STRATEGY LAUNCH PRESS CONFERENCE
Business As Usual Will Not Meet The Needs of People and Nature in Africa, says WWF at first ever protected areas congress
WWF in Africa on 21st July 2022 launched its “Strategic Plan for Africa: 2021 - 2025” a call to move beyond business as usual and make nature everyone's business. The launch took place at the Africa Protected Areas Congress - APAC, happening at the Kigali Conference Centre in Rwanda.
This strategic plan fits with the objective of the Africa Protected Areas Congress - taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, this week - to position Africa’s protected and conserved areas within the broader goals of economic development and community wellbeing.
WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini said: “APAC presents us with a unique 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 make 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.”
Alice Ruhweza, WWF Africa Regional Director, said: “The urgency of meeting the needs of people and the planet sustainably has never been greater. Both are facing enormous pressures and hold significant promise too. But these pressures cannot be overcome, or these promises realized, 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.”
Read the entire press release here, watch the launch event here and read the WWF Africa Strategy summary here.