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The Western Area Peninsula rain forest reserve in Sierra Leone is currently being threatened by human activities, such as charcoal burning, construction works, felling of virgin trees, environmentalists have alarmed.
An expert on land grabbing and Executive Director of the Oakland Institute, Anuradha Mittal has described as “appalling” the issue in Sierra Leona and Africa as a whole, in an interview with West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR).
Liberia has said a ‘’potentially large accumulation of oil deposit’’ has been discovered off the country’s coast.
“This news is good news for Liberia, and we are cautiously optimistic. We do not yet really know how much is down there. But we know, according to African Petroleum, that this discovery is of very good to excellent quality oil,’’ said Dr. Randolph McClain, President of the state-owned National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCOL).
Plan International has said ‘’aid efforts to fight hunger in Niger ‘’is being complicated’’ by the large influx of refugees fleeing fighting in northern Mali, with cases of malnutrition already appearing in the western region of Tillaberi hosting over 20,000 refugees.
Illegal fishing in Sierra Leone’s territorial waters is costing the country US$30 million in lost revenues annually.
The country has a coastline of 120 sq kilometers.
With 12 million people threatened by serious food crisis in the Sahel, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO has said urgent action must be taken to avoid disaster.
The UN Humanitarian Affairs office said the severe food shortages are said to be largely due to drought, poverty and staple food price hike.
A number of public hospitals in Sierra Leone, most of them in the rural areas, are being lit up by solar power.
Guinea is said to be threatened by the use of cyanide and other prohibited toxic chemicals.
Imported to be used in mines, the products are subjected to very low environment taxes.
Community radios have an important role to play in informing, educating and entertaining rural populations around the world.
Mali’s climate fund has received 150 billion CFA Francs boost from the country’s technical and financial partners.