Building on Zimbabwe’s wetlands is illegal, but that hasn’t stopped the important ecosystems from being developed. Lax enforcement of the law means developers don’t face repercussions, but environmentalists argue that dire environmental consequences – for all Zimbabweans – are inevitable.
The leader of the Bunyoro Kingdom leased thousands of hectares of forest land in the kingdom’s traditional land base to a sugar company – a move members of the kingdom say will help ease their poverty. But environmentalists say the kingdom has no right to lease the land, which is part of a protested forest.
Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry is thriving, but its forests are not even though the government has set aside money for reforestation. Now, tobacco farmers, who rely on burning wood to cure their crop, are taking those efforts into their own hands.
Despite environmental, political and financial hurdles since its 1990 opening, Kuimba Shiri Bird Park is still drawing locals, tourists and student groups to its unique wildlife sanctuary. Founded by an aficionado of falconry, the park's diversity of species continues to grow.
Zimbabwe’s government is aiming to boost maize production and turn the tide on food shortages by offering farmers loans for seed and supplies. In exchange, farmers must give the government much of their crop.
As country struggles with lengthy power outages, an innovative business offers a cheaper, almost smoke-free alternative to traditional charcoal. The product could also slow deforestation. All that from a weed.
On Uganda’s Lake Victoria, cage fish farms take the guesswork out of fishing, as farmers feed fish in controlled areas – which makes them easy to harvest. But as the popularity of fish farming grows, residents worry about its effect on local water.
Rates of deforestation in DRC have spiked, and many environmentalists attribute the rise to demand for charcoal. Now, some women forgo the popular fuel by making their own alternative, saving money – and the forest – in the process.