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n Farmer’s Weekly - Why conserving Africa's biodiversity is so crucial : by invitation

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Abstract

Africa's human population is growing at a rapid pace, and the continent's resources are finite. Enhancing and conserving Africa's biodiversity is the only way to ensure its people's continued survival. Global population growth is threatening human existence, but it is a subject that NGOs appear unwilling to take on. In its 2014 Living Planet Report, the World Wide Fund for Nature spoke of the threat of massive land degradation, but gave inadequate attention to the issue of population growth. The 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris did not raise population growth as a major concern. This is despite the enormous growth of cities, particularly in Africa, resulting in accelerating atmospheric pollution and with concerns being raised about where the food will be sourced to feed the people in these cities. A 2014 paper by Prof Malcolm Potts of the University of California's School of Public Health, titled 'Getting family planning and population back on track' stated that"virtually all biologists and climatologists, along with an increasing number of sensible economists, would agree that a world with 6,8 billion people in the year 2100 would be more likely to be biologically sustainable, healthier, more educated, and less violent than one with 16,6 billion". Africa's human population has tripled in the last 40 years to 1,17 billion in 2015.

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2016-05-01
2016-12-08
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