Africa

Cameroon Suspends 27 Logging Licenses

Cameroon’s minister of forestry and wildlife, Philip Ngole Ngwese, recently announced that the government has suspended 27 logging licenses from timber companies that have continuously violated forest-protection legislation.

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Wanjira Maathai Discusses the Future of her Mother’s Legacy

Wanjira Maathai, daughter of the late Wangari Maathai, paid a visit to the Goldman Prize office to chat about her mother's legacy and the future of the Green Belt Movement. The Green Belt Movement continues to focus on tree-planting and community engagement operations in Kenya, and would eventually like focus on expanding into other African nations.

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African Union Creates Official Day in Honor of Wangari Maathai

Honor and recognition keep pouring in for the late environmental hero Wangari Maathai.

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Historic Elections Underscore Significance of Fight to Protect Okapi Reserve in Eastern Congo

What do Ben Affleck, Cindy McCain and Corneille Ewango (2005) have in common? An understanding that local communities working together at the grassroots level is the surest way to defeat a common problem or reach a common goal.

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San Francisco Bay Area Says Farewell to Wangari Maathai

The Goldman Environmental Foundation and the Green Belt Movement hosted a memorial service for 1991 Goldman Prize winner Wangari Maathai on Wednesday night. The service was held at the Delancey Street Theatre in San Francisco.

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In Memoriam: Wangari Maathai, Environmentalist and Peacemaker

We were terribly saddened to receive news this morning about the passing of Wangari Maathai. As a life so full would have it, she held numerous honors and distinctions. We were honored to recognize her with the 1991 Goldman Environmental Prize and will forever be inspired by her unwavering commitment to the environment and social justice.

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Arab Spring in Egypt Brings ‘Pivotal Moment’ for Garbage Collectors

1994 Goldman Prize winner Laila Iskandar and her Cairo-based NGO, the Spirit of Youth Association (SYA), saw an opportunity in Egypt’s recent political uprising to raise awareness about the importance of proper waste management.

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2011 Prize Week: Q&A with Raoul du Toit

Raoul du Toit won the Goldman Prize for his courageous work in coordinating conservation initiatives that have helped to develop and maintain the largest remaining black rhino populations in Zimbabwe.  We sat down with him to learn more about his work.

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CNN's "African Voices" profiles Feliciano dos Santos

Feliciano dos Santos (Mozambique, 2008) is the subject of the most recent African Voices program on CNN International. In the piece, Santos discusses his successful music career with his band, Massukos, and his work in helping communities in the poorest region of Mozambique with sanitation and infrastructure projects. Click the image above to watch the three-part video series.

The songs tackling Mozambique's sanitation woes [CNN]

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2008 recipient Feliciano dos Santos honored as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer

Today, National Geographic announced the names of the fourteen 2010 Emerging Explorers, including 2008 Goldman Prize recipient from Mozambique, Felicano dos Santos. The Emerging Explorers program "recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring adventurers, scientists, photographers, and storytellers making a significant contribution to world knowledge through exploration."

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