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tv   Eco Africa  Deutsche Welle  April 26, 2019 9:30pm-10:01pm CEST

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our documentary depicts the contrasts of everyday life. and help people cope with. iran bittersweet. starts may second g.w. . hello everybody and welcome to the latest edition of a good africa i'm no time in the foster park in lagos nigeria and i'm very happy to welcome you with new environmental top exam ideas from africa and europe but i'm not alone with me is why charming colleague in south africa i love felicia he is my name is from asia in this vein and i hope you'll stay tuned for our show which is brought to you by.
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channels t.v. and chris today will be taking you on a trip all over our beautiful continent as we throw some light on the environmental threats we face here. we'll explain to you why senegal is suffering more and more on the coastal road. i make art out of waste. and how it is making life difficult fishermen unlike the gloria. let's kick things off in egypt many areas in the north african country are so isolated they're completely off the power grid which is a problem for residents and the tourism industry so nepal could provide a solution but until now less than ten percent of that i just see in egypt has been provided by the sustainable resource however there are now plans in place to build the world's largest solar plant in egypt though this still
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a long way to go in the meantime to fill the gap smaller supplies are setting up a raise and localised grids let's take a look. at the. lawn is a remote fishing village on the red sea and it's not on the national grid. until recently the only alec tricity here came from diesel generators now a solar powered local grid provided to electricity of around the clock. enabling fishermen to store their catch safely. you know. when we caught fish we used to take them either eleven kilometers south to have more sixteen kilometers north to run. it was quite a long drive and the fish would sometimes go bad and start to smell. now that we
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have electricity around the clock we have a freezer people come to us to buy fish and we save on time and travel costs. one hundred kilometers to the north is marseille. it's a popular tourist destination the hotels here rely mostly on diesel generators for electricity. but that's not the case at the marseilles shaktar a large where people come from all over the world to dive the owners here have invested in solar power but the system only provides electricity during the day when it's dark the hotel still uses a diesel generator. still the partial switch to solar hasn't just been environmentally beneficial it's also been an advantage on an economic level. for many. for. the price of fossil fuels has risen a lot over the past eight years that's. right now the cost of producing one kilowatt
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using the generator is the equivalent of twelve year olds. on the other hand because from the solar plant is only. made one point six m. and as a result we've been able to recoup our outlays in less than five years before. the aim is to switch to one hundred percent clean energy as soon as possible. the many great and solar station was built and is maintained by the carm solar company itself the electricity to the hotel. jamaal opt out cause there is the on site maintenance technician karm solar has a policy of training local people wherever it builds a facility. and if and. when i started i was a manual labor. digging holes. carrying stuff around i knew nothing
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about solar power throughout slowly i started learning things to climb solar i got trained by their engineers. he checks the solar panels every day it's important to clean them regularly because a lot of sand blows around here for local technicians karm solar is grids present opportunities for career progression. where i'm no in charge of three solar grids and nasa. karm solar mostly sets up facilities for big clients and companies but it also serves smaller ones like this bedouin settlement they recently received two solar panels from donors. jamal is visiting to explain how the mini grid works. and why harm solar also works but the government on large on grid power plants.
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another sign that solar power has a bright future in egypt. did you ever stop to think that a lot of what we throw away could be used in other ways to illustrate our french project started creating mosques out of waste then this was so successful that its members now travel around the world to share the idea and god has inspired school kids start doing their bit for the environment. is one of the most polluted countries in the world the capital across generates about three thousand metric tons of waste in a single day off and it's burnt in the open polluting the air. creating awareness on waste that's the aim of the international initiative part of change twenty one together was to danny and nonprofits they visit schools and show
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kids there how to personalize dust masks with plastic textiles would waste. that raises their awareness of the environmental impact of garbage cans at the same time they learn that it can be recycled rather than discarded indiscriminately in the streets. you know like that. if you were doing your. visit our website or send us a tweet. do your. hair your story. what a wonderful idea and a great initiative let's hope it will inspire many more kids to change the attitudes towards waste shifting gears now to another environmental problem that threatens nearly the entire west coast of africa erosion the sea has already
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swallowed many villages on the atlantic and residents are helpless to stop it. more fishing villages close senegalese car erosion isn't the only problem industrial activities are also poisoning the environment to belgian documentary makers went to find out the facts uncovered a shocking situation. the. science is. many. new. to. the bunny project is a web documentary by law m.p.'s nest that black and white film tells the story of a vanishing senegalese town near the capital dhaka the belgian filmmakers
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discovered a coastal town called bonnie which is under threat from the sea but also industrialization . in the west there's been a cement work very close to the chorus since nine hundred forty six a new city center is being built to the north. seventy percent is built on land that could be found. in the west of the quarter there's a coal fired power station that went into operation in twenty eighteen. the government says the power station will be able to light up the whole of senegal but it was constructed on land that was originally promised to the fishing and farming communities ongoing coastal erosion is forcing families to abandon their crumbling houses by the sea.
