Africa Environment Facts
Statistics on the environment and climate change in Africa:
According to the World Bank, Africa has the lowest carbon dioxide emissions per capita of any continent, but it is also the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
The African continent is responsible for only around 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions, but it is disproportionately affected by climate change.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that Africa will experience more frequent and intense heatwaves, droughts, and floods due to climate change.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) estimates that climate change could reduce crop yields in Africa by up to 30% by 2050.
According to the African Wildlife Foundation, Africa has lost around 50% of its wildlife in the last 40 years.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) estimates that Africa could create 1.5 million new jobs in renewable energy by 2030.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that deforestation and land degradation in Africa are responsible for around 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
In 24 African countries, less than 50% of their population has no access to electricity. source
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About Wiki In Africa
Wiki In Africa is a registered non-profit organisation based in South Africa and works across the continent and beyond. Its mission is to decolonising knowledge and the internet by facilitating global access for all to open knowledge that reflects and represents the diverse cultures, peoples, biodiversities, and histories of the African continent and other previously marginalised and disenfranchised communities with the same depth and breadth as other knowledges.
It combats the content and contribution gap that perpetuates the digital divide that plagues Africa by creating engaging and fun opportunities that progress skills acquisition, leadership development, and community building. During 2023 its focus programs include Wiki Loves Africa, Wiki Loves Women, Africa Environment WikiFocus, WikiFundi, WikiChallenge African Schools, and WikiAfrica Hour.
About African Knowledge Initiative (AKI)
The Africa Knowledge Initiative (AKI) is a collaboration of the Wikimedia Foundation, African Union, and Africa No Filter. AKI is designed to add factual knowledge about Africa to the Wikipedia projects through subject-focused drives that create visibility, decentralised access, and opportunities for training and contribution. Its goal is to inspire and support a new generation of African Knowledge activists through high-profile contribution campaigns.
Africa Knowledge Initiative (AKI) is a series of campaigns on the Wikimedia projects that pivots on three African Union Holidays (Africa Youth Day: 1st November 2022, Environment (Wangari Maathai) Day: 3rd March 2023, Africa Day: 25th May 2023). Each focus campaign is facilitated and activated by Wikimedia implementing partners. Wiki In Africa and Wikimedia Usergroup Côte d’Ivoire have been tasked with the Africa Environment WikiFocus.
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