THE African Federation of Environmental Journalists (AFEJ), has nominated a Regional Editor of LEADERSHIP Newspapers, one of the leading Nigerian group of newspapers, Mr. Akanimo Sampson, as a member of its board of directors.
Sampson is also one of the anchors of Allvoices and a prominent contributor in the international media.The Secretary General of the continental body, Mr. Daud Abdi Daud Dhimbil, made this known to him in an e-mail on Tuesday. The e-mail however, reads in part, ''Dear Akanimo, first of all, i would like to let you know that you are nominated to be member of AFEJ board of directors and even to hold the possition of Chairperson of AFEJ Membership Comittee''.
The mail also announced the group's newly formed website www.afejnews.org in order to dealwith the environmental problems that constitute one of the key challenges on the African continent.
Such environmental problems as land degradation, deforestation, declining of marine resources and water scarcity of deteriorating of water and air quality are on the priority list in Africa. Despite, Africa possesses wealthy natural resources many Africans live in poverty unable to benefit from the African wealth because of uneven distribution across the continent and partly because of African complicated history over the past 50 years after the decolonization.
Africa has also a vast majority of poor states and regions, and poverty is a major reason and consequence of the environmental degradation. In general a vast majority of countries in Africa depend more on their natural resource base for economic and social needs than any other region in the world. Thus, two-thirds of sub-Saharan Africa’s people live in rural areas and rely on agriculture and other natural resources for income.
Sub-Saharan states of Africa are right the countries, where environmental problems are first on the agenda. The environmental problems have already waited a long time for their turn. Among them there are air and water pollution, inefficient use of natural resources, oil spills and so on. Environmental problems of sub-Saharan Africa also include air and water pollution, deforestation, loss of soil and soil fertility, and a dramatic decline in biodiversity throughout the region. nest paragraphs will face the problems in more details.
It is quite understandable that the environmental problems in Sub-Sahar region are crucial and severe. The most compelling problem in Sub-Saharan Africa is that it has one of the world’s fastest growing populations (approximately 2.2% a year). With the fast grow of the population the environmental challenge increase.
By the year 2025 according to some estimation, the population of the African people will be over a billion. This means that the environmental challenges will definitely double or triple.
The African Federation of Environmental Journalists (AFEJ) is a network and regional association founded in April 15, 2011. It acted as the head of national environmental journalist forums or media organizations of 42 countries in African region.
AFEJ members are professional journalists and media especialists promoting education, understanding and awareness of the environment through the honest and accurate reporting of national, regional and continental environmental and development issues. Now has a membership
of nearly 2000 individual journalists, media and environmental organizations. ENDS