Ethiopia, environmental work in Ethiopia. Has, in Adobe PDF format, a 20 page Development Directory. Sends out an e-mail bulletin of information on NGO activities in Ethiopia. [KF] http://www.mesob.org

Michigan State Univ., Program on the Lakes of East Africa
"(PLEA) is a research, training, and service program of the African Studies Center of Michigan State University in collaboration with the fisheries research institutes of Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda. PLEA does research on Lakes Victoria and Malawi on the Anthropology and Sociology of fisheries management and development, women and gender, environmental policy, the socioeconomic impacts of species introductions, and relations of production . PLEA trains African and international scholars in fisheries socioeconomics and provides bibliographic databases, conferences, and consultancies." Maintained by Doug Wilson. http://www.isp.msu.edu/AfricanStudies/Plea/pleatop.htm

Mountain Voices
A rich resource. "interviews with over 300 people who live in mountain and highland regions round the world. Their testimonies offer a personal perspective on change and development." To access the interviews, one needs to register and fill out a questionnaire. Interviews from Lesotho, Kenya, Ethiopia, gathered by the Oral Testimony Programme of the Panos Institute. Topics discussed include agriculture, community, conflict, culture, development, economics, education, employment, environment, family life, festivals, food security, forestry, gender, health, history, identity, industry, crime, land, migration, politics, spiritual beliefs, tourism, etc. [KF] http://www.mountainvoices.org/

Mozambique. Minist?rio para a Coordena??o da Ac??o Ambiental. SDNP (Sustainable Development Networking Programme in Mozambique)
Site in Portuguese. Includes a directory of addresses for ministries and research institutes, online selected articles from its monthly journal, MocAmbiente from No. 16, 1997 +  and of Eco Jornal, (Boletim do Grupo de Trabalho Ambiental), from 1997 Agosto + , information on LINK-Forum de ONGs, list of laws affecting the environment, Rede para o Desenvolvimento Sustent?vel em Mo?ambique, etc. http://www.mozambique.mz/eindex.htm

Myers, Norman - Jouney of an Environmental Scientist
1998 interview with Myers, an environmental scientist and Fellow at Green College, Oxford University. He was a colonial administrator in Kenya in 1958 and has played a leading role in alerting the world to the loss of biodiversity. Includes Myers' photographs of Kenya's wildlife. [KF] http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people/Myers/myers-con0.html

Namibia. Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Directorate of Environmental Affairs
Extensive site with many documents, maps, ArcView shapefiles. Section for students, e-mail addresses of staff. Documents can take a very long time to download. [KF] http://www.dea.met.gov.na/

Namibia Nature Foundation (Windhoek, Namibia)
"...to promote sustainable development, the conservation of biological diversity and natural ecosystems, and the wise and ethical use of natural resources for the benefit of all Namibians..." Lists projects, has links to related sites. [KF] http://www.nnf.org.na

National Geographic
The Okavango region of Botswana and its wildlife is the featured site for Nov. 1996, designed for K-12. Useful links to related wildlife sites.http://www.nationalgeographic.com/okavango/index.html
Main site: http://www.nationalgeographic.com

National Public Radio / National Geographic Society - Megatransect / Congotrek
Dr. Michael Fay, biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society, has been walking 1,200 miles through the Republic of Congo, Cameroon, and Gabon surveying the area "so that conservationists and African governments can assess which areas are most important to protect." Has Fay's audio journals (requires sound card, Real Player), photographs with captions, K-12 classroom ideas, links to related sites. Discusses effects of deforestation.[KF]
NPR: http://www.npr.org/programs/re/archivesdate/2000/oct/001016.mega.html
National Geographic - Congotrek: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/congotrek/
Criticism of the program can be found in the Discussion Logs on H-Africa, October 17-20, 2000, called "NPR's Africa."

