Community Rights and Biodiversity Conservation in Southern Africa and Ghana
Resource Africa is a proud partner with AVSF and Noe in a project that aims to ensure respect for the social and environmental rights of rural and indigenous communities, which are the basis for community-based, sustainable management of natural resources in southern Africa. Generously funded by Agence Française de Développement (AFD, French Development Agency).
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Research and Resources
Are you looking for in-depth information about community-based natural resource management, sustainable use and related policies? Then the Research & Resources of our website may be just what you are looking for. This is a fully searchable collection of recent scientific articles, media pieces, commentaries, blogs, and policy papers, this is a one-stop shop for all your information needs.
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RESPECTING RIGHTS, RESOURCES, AND LIVELIHOODS

 

Resource Africa supports rural African community efforts to secure their rights to access and use their natural resources in order to sustain their livelihoods. We help to build strong platforms for collaboration, knowledge, skills sharing, and joint advocacy to ensure community voices are heard in debates that materially affect their lives.

We believe that when rights are upheld and incentives for conservation are provided to those who live with wildlife there will be positive conservation outcomes benefitting people and nature.  

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IUCN Africa Protected and Conserved Areas Congress (APAC) in Kigali, Rwanda, from July 18–23, 2022.

Resource Africa and Community Leaders Network representatives attended the inaugural IUCN Africa Protected and Conserved Areas Congress (APAC) in Kigali, Rwanda, from July 18–23, 2022. 2400 participants from 53 African and 27 other countries participated at the Congress. 

The IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) is the first ever continent-wide gathering of African leaders, citizens, and interest groups to discuss the role of protected areas in conserving nature, safeguarding Africa’s iconic wildlife, delivering vital life-supporting ecosystem services, promoting sustainable development while conserving Africa’s cultural heritage and traditions.

During a closing plenary, representatives of youth and Indigenous Peoples groups delivered statements, participants in the Congress pledged measures to address the crises such as biodiversity and climate change, and to support custodians of nature and address injustices experienced by indigenous communities. 

The Congress culminated in the Kigali Call to Action, to which Resource Africa and The Community Leaders Network are proud signatories!

Our Work

Media Briefings

Sustainability advocacy campaign briefing with Lesle Jansen of Resource Africa

If Europe passes anti-hunting legislation, it will have devastating consequences for tourism and livelihoods in Southern Africa. That’s the warning from the Southern Africa Community Leaders Network. It’s to visit Europe and the UK to make its voice heard in parliamentary bodies there.

Dr. Rodgers Lubilo: Media Briefing on proposed anti-hunting laws in the UK and Europe

Watch Dr. Rodger’s Lubilo’s presentation the on proposed anti-hunting laws in the UK and Europe that ignore the rights of millions of poor, rural Africans to conserve wildlife on their lands, and threaten their livelihoods. The briefing took place virtually on the 7th of April 2022. 

Amy Dickman: Media Briefing on proposed anti-hunting laws in the UK and Europe

Watch Amy Dickman’s presentation the on proposed anti-hunting laws in the UK and Europe that ignore the rights of millions of poor, rural Africans to conserve wildlife on their lands, and threaten their livelihoods. The briefing took place virtually on the 7th of April 2022.

Blog

The Resource Africa Blog section hosts news, developing stories, fresh ideas and new perspectives on topical issues in conservation, rights, and development in Southern Africa and beyond. 

If you have a perspective on a topical issue and would like to contribute to our discussion, please email  info@resourceafrica.net. 

Resource Africa Webinars

Sustainable Use of Wildlife: It’s The Law!

Resource Africa (RA) recently launched a policy position paper entitled Indigenous Flora and Fauna, African Resources for African People, wherein we argued for the inclusion of the sustainable use of wildlife into the UN Convention of Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Nagoya Protocol

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Protecting Our Right to Manage and Sustainably Use Our Wildlife

Join Resource Africa Southern Africa (RASA) for a discussion ​moderated by CEO Lesle Jansen, with RASA Community-Based National Resource Management specialist ​Dr.Shylock Muyengwa and Community Leaders Network chairman, Dr. Rodgers Lubilo.
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In the Media

Recent media coverage about conservation, COVID19, biodiversity, sustainable use, CBNRM, indigenous and local community rights.

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