tv Eco Africa Deutsche Welle July 22, 2020 5:30am-6:00am CEST
discover. subscribe to documentary. the next 2 or 3 decades could be make or break for the future of our planet desi fuels and plastics are 2 big challenges but in fact they are useful so simply getting rid of them isn't the solution we need to replace them with environmentally friendly alternatives and lucky for us there are a lot of clever innovations and inventions out there that could help make the world
a better place and not just for us humans welcomes eco africa. in lagos nigeria and here's a look at what we have lined up on the show today. parties are fun but really how is another mountain of clever competitors spends you the trouble. in bali so love is helping people to realize their dreams without having to leave home. and then gonna have is making waste management more efficient i look at it for people whose livelihoods depend on. our 1st report showcases one of the world's greatest waste disposal services i'm talking about one are provided by vultures this scavengers are not only willing they are eager to do the dirty work of cleaning up caucuses found in the wild they are about 23 different species of the bird across the world but sadly far too many of them on the threat and that is a problem because vultures play a vital role in keeping ecosystems healthy which makes them well worth protecting
let's take a look. at the health of africa's 11 vultures species artists hearing on the brink of extinction the environmental and nature kenya has been observing the developments in east africa it's distressing because without these scavengers dead animals would rot wherever they dropped and that set in china each a shish age which is a very much important. cleaning the environment we call them the. undertaker the clean the environment all the dead carcasses and by doing this they stop the spread of diseases diseases like rocks. and all that nature can yet introduced a vulture conservation program in them aside mara nature reserves in 2014 it's
a mr spread awareness of the crucial role vultures play. this group of must side work is nature kenya's vulture ambassadors they explains in villages where the dead cow all go to spoil i grew chemicals in order to kill parrots says that threaten their livestock all of the animals that feed on the cac poison and that includes a lot to vultures so as i want to volunteer i usually go into my region for example in my location i usually go take some data on one of the conflict when there is a conflict. but it should be for its place and we we actually sometimes take the carcasses of those. to kill animals and we put them aside and you can. actually talk to the owner of the imo no 2 ways when. support from villages and their leaders is key to the ngos campaign the assistant chief of one village tells
us that battles between humans and animals are going issue in the area. there is a lot of conflict animals are being killed by life. or leopards people who are also getting killed by elephants and lions in the present a serious challenge for us you are going to have a conflict incident awareness of i mean to be there. but too often the main victims of these conflicts are vultures and that's the environmentalists message to put an end to the agonizing that nature. kenya also cooperates with the mara reserves ranges. i think the biggest challenge is the issue of reporting. cases of poisoning we normally don't get a lot of reports from the community because they know that it's a crime and so a lot of this go unreported. but reporting the cases would get becomes a vacation is the chance to save the birds. that's why keeping communication
channels open is important. the effort is. basically talking now we discuss because we don't assume that they don't know they know something so what we do is to add to my diving and basically to create awareness also supported by bird live international the program is focused mainly on east africa because that's where vulture death rates are especially high the campaigns push to improve the exchange of information is now starting to yield results we are getting reports on not human to live conflict and also responses to. what voices please and and by these some voices have been saved because there is. poisoning response protocol that is being followed. case off any. poisoning incident this
year and it's a national initiative was launched with the goal of reducing vulture moat sanity in africa by 50 percent within the next decade. but for it to work it's vital that the local communities are also on board. and now from the birds to be like vultures being is also in danger as toxic pesticides used in agriculture are causing them to die off i don't president at rates one start up has come up with a neat idea to help these important pollinators companies 3 founders develop an insect friendly loss of mixture but you don't need to plant them creates a combustible confetti back and simply be thrown into the wind it's not only easy it's fun to just take a look at this week's the year but. when
humans gather to celebrate they often friend confetti to revive and up the party. but for many peace and other insects the party is over. due to industrial agriculture many of the plants they need to survive are being lost. phillip via wants to give bees a helping hand. so he and some friends have created by an integrated bill confetti made from stanch. and they add to the mix seeds of $26.00 local flower species. the entrepreneurs hope that happy humans will toss the eco friendly confetti an urban areas there by creating additional foraging options for beings and other
insects. we can train during a celebration. and that means that 1st the human celebrate and then the nature of. the fun and delightful way to preserve biodiversity. and how about you if you're also doing your best tell us about it visit our website oh send us a tweet. hash tag doing your best. we share your stories. wow what a wonderful idea. for the environment that's a good one but let's move on to another great green idea eco friendly construction projects that are also designs to cope with the threat posed by climate change
