Africa


Do Protected Areas Have an Effect on Malaria Prevalence?

Geographic distribution of malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria prevalence survey locations and values overlaid upon the distance to the nearest protected area for Sub-Saharan Africa within the malaria zone. From Taber and Smitchwick, 2015.Geographic distribution of malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria prevalence survey locations and values overlaid upon the distance to the nearest protected area for Sub-Saharan Africa within the malaria zone. From Taber and Smitchwick, 2015.

Recently, a paper by researchers at Penn State was published in Applied Geography that looks for connections between protected areas in Africa and malaria.

African Hydropower News

Inga hydroelectric dam connected to the Inga Falls in the western part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: Alaindg, MediaWiki Commons, 2004.Inga hydroelectric dam connected to the Inga Falls in the western part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: Alaindg, MediaWiki Commons, 2004.

The construction of hydroelectric dams in Sub-Saharan Africa provides the opportunity to bring more power to the region and prepare for rapidly growing populations and offers benefits to health, agriculture, and more

Climate Change and Development

Climate change in the Sahel has resulted in dried lakes, unemployed fishermen, droughts, flooding, conflict, and food insecurity. Map: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment report on Ecosystems and Human Well-Being Desertification Synthesis.Climate change in the Sahel has resulted in dried lakes, unemployed fishermen, droughts, flooding, conflict, and food insecurity. Map: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment report on Ecosystems and Human Well-Being Desertification Synthesis.

Researchers with the London School of Economics and Political Science published a report as part of the Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies project that looks into reconciling economic development and poverty alleviation with climate change.