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|The Mangroves |
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.
|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.
|Cameroon's economic and financial performance indicators; 2000|
afrol News - The International Monetary foundation (IMF) in September 1999 assessed Cameroon's economic and financial performance to have "a good record of performance under the first annual ESAF program continued under the second, despite the adverse impact of a sharp deterioration in the terms of trade in the first half of 1998/99. Almost all quantitative and structural performance criteria and benchmarks for the year were met. Real GDP growth for 1998/99 was revised downward from 5 1/4% to 4½ %, and the annual average national consumer price inflation was contained at 2.9 %."
|Rise and Fall of the Adamawa Emirate|
afrol News - The ancient Emirate of Adamawa was a part of the Sokoto Caliphate, the politically dominant empire of the Central Sudan in the 19th century. Adamawa was known as "The wild east" of the Caliphate, were Fulbe settlers occupied the vast highlands of Northern Cameroon and provided slaves for the empire from the neighboring areas.
|The Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipeline Project|
afrol News - The Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipeline Project constitutes one of the greatest development projects started on African soil. It could enable the poverty-ridden, landlocked Chadian nation to embark on deep ploughing social development and poverty reduction. Critics are however loud and widespread. Will the grand project instead destroy the environment, fuell the civil war, enhance human rights violations and strengthen General Idriss Deby's undemocratic hold on power in Chad?
From Negritude to Realism
afrol News - The wave of prices the Francophone writers, both African and Caribbean, have been winning the last years, has placed their works in the focus of world literature. Renovation seemingly is the most eye-catching they have achieved. Follow their way from the "Negritude" movement to modern realism.
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