rising sea levels are making headlines everywhere but particularly in places like the netherlands where a quarter of the country over ready lies below sea level some architects enough of them thought it would make sense to build a floating houses the results are pretty impressive that's it. living on water in the city center one day more than a 100 people live on this side canal in amsterdam. michael schmidt and his wife yvonne van sock among the 1st residents. to the slim conclusion it's a different way of life here least not the sly. the water sparkles and reflects everywhere. and now exactly it actually seems more extreme. you're closer to nature when the wind blows and you open the door
a gust of wind will come rushing into your face so everything arrives pretty directly here. this is one of a total of 30 buildings which are part of the project strong strip amsterdam each building has its own design. they have one thing in common they float on special concrete rafts fastened on to. the swimming foundation needs to be able to carry several 100 tons and must therefore be balanced precisely by architects like europe how it upfront you have to calculate every thing that you put on the boat how heavy it will be because if you put in too much. weight it will be too low and then the water starts to come in so that's why we make a lot of calculations but front how heavy the boat will be 20 different architects were involved in the project the houses were built on land and then brought to the
talk about sustainability is particularly important to the inhabitants short trip translates into clean she wanted to achieve is to show that you can live on water with very sustainable houses and in a sustainable way in the sense that we as a community so we had 30 high levels of what we wanted to show. to the world actually. like all the buildings kid rock's house is supplied with produce solar power are sustainable and eco friendly materials we used for the houses the facade of the rocks is made from cork. we had lots of discussions with a whole group and we had help from different. materials so we ended up with a list a green orange list and the red list wreckless was a no go orange was ok if you really have to because of cost reasons or technical
reasons but prefer to use only materials from the greenest so corcos on the green list and we liked it very much showed it was our choice to do so. living on water has a long tradition in amsterdam houseboats can be seen on almost every canal. one of the 1st closing districts was built a couple of years ago in the district of. 50 houses on artificial islands now the trend is arriving in the european cities in london for example where british architects back up planning floating homes in the royal docks copenhagen has responded to a lack of affordable student housing with the so-called. 12 floating houses designed by star architect. doesn't shy away from even greater visions of floating city for 10000 people in regions threatened by climate change. in amsterdam demand is on the rise too i think there's
a really big potential building on the water we see we have some requests for all over the world from new yorkers looking to live on the water belgium or in the netherlands there are several areas where they are building houses in communities over 520-2200 houses even. for yvonne van stock and marcus schmidt this vision has become a reality 150 square meters 2 floor was a roof garden almost like a house in the countryside. but there is one difference their home. yes it was a little weird the 1st one you still haven't felt sick yet but i did have a day where i sure i need to set foot on some solid ground for the 1st born. it's a small price to pay for their dream of living on water.
if you are a regular viewer of our show you know that lots of people in africa do not have access to electricity it's not just that they can't turn on the lights on power at the flip of a street electricity also drives business and without it people are deprived of valuable opportunities many results vying diesel generators but of course they aren't environmentally friendly how much better if the electricity comes from a renewable source one startup from germany is bringing solar power into remote areas. and bali that's it us. residents in the village of syrup in southwestern mali are getting ready to welcome visitors the village has never heard electricity now that's about to change thanks to thorsten scheiber and his wife aida. they're the founders of
a company called africa green tech they arrived to great fanfare. thank them to neighboring solar power plants to remote villages in the south pole region. but everyone here has been looking forward to this day for a long time. this is also in life so it is such a relief to finally achieve this and make it possible for the people here. you know . this is taken nearly 9 months of preparation when the moment finally comes where you know now it's happening tomorrow checking the containers spent 6 months at the customs office followed by a long drawn. i've lasting many days over sunday rhodes the solar system costs 150000 euros the hope is it will strengthen the local economy. and offer that for to make a solar plant like this worthwhile you need
a village with at least 4 to 5000 residents we also look very closely at whether there's potential for a productive use of electricity unlike home solar power providers our focus is on strengthening small and medium sized businesses so we want to know are there carpenters and welders and tailors here and we look for 40 or 50 small and medium sized businesses. there i need a schreiber was born in mali. she's particularly keen to help the women here many of them sell goods she wants them to benefit from the new supply of electricity to . them and i'm not going to give them an example and i have a lot of the blame of the state most of the problems that the women here have stem from the fact that they have no access to education. as a result they're much more focused on having children and the birth rates go up and up here on us africa green africa greentech does his offer them an opportunity to
