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Dear Colleagues,

We are 14 days away from the first-ever African Protected Areas Congress - APAC to be held in Kigali, Rwanda. WWF is a platinum sponsor and will be on the ground with several insightful engagements. Look out for more information coming during the week!

Big news is coming out of Gabon, where that country's Minister of Environment announced plans for carbon credits after being the first African country to receive funding for protecting the ability of its forests to absorb carbon to reduce deforestation.
More to celebrate - experts from the Globescan SustainAbility Survey have recognised WWF as an NGO leader in sustainable development for the 8th time since 2015. This is a big win globally, and for WWF Africa, it further debunks the myths that conservation and economic growth can not co-exist. 

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

 #WWF@APAC22

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 tradition.

WWF has been involved in the establishment and management of Protected Areas (PA) globally for many years. In Africa, this experience goes back several decades and includes a wide range of approaches across different ecosystems, habitats, species, countries, and political and social contexts. The nature of WWF’s engagement in the establishment, support, and management of protected and conserved areas has evolved over time to encompass a wide range of stakeholders, including local and national government, private sector, local communities and other NGO partners, and a diverse set of issues and approaches, including law enforcement, policy influencing, illegal wildlife trade, human-wildlife conflict, research and monitoring, restoration, ecotourism, and alternative and sustainable livelihoods.

WWF At The World Biodiversity Forum

WWF Africa Region Director Alice Ruhweza was a plenary speaker at the World Biodiversity Forum. She shared insights from a soon-to-be-released paper on shepherding Africa towards a green Anthropocene, explaining that elevated levels of consumption in higher-income countries and the demands of international corporations manifest in significant and growing resource extraction from African countries. In addition, biodiversity in Africa faces severe pressures from growing domestic tensions, including rapidly increasing human populations, which are likely to double by 2050 and quadruple by 2100.  
Long term, however, the prospects for nature conservation in Africa will improve as the population stabilises, populations urbanise, governance improves, poverty declines, agriculture intensifies, green economies strengthen, and societal appreciation of nature grows. Eventually, capacity and funding for conservation in Africa will grow, threats should decline, and the region will likely enter a ‘Green Anthropocene’ where the prospects for conservation are brighter. Read more

The World Biodiversity Forum is a meeting where ideas, inspiration and examples for actions and solutions to conserve biodiversity and set people on a path towards transformation for sustainability are shared. This year, the meeting was a hybrid event with an in-person meeting at Davos Congress Centre Switzerland from 26th June 2022 to 1st July 2022. The theme was ‘Inspiration for Action’ and was the second World Biodiversity Forum to bring together researchers across all disciplines of biodiversity science with practitioners and social actors. 

Voices From The Field

WWF Uganda Conducts Training On ‘High-Tech’ Carbon Stock Assessment Methodology

WWF Uganda in partnership with Face the Future (FtF) trained staff from National Forestry Authority (NFA) and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) inventory teams in the use of an advanced carbon inventory methodology.

WWF Madagascar Supports Second Edition Of Natural Capital Forum

The forum on natural capital in Madagascar, is back this year for a second edition with the theme "Innovative ways of green growth for a nature-friendly future from politics, business and finance. Read more

WWF Kenya Celebrates Opening of Kenya's First Sustainable Vegetable Shop

The first ever certified fresh farm produce shop in Naivasha dubbed ‘Vasha Green” has been launched in Naivasha with the aim to help local farmers tap into the ever growing demand for safe food products in the country. Read more

WWF Zambia Commemorates Annual Global Community Day

In collaboration with Citi Bank Zambia, WWF identified a litter hotspot at the Nalusanga entrance to Kafue National Park & conducted a litter collection activity. The overall goal was to improve the tourism appeal of protected areas in Zambia.

OEWG 4 - Nairobi: Was Progress Made?

The talks in Nairobi aimed to help governments reach a consensus on agreeing to an ambitious post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework ahead of COP15 under the Convention of Biological Diversity – now scheduled for 5-17 December in Montreal, Canada. Governments have, however, made limited progress in Nairobi, leaving the chance of securing a transformative global agreement capable of tackling the world’s accelerating nature crisis hanging by a thread. Read more

WWF Named Sustainable Development Leader

 

WWF continues to dominate in recognition for sustainability leadership among NGOs. 

Sustainability experts overwhelmingly recognize the World Wildlife Fund as an NGO leader in sustainable development, followed by Greenpeace and the World Resources Institute. Conducted by GlobeScan, this survey found that the group of most-recognized NGOs has remained relatively consistent since 2015, with WWF and Greenpeace continuing to retain the top two spots.

WWF’s lead is particularly evident among sustainability professionals in the service/media and corporate sectors and those based in Europe.