Natural History Book Service Ltd., NHBS
Mail-order bookstore in Totnes, Devon, U.K., supplies environmental books. Books on Africa are arranged by region. http://www.nhbs.co.uk:80/booknet/ge9.html

Nature Kenya
Nature Kenya, a site for biological diversity, has an African birding section and publishes Scopus, the journal of the Bird Committee of the East Africa Natural History Society, Kenya Birds and other newsletters. Based in Nairobi, Kenya. http://www.naturekenya.org/index.html

Nature Magazine - "Catastrophic Ape Decline in Western Equatorial Africa"
Article in Nature magazine, April 6, 2003, by Dr. Peter D. Walsh and others, warns that gorillas and chimpanzees could become extinct from western equatorial Africa (Gabon, Republic of the Congo) within 10 years. The cause is Ebola and hunting. See also the New York Times, April 7, 2003, "Gorillas and Chimps in Peril, Report Says" by James Gorman. http://www.nature.com/

Nature Magazine - Climate change decreases aquatic ecosystem productivity of Lake Tanganyika, Africa
By Catherine M. O'Reilly and others. August 14, 2003. Full text article. "climate warming is diminishing productivity in Lake Tanganyika, East Africa." Catches have dropped approx. 40% since the 1970s. http://www.nature.com/

Network for Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa (NESDA)
NESDA, based in Abidjan, is concerned with promoting environmentally sustainable development in Africa. Has the 1995-1996 issues of its newsletter and an environmental atlas covering Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe. http://www.rri.org/nesda

Nguiffo, Samuel - 1999 Goldman Environmental Prize
"Cameroon,...is the continent's largest exporter of raw timber. To its north, the forests of West Africa have been largely depleted. As the gatekeeper to the Congo Basin, Cameroon is an important indicator for the future of the entire region." "Samuel Nguiffo, 33, directs the Center for Environment and Development (CED) in Cameroon's capital, Yaounde. A lawyer by training, Nguiffo has devoted himself to the Herculean task of stopping the liquidation of the region's forests for short-term profit." http://www.goldmanprize.org

Nigeria and West African Bush
"The function of this website is to inform Nigerians and others about what Nigeria has to offer ecologically, before its all gone. Through the governments efforts in conservation Nigeria has 32 game reserves/sanctuaries and six National Parks covering about 4,293,800 ha." Descriptions of the parks and reserves, a map of parks and reserves in Nigeria, list of endangered species, photographs. Maintained by Aaron Thacher and Tim De La Haye who grew up in Nigeria. [KF] http://www.westafricabush.com/

Obo National Park (Parque Natural Ôbo)
Obo National Park (Parque Natural Ôbo) "created on both Sao Tome and Principe islands to protect the country unique natural heritage" Events, photos, walking tours, history, attractions (Monte Pico climb, birding, botanical garden). Links to some full text articles (mainly scientific). http://www.obopark.com/

Ogiek Welfare Council (Nairobi, Kenya)
"The Ogiek, an indigenous people living in Kenya's Mau Forest, are fighting to remain in their ancestral home. The government is forcing them out, allegedly to protect the environment. But the Ogiek pose no environmental threat." Has the full text of "The Ogiek: The Ongoing Destruction of a Minority Tribe in Kenya, An in-depth report" by John Kamau. http://www.ogiek.org

Oilwatch Africa
"...resistance network that opposes the activities of oil companies in tropical countries." Seeks to "stop the expansion of socially destructive and environmentally damaging oil activity in the tropics..." Oil and gas news. http://www.oilwatchafrica.org/

Okavango Wildlife Society
A South African organization concerned with the conservation of the Okavango Delta including the Kalahari Desert and Chobe National Park. Has information on its campaign to protect the Delta, a brief annotated bibliography, and extensive links to other African wildlife websites. Pages maintained by Paal Skjetne who incidentally has a page of photographs from Africa. http://www.stud.ntnu.no/~skjetnep/owls.html

