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By United Nations

This attractive 400-page Atlas is a distinct and strong ebook which brings to mild tales of environmental switch at greater than a hundred destinations unfold throughout each state in Africa. There are greater than three hundred satellite tv for pc photos, three hundred flooring photos and a hundred and fifty maps, besides informative graphs and charts that provide a bright visible portrayal of Africa and its altering atmosphere that supply clinical facts of the influence that common and human actions have had at the continents atmosphere during the last a number of many years. The observations and measurements of environmental switch aid gauge the level of development made by way of African nations in the direction of attaining the United international locations Millennium improvement pursuits. extra importantly, this booklet contributes to the data and realizing which are crucial for version and remediation, and will be of big price to all those that need to know extra approximately Africa and who care in regards to the way forward for this continent.

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Traditional African societies are agrarian or pastoral, depending directly on the environment to meet peoples’ daily needs from what they can grow, raise, catch, or gather. Threefifths of African farmers subsist by directly utilising land resources (Dlamini 2005). Two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa lives in rural areas, and therefore depends on the natural resource base more than people in any other part of the world (EIA 2003). Africa’s land resources are rapidly changing, and in some cases shrinking, due to changes in land cover, land use, and land productivity.

In Dan Saga, one of the study villages, farmers pointed out that not a single child died of hunger because families were able to rely on their trees as a resource by selling wood for cash. The trees made a huge difference in their coping strategy. The team soon hopes to provide definitive conclusions on the conditions that have led to the positive biophysical and economic trends that they are seeing in these two regions of Niger. They believe that farmers have reacted proactively to the large-scale land degradation that occurred during the droughts of the 1970s and 1980s, and have begun protecting their resources on a massive scale, encouraging natural regeneration, rebuilding their soils, and harvesting scarce rainfall.

At the same time, planting and natural expansion of forests have significantly reduced the net loss of forest area (FAO 2007). com 0 UNEP/GRID Deforestation in Madagascar In this satellite image of Madagascar, the narrow strip of dark green running along the eastern coast (yellow arrows) is all that remains of the island’s original rain forests. Prior to colonization, almost the entire island was forested. Between 80 and 90 per cent of Madagascar’s forests have been lost, putting an estimated 8 000 endemic species at risk.

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