Our society benefits from a multitude of nature’s blessings grounded upon biodiversity, known as ecosystem services. Sadly, however, over the last 50 years this biodiversity has been lost at an unprecedented pace. In Africa what used to lush tropical forest is gradually losing out to the aridity of the savannah and the desert. Unfortunately, desertification goes with desiccation of the land: rainfall reduces where the forest gives way to the grassland and so the land or the soil loses its fertility. The loss of the land’s fertility means the reduction in food production in a world whose population is increasing at a pace not commensurate with the production of food to sustain it. Several attempts are being made by governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and corporations to restore the environment.
This episode examines the attempts at restoring the environment’s biodiversity. The administrative factors, replanting and other methods needed to restore the ecosystem would be discussed with the experts and guests invited to today’s program.
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