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Dear Colleagues,

It is a busy time with everything leading up to the Africa COP 27. 

Yesterday we had the Africa Adaptation Summit and Africa Climate Week last week, where African nations agreed on a common push to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius -- a goal that scientists fear is increasingly elusive -- at upcoming UN climate talks. That and the Rotterdam meeting are part of a series of regional meetings ahead of the COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh from November 6 to 18.

One of the sticking points in the climate discourse continues to be finance. In an open letter to Government leaders, WWF calls for a strong focus on scaling climate finance. 

Climate is also on the agenda of the 12th Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF ) underway in Kigali. 
WWF will participate in the panel on Nourishing Urban Communities, Protecting our Planet – How Cities and Local Governments are Pioneering Food Systems for the Future

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

WWF Pens Open Letter to Governments at Africa Adaptation Summit

Ahead of the Africa Adaptation Summit that took place in the Netherlands, Alice Ruhweza, WWF Africa Regional Director and Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Global Lead, Climate and Energy WWF International, wrote an open letter to Government leaders, emphasizing the need for scaling up adaptation finance as a critical outcome of COP27.

Read The Open Letter

 Africa Climate Week

This year’s Africa Climate Week (ACW 2022) in Libreville, Gabon, wrapped up on Friday, 2nd September 2022, having helped build important regional momentum in the fight against climate change ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference COP27 in Egypt in November.
The event brought together more than 2,300 participants from governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector and civil society in person, with many more virtually joining the over 200 individual sessions.
The meeting explored two key themes that are critical for Africa and indeed the world – striving for a global average temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius and attaining a resilient future. Read more

Confronting The Environmental Causes Of Africa’s Food Crisis

Food insecurity is stalking hundreds of millions of people across Africa. Access, availability and affordability of food on the continent must be urgently improved, and the crisis can only be solved if the significant drivers of nature loss and climate change are also tackled, write Alice Ruhweza, WWF’s Regional Director for Africa and Mohammed Omer Mukhier-Abuzein, IFRC’s Regional Director for Africa.
Read The Full Blog

Voices From The Field

WWF CAR Records Zero Elephant Poaching

The team recovered acoustic units installed within an area of approximately ten km² around Dzanga bai. Following data analyses by the Elephant Listening Project Congo team in Bomassa, the results show that there have been no shots from any weapon in the area from April to June, which is the period that the study lasted. 

WWF Madagascar Co-Publishes Report On State Of Mangroves In The Western Indian Ocean Region

This report is developed in the context of the Save Our Mangroves Now! Initiative. Wetlands International, the only global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to conserving and restoring wetlands, aims to inspire and mobilise society to safeguard and restore wetlands for people and nature. The SOMN! Initiative is a project between WWF, IUCN, and Wetlands International, uniting governments, conservation specialists and coastal communities through a shared goal to conserve and restore mangrove habitats. 


WWF Tanzania - CARE Alliance Creates conservation Buzz In Highlands

Tanzanian Conservation groups have received more than 200 modern bee hives as part of a campaign embarked on by the alliance to restore water sources in Iringa. Read more

Reports We're Reading

Building A Sustainable Future For Central Africa In A Post Covid World: The Role Of Natural Capital

This report by WWF and the ECCAS Commission examines the relationships between economic growth, natural capital and human wellbeing in the ECCAS countries and the peoplehealth-nature dependencies and vulnerabilities exposed among others by the COVID-19 pandemic

Download The Report

Restoring Asia's Roar

A new WWF report, Restoring Asia's Roar: Opportunities for tiger recovery across their historic range, showcases the significant potential for tiger range expansion across the species’ historic range.

Download The Report

Debt-For-Climate Swaps: Analysis, Design, And Implementation

This paper compares debt-for-climate swaps—partial debt relief operations conditional on debtor commitments to undertake climate-related investments—to alternative fiscal support instruments. 

