2015 World Forestry Congress comes to Africa
The 14th World Forestry Congress will be held in September 2015 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisations (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Pieter Mulder, South African Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Water, signed a Cooperation Agreement at a five-day meeting of FAO’s Committee on Forestry (COFO) on 24 September, 2012 in Rome, Italy.
Zimbabwe’s forests go up in smoke amid energy crisis
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AlertNet) – Pensioner Thandazani Ndlovu earns his living selling firewood, making him better off than Zimbabwe’s millions of jobless. From the back of his pick-up truck, he has established a thriving business as demand for firewood continues to grow in Bulawayo, a city of 2 million people in the southwest.
The trade in tropical timber in Africa’s Great Lakes
‘Cui bono?’ or ‘Who benefits?’ is a question often asked by well-known political economist Susan Strange. This was also the guiding question of a recent SAIIA study on the tropical timber trade in Africa’s Great Lakes region. The report, entitled Timber Trade in Africa’s Great Lakes: The road from Beni, DRC to Kampala...
by Caity Gonano
When I think of elephants, big, friendly giants come to mind. This said, I would much rather prefer to enjoy the friendly giants, weighing up to 16,500 pounds and standing close to 13 feet tall, with the comfort of a fence between us. New studies show, though, that it is trees that need to worry about the destruction an elephant can do.
Bamboo takes pressure off Kenya's forests
It is a chilly morning in Olenguruone village on the southern flank of the Rift Valley, but Gloria Chepng’etich is warming up to the task at hand. Spread neatly on her workbench are bamboo splices that the 21-year-old will weave into floor mats over the next hour or so.
Wilderness, South Africa