Creating Environmental Leaders at the African Leadership University
21st February 2017
EcoPlanet Bamboo has entered into a collaboration with the Conservation School at the African Leadership University to encourage the next generation of environmental leaders to consider the intersect between conservation and the environment, and business.
Africa is facing a multitude of environmental crises, and traditional models of donor funded conservation are not going to be sufficient to enable development and environmental protection to occur side by side. EcoPlanet Bamboo's for profit, triple bottom line framework is designed to address a number of these environmental crises, including but not limited to:
- Habitat loss due to few opportunities for sustainable rural livelihoods
- Increasing forest degradation due to growing demand for wood and timber
- Climate change leading to lower yields and therefore expansion of the agricultural frontier
Wildlife conservation and development can go hand in hand, but this requires innovative market driven solutions to provide growing populations and Africa's booming middle class with improved quality of life, without a disastrous toll on the continent's remaining natural resources, and associated wildlife. Each of EcoPlanet Bamboo's current Africa based operations, in Ghana and South Africa, have been designed to address specific country and context specific environmental and social issues of concern.
"Promoting young leaders and encouraging them to think outside the box is an integral part of EcoPlanet Bamboo's culture" says CEO Troy Wiseman. "We are particularly excited with the location of the second campus of the ALU's Conservation School Rwanda and look forward to providing students with experiential learning".
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