Hear our voices. 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.  

Webinar: The Nagoya Protocol Policy Brief Launch

RIGHTS TO PLANTS AND WILDLIFE

Integrating community hunting rights with the sustainable use of natural resources...

Our Work

Podcast

Are you ready for our exciting new podcast series #LetAfricansDecide, hosted by Moreangels Mbizah? African voices & views on African #biodiversity, sustainable use, rights and resources, more …

Our News Our Voices

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 Writers.

Sustainable Use of Wildlife: It’s The Law!

Resource Africa (RA) recently launched a policy position paper entitled Indigenous Flora and Fauna, African Resources for African People, wherein we argued for the inclusion of the sustainable use of wildlife into the UN Convention of Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Nagoya Protocol. To discuss the implications of this position paper in more detail, Leslé Jansen (our CEO) moderated a webinar with five panellists that each brought a different perspective on the issue. The panellists included two legal experts and three community representatives from southern Africa. Kauna Schröder of Namibia was the keynote speaker who is the chairperson of the Nagoya Protocol compliance committee and the Namibian focal point for implementing the protocol.
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In the Media

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

Calendar 2021

IUCN WCC 2021

3-11/09/2021 — IUCN World Conservation Congress (Sep 2021)

Generally held every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress is the world’s largest conservation event. The event was postponed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic from its original date in 2020. The event is jointly organized by the French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and brings together leaders from government, civil society, Indigenous peoples’ organizations, business, and academia to determine the world’s most pressing environmental and development challenges, and actions to address them.The first hybrid

Read More in-person and virtual environmental event since the pandemic began, the Congress will drive action on nature-based recovery, climate change and biodiversity for decades to come.

26/09/2021 — World Environmental Health Day Prioritizing Environmental Health for healthier communities in global recovery

World Environmental Health Day is annually observed in many countries around the world on September 26. The observance was inaugurated in 2011 in Indonesia. World Environmental Health Day was launched by the IFEH Council (International Federation of Environmental Health). This organization disseminates knowledge about environmental health among people and promotes cooperation between countries to improve the environmental situation of our planet.

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26/09/2021 — World Rivers Day

The World Rivers Day is the world’s largest celebration of rivers and the communities and lifeforms they sustain. World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world. Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of healthy rivers and clean water has never been more important. On World Rivers Day, there were an incredible array of

Read More events, both physical and virtual, planned around WorldFish focal countries in preparation for the world’s largest celebration of rivers and the many lifeforms they sustain.

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