Eco-entrepreneurship and the importance of environmental conservation

 

We have written extensively on the impact of social entrepreneurship within the Africa continent, detailing the important contributions that it has made. One particular area of social entrepreneurship  that has grown in leaps has been environmental entrepreneurship which is more aptly known as “ecopreneurship.”  

 

Ecopreneurship speaks to the realization that earth’s resources are not in infinite abundance. Thus ecopreneurship favors the adoption of business  practices and processes that solve environmental problems or seek to operate sustainably. Perhaps what distinguishes ecopreneurship from just environmental conservation is the business’ desire to gain profit, or at least break-even.

 

“Africa boasts of vast natural resources in the form of nature reserves , and with a high rate of urbanization, it is poised to develop new infrastructure to serve this new urban population. Entrepreneurs are beginning to see opportunities in this space.”

 

This has been seen as crucial as it allows conservation efforts to be incorporated into general operations, and become financially self-sustainable, as opposed to relying on donations to run.  The benefits of this are many, and pose great potential for the African continent.

 

Africa boasts of vast natural resources in the form of nature reserves , and with a high rate of urbanization, it is poised to develop new infrastructure to serve this new urban population. Entrepreneurs are beginning to see opportunities in this space.

 

Shaba and Ramplin is a South African engineering firm that specializes in providing building energy consultancy to properties across Africa. They propose solutions to the ever-expanding African urban skyline to incorporate green solutions and more efficient designs that minimize energy usage and waste.

By a similar token, water scarcity has driven many entrepreneurial-minded to pursue ventures that aim to deliver solutions to market that solve the specific problem. Water Access Rwanda provides simple, affordable and durable water solutions in East Africa, distributing water filtration devices, products and services.

 

These two ventures highlight the great potential for ecopreneurship within Africa, but at their core is the idea of conservation. In the past, businesses felt that they had to make a choice of getting profits over conservation efforts but of late. we’ve seen some enterprising individuals come to the fore and develop business solutions that cater to both.

 

Conservation efforts are about finding the best means to enjoy resources while minimizing the harmful effects that tends to characterize human activity. There’s daily reports of weather catastrophes that arise as a result of global warming. Everyone is a stakeholder on ensuring that we take care of Earth and all the naturals resources bestowed on it.

 

 

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