The air miles debate: are Kenyan flowers actually more sustainable?

The air miles debate: are Kenyan flowers actually more sustainable?

Kenya is the biggest exporter of roses to Europe, transporting almost 160,000 tonnes of cut flowers in 2017. The country’s climate is perfect for growing flowers, its proximity to the equator providing daily sunshine and mild temperatures year-round. But an increasing awareness of the virtues of buying locally is sparking a debate around importing such goods: isn’t it better to grow them at home? Intuitively, this might make sense, but a dive into the figures shows what’s really more sustainable when it comes to flower farming. Kenyan roses are by far the greener option Food, flowers and other agricultural products…

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Questions from the Crowd: Does Rift Valley Roses impact water levels at Lake Naivasha?

Questions from the Crowd: Does Rift Valley Roses impact water levels at Lake Naivasha?

In our Questions from the Crowd series, we address questions from crowdinvestors about our projects and business model in open blog articles. Got a question? Write to us here. Question from a crowdinvestor (Paraphrased) Flower farming around Lake Naivasha has been said to have a negative impact on the lake’s water levels and ecosystem. Can you tell me what Rift Valley Roses is doing to combat this?  Rift Valley Roses’ response: Rift Valley Roses is situated around 10km from Lake Naivasha and 400 meters higher, on the shoulder of the Aberdare mountain range. Consequently, the farm does not use any…

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Why the ecotourism industry must embrace clean energy solutions

Why the ecotourism industry must embrace clean energy solutions

People are traveling more than ever. A growing global middle class is giving rise to a ‘traveling class’; those who view travel as an essential part of life, rather than a luxury. While much of this is business travel, we are also taking holidays to increasingly far-flung destinations. This comes at the expense of our environment, and at a time when environmental awareness and the pursuit of a sustainable lifestyle is growing, many are seeking to consolidate their love of long-haul travel with their environmental concerns. This has made way for a rise in ecotourism. It is hailed as a…

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How to turn political initiatives into action: G20 Compact with Africa

How to turn political initiatives into action: G20 Compact with Africa

In light of the G20 Summit in Hamburg this week, ecoligo gives concrete recommendations to political leaders on how to bring the G20 Africa Partnership initiative into action. Three weeks ago, ecoligo co-founder Markus Schwaninger was invited to participate at the “G20 Africa Partnership Conference: Investing in a common future” which took place from 12-13 June in Berlin. Here is his take on the conference and recommendations for turning the political initiatives into tangible action. — Let me start by quickly giving you the background on this initiative. Germany, who runs the current G20 presidency, has launched the G20 Africa…

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