Building on Zimbabwe’s wetlands is illegal, but that hasn’t stopped the important ecosystems from being developed. Lax enforcement of the law means developers don’t face repercussions, but environmentalists argue that dire environmental consequences – for all Zimbabweans – are inevitable.
Zimbabwe’s government is aiming to boost maize production and turn the tide on food shortages by offering farmers loans for seed and supplies. In exchange, farmers must give the government much of their crop.
Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry is thriving, but its forests are not even though the government has set aside money for reforestation. Now, tobacco farmers, who rely on burning wood to cure their crop, are taking those efforts into their own hands.
On Uganda’s Lake Victoria, cage fish farms take the guesswork out of fishing, as farmers feed fish in controlled areas – which makes them easy to harvest. But as the popularity of fish farming grows, residents worry about its effect on local water.
Despite environmental, political and financial hurdles since its 1990 opening, Kuimba Shiri Bird Park is still drawing locals, tourists and student groups to its unique wildlife sanctuary. Founded by an aficionado of falconry, the park's diversity of species continues to grow.
The leader of the Bunyoro Kingdom leased thousands of hectares of forest land in the kingdom’s traditional land base to a sugar company – a move members of the kingdom say will help ease their poverty. But environmentalists say the kingdom has no right to lease the land, which is part of a protested forest.
Sea turtle hatchlings in Mexico have long relied on tourists to protect them as they made the difficult journey from their nests to the sea. Now the tourists are gone, and local conservationists fear that many turtles won’t make it to the open ocean.
In the midst of a food shortage, Haiti’s government is drafting plans and implementing new policies to support the country’s large population of farmers. But the farmers, who struggle to maintain their crops with outdated technology and the threat of natural disaster, say the effort isn’t enough.
Residents of neighborhoods on the banks of Port-au-Prince’s debris-filled stormwater gullies live alongside stagnant water and shifting earth, making them vulnerable to both landslides and disease. A volunteer effort seeks to improve life in these communities – and help the environment.