An estimate of 430 million individuals in Africa lack access to potable water and 870 million have no access to basic sanitation.Water withdrawals in Africa are mostly directed towards agriculture that significantly contributes to the African GDP, employment, and food supplies. The current drought conditions affecting most of the water scarce counties in Africa adversely impacts wildlife and communities.
Less precipitation doesn’t only mean less water, it also means less food, vegetation, and no places for animals to hide, making wildlife especially vulnerable when drought conditions persist. The lack of vegetation can pose some serious problems for the animals and communities protecting them, including many bird species. When it’s dry, a lot of plants don’t appear, and plants are important for bug life and communities. These are also an important food source for a lot of birds. For example, a bird that nests on the ground, can become more vulnerable because of the lack of vegetation surrounding it.
The biggest challenge facing both animals and human beings is water. As soon as water bodies start drying up, wild animals find their way into our communities. Vegetation, plants, and water are very important to all animals, especially in Africa where animals are on the brink of extinction. So, they may make larger movements to try and find food (vegetation) and water.
Decreases in water levels oftentimes reduce habitat, by increasing the availability of freshwater resources we protect the environment, wildlife, and constitutional human rights. MEB is a supplier of environmentally sensitive water and wastewater solutions that can be quickly deployed with little to no interruptions to existing infrastructure and wildlife. Contact out professional staff to learn more about our world-class treatment solutions.