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Africa's natural wealth is key to fighting poverty – UN

Africa must harness its teeming mineral, freshwater, tourism and land resources to help fight poverty, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a report titled "Our Environment, Our Wealth" on Tuesday.
"The report challenges the myth that Africa is poor. Indeed, it points out that its vast natural wealth can ... be the basis for an African renaissance," said UNEP's new executive director Achim Steiner.

But he warned that without changes in policy or sufficient funding "Africa may take a far more unsustainable track that would see an erosion of its nature-based wealth and a slide into ever deeper poverty".

UNEP urged African leaders to consider a range of solutions to conserve the environment from water saving irrigation systems to increasing the amount of land for agricultural use by putting government-held land into production.

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