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but. i see a lot less. it's. a cop out in what they're. equipped with a notebook and a camera here and long explored the densely populated urban area where almost seventy thousand people live. they met families deprive both of a place to live and the means to make a living too to the construction project. sit down i hope this land wasn't worth a lot up to now and that is precisely the danger with this new town center that it's being described as if it would have been a wasteland otherwise without any homes but maybe a few fields pretty insignificant all in all the lives of real. just a hundred metres from the power plant local women dry fish traditional work that
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provides almost one thousand jobs but now a buffer zone is being created between the power station and local homes the place where people come to dry fish is being swallowed up as a result. because if you if we. are really nothing to. you if i am by satellite the size of the village. the filmmakers say that barneys homes schools and fields are already covered with enough dust from the cement plant. the industrialization of senegal is a billion dollar project that has failed to take into account many environmental issues. the met. the course building a power station alongside the port and the old cement works has added to c o two emissions and contributed to climate change. and it most probably will
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exacerbate coastal erosion to. our station is also threatened by erosion and is situated very close to the kind of story. the to pass ballot events divide. and now back in bonnie to show their film to the communities affected they hope their web documentary can raise awareness about the situation and inspire more people to resist construction projects that disregard the local population and their environment. staying within the west african sub region here in nigeria the activities of man also affects the earth even farming as well a young man in lagos is wanting to help to solve that problem he wants to reduce the effects of farming on the earth through the hydroponic system of farming and uses less land space and little or no soil for the cultivation of vegetables
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however the most remarkable bit of news is that it brings the farmers and their produce closer to the. these bustle parsley and litters plants a special they being drowned with old use a noble sword vision over to systemise called i dread politics to feed the plants the governess use an organic sterile media made from the block of the coconut tree at the clinic you transfer yours not. your chance with chemical additives basically selling the natural state and especially vegetable form and other. nutrients that the plants need. they got no color we grew began growing herb's and vegetables in lagos two years ago fresh produce is often difficult to find in the
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nigerian megacity and organic products even harder to get hold of cutting a cut always starts with a need to. want to empower the farmers and also with the consumer in mind in terms of providing fresh quality produce to all consumers which is real farm to table which is part of the whole agricultural revolution that's going on in the world by growing locally they could even on the cot the prices of the organic produce a valuable in the city bodies still make profits conventionally grown vegetables so other markets cost around thirty percent more than the organic ones here i buy keil spinny's in the eighty's most of them i imported suv get very expensive but the seas look and the groom a dandy so the price and yes it's very reasonable when you think about what you're
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getting nothing can be fresh for you know straight from from farm to mouth the whole concept nothing if it's not too expensive. it's environmentally friendly other company only delivers within the city it keeps its carbon footprint low the firm is also helping other farmers to further its example. we. branch of the called and the system gets a cut of the content that literally you know be would people approach the farm for them and then trust fights. so far they've helped three farmers to launch their own businesses. we are also planning to expand and are currently sitting up to new c.t. farms in lagos. some german cities have begun imposing driving bans on
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older diesel vehicles that's because diesel emissions can cause disease the ban is also an issue for logistics and possible delivery companies a german company plans to convert it entire fleet and has developed its only electric vehicle why we spent a day with a mail carrier on the road. benyamin for it is a mailman it's a whole small town there hamburg in northwest germany he didn't know there's about eight hundred letters and ninety parcels a day. he works for dr past germany's biggest mail company. he drives an electric powered lights to lety vehicle called a street scooter. the post has a fleet of thirty four at this sorting office. and yes i'm in my first impression was that they look a bit odd that the design was unusual. past special it's nothing like it had ever
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been seen before. the vehicle was commissioned by dr passed because there were none on the market that fulfilled its requirements. dacha passed for the company that makes the vehicle four years ago. when benyamin four sets off each morning the battery is fully charged it can't be recharged while he's out and about only back at the depo. the range is eighty kilometers that's fine for his routine it's a whole except perhaps when he has the heating on. as i might once when it was raining a lot and everything was really damp i cranked up the heating on and i used five percent more power on that day and it wasn't even cold when i have to see what happens when it really does get called agent for the. past has eight thousand electric delivery vans in small towns across germany now it