Read more

Reports We're Reading

Voices For Climate Action: One Year Later

The Voices for Climate Action (VCA) is a 5-year programme (2021-2025) supported by the Dutch government under the "Power of Voices" framework. The programme aims to scale up climate action response targeting vulnerable communities. This action recognizes that climate change is an environmental problem and a societal challenge that brings in ethical and human rights issues. VCA seeks to achieve two key objectives:
1. Let society lead and account for the program's footprint on equity and rights issues.
2. Connect the environmental to the social movement on the climate justice agenda.

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A Biodiversity Guide For Businesses


The report sets out the Biodiversity Stewardship Program’s approach for identifying, assessing and addressing biodiversity risks and opportunities for business – and discusses the development of the Biodiversity Risk Filter. This approach is aimed at encouraging companies to safeguard biodiversity and nature both within and beyond their value chains, to become instrumental players in the necessary transition towards a nature-positive economy that can support companies, people and the planet. 

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The Levers of Change: Gender Equality Attitudes Study 2022

The 20-country-wide survey shows that some antiquated views of gender have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study, developed under the leadership of UN Women in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, Kantar, Procter & Gamble and Unilever, examines perceptions across a multitude of areas including leadership and political participation, education, healthcare, the workplace, media representation, marriage and family life, safety and violence, and control over personal decisions.

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Other Top Stories

Zambian Government Makes Historic Commitment to Protect Kafue National Park

The Government of Zambia and conservation non-profit organisation, African Parks, announced the signing of a 20- year agreement for the Kafue National Park in a landmark commitment to secure its protection and effective management. Read more

World’s Biggest Ever Carbon Credits Issue Planned in Gabon

Gabon, the second-most forested nation after Suriname, aims to create 187 million carbon credits, almost half of which may be sold on the offsets market in what would be the single largest issuance in history. Read more

Gambia Bans All Timber Exports to Curb Rosewood Smuggling

The Gambia banned all timber exports and permanently suspended export licenses of wood. The West African nation is trying to curb the illegal smuggling of endangered rosewood. Read more

Spotlight On Bwindi's Mountain Gorillas

To protect the gorillas you need to protect the entire forest ecosystem. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, so thousands of other species are conserved. Read more

How Farmers In Earth’s Least Developed Country Grew 200 Million Trees

The south of Niger has seen a resurgence of woodlands as more farmers are protecting trees in their fields. The country has added an estimated 200 million trees in the past 40 years. Read more

This Digest Is Made In Africa But Globally Curious! 

Here is a selection of global news that caught our attention

Could This EU Law Restore Nature? 

The legislative proposal for binding nature restoration targets presented by the European Commission can put the EU’s degraded ecosystems on a path to recovery. Read more

Cuba Zookeepers Celebrate Birth Of Rare Baby White Rhino

The zookeepers at Cuba's National Zoo are especially proud of Ale, a pudgy, gray-brown baby white rhinoceros born earlier this month on the outskirts of capital Havana. Read more

Philanthropic Organizations Commit $1b Usd To Help Protect 30 Percent Of The Ocean By 2030

The Protecting Our Planet Challenge will invest at least $1 billion USD to support the creation, expansion and management of marine protected areas and Indigenous and locally governed marine and coastal areas by 2030. Read more

Aminata Touré Makes History As Germany’s First Black Minister

The Green politician Aminata Touré was sworn into office as a Minister in Schleswig-Holstein. The event, which took place in Kiel, is a historic one as Ms Touré thus became the first minister of African origin in Germany. Read more

100 Places Where Forest Gain and Economic Growth Co-Occur

A study found 100 places where economic growth and forest gain co-occurred, with two-thirds having higher-than-regional-average growth in service sector employment. Read more

We were astounded by the reversal of Roe v Wade when the U.S. Supreme Court officially reversed the ruling, declaring that the constitutional right to abortion, upheld for nearly a half-century in the United States of America, no longer exists. Here are some stories on the same:

How Us Policy On Abortion Affects Women In Africa

Abortion Law: Global Comparisons

What We Are Listening To

Can A Travel Editor Travel Flight Free? - Sustainable(ish)







 

What We Are Watching

 

Building Blue Futures for Coastal Communities

Graphic Of The Week

More African Central Banks Are Exploring Digital Currencies

Several sub-Saharan African central banks are exploring or in the pilot phase of a digital currency, following Nigeria’s October introduction of e-Naira. Nigeria was the second country after the Bahamas to roll out a CBDC. Read more
 

Coming Up

 

19th Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) meeting of Parties in Libreville - 5th to 9th July 2022

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

African Day Of Seas And Oceans - 25th July 2022

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



 
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