receive training and improve their chances of earning money it's to decide. if the economy in the village improves the residents will also have more money to invest in their children's education so beyond providing electricity it's also about improving the villages prospects. in the village of a 5 hour drive away that's already evident here a solar plant from africa greentech has been operating for 2 years now and the local economy is flourishing. kaito runs a restaurant on the main road that leads to molly's capital bamako he also has a workshop and a chicken farm. now before the 21 i was already on my way to spain but when i heard that electricity was coming to julie but i came back and opened this restaurant and thank god i'm now earning enough for all of. this
to locate her has also created jobs providing a secure income for many other families in the village. that haider and thorsten keep contact with customers like my cater to learn from their experiences his successes confirmation that they're on the right path. back in syria the work is nearing completion the last few street lights are being cut up some who were previously undecided now want to sign a contract with the company as they see things a really happening so leave connotates wife sells vegetables and poultry so he wants electricity in his house. i do my signed the contract because i want to buy a fridge and then my wife will be able to keep her produce fresh for longer it will get a better price for it. my children will be able to study better like
a dog and life here will be safer. customers do have to pay for we have tricity but it costs a lot less than power from the diesel generators that is so widespread in africa. it takes about 15 years for the company to get the money back on its investment $18.00 solar containers are already up and running including one in neighboring new share 4 more are on their way to africa. one of. what motivates us as founders is wanting to make a mark bring change and inspire others to follow suit for me personally helping the environment is key i want my children to know that i had least tried to change things and didn't just watch as everything got worse. towards evening everything is finally set. the control systems for the but
trays a tested one small to ensure there would also be power when it gets dark. when the engine shut it all right that was an important moment if the storage systems want working that would have seen it but now we can produce a light. at the bottom of the another topic frequently featured on eco africa is waste management which in several countries on the continent badly organized or non-existent in west africa one stock has developed an app to help improve the efficiency of collecting on recycling waste could the idea catch on elsewhere too many people that got already using oh. just a quick leak and they waste collectors on the road and
a crime based company is always on call to pick up its clients plastic waste and not only does their recycling phone call their waste it also pays for their beds await the amount entered into the ad and then money transferred grind to their clients account. time i've been in the morning and unmindful reply mark on a plate make a request on the up and place my requests then one of the i ready to pick from and they pick up there and then the plastic. bags small collection trucks have been zipping around across streets for 3 years every month they collect all the 12 tons of plastic waste from regular customers at around $2500.00 households. teamed up with a friend for the fraudulent. probably by the mobile platform recycling
some people spin got tapes. sent to article with quotes where pick up. and i would just pick them up to be sold to them because of the possibilities would be i would cycle between you put on. at the company's processing sites the plastic is 1st sorted and shredded. then there is outing flakes and pallets assault on 2 companies in ghana and you roll. up 80 percent of the stuff is female their women say they are able to and leave a bowl wage from their work here really do 3 or 4 in a day that is a lot of money we have a company. health health insurance and health and life insurance too and we found. when we called a company. in bluegrass medication that company buys the medical and the
medicine for us. clearly about also buys plastic waste from women who collect it in the streets and believe in themselves it has become an important source of income for 68 year old rosalynn to day and have family. and friends it's helped me to plan my critiques for my meat i have my own meat. i buy for 3 days in various reasons for my grand children food when they ask me to give them some food for them i mean i would just go for the money i want anybody to me it's why i want to get them to put down for them several times a week rising in to take its watches collected and prepared to eggcorn about jumps into one is just. from her home she delivers $80.00 to $100.00 kilos in month
to the company with no smartphone she prefers to be paid in cash payments down option it can be even conscious it can be food high tains whichever you don't buy thing most of them going like the money but don't use the baby i like bill is what i believe to feed you know i don't think and then we have a package for kids with coverage yeah the. business is also supporting their recycling model and then i saw several of your station has signed up for his services and has installed collection beings on its premises which can use. we're hoping to do even bigger things together. we will follow them into when they need to do the outreaches and stuff like that a southie radio will be there to give the support so that more and more people are educated and so the practice becomes
a habit there recycling said this also gets waste from garbage dumps to accommodate the growing volume of plastic the company recently acquired a match piece of land on the outskirts of the city. well i hope that if you don't already recycle your rubbish that this will persuade you to stop be sure to join us again next week for more inspiring green ideas are remember you can always visit our website or show a fault on comments we doesn't treat on facebook if you enjoyed the show thanks for watching a military signing off from lagos nigeria by. oh. oh. oh. oh.
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