Eco Africa: The Environment Magazine

DW's Eco Africa showcases innovative concepts and best practice projects from Africa and Europe and presents environment and climate change ideas that inspire others to get on board or start something of their own. The show offers insight and moves people to help protect the environment.

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Greening Egypt's capital with rooftop gardens


In Cairo, green spaces are a rare luxury. That's what inspired urban farming startup Schaduf to help poor Egyptians clean up roofs and create gardens, thereby greening the city and improving their quality of life.


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Saving Ghana's endangered hippos


20 years ago local village chiefs in Ghana founded a conservation programme to protect pygmy hippos. The programme is a success and the number of hippos has increased from two to almost 40.


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Salvaging raw materials from car batteries


Waste car batteries usually end up on the scrapheap. But a German engineer has made it his mission to recycle them - by extracting the valuable raw materials they contain.


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Doing Your Bit: South Africa's plastic roads


Plastic waste is a problem, all around the world. But as it turns out, you can actually use it for a good purpose: To make road surfaces cheaper, stronger and longer-lasting.


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Hair extensions from natural fibers


A Kenyan entrepreneur is using sisal to put an an eco-friendly twist on hair extensions. Her products are fully biodegradable, cheaper than synthetic extensions, and can even be reused.


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Saving water with flush-free toilets


The average toilet uses around six liters of water for every flush. Two sisters from Frankfurt have based their business around an eco-friendly alternative: portable compost toilets.


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Doing Your Bit: Weaving waste into fashion


An organization in Nigeria is combining environmental action with female empowerment. It trains women to recycle waste plastic by weaving it into fashion accessories - which they can sell for a profit.


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Protecting Harare's wetlands


As the population swells in Zimbabwe's capital, some people are building homes on the city's wetlands. But residents and environmental groups have come together to restore and protect these unique ecosystems.


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Rescuing old sneakers in Germany


More than a million tons of shoes are thrown away every year in Europe alone. German company Sneaker Rescue wants to change that, by giving worn out sneakers a new lease of life.


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Doing Your Bit: Tanzanian cartoonist inspiring environmental change


When Ngaira Mandara posted a short clip showing one of Dar es Salaam's best known monuments struggling with the heat, he received an overwhelming response. His animations help raise awareness about global warming.


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