To work together with all sectors of society raising awareness, encouraging action and advocating a better environment that uplifts the livelihood of current and future generations
To Champion the African Environment
Environment Africa works with all sectors of society throughout Southern Africa to protect and manage natural resources and to promote sustainable development. We are proud to foster partnerships that collaboratively develop and implement African solutions to African challenges.
Environment Africa facilitates community action by raising awareness, motivating and empowering people to protect and restore their environment and improve their livelihoods.
Key Areas that Concern Us
- Sustainable Livelihoods
- Climate Change
- Environmental Governance
Key Issues that Move Us
- The rights of Children and Youth
- HIV issues
- Dealing with Disability
- Good Health for all
Sustainable Development – “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987).
Environment Africa is committed to sustainable development, Agenda 21, the Johannesburg Plan of Action and the Millennium Development Goals.
Holistic Approach – The environment is shaped by geography and biophysical factors, the social, economic and by political actions and policies. Environment Africa takes a holistic approach to environmental management and recognizes that actions must address all these factors. We engage in cross cutting issues such as poverty alleviation, gender equality, youth, social justice and HIV/AIDS.
Building Coalitions – Coalitions are vital for effective advocacy and campaigns, raising awareness on key issues and influencing policy. Environment Africa builds and strengthens coalitions to add impact to its work. Only by working together can solutions be found for ecology, equity and economics.
People, are the key to Conservation – We are all integral to the environment in which we live. The only way to effectively restore, protect, conserve and manage the environment is by working with people, building partnerships and mobilizing action. Ethical values and a sense of spirit are essential for sustainability.
Passion for Progress – The sheer scale and complexity of global poverty and environmental challenges can leave people feeling depressed and hopeless. Environment Africa staff are energized by the challenges and have a passion to strive for progress. If a challenge seems overwhelming, we start by taking small achievable steps.
The African Way – African culture is dynamic and organic and has much potential to help conservation and tackle poverty. For example, there are many traditional rules designed to protect and enhance watersheds and forests and these can be used to help bring back balance to natural and social systems, combining traditional approaches with new ways of thinking and working.
Crossing Borders – Ecosystems do not sit neatly within single countries and many borders have been drawn along major natural features, such as the Zambezi River, thus dividing ecological zones. The environment is shared by everyone in the region, and thus, Environment Africa works in a transboundary manner to safeguard natural resources.
Environment Champions – Environment Africa applauds and supports Environment Champions. Some of our Champions work at village level, helping to share skills and knowledge with farmers and schools in the local area. Others work at policy level on laws, policies and institutions. Champions are innovative, risk taking and can create solutions to tackle complex challenges.