Climate change need not spell disaster for Africa, a panel of experts agrees. But to mitigate its effects, strong enforcement of laws needs to be put in place, and urban planning needs to be modernised and include urban green planning. Trees must be planted and open spaces preserved.
The World Energy Council has commended South Africa for the effectiveness of its energy policies, particularly its national electrification programme and "exemplary" renewable energy plans.
South African-based food packaging and processing company Columbit has launched an initiative to encourage its wine clients to reduce their carbon footprint. The company is distributing specimens of the indigenous spekboom plant, known for its immense carbon-absorbing properties, to wine producers to decorate their tasting rooms.
Delegates at the first all-African carbon forum in Dakar, Senegal, agreed the continent's entrepreneurs need cash to break into the expanding international carbon emissions trading market.