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Weak policies harming circular economy path in Africa

last modified May 30, 2018 07:08 PM
African countries need to embrace circular economy to lessen waste production and pollution whilst promoting environmentally friendly and sustainable growth, experts say.

Circular economy — the concept of reducing and reusing waste — could help the African continent solve environmental challenges, according to the 2nd Next Einstein Forum held in Rwanda last month (26-28 March).

Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, criticised policies and regulatory frameworks in the region, saying they do not promote circular economy. For instance, used cars imported into Africa continue to pollute the environment because of low implementation of environmental standards.

“This requires political will, more education and training for people to understand the importance of this [circular economy],” Ndong-Jatta says.


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