Although most of the population of Africa lives in poverty, the continent is endowed with vast reserves of oil and gas, minerals, forests, water, wild game, and other natural resources. These enormous natural resources have attracted global economic interests and competition among world powers, making Africa a strategic but weak trading partner. Yet the centuries-long exploitation of Africa’s natural resources has led to limited development within the continent, and has culminated in a series of interlinked environmental crises including deforestation, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and pollution, soil degradation and crop failure, and solid and hazardous waste build-up. These have been exacerbated by rapid urbanization, climate crises, pandemics, authoritarianism, economic devastation, and gender inequality, to name just a few. Faced with multiple, overlaying crises, how are states, policymakers, advocates, practitioners, citizens, and other stakeholders taking up concerns with respect to conservation, natural resources, and environmental protection across Africa today?
Guest Editors: Frank Matose (University of Cape Town – Rondebosch, South Africa ), Lotsmart Fonjong (State University of New York – Syracuse, NY, USA), & David A. Sonnenfeld (State University of New York – Syracuse, NY, USA)