WWF launches new strategic plan to strengthen Conservation in Africa
The World Wildlife Fund has launched a new strategic plan to strengthen Conservation in Africa.
The principal aim of the strategy is to ensure co-existence between people and nature. Making Nature Everyone’s Business, designed to debunk the myth that conservation and nature are the reserves of an elite few, have been echoed throughout the congress.
The new strategic plan fits with the objective of the Africa Protected Areas Congress to position Africa’s protected and conserved areas within the broader goals of economic development and community wellbeing.
General Marco Lambertini the WWF International Director revealed that the Africa Protected Areas Congress provides an opportunity to bring everyone together to reconnect after what seems like far too long in isolation. To reflect on the challenges and opportunities of protected and conserved area conservation in Africa and progress towards a collective vision and a clear way forward.
“WWF’s new Africa strategy – nested in WWF’s global conservation strategy – provides a framework for strengthening how we work together in the region, both within WWF and in partnership with all relevant stakeholders, from governments to businesses and investors, organized civil society, youth, Indigenous Peoples and local communities,” Lambertini noted.
The WWF Africa Region Director Alice Ruhweza stated that the urgency of meeting the needs of people and the planet sustainably has never been greater.
“The people and the planet are facing enormous pressures but these pressures can not be overcome by one person or one organization alone. We must embrace these challenges and opportunities together – with diversity as our strength – a collection of voices across communities, countries, sectors, and political perspectives coming together as one voice for people and the planet.”
Ruhweza added that there is hope and unprecedented interest in nature. Individuals, communities, and governments are coming together across Africa to achieve net zero and reverse biodiversity loss all with the aim of building a better future for Africa.