Africa’s challenges seen as opportunities for green growth

Development challenges to Africa including droughts could be taken as opportunities for green economy in the continent, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) said on Saturday.

Losses of biodiversity, droughts, reduced agricultural yields, depleted cereal stocks and the multiple demands on existing stocks for biofuels could provide opportunities for Africa to respond to these challenges in the context of a green economy, the UN-ECA said.

The comments were made in the “Africa Report on New and Emerging Challenges” prepared in collaboration with the African Union, the African Development Bank, the UN Development Program, and the UN Environment Program, and circulated at the ongoing UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio, Brazil.

Africa is home to about one quarter of the internationally recognized biodiversity hotspots whose resources are sustaining the livelihood of millions of people in Africa, the report said… Read more

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