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10 African Environmental NGOs

On June 5th, we celebrated World Environment Day 2018. Millions of people around the world participated in thousands of events and activities. But actions to protect our environment do not stop there. Each day, NGOs around the world, including African Environmental NGOs, work tirelessly to advance the global environmental agenda. These work on a wide range of topics in a variety of countries. Some promote innovation for environmental protection; others work to beat plastic pollution; many preserve our forests and wildlife, and there are many others. Today, we want to place the spotlight on 10 African Environmental NGOs. As one of the most bio-diverse, yet endangered regions, Africa is an important continent to consider when addressing environmental issues.

African Environmental NGOs

This list of African environmental NGOs is by no means exhaustive. It is a sample of the amazing work that NGO’s are doing to protect our environment.

1. Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG)

The first in the list of African Environmental NGOs is ABCG. As a coalition group, ABCG brings together 7 US-based NGOs with extensive conservation programming in sub-Saharan Africa. Through the group, these are able to leverage their knowledge and resources. This results in innovative approaches to conservation based on best practices.

2. African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)

Food security and poverty are two issues that often surface when talking about the environment and Africa. AATF addresses both by working with local farmers. They create partnerships with larger technology firms to aid farmers to achieve better crop yields. Through these partnerships, they help local communities adapt innovative technologies to help meet their needs.

3. African Sustainable Energy Association (AFSEA)

A membership organization, AFSEA works towards sustainable energy on the African continent. They focus on a number of areas, including wind, solar, biogas, energy from waste, and other alternative energy sources. AFSEA focuses their efforts on advocacy for sustainable energy with local governments. They also work to raise awareness on sustainable energy in general.

4. African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC)

The AYICC provides a platform for African youth to participate in finding solutions for the environmental issues of their continent. The organization is created by young people for young people. Here, youth can showcase their climate change projects and also provide ideas and feedback for policies on climate change.

5. Budongo Conservation Field Station (BCFS)

Located in Uganda, BCFS is more than a field station, it is also a research center. It operates in the Bugongo Forest and aims to provide best practices for sustainable forest conservation. BCFS focuses on researching, evaluating and sharing practices used in tropical forest management.

6. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Based in Kenya, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has the primary goal of elephant conservation. The project has successfully raised more than 150 elephants to date. It also works on lobbying for elephant protection and efforts to preventing poaching.

7. Environmental Education Through Film (EETF)

EETF believes that education is also key to environmental preservation. As such, the organization develops educational films on environmental issues targeted for people in various African countries. The films are made in different languages and distributed free of charge.

8. Environment Liaison Centre International (ELCI)

An international initiative, ELCI brings together various partners working on environmental issues. The organization implements programs in agriculture and food security, climate change and energy, and biodiversity and natural resources management. ELCI also publishes a quarterly journal. They are based in Kenya.

9. The Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N)

HoA-REC&N is a network of academic institutions and environmental practitioners. It has over 40 participating institutions. Together, these share best practices and leverage their resources. The network also advocates for sustainable development, conversation, and better natural resource management.

10. The Green Belt Movement (GBM)

A community-centered organization, GBM works towards environmental preservation. At the same time, they promote sustainable livelihoods in the local communities with a special focus on women. Their projects include advocacy, tree planting and harvesting, and sustainable livelihoods.

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