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Biodiversity as a Means of Poverty Alleviation in Sub-­Saharan Africa Riehl, Brianne


This paper investigates the relationship between high levels of poverty and biodiversity in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Using a collection of secondary research, it was found that the link between these two variables is more than geographic, and that biodiversity conservation is a crucial factor in the alleviation of poverty in SSA. A variety of poverty reducing strategies that incorporate biodiversity conservation have been implemented and succeeded elsewhere, implying that the same is possible for this region. Overall, the paper suggests that the biodiversity of SSA will be particularly important for the economic wellbeing of the poor in a future of climate change.

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