The Pacom Annual Report (2001/2002) To Start Ssc
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At the beginning of the new millennium Africa is characterized by two interrelated features: rising poverty levels and deepening environmental degradation. Africa is the poorest region of the world. It has the largest share of people living on less than US $1 per day. Almost 40% of the people in Africa live below the poverty line. At least one-third of Africa’s population is undernourished and that number is also growing. Africa is the only region of the world where poverty is projected to rise during this century if adequate measures are not urgently taken. Of the 45 countries on the UNDP list of Low Human Development Indicators, 35 are in Africa. Indeed two-thirds of the 48 countries included in the list of Least Developed Countries are in Africa. Related to the rising poverty is the degradation of the environment and increasing loss of the region’s natural resources. UNEP’s Africa Environment Outlook (AEO) report observes that conditions in natural habitats and f.....
PublisherPACOM & PASS
CitationThe 16th Start Scientific Steering Committee Meeting, Hanoi, Vietnam, oct. 2002
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