26/05/21

Awakening Africa’s underground forests

Kisangani forest
A student researching trees at the forest reserve near the village of Masako, in Kisangani, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Copyright: Ollivier Girard/CIFOR, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). This image has been cropped.

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Episode 43

Sub-Saharan Africa’s vibrant rainforests support communities, lives, and livelihoods. The drylands — which include grasslands, savannahs and scrublands — are just as important. But, many of these landscapes have become degraded, and are under threat.

Our reporter Michael Kaloki investigates what’s being done to rehabilitate and replenish Africa’s forests and drylands. Irene Ojuok, a champion of farmer managed natural regeneration, tells us about Africa’s sleeping underground forests, and we speak to the head of AFR100, Mamadou Diakhite, ahead of the Global Landscapes Forum’s digital conference Restoring Africa’s Drylands, on 2-3 June.

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Africa Science Focus, with Selly Amutabi.


This programme was funded by the European Journalism Centre, through the European Development Journalism Grants programme, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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