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wants to deploy street scooters in big cities as well but their limited range has so far been a problem dontcha past spokesperson martin gauntlet acknowledges that the diesel powered vans they currently use in cities will have to be replaced as they cause a lot of pollution. between humans and the volume of parcels has been rising and will continue to do so we can only guarantee delivery if we have a fleet they can reach our customers where ever they are that will no longer be possible with our diesel trucks and inner cities and perceivable future. so we have to consider alternatives. environmental activists design kiddies and regularly measures the air quality. it's not just cars and trucks that pollute the air here but also ships have buggies germany's largest port. the concentration of particulate matter is high. the same kind of pollution from water traffic that we
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do from street traffic it's just that on ships the diesel engines are much bigger hence the high levels of nitrogen oxides and find particularly. matter in our setting. older diesel vehicles that don't meet the euro six standards have now been banned from parts of downtown. at least that's a step in the right direction. to all road traffic to be electric powered there are no longer any technical obstacles to cars and light commercial vehicles all going electric. then of course the air would be lovely. if large commercial fleets such as that of dr past the switch to electricity that would make a significant difference the post office his street scooters are too small for the large volumes of goods it has to shift in hamburg and new and bigger model is in the works. benyamin koch says most people he meets welcome the shift calls but
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there is one problem. here. once an old lady was about to walk out in front of the van horn and she jumped she complained that you can't hear new cars anymore but then she said it's good that they don't pollute the environment. benyamin forbes says he's happy with his evil he just has to drive even more carefully because people don't notice it coming as it glides silently through it's a hole. in tanzania and uganda and kenya restocks in lake victoria are being depleted pollution is partly to blame easily by exploitation of natural resources a research project report as seven countries in europe and africa wants to help to talk some of these problems. all reporter went to uganda to meet with
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a team from the university of calls raw in germany the scientists have come to the lake to hold workshops their goal is to boost fish talks and show noble communities how to preserve the environment. muhammad has been fishing off they were going to shows of little taller for more than twenty five years. but. we no longer catch fish like we used to. be economic impact on us. right now you can sit traps and come up empty or give just one catch a week in the old days we would get a good catch every day. the main cause for the depletion of stocks is overfishing pollution from industrial activity is another problem these issues have made it harder to meet the rise in
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the mind for fish. this has prompted some ugandans to set up fish farms. one of the biggest challenges is the lack of clean fresh water. runs of fish from outside the capital kampala. to fish farming you have to keep flushing your points all the time so you can imagine the amount of money that we spent just to make sure that we had water running into the different points every ten thousand. she's taking part in a union funded project called the one she does this from us are learning about a new technology. it was developed by a team of european and african scientists the project is led by professor john from the university of khan's way in germany the team has come up with a new system green use west water in order to cut costs while boosting efficiency.
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one develop a system for the market it's called research aquaculture so this system makes. hundred percent water reuse water is circulation so it's mentally very friendly because there's no water going through and there's nothing spoiling the environment and we make use of renewable energy in order to reduce c o two footprint. in the tunnel on the side of the lake it's already in place the water is filtered using what's known as membrane bio reactor technology. in uganda has been using recycled water for the last eighteen months the used water is pumped into a tunnel from there it flows into this busines which contains toms and sun that help
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clean the water. wants to use recycled water to have big bones too. so we already have the system and it has proved to be very efficient for us using the same water would maintain the same temperature because that's also very crucial when you're watching exit to there in doha cherry so for the points that still work in progress for us to see how it would be able to integrate it. just like more from us to recycle water ideally using renewable energy the professor and his team have been working on this project for the last three years so far their work has brought them to uganda kenya and tanzania. we want to train we want to show people and we want to see how everything develops in the future and finally very very important this we need to at dept this solution for the
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local market so at the moment we brought a lot of ideas from europe and now we need the feedback of the local people to give us a guidance in future how can we develop a low cost system one of the ways they're hoping to achieve that is by promoting exchange between scientists and from us the established best practices that boost fish stocks and protect the environment. we'll come to the end of this edition of record africa but we will be back next year with more environmentalists ideas and initiatives from africa and europe we hope you enjoy the show see you next time from now so long from the foster park in lagos nigeria. and don't forget if you want to know more visit our website or check us out on social media we appreciate your feedback and comments sunderland next edition of eco africa thanks for
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watching and goodbye from the crew here in johannesburg.
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