Environment

By Wanjohi Kabukuru [Cairo, Egypt] The majestic River Nile is many things to many people. This river considered as the longest in the world evokes poetry, tales of grandeur, nationalistic fervor, mythology and much more. It tributaries snakes their way from the Eastern African highlands covering some 10 basin countries of Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, DRC, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt. In all that geographical meandering the river covers a record 6,670km before it drains into the Mediterranean Sea. The River Nile. A transboundary ecosystem shared by 10 countries and the world’s longest river. [Image: CC] Like many trans-boundary…
By Wanjohi Kabukuru [Chale Peninsula, Kenya] On a general talk, it appears as if the Gazi project was initiated a few years ago. However after spending a few days in this rural outpost is when one realises that the project is a culmination of years of determined study and quiet determination by a quiet researcher who decided to make a difference. “Knowledge is a good thing but it is better when it is shared and changes lives for the better.” Josphat Mwamba says. “Gazi rose to international prominence because someone decided to open his knowledge from the library to the…
By Wanjohi Kabukuru [Ilha da Inhaca, Mozambique] Mangroves are fascinating trees. At the breathtaking Rufiji Delta in Tanzania where the River Rufiji empties into the Indian Ocean, an interesting story is narrated by a resident Richard Mtila. “In 1987 the Tanzanian government imposed a moratorium on mangroves cutting in the Rufiji Delta to protect the expansive mangroves forests in Tanzania as the harvesting of poles had gone beyond control.” Mtila says. “This policy was impossible to enforce and it led to bad relations between coastal communities and the government. It actually ended up endangering mangroves as illegal cutting of mangroves…
By Wanjohi Kabukuru [Gazi Bay, Kenya] Gazi Bay is a quiet sleepy village which lies some 55 kilometres south of Kenya’s coastal resort capital of Mombasa. It does not feature on the tourism circuit as the south-coast’s hotspots of Diani, Ukunda, Nyali, Kisite and even its direct neighbour Chale Island. And it fades into oblivion when one mentions Watamu, Malindi and Lamu. Even with its idyllic coastal settings complete with hundreds of coconut tree fronds, fresh sea breeze and white sandy beaches Gazi Bay and its neighbour Makongeni Village appear nowhere in tourist pamphlets. But when it comes to biodiversity…
By Hary Razafindsionana [Ngerulmud, Palau] In 2006 during the sidelines of the eighth conference of parties on Convention on Biological Biodiversity (CBD) a significant milestone was achieved by Micronesian jurisdictions during a high level event hosted by the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA). The leaders of the five Micronesian jurisdictions namely, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), as well as the US Territory of Guam and the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) came together and launched the Micronesian Challenge. The Micronesian Challenge geographic jurisdiction [Image: CC-TNC] Envisaged…
By Wanjohi Kabukuru [Hawaii, US] Ourite is the local name describing “octopus fishing” in Rodrigues which is a small island that lies 595kmkm east of Mauritius. The island stretch measures 18 km in length and at its widest point covers 8 kilometres. The enchanting, Rodrigues Island [Image: CC- MA] For generations ourite has been the traditional economic activity of Rodrigues. By walking on the reef flats armed with a spear or a metal stick to poke the dens where octopus shelter ourite thrives. In some other places it would be called harpooning. Much of this activity happens on the massive…
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