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Zimbabwe’s Wetlands Threatened, as Illegal Development Goes Unpunished

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EnvironmentLegal Rights

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.

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Traditional Kingdom in Uganda Fights for Control of Protected Forest

Region: Uganda

Topics: Environment

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.

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Curing Tobacco in Zimbabwe Requires Trees. Can Tobacco Farmers Plant Enough of Them to Save Their Own Industry?

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessEnvironment

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.

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Overcoming Obstacles, Zimbabwe Bird Park Dazzles With Exotic Species and Falconry

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Environment

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.

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Zimbabwe Targets Maize Shortfall With Farm Loans in Exchange for Crops

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Environment

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.

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A Nuisance Plant Fuels Entrepreneurial Spirit—and Zimbabwe’s Stoves

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EnvironmentInfrastructureInnovation

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.

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Uganda’s Cage Fish Farms Restore Fish Populations, Raise Water Quality Concerns

Region: Uganda

Topics: EarthEconomyEnvironmentJobsWater

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.

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Prized Cattle Are Thinned, Butchered Amid Zimbabwe’s Economic and Climate Crises

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AgricultureClimateEarthEconomyEnvironment

Less pasture means thinner cattle, leaving farmers with few options to keep their livestock healthy. In response, many farmers thin or butcher their herds – but even that may not be enough.

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To Cut Costs and Prevent Deforestation, DRC Women Make Fuel From Household Waste

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureEarthEnvironmentInfrastructureInnovation

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.

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In Uganda, Refugees Gathering Firewood Spark Deforestation Concerns

Region: Uganda

Topics: EnvironmentHuman Migration

In the last 30 years, over half of Uganda’s forest cover has been wiped out. Are refugees to blame?

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