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Curiosities of Curieuse Island, Seychelles
afrol News - With Curieuse, one of the most popular day-trip destinations in Seychelles and the archipelago's fifth largest granitic island, the name really says it all. Noisily love-making tortoises, remnants of a leper colony and 2004 tsunami damages are among the curiosities on the uninhabited island.
|Origin of Madagascar's peculiar species|
afrol News - Madagascar's isolated and fascinating fauna has puzzled scientists and laymen for centuries. The main question has been: How did they get to the Great Island in the first place, later being allowed to evolve in splendid isolation? Read the new research and see the video claiming to end a century of scientific debate.
Africa to pay for Europe's "green policies"
afrol News - In efforts to make quick and symbolic gains in Europe's otherwise failed policies to curb climate gas emissions, environmental and anti-globalisation politicians are aiming at Africa's few economic success stories. Campaigns to buy locally produced food and travel to local destinations particularly hit out against African products.
an undervalued ecosystem
afrol News - Historically classified "unhealthy wastelands" or "useless swamps" by development-eager authorities and businesses, the mangrove forests actually are one of the most fascinating resources in tropical Africa. The trees manage to live on the edge between flooding rivers, tidal waves intruding with salt water and the drylands, where they create new land and environs rich in fish, birds, wood and other resources. Finally, their value is being discovered.
Lesotho: Water of the future, waters of the past
afrol News - Lesotho used to be an oasis of freedom in the middle of apartheid South Africa; now it's an oasis of poverty. The small kingdom however has one resource promising increased welfare for all: trickling mountain brooklets. The Mohale Dam uniting them for further exports to South Africa is soon to be finished, but the most visible result so far is that more than 30,000 people have lost all they had due to the dams.
Banc d'Arguin: The Imraguen guards of culture and nature
afrol News - In 1989, the Mauritanian national park Banc d'Arguin was admitted to the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. Fringing the Saharan desert's Atlantic coast, the park is made up of sand dunes, coastal swamps, small islands and shallow coastal waters. It is however even more known for its biodiversity (birds, fish, turtles, dolphins, etc.) and its fishery resources, carefully managed by the local Imraguen fisherman. Foreigner's overfishing off the park however remains a threat.
Read the special report on Mauritania's incredible Banc d'Arguin National Park, containing one of Africa's most productive ecosystems, and the Imraguen people, torn between tradition and modernity managing the riches of the park.
Forests and deforestation in Africa
- the wasting of an immense resource
afrol News - Except for the Congo Basin, Africa's frontier forests have largely been destroyed, primarily by loggers and by farmers clearing land for agriculture. In West Africa, nearly 90 percent of the original moist forest is gone, and what remains is heavily fragmented and degraded. Today, West African unspoiled forests are restricted to one patch in Côte d'Ivoire and another along the border between Nigeria and Cameroon.
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