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YCV Research Series

Climate Change and Vulnerable Communities in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe: Recommendations for a Just Recovery Plan

By Melania Chiponda

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Extractives and Illicit Financial Flows
Toward Climate Financing for a Just Transition

By Simon Rakei

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WHY ARE MANGROVES AREAS IMPORTANT?

Mangroves are tropical trees that thrive in conditions most timber could never tolerate — salty, coastal waters, and the interminable ebb and flow of the tide. With the ability to store vast amounts of carbon, mangrove forests are key weapons in the fight against climate change, but they are under threat worldwide.

Africa particularly is at risk, it houses 15% of all mangrove areas in the world, a fall from 19% in the early 2000s. The continent is losing precious mangrove areas, which are vital for marine nurseries. Mangrove forests — specifically, their thick, impenetrable roots — are vital to shoreline communities as natural buffers against storm surges, an increasing threat in a changing global climate with rising sea levels. Their dense roots help bind and build soils. Their above-ground roots slowly down water flows and encourage sediment deposits that reduce coastal erosion.

Africa's major mangrove forests have been decimated in recent decades due to logging, fish farming, coastal development, and pollution, leading to increased blue carbon emissions and greater exposure of vulnerable coastal communities to flooding and other threats to livelihood.

There is a growing focus from African communities and organisations on mangrove rehabilitation and restoration.

Climate Articles

'Catching them Young': The Story of Teaching Sustainability

By Sharon Munjenjema and Florence Mwale

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When the Water Came for us

By Roland Ngam

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Black Gold, Black Lungs

By Sintha Chiumia and Emmanuel Croset

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Adapt or Die

By Roland Ngam

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"Rich Nations Should Start Paying Up For Loss And Damage"

By Mercy Malikwa

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Reclaiming the Shared Vision of the Nile Basin Starting with the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

By Stephen Max Donkor

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Resisting extractivist development

An interview with Nonhle Mbuthuma 

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Energy and Climate Crisis: Defending the Public Good

An interview with Bruce Baigrie

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Environmental and Human Rights Accountability Gaps in Mining

By Dr Hibist Kassa and Rachael Nyirongo

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Climate incrementalism
threatens to derail COP26 negotiations

By Thandile Chinyavanhu

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Climate anxiety, generational rage: The disgruntled youth take centre stage

By Elana Astrud Kroneberg

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Climate change demands
Eskom reform

By Moira Levy

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SA’s reliance on coal remains
major hurdle to ‘just transition’

By Martin Nicol

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