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A Photo Essay Celebrating Africa’s Precious Biodiversity

By Brighton Kaoma, Columbia University MPA Alum; Victor Nyambok, WWF Regional Office for Africa Communications Manager, and Alice Ruhweza, Africa Regional Head, WWF

The food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. During these exceptional times, nature is sending us a message: to care for ourselves, we must care for nature. It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices. It’s time to build back better for people and the planet.

Africa is immensely rich in biodiversity. Its living organisms comprise around a quarter of global biodiversity and it supports the Earth’s largest intact assemblages of large mammals, which roam freely in many countries. Africa’s biomes extend from mangroves to deserts, from Mediterranean to tropical forests, from temperate to sub-tropical and montane grasslands and savannas, and even to ice-capped mountains.

Today on World Environment Day, we are pleased to share with you some of Africa’s unique Biodiversity.

While we may be apart, today on World Environment Day our voices will join as one.

It’s time to appreciate the benefits that nature provides. It’s time to take action to protect & restore our natural world. This World Environment Day, it’s #TimeForNature.


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