Operation - Loango
In French and English. Tour company to Loango National Park, Schweitzer hospital in Lambaréné, gorillas, elephants, sea turtles, etc. Also stops in Sao Tome e Principe. "Operation Loango is a joint venture initiative that comprises a private operating company, SCD (Société de Conservation et de Développment) that operates the tourism infrastructure, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society); a U.S. based N.G.O. conservation and research organization and EF (Le Ministere des Eaux et Forets); the [Gabon] state department of fish and wildlife." Based in the Netherlands. [KF] http://www.operation-loango.com

Pace Virtual Environmental Law Library
Has the text of Nigerian environmental laws pertaining to hazardous substances, land use, cultural resources, seas, fish, fisheries, etc. Law materials are provided by Mike C. Anibogu, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Site maintained by Robert J. Goldstein, Senior Fellow, Pace University School of Law (White Plains, N.Y.).
Main site: http://www.law.pace.edu/env/vell6.html
Nigeria: http://www.law.pace.edu/env/nigerian.html

People and Planet
Website on population, poverty, health, consumption and the environment. Use the Search form to locate articles. It replaces People & the Planet, the quarterly international magazine published by Planet 21, an independent non-profit company and a registered British charity recognised by the United Nations. Based in London. [KF] http://www.peopleandplanet.net/

Population Communications International (New York) - [Environment]
"Founded in 1985, ...strives to stabilize population growth rates and preserve the earth's resources." "Through the emotional power of radio and television, PCI's programs inform, educate, and motivate people." Programs cover Population and Development, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and the Environment in Africa (Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Tanzania). Their radio soap operas in Kenya and other African countries have "markedly increased HIV prevention behavior among the program's listeners." [KF] http://www.population.org/
See article on them in the Christian Science Monitor, August 21, 2000 "A Kenyan 'Guiding Light' with Moral Lessons" by Mike Crawley.

Primate Info Net (PIN) - Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center, University of Wisconsin
Search their International Directory of Primatology (IDP) by country to locate organizations, field studies, population management, information resources. Find Field Study locations in Africa. Animal behavior, conservation, taxonomy, extinct species, new discoveries, etc. http://pin.primate.wisc.edu

Project Elgon
Project (1996-1997) by students and staff from Makerere University, Aberdeen University, and Dundee University to study the impact of humans on the biodiversity and ecology of Mount Elgon National Park. Mount Elgon is a solitary extinct volcano on the border between Uganda and Kenya. Includes a history of the area, a report "Effects of Grazing and Cultivation on Forest Plant Communities in Mount Elgon National Park, Uganda," studies on land use, population pressure, small mammals, bird species, effects of tourism, agro-forestry practices, etc. http://www.abdn.ac.uk/elgon/

Protea Atlas Project
Project based in Clarement, South Africa to "record the geographical location of Proteas throughout southern Africa for the benefit of Conservation, Rural Communities, Farmers, Reserve Managers, Tourism, the Cut Flower Trade and Botany." http://www.yebo.co.za/protea/default.htm

Puma Africa
The clothing company's Africa-related activities. Collaborated with New York artist Kehinde Wiley who created "four original portraits, featuring three of Africa's.... football players" [Emmanuel Eboue, John Mensah, Samuel Eto'o]. Puma's Africa Unity Kit was created for all African teams in partnership with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). http://africa.puma.com/html/

Rainforest Action Network
General information, short article (from World Rainforest Report, 1996, V.13, N.1) on how the logging industry is causing the destruction of forests and killing of wildlife for meat in Congo-Brazzaville. Based in San Francisco, Calif.  http://www.ran.org/ran/
Has an Africa campaign.
Taxpayer Dollars Underwrite Deforestation in Africa
Primary Forests of Gabon Threatened.

