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Welcome to the newest edition of Eco Africa

This week on Eco Africa we learn how to use sensors to know when and how much to water fruit trees, see how environmentalist are protecting the Ondiri wetlands in Kenya and visit Gabon's forest elephants.

Welcome to the latest edition of Eco Africa where we bring you a host of clever ideas for a greener planet!

First, we head to South Africa where power startups are making the energy mix greener. Today around 95% of the country's energy is produced in large coal-fired power plants. But by 2030 the government envisions that most of the country's energy will come from renewable sources like wind, solar and hydropower. We investigate.

In Germany we see why keeping sheep for wool is hardly worth it anymore since foreign competition has eaten away at profits. But we meet one tailor who is looking to change that and is making clothes out of local wool.

After that we go to Senegal where a team has come up with a portable solar-powered battery. The inventors want to use the machine to bring power to those in rural areas.

Then we follow Gabon's forest elephants as they get a helping hand from vigilant rangers in Gabon's Lope National Park. The country is home to Africa's largest forest elephant population, yet between 2004 and 2014 their numbers declined by about 80%. Is there any hope left for them?

Finally, we go to Kenya's Ondiri wetland region. There the Ondiri swamp is an important source of water for southern Kenya. The wetlands also help reduce flooding during the rainy season, but illegal waste dumping and encroaching communities are putting it in danger.

Check out the show and let us know what you think at ecoafrica@dw.com.