Amadou Kanoute, Greenpeace in Africa's Executive Director
Our brand spanking new Johannesburg office is the missing piece of the Greenpeace puzzle. Now we are truly a global organisation.
people, action, solutions
Our Africa office is dediicated to tackling the most urgent environmental problems facing the continent -- climate change, rainforest destruction and overfishing.
If Africa doesn't do this, its people will get poorer and development will be unsustainable.
But we can do it. Solutions for a healthy Africa are possible.
Greenpeace Africa: People, Action, Solutions from Greenpeace on Vimeo.
Where are our Africa offices?
We will have three offices.
The first one is in Johannesburg in South Africa which opened today. Our second one opens at the end of this month in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Early next year we will open our Dakar office in Senegal.
Why these locations?
Because they lie at the heart of areas pivotal to challenging these critical problems.
In South Africa we will focus on climate change. The country is the 14th biggest in the world in term of CO2 emissions and it plays a very important role in international negotiations on climate change.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo we will enhance our campaign to protect primary forest in Congo - home of the the earth's second-largest rainforest. We will also refocus it on the link between forest protection and climate change.
Our third campaign, based from Senegal, is where we will fight illegal fishing and the theft of marine resources on Africa's west coast by European and Japanese ships.
Where does China fit in all of this?
China is one of Africa's fastest growing investors.
While their role is not yet as significant as developed nations it is growing rapidly.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development notes that China put seven times as much money into Africa in 2006 as it did in 2003.
Because of this, Greenpeace urges China, as with any foreign investor in Africa, to ensure that its activities there are sustainable and do not destroy the environment.
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