There are today more than 1.2 billion inhabitants on the African continent. They constitute an important part of the global population, that live in a group of ecosystems that have been fragilized by the growing needs related to development.
The actions lead for 10 years by the Sabine Plattner African Charities (SPAC) and Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA) respond to the immediate necessity to conciliate the challenges of nature conservation and the needs of local populations. The actions lead in Africa could never be durable without the implication of local people; therefore, we wish to bring together a generalized consciousness of the conservation challenges throughout a coherent and suitable education.
A POPULATION EXPECTED TO DOUBLE IN 2050
Africa still faces a strong demographic growth, that should bring its population to double by 2050 per the projections of international observers. The pressures on the environment may be fatal to many sensitive ecosystems, already weakened by intense human activities. Those risks include, among others:
- The increase of agriculture production, necessary to feed the population,
- The satisfaction of water needs
- The accelerated exploitation of natural resources
Ecology and development
This situation is preoccupying because we cannot oppose development and the protection of nature. Instead, we need to find a way to conciliate both obligations. Many projects show every day that this development model is no utopia at all but requires the implication of all, governments, companies and civil society; and the concrete actions of all are indispensable.
We strongly believe that educating the youth will allow the generalization of a sustainable development model, respectful of nature. Education will raise awareness on the necessity to rebalance the impacts of human activities and the conservation of nature.
The commitment of African governments in nature preservation
The challenge of development combined with the conservation of sensitive ecosystems justly worries African governments, that are more and more willing to implement voluntarist plans of action.
It is the case of the Republic of Congo, the Kingdom of Morocco and Senegal, that have decided to become pilot countries of the EduConservation project, to complete their environment protection programs.
Even if Africa plays a major part in conserving biodiversity and the natural ecosystems, the continent is far from being the only one concerned by this issue. Europe, America, Asia, the oceans and the poles face an accelerated depletion of their biodiversity and a growing degradation of their natural environment.
We put great hopes in the implementation of digital communities that will increase the visibility and the sharing of challenges but also of the solutions that develop every day.