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UCLA partnerships with Africa are changing lives

The July 2020 issue of the UCLA Magazine features the many partnerships developing between UCLA and Africa. Highlighted efforts include those by Tom Smith and Kevin Njabo through their work with the Congo Basin Institute.

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World World Zero features COVID-19 and climate change op-ed by Tom Smith

World War Zero, a coalition addressing climate change, has featured an op-ed by UCLA Professor Tom Smith, co-director of the Congo Basin Institute. “COVID-19 has shown the world the horrors of a pandemic. Climate change is an accelerator for pandemics. It’s time to wake up and take action — our future depends on it.”

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CNN segment featuring CTR Senior Research Fellow Peter Daszak

“We’re very confident that the origin of Covid-19 is in bats, said Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, a health nonprofit that tracks zoonotic spillover. “We just don’t know where exactly it originated — which bat species exactly. And we don’t know how many others there are out there that could emerge in the future.” Peter […]

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Understanding the coronavirus – a special episode

Peter Daszak, senior research fellow at UCLA Center for Tropical Research and president of the EcoHealth Alliance is featured in a PBS Newshour special podcast on the coronavirus pandemic. Since the first U.S. case was reported in late January, the new coronavirus has turned our lives upside down. But how did we get here? And […]

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UCLA and Africa: A history of partnership, a future of shared progress

by Taleen Ananian and Mike Fricano at UCLA Newsroom The impacts have spanned from health care to ecological preservation On days when Romeo Kamta has to go to his off-campus research station, it doesn’t mean getting in his car and hitting the Southern California freeways. Instead, it means hiking about 20 miles through dense rainforest to […]

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Remembering Africa’s Congo Basin on Earth Day

The rainforests of the Congo Basin are one of the most important centers of biological diversity on the planet and ground zero for climate change. Traditional conservation approaches based solely on identifying regions of high species richness, endemism and level of threat will be insufficient for preserving biodiversity. New approaches that identify regions where evolutionary […]

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A Battle to Protect Forests Unfolds in Central Africa

Indigenous people, environmentalists and industries vie for control over lands that can offer economic benefits or climate protection — but not always both. Fascinating article directly related to the work we’re doing at the CBI. Jack Losh is a journalist, photographer and filmmaker with a focus on conflict, culture and humanitarian issues. Please visit his […]

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The promise of Humboldt’s extraordinary scholarship

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Alexander von Humboldt’s birth offers an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come toward documenting the biodiversity of the planet. Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland’s exploration of the Amazon and Central America in 1799-1804 was an extraordinary achievement.  They traversed near impenetrable rainforests and clawed their way up two of […]

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Cameroon and Taylor Guitars team up to replant ebony trees

Cameroon is losing forest at a dramatic pace – with ebony trees fast disappearing. Now a Cameroon sawmill has partnered with US instrument maker Taylor Guitars, which favors the high-quality wood, to replant ebony trees. View original

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Congo Basin Institute receives $1 million from Pritzker Family Foundation

Melissa Abraham | August 15, 2019 UCLA has received a $1 million donation from the Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation to support UCLA’s Congo Basin Institute. The funds will advance the institute’s core mission of finding sustainable solutions to food and water insecurity, climate change, biodiversity loss, public health concerns and emerging diseases. “The Anthony & […]