Review and Atlas of Palaeovegetation - Jonathan Adams
This is a reconstruction of changing global vegetation patterns during the last 25,000 years. See also Global Land Environments Since the Last Interglacial which includes updated maps. Dr. Adams is a plant biologist with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. http://www.soton.ac.uk/~tjms/adams1.html

Rhino Ark
Begun in 1987 "to assist the Government of Kenya to finance the vital Aberdare Rhino sanctuary project." Site hosted by Kilimanjaro Adventure Travel. http://www.kilimanjaro.com/rhinoark/index.html

Rutagarama, Eugene - Goldman Environmental Prize 2001
Mr. Rutagara "risked his life and reached out across ethnic and political boundaries to preserve precious habitat for [Rwanda's Volcano National Park's] 355 mountain gorillas, about half the number remaining worldwide." The Goldman Prize, the world's largest prize program honoring grassroots environmentalists, is based in San Francisco, CA. http://www.goldmanprize.org/node/159

"...is a technical co-operation network between countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to promote and sustain realistic self-reliance in biosystematic services, particularly for invertebrates and other micro-organisms". http://www.natmus.cul.na/safrinet.htm

Sangha River Conference, Yale, Sept. 1997
Yale Univ. Sept. 25-27, 1997 conference on "National Resources Use Relations in the Trinational Sangha River Region, Northwest Congo River Basin" (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo). http://www.ulb.ac.be/soco/apft/GENERAL/PUBLICAT/BRIEF/BRIEFEN.HTM#anchor431727

Sangonet - Environment Page
Has many links especially to Southern African sources. http://www.ngopulse.org/group/environment

Save the Rhino International (Cape Town, South Africa)
Organization to save the rhino. http://www.kingsley.co.za/clients/rhino/

SD Development Newsletter (U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, D.C.)
Articles on USAID's projects in Africa on governance, economic growth, agriculture, information technology, the environment, education, health, humanitarian assistance. Quarterly published by the Office of Sustainable Development, Bureau for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development. http://www.usaid.gov/regions/afr/abic/sdindex.htm

Senegal. Ministre de l'Environnement et de la Protection de la Nature
In French. See also the Centre de Suivi Ecologique pour la Gestion des Ressources Naturelles (CSE). http://www.refer.org/sngal_ct/cop/mepn/

Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography
Has the table of contents only for this international, multi-disciplinary journal, published by the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, and Blackwell Publishers. Past articles include "Employment Structure and the Environment in Cape Coast, Ghana" by S.B. Kendie, "Agroclimatic Zonation for Wheat Production in the Savanna Region of Nigeria" by C.Y. Oche. http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/geog/journal.htm

Southern Africa Environment Project
Alot of information, has the full text (and a summary in Xhosa) of Towards a New Environment Policy for South Africa, a discussion document instrumental in developing South Africa's new environmental policies. Also has policy documents on biodiversity, water law, sanitation and information on the environmental policy dialogue in South Africa. SAEP is a non-profit with offices in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Page maintained by Norton Tennille. http://www.saep.org/

Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment
"...a non-profit Environmental Trust, ...to support sustainable development in Southern Africa through promoting the effective and efficient use of Environmental Assessment as a planning tool." Has the full text of the book, "Environmental Impact Assessment in Southern Africa" compiled by Peter Tarr, with country reports for Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa,Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia. Zimbabwe. [KF] http://www.saiea.com/

Students Partnership Worldwide, SPW (London)
"...an international charity, operating since 1985, ...centred round young people. Volunteers from the developed world - the majority from Britain, but also from mainland Europe, Australasia and America - work on school-based education programmes and community-based environment programmes in Africa and Asia with equal numbers of local volunteers." Has environmental programs in Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Volunteers need to provide their own funding, approx. ? 2500 (U.S.$4,000 +). http://www.spw.org/

Super Sema
African Animated Kids Superhero Series free on YouTube. Super Sema is a 10 year old girl with futuristic science-tech powers. Official trailer.  In "The King and the Forever Forest" Super Sema thwarts the evil King, who chops down all the trees, by using a tree planter drone to grow back the forest. Actor Lupita Ngong'o is one of the series' producers. Began March 2021.

