Nature’s contributions to people and quality of life

Pierre Failler, Robert Kasisi, Caroline Akachuku, Achille Assogbadjo, Emily Boyd, Edu Effiom, Peter Elias, Marwa W. A. Halmy, Katja Heubach, Asia Mohamed, Claire Ntshane, Gabrielle Rajoelison, Cosmas Lambini, Aventino Kasangaki, Ali Mahamane

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Africa’s natural assets and associated contributions to people are underutilised in some areas, but are generally in decline due to a range of natural and human activities (well established). Use and distribution of water resources are uneven among both water-scarce and water-rich regions, countries and communities, and remains, in certain areas, a source of conflict. Africa has abundant and diversified energy sources, including oil and gas and clean energy; but access remains uneven. Renewable energies could provide economically and environmentally attractive alternatives for many countries, while realisation of hydropower potential has remained limited. Despite the presence of a significant portion of the world’s arable uncultivated lands, both food production and access experience patterns of constraint in certain areas. Furthermore, little value is added to agriculture, forest, agroforest, livestock and fishery products through industrialisation and processing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe IPBES Regional Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Africa
EditorsE. Archer, L. Dziba, K. J. Mulongoy, M. A. Maoela, M. Walters
PublisherIntergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Number of pages54
ISBN (Print)978-3-947851-05-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


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