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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