Swaziland National Trust Commission
"...the parastatal organisation responsible for the conservation of nature and the cultural heritage of the Kingdom of Swaziland." On biodiversity, nature reserves, the programmes operated by the organisation, and legislation on conservation. Mantenga Nature Reserve, the National Museum, Swazi culture including kingship, archeology including rock paintings, Swazi history with a bibliography, biography of King Sobhuza II, King Sobuza II Memorial Park, tourism, a over all bibliography, etc. [KF] http://www.sntc.org.sz/

Tarangire Elephant Project
Project operating from the Tarangire National Park, northeast Tanzania, on conservation of the elephants through grassroots field research.One can adopt an elephant at the site. http://www.lpzoo.com/elephant/

TaTEDO, Tanzania Traditional Energy Development and Environment Organisation
"...a best practice sustainable energy [ngo] organization committed to the achievement of poverty free, environmentally secure, economically and socially well off communities...... Publishes a newsletter, Sustainable Energy and Development Forum, also in Swahili. Biofuels, renewable energy. Based in Dar es Salaam. [KF] http://www.tatedo.org/

Through a Child's Eye: Photographs of and by African Children on the Internet
Photo exhibits from the Mathare Youth Sports Association (Kenya) and Sergio Silva's Group for Social Education in Manica (Mozambique). In the Mathare Shootback project, children from a slum, Mathare Valley, photograph important aspects of their lives (health, the community environment, family, soccer) and introduce themselves.  The photographs of Silva, a Mozambican photographer, show children from the period (1981 + ) during the Mozambique civil war and present-day environmental issues in Manica Province. http://www.piac.org/chi|dseye/

Towards an Integrated Perspective on Land Degradation in the Mountains of Lesotho
A report on the inaugural meeting of the Lesotho Mountain Research Group held at Malealea Lodge, Lesotho 28-29 September 1996. Compiled by C.D. Morris & T. Quinlan, November 1996. On the site of the Mountain Forum which is concerned with mountain cultures, environment and sustainable development.  http://www2.mtnforum.org/mtnforum/archives/reportspubs/library/morrx96a.htm

Trickle Out Project
Directory of social and environmental entrepreneurship in Eastern and Southern Africa. "funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)" Based at Queen’s University Management School, Belfast, Northern Ireland. http://trickleout.net/

Uganda Forestry Resources and Institutions Center, Africa Indigenous Knowledge and Forestry Preservation Web Page
Describes research projects between the Uganda Forestry Resources and Institutions Center (UFRIC) at Makerere University in Uganda, and Indiana University's Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis." "The page focuses more narrowly on indigenous knowledge and the role of indigenous knowledge in environmental conservation in Africa..." Has full text reports in Adobe PDF format - "Protecting Africa's Trees" "Reconsidering the extent of deforestation in 20th century West Africa" "Considering the impacts of structural adjustment policies in forests in Cameroon, Bolivia and Indonesia" "Forest peoples in the Central African rainforests: focus on the pygmies" "Perceptions and classification of woodland by Malinke villagers near Bamako, Mali" "Testing forestry extension materials in Burkina Faso" "The use of trees, birds, and animal behaviour as measures of environmental change by the Shona people of Zimbabwe" "Akamba land management systems: The role of grassroots indicators in drought-prone cultures." "Strengths and weaknesses of the indigenous farming system of the Matengo people of Tanzania, etc." Describes nature reserves and forests. http://www.indiana.edu/~ifri/crc/uganda/kamp_crc.html

Uganda. Ministry of Water, Lands and Environment. Uganda National Wetlands Programme
News on Uganda wetland issues, wetland activities, links to related wetland and environment conservation sites. "Covering 13% of Uganda's surface area, wetlands represent one of the most vital ecological and economic resources Uganda has." Full text of the 1995 National Policy for the Conservation and Management of Wetland Resources and other full text government documents. From the Wetlands Inspection Division, Uganda Ministry of Water, Lands and Environment, Kampala, Uganda. [KF] http://www.ugandawetlands.org