Read The Working Paper
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Other Top Stories

African Leaders Slam Western Absence From Climate Summit

Senegalese President and African Union chief Macky Sall and Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi said wealthy countries responsible for most CO2 emissions should have been there. Read more

UN Ship Arrives In Africa With Grain From Ukraine

An UN-chartered ship loaded with 23,000 tonnes of Ukrainian wheat destined for millions of Ethiopians docked in neighbouring Djibouti on Tuesday. Read more

KAZA’s First Ever Coordinated Elephant Survey Underway

Following the November 2021 project launch, months of careful planning and preparation, and the successful implementation of a workshop to train and select observers in Kasane in July 2022, flying for the KAZA Elephant Survey began in the Sebungwe Region of northwest Zimbabwe on the 22nd of August 2022. Read more


Grandmothers - The Ultimate Weather App 

It’s a simple idea: where land and river boundaries are disputed, make a map. Putting it into practice, using the unwritten knowledge and oral histories of farmers, nomads and of grandmothers who read bird migration patterns to forecast rain, is a little harder. Read more

New Legislation To Protect Rghts Of The Indigenous Pygmy Peoples In The DRC

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pygmy Indigenous Peoples, who are estimated to represent 600,000 to 1.5 million people, are the most vulnerable forest-dependent community. Read more

African Leaders Sign Maputo Declaration For Protection Of Miombo Forest

Southern African leaders signed the Maputo Declaration for the protection and conservation of miombo forest ecosystems in the region, an instrument that will promote “joint and integrated actions for the recovery and management” of the resources. Read more

This Digest Is Made In Africa But Globally Curious! 

Here is a selection of global news that caught our attention

Chileans Voting On World's Most Progressive Constitution: What You Need To Know

Millions of Chileans are voting in a referendum to approve or reject a new constitution drafted earlier this year, in what could be a defining moment for the country of 19 million people. Read more

The UK's 57,000 Commonly Consumed Foods, Ranked By Environmental Impact

Researchers build an algorithm to sift through thousands of multi-ingredient foods and decipher the footprint of each one—which could help provide sustainability guidance where it’s been sorely lacking before. Read more

Reviving The Tasmanian Tiger

Researchers in Australia and the US are embarking on a multi-million dollar project to bring the Tasmanian tiger back from extinction. The last known one officially called a thylacine, died in the 1930s. Read more

Escape To A World Of Wild Portraits And Magical Landscapes

The Nature TTL Photographer of the Year winner has been chosen from more than 8,000 images worldwide  Read more

Bolivia’s Former ‘Death Road’ Is Now A Haven For Wildlife

A steep and narrow road north of La Paz once claimed an average of 300 lives per year. However, since the construction of a safer road in 2007, traffic has dropped by 90%, and wildlife has returned. Read more

What Is Cop15 And Why Does It Matter For All Life On Earth?

The two-week conference starts on 7 December in Montreal, Canada, although China will hold the Cop15 presidency, the first time it has done so for a leading UN environmental agreement. Read more

What We Are Listening To

Top Wildlife Photography Requires Ethics, Patience, And Kindness- Mongabay Newscast


What We Are Watching



The Cuando is an important water source for the Zambezi River, whose waters combine and flow together into Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a World Heritage Site. Additionally, the Cuando and Zambezi are a vital part of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA), the largest transboundary conservation area on the planet.

The overall health score of the Cuando River Basin Is: C-

Moderate health, but more information and work needed

Graphic Of The Week

An Ode To The Queen Of Tennis

When Andy Murray answered “Serena” to a fan’s question about who he considers the GOAT (greatest of all time) in tennis, it was a breath of fresh air in a debate that is getting as old as its main protagonists. Many tennis fans appear to have made it their hobby to cheer on their respective favourites online, all while belittling the achievements of any player other than their personal hero. Read more

Coming Up


AGRF Summit - 6th to 9th September 2022

77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) - 13th to 27th September.2022

YouthConnekt Africa Summit -  13th to 15th October 2022

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