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World Wetlands Day 2024: Human Wellbeing and Environmental Balance in African Wetlands

African Wetlands: The Cradle of Life

African wetlands are famously described as the cradle of life. Wetlands in Africa cover around 4% of the continental area. Wetlands are a source of freshwater, fisheries, moist soil for farming, and wild plants; key resources for vital life-support projects in the agricultural, pharmaceutical, food value chain, and construction industries.

However, there is a global decline in the size of wetlands! 

In Africa, the real and potential environmental impacts of several projects in the energy utility sector contribute to the decline of wetlands on the continent.
Top Wetland Degraders In Sub Sahara Africa: Oil Exploration, Open cast mining and Hydro Power Projects

Here are the top 3 energy utility industries that contribute mostly to the decline of wetlands in Africa:

  1. Crude Oil Exploration Projects

Crude oil constituted 8, 177, 523 TJ of the Total energy supply in Africa as of 2022 (IEA Data). Crude oil exploration has also resulted in significant environmental pollution of wetlands in Africa with critical socio-economic implications.

2. Mining Projects

Mining especially through opencast methods, frequently impacts wetlands due to their positions in the landscape and relationship to drainage networks. The impacts are ongoing, as many mined minerals such as coal, cobalt, and copper are strategic resources and will continue to be mined to support development.

3. Hydro Power Projects

Major threats to African wetlands include the development of hydropower dams, with some 200 new projects planned in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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