Uganda National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)
Contains a summary of the State of the Environment for Uganda 1998, NEMA News. In .zip format are the National Environment Action Plan, reports on population, toxic chemicals, land management, livestock, forestry, wildlife, energy, climate, education, water resources, Karamoja, etc. [KF] http://www.uganda.co.ug/nema/

Uganda Wildlife Authority
Information on the national parks, bird watching, game viewing, hiking, mountain climbing, gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, research facilities (includes a spatial Management Information System, MIST), research clearance procedures, etc. Based in Kampala, Uganda. [KF] http://www.uwa.or.ug/

UNESCO International Directory of Environmental Education
Has a directory of African institutions offering environmental research and education. http://www.unesco.org/education/educprog/environment/

United Nations. Climate Change Conference. COP 26, Glasgow, Scotland, 31 October - 12 November, 2021
COP26 is the 2021 United Nations climate change conference. Shown during the conference is The Great Green Wall, a documentary film. Over 20 African countries will work to build a ‘Great Green Wall’ stretching across the width of Africa, from Senegal in the West to Djibouti in the East. https://ukcop26.org/

United Nations Development Programme. Sustainable Development Networking Programme. African Development Issues
Brief essays on development, women's issues, governance, peace and war, agriculture, sustainability, economy, environment, human rights, population, capacity building, and Cameroon with relevant web sites. http://www.sdnp.undp.org/sdncmr/adi/

United Nations. Environment Programme

United Nations Environment Programme. Eastern African Regional Coordinating Unit
The governments of Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and France (Reunion) have joined to address the problems of their coastal and marine environments. Describes projects, has full text publications such as Eastern Africa Atlas of Coastal Resources: Kenya (covering Climate, Hydrology, Agriculture, Population and Socioeconomics, Fisheries, Tourism, Conservation) and Strategic Action Plan for Land-Based Sources and Activities Affecting the Marine, Coastal and Associated Fresh Water Environment in the Eastern African Region (63 p. Nairobi: FAO, 1999). http://www.unep.org/eaf/
Other documents include:

  • Marine Protected Areas in the Republic of Seychelles
  • Maputo Special Reserve
  • Marine Protected Areas in Kenya
  • Status and Management of the MPA's in Madagascar (ZIP File)
  • Management of Protected Marine Areas in Comoros
  • The status of coral reefs in Tanzania

United Nations Environment Programme. Global Environment Outlook
The 1997 Global State of the Environment Report. For Africa discusses the major environmental concerns, causes, national and regional initiatives, with bibliographies. Issues include climate change, forests, biodiversity, water, population, land use, health. [KF] http://grid2.cr.usgs.gov/geo1/ch/toc.htm

United Nations. Environment Programme. Regional Office for Africa

United Nations. Environment Programme. World Summit on Sustainable Development, 2002 Aug.-Sept., Johannesburg
Includes background reports for Africa and the African Ministerial Statement http://www.unep.org/wssd/
See also:

Site maintained by the Heinrich Boell Foundation. The site presents policy issues and civil society activities relating to the Summit. "The Jo'Burg Memo is Heinrich Boell Foundation's contribution to the debate on both the desired outcomes of the Summit and the critical path for the sustainable development agenda in the next decade." http://www.worldsummit2002.org/

United Nations Non-governmental Liaison Service. Voices from Africa
Full text of Nos. 5 and 6 on Sustainable Development. http://www.unsystem.org/ngls/documents/publications.en/voices.africa/index.htm
No. 5 includes:

No. 6 includes

United States Agency for International Development - Framework for Long-Term Monitoring of Natural Resources in Senegal
In English and French. Covers Regional Assessments of Natural Resource Change, Monitoring Senegal's Natural Resources Using Airborne Videography, a Vegetation and Land Use Map, extensive Aerial Photos (zoom in on areas), Satellite Images, thematic maps (historical rainfall 1940 +; soils, eco- regions, etc.), and Geography of Senegal. [KF] http://edcintl.cr.usgs.gov/senegal2/senegal.html

