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Our conservation successes and lived realities are not 'myths'
Our conservation knowledge, experiences, viewpoints and aspirations must feature in debates affecting our lives
Fishing is an important source of sustenance and livelihoods for us who live alongside southern Africa's watercourses
Hunting, fishing, sale of wild products and tourism supplement our livelihoods beyond agriculture
Successful conservation is dependent on us who live with our valued wildlife
Our natural resource heritage broadens tourism employment opportunities for young women and men
Daily chores like fetching water can pose dangers from elephants invading fields and predatory hyenas and lions
Children and adults alike are killed by elephants in fields and predators like hyenas
Rural and urban youth engagement is key to the future of nature and biodiversity
Rural development must prioritise investment in youth to boost economic resilience
Income from sustainable use of natural resources contributes to our children's access to health and education
In the absence of sustainable natural resource use rights, the alternative is land uses that destroy our treasured landscapes and wild resources.
Economic and social justice demand that ownership, access and use rights of natural resources are accorded regardless of gender, age or location
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RESPECTING RIGHTS, RESOURCES, AND LIVELIHOODS

Resource Africa supports rural African community efforts to secure their rights to access and use their natural resources in order to sustain their livelihoods. We help to build strong platforms for collaboration, knowledge, skills sharing, and joint advocacy to ensure community voices are heard in debates that materially affect their lives.

We believe that when rights are upheld and incentives for conservation are provided to those who live with wildlife there will be positive conservation outcomes benefitting people and nature.  

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News, Videos, Podcasts and Webinars, Open Letters, Statements, and Opinion Pieces from the members of the Community Leaders Network, Resource Africa Partners and Affiliates, Youth Voices and Contributing Guest Writers.

Let Africans Decide

In the latest of Resource Africa’s series Let Africans Decide video series, Moreangels Mbizah, a member of the Community Leaders Network, reflects on her journey in wildlife conservation – from Zimbabwe’s Lowveld to Oxford University and back.

In the Media

Recent media coverage about conservation, COVID19, biodiversity, sustainable use, CBNRM, indigenous and local community rights.

Calendar 2021

RA global Calendar dates

25-26 January CLIMATE ADAPTATION SUMMIT (CAS)
Location: Online Worldwide

The Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021 will be an online global conference that aims to accelerate, innovate, and scale-up the world’s efforts in adapting to the inevitable effects of climate change. This event responds to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ call for “more concrete plans, more ambition from more countries and more businesses” to make the world more climate-resilient. The Summit will bring together a range of participants, including governments, development partners, United Nations agencies, and representatives of civil societies and financing institutions, drawing on their diverse perspectives and providing a venue for interactive discussions on ways forward. The conference will reflect on the progress on tackling extreme weather- and climate-related hazards, demonstrate how successful approaches can be scaled up, and present an action roadmap leading to COP26.

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20 February World Day of Social Justice

On 26 November 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared that, starting from the sixty-third session of the General Assembly, 20 February will be celebrated annually as the World Day of Social Justice. The General Assembly recognizes that social development and social justice are indispensable for the achievement and maintenance of peace and security within and among nations and that, in turn, social development and social justice cannot be attained in the absence of peace and security, or in the absence of respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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22-26 February FIFTH SESSION OF THE UN ENVIRONMENT ASSEMBLY 2021
Location: Nairobi, Kenya

The goal of the fifth session of the United Nations’ Environment Assembly 2021 will be to ‘mobilise, motivate, and energise’ member States and stakeholders into sharing and implementing successful approaches that contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals—particularly the eradication of poverty and the promotion of sustainable patterns of consumption and production. The theme of the conference will be Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which calls for strengthened action to protect and restore nature and the nature-based solutions to achieve the sustainable development goals in its three complementary dimensions: social, economic, and environmental. The assembly will connect and consolidate environmental actions within the context of sustainable development, and give significant impetus to more effective implementation.

World Wildlife Day 2021

3 March WORLD WILDLIFE DAY 2021 Theme: “FORESTS AND LIVELIHOODS: SUSTAINING PEOPLE AND PLANET"

Over 800 million people live in tropical forests and savannahs in developing countries. Indigenous and rural communities have a particularly close relationship with these natural systems. They rely on them to meet their essential needs, from food and shelter to energy and medicines, but they also maintain a strong personal, cultural and spiritual relationship with these environments. Indigenous peoples and local communities are also historic custodians of the planet’s most important reservoirs of biodiversity, including forests.

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY

8 March INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY Theme: 'CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE'

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the cultural, economic, political and social achievements of women. enlighten and empower women and girls worldwide to choose to challenge stereotypes and oppose bias to help create the change we want to shape a fairer future in a more inclusive and gender equal world.

This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge As women we can be stronger and more powerful when we work together.

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17-30 May 15TH UN BIODIVERSITY CONFERENCE OF PARTIES (COP 15) 2021
Location: Kunming, China

In spite of the ongoing efforts, biodiversity has continued to deteriorate worldwide, and this decline is only projected to worsen in the years to come. To prevent this, and ensure that the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity is integrated into policies that will guide the post-pandemic economic and developmental recovery plans, governments from around the world will convene at the UN Biodiversity Conference in May 2021. The event will see the setting of new goals for nature over the next decade, through the Convention on Biological Diversity post-2020 framework process. It will also involve the planning of broad-based action to bring about a transformation in society’s relationship with biodiversity and to ensure that by 2050, the shared vision of living in harmony with nature is fulfilled.

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