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Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from the beautiful Kigali Conference Centre in the land of a thousand hills - Rwanda

We are excited for the first day of the first-ever African Protected Areas Congress - APAC. APAC seeks to position Africa's protected and conserved areas within the broader goals of economic development and community well-being and to increase the understanding of the vital role parks play in conserving biodiversity and delivering the ecosystem services that underpin human welfare and livelihoods.
We will also take this opportunity to launch our Strategic Plan for Africa on Thursday, 21st July 2022, in the 'Panda Hut Pavilion' at APAC. Those attending the APAC are welcome to join this event. 

We hope you enjoy these and other stories especially curated for you. 

 #WWFatAPAC22 - Where Are The Pandas?

With a delegation of over 50 pandas at APAC,  a Panda Hut pavilion with eight plenary presentations, eight side sessions and support from 5 of the Top 100 Youth Conservation Leaders in Africa, WWF is fully engaged in the first-ever APAC. Look out for all Panda events on our website.

Visit Our Website For The Full Schedule

WWF To Launch Strategic Plan For Africa:2021 - 2025

Look out for more information on the launch of our WWF Strategic Plan for Africa in a special newsletter next week.
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Voices From The Field

WWF Cameroon Participates In the Parties of the Congo Basin Forests Partnership (PFBC) 

The 19th Meeting of the Parties of the Congo Basin Forests Partnership (PFBC) opened in Libreville, Gabon, on July 5, 2022. Among topics discussed were; Inclusive conservation, cross-border conservation, and human rights in law enforcement. 

WWF Zimbabwe Launches COVID-19 SOS Programme 

The event witnessed the handover of field equipment and patrol rations for community game guard operations in the respective areas. The programme is aimed at supporting wildlife protection operations threatened by the loss of CAMPFIRE revenues due to COVID-19 impacts.

WWF Tanzania Attends Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) Conference

The theme this year was Environmental Impact on Integral Human Development. Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Africa Initiative lead Severin Kalonga shared some insight on how and why WWF does FLR.

WWF Team Visits Zambia

WWF International had the opportunity to meet her Honour, the Vice President of the Republic Of Zambia, Ms Mutale Nalumango.

The team also attended the 30th-anniversary celebration of CARE Zambia and met CARE President Michelle Dunn. In 2008, CARE and WWF launched a partnership to address the root causes of poverty and environmental degradation. 

Keeping An Eye On COP 27

Alice Ruhweza, director of WWF’s Regional Africa Office, and Tanya Steele, chief executive of WWF UK, explain why—and how—food systems need to take centre stage at this year’s COP 27
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Related news: Heads Of Agencies Call For Urgent Action To Address Global Food Security Crisis

Reports We're Reading

The State of Food Security And Nutrition In The World

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World is an annual flagship report jointly prepared by FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO to inform on progress towards ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition and to provide in depth analysis on key challenges for achieving this goal in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Nature In All Goals

The 2022 edition of WWF's Nature In All Goals publication presents 17 case studies demonstrating nature's importance in delivering the SDGs.
By working with nature, we can develop lasting solutions to hunger, poverty, and inequity, and build a safe, resilient, prosperous, and peaceful world that leaves no one behind.

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Economic Development in Africa Report 2022

In this new report, UNCTAD recommends that for export diversification strategies to be impactful in Africa, policies need to be in place that enhance inclusive access to innovative financing technologies, including for small and medium-sized enterprises.

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Global Gender Gap Report

Gender parity is not recovering, according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2022. It will take another 132 years to close the global gender gap. As crises are compounding, women's workforce outcomes are suffering and the risk of global gender parity backsliding further intensifies.

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Other Top Stories

The Connection Between Rubber And Forest Loss in Africa

A new report investigates deforestation and land rights abuse allegations in central and western Africa by companies that supply top European tire makers like Michelin and Continental. Read more

How Climate Change Is Fueling Human-Elephant Conflicts In Africa

Local herders had invaded private farms, ranches and conservancies in Laikipia, forcing wildlife to flee from their natural habitat to roadsides. Read more

DR Congo Being Drilled For Oil

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo speculates that up to 16 billion barrels of oil may lie under the rainforest. In addition to accelerating the climate crisis, oil exploration here would be a pollution disaster for communities that depend on it and wildlife. Read more

Flooding In a Drought-Stricken Kenya

For more than 10 years, Kenya’s great lakes have been flooding, displacing hundreds of thousands of people as rising water levels leave towns and villages almost completely submerged. Read more

Women Should Be Leading Conservation Efforts in Africa - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The establishment of conservancies has allowed for the safeguarding of wildlife corridors across Africa, and connected protected areas with one another. Read more

This Digest Is Made In Africa But Globally Curious! 

Here is a selection of global news that caught our attention

Colombia Protected Areas Receive Million Dollar Cash Injection  For Conservation Efforts

The financing protects Colombia's marine and terrestrial ecosystems, contributing to safeguarding 10% of the world's biodiversity. Read more

This Is The Technology Driving The World's Renewables Revolution

Renewable energy capacity additions hit 6% and broke another record by reaching almost 295 GW in 2021, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Read more

We Can Now Place Value On Nature

139 countries have approved the first comprehensive guidelines for judging the value of nature following four years of intense debate. Read more

This Country Recognises Paris Agreement As A Human Rights Treaty 

Brazil’s Supreme Court has become the first in the world to recognise the Paris Agreement as a human rights treaty – a move with significant implications for national and international law. Read more

What Will The News Look Like in 2030?

Supported by WWF Australia, Regenerating Australia is a hypothetical news report from 2030 based on interviews with a diverse group of Australians who were asked about their hopes and dreams for the future. Read more

Snakes On A Plane? The Shocking Number of Snakes Traded Internationally Each Year

Nearly a million endangered and threatened snakes are legally sold on the international market each year, on average — but that’s just the tip of the iceberg compared to the total number of living and dead snakes shipped around the world, according to researchers and other experts. Read more

Identifying The Risks Of Zoonotic Diseases Around Salonga National Park

Sri Lanka's Former President Steps Down

What Did Shinzo Abe Mean To Japan?

Which Countries Are Driving The world’s population growth?

This New Tool Helps Financial Institutions Set Science-Based Targets.

Protecting Lamu’s Threatened Turtle Populations For Future Generations

Climate Change Increases Cross-Species Viral Transmission Risk

New Approach To Debt Could Raise Over US$400 Billion For Climate And Nature Projects In Developing Countries

What We Are Listening To

Into The Okavango Delta - A Trunks & Tracks Podcast


What We Are Watching


A landmark digital film series presented by WWF and content partners, and produced by BBC StoryWorks Commercial Productions, launched on 5 July. The ‘Age of Change’ series explores the role of the business community in mitigating critical challenges facing our planet.

Graphic Of The Week

Gender Gap: These Are The World’s Most Gender-Equal Countries

It will take 132 years to reach gender parity, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2022 – with only 68% of the gender gap closed.
Iceland tops the rankings and is the only economy to have closed more than 90% of its gap.
The top 10 economies have all closed more than 80% of their gender gap.

Coming Up


The IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) - 18th to 23rd July 2022

Launch of WWF Africa Strategic Plan at APAC - 21st July 2022

African Day Of Seas And Oceans - 25th July 2022

World Ranger Day - 31st July 

Our Time on Earth Exhibition (UK) - Ongoing until 29 August 2022

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