United States. Department of State, Guide to American Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations Active in Sub-Saharan Africa (1995)
Directory from the American Wildlife Foundation to the World Wildlife Fund. Lists address, objectives, activities, future interests, the CEO, contact person for Africa, budgets. http://dosfan.lib.uic.edu/ERC/environment/releases/Guide.html

United States. Energy Information Administration. Country Analysis Briefs
Information on oil, natural gas, electricity and coal. Has a brief environment overview for each country. http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cabs/cabsaf.html

University College, London. Human Ecology Research Group
Has abstracts and a few full text reports on land use policy, in East Africa, Southern Africa. Click on the PDF icon to see full text. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/herg/
Examples of titles: Coast, E. E. (2001). Colonial preconceptions and contemporary demographic reality: Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/herg/east_africa_serengeti_mara1_paper1.htm

University of Manchester. Institute for Development Policy and Management, Community Conservation in Africa: Working Papers
Full text of papers (in Adobe PDF or MS Word), covers Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe. http://idpm.man.ac.uk/idpm/idpm_dp.htm#commcons

University of Zimbabwe. Students for Environmental Action
"...a student environmental group at the University of Zimbabwe which aims to raise awareness on environmental issues at the University and the society at large and also to provide a forum for debate on environmental issues." Has links to related sites. http://uzweb.uz.ac.zw/sea/

Urhobo Historical Society. The Environment - Niger Delta
Reports on Petroleum Oil Fire Disasters, 1998-2000, Oil and Gas Pipelines Problems and Water Management Problems in the Niger Delta, the 1998 Urhobo Economic Summit in Delta State, Pollution Caused by Petroleum Exploration, Bayelsa State, etc. Reports are by Nigerian Senators and Professors, the Delta State Commisioner For Finance and Economic Planning, environmental organizations and others. http://waado.org/Environment/EnvironmentPage.html

Valley Of 1000 Hills
"Supporting the rights of African local communities and farmers to food security and sovereignty, biological resources, biodiversity, indigenous knowledge and technologies." On March 2002 an international meeting on community rights was held in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Includes the Report, Declarations, Examples of African National Legislation and Grassroots Initiatives Related to Biodiversity. The Declaration passed notes "The Industrial system has alienated us from the rest of the earth community and is increasingly privatizing biological, land and water resources. This privatization is destroying rural local communities and their natural resource base." http://valleyof1000hills.cua.edu/

Van Dijk, Han and Elvire Eijkman - "Bibliography on the Management of the Environment and Development in the West African Sahel, 1985-1999"
Vol. 8, 2002 of the Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography, based at the University of Iowa. Includes journal articles. http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/ejab/8/index.html

Virtual Zimbabwe
Pages by Harare internet service provider, Media Technology, hosts some environmental sites - SoilFertNet, Ivory Interactive, National Parks of Zimbabwe, Wild Dogs, Zambezi Society. http://www.mediazw.com/

Wellspring Africa
A non-profit organization, based in Iowa City, Iowa, "committed to researching and promoting appropriate technology for water development in rural Africa." Uses a hand-powered percussion drill. Founded by Cliff Missen. http://www.avalon.net/~cmissen/wellsprn/index.html

Wild Source
Founded by Bill Given a wildlife biologist and a safari entrepreneur.

Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi
Dedicated to "conservation of natures resources, including land, forestry, animals, bird-life, flora and fauna, rivers and lakes." Based in Limbe, Malawi. http://www.wildlifemalawi.org/

Wildlife Conservation Network

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit
Projects in Ethiopia, Botswana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea, Uganda, Niger, Cameroon. Based at the University of Oxford, Department of Zoology, United Kingdom. http://www.wildcru.org/

Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx, New York)
Has full-text articles on the African elephant, rhino, and the Maiko National Park of Zaire, in Adobe pdf format. http://www.wcs.org/science/sciencepublications/

World Bank For Schools
Very useful guide to locating information from the vast World Bank site. Has a page for each country (GNP, population, growth rate, infant mortality, life expectancy, illiteracy rate, safe water, etc.). http://www.worldbank.org/html/schools/index.html

World Bank. World Development Indicators
Has online most of the contents of the print publication. In Adobe PDF format. Its environment section includes statistical tables illustrating, by country, access to safe water, deforestation, water pollution, traffic congestion. http://www.worldbank.org/data/wdi/home.html

World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Protected Areas of the World
For each country provides the country's conservation policy and legislation, administration, a bibliography. Information is from the book -  IUCN (1992). Protected Areas of the World: A review of national systems. Volume 3: Afrotropical. Prepared by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC). IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. 360pp.The WCMC is based in Cambridge, UK. http://www.unep-wcmc.org/

World Conservation Union, IUCN

World Resouces Institute. Africa
Works in the Dem. Repub. of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar. Reports - "Independent Forest Monitoring in the Congo Basin", "Meet 20 Entrepreneurs Restoring Land in Malawi". Based in Washington D.C.  https://www.wri.org/wri-africa

World Resources Institut. Annual Report 2021-22
" In Africa, we are supporting a movement, led by AFR100, to restore 100 million hectares of degraded land. " "Africa: Urbanization and Restoration" p. 6-8.  https://www.wri.org/annual-report/2021-22
New York Times April 2022 article, "Deforestation Remains High, Despite International Pledges." https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/28/climate/deforestation-tree-loss.html

World Water Forum, Third, March 2003, Japan
Held a Day of Africa with online reports (in MS Word) such as Mainstreaming Gender and Mobilising a Peoples Movement for Water in Africa, Climate Change and Variability Impact on Water Resources in Africa, Role of NGOs and media in the Nile Basin Initiative, Lake Chad Region -Implementation Progress of LCBC vision 2025, Water and Sanitation Challenge in Africa, etc. The Forum was convened by the World Water Council, a non-profit NGO based in Marseilles, France. [KF] http://www.world.water-forum3.com

World Weather Attribution, WWA
Reports on Africa - South Africa, Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia. Covers droughts, extreme rainfall, heatwaves, storms, cold spells.

  • "a collaboration between climate scientists at Imperial College London in the UK, KNMI in the Netherlands, IPSL/LSCE in France, Princeton University and National Center for Atmospheric Research in the US, ETH Zurich in Switzerland, IIT Delhi in India and climate impact specialists at the Red Cross / Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCCC) around the world" Provides "assessments on the role of climate change...." Began 2014.
  • 2022 May report - "Climate change-exacerbated rainfall causing devastating flooding in Eastern South Africa" 31 page study https://www.worldweatherattribution.org/wp-content/uploads/WWA-KZN-floods-scientific-report.pdf  "On April 11-12, South Africa experienced catastrophic floods and landslides in the eastern coast of the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Eastern Cape (EC) following exceptionally heavy rainfall. "

World Wildlife Fund - Africa / Madagascar Programme
"Africa depends more on its natural resource base for economic and social needs than any other region in the world. Most of its people live in rural areas and rely on agriculture and other natural resources for income." The WWF is based in Gland, Switzerland with offices worldwide. http://www.panda.org/africa

Zambezi Society (Harare)
"...conservation group devoted solely to looking after the Zambezi, the finest and wildest river in Africa." Projects include biodiversity in Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, elephant research, black rhino protection, eco-tourism, Victoria Falls environmental problems. Has photographs, publications list, a map. [KF] http://www.zamsoc.org/

(Zambia) Environmental Council of Zambia
Established in 1992 as a statutory body created under an Act of Parliament (Zambia) to protect the environment and control pollution. Full text reports such as Lusaka City State of Environment Outlook Report; State of Environment Zambia 2000 (reports take a while to download). Based in Lusaka, Zambia. http://www.necz.org.zm/