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.

CLN letter to Sir Ranulph Fiennes The Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting undermines successful conservation and human rights in Africa In a letter to Sir

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Arisa Webinar

Webinar Announcement

WEBINAR: ADVANCING RIGHTS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA (ARISA) WEBINAR IMPACT OF NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT LAWS AND POLICIES ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ RIGHTS, LIVELIHOODS AND CULTURE. This webinar

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Let Africans Decide

Mr Masango, from the village of Mahenye in South East Zimbabwe’s Manicaland Province, tells his story of how, over the years, he embraced the idea of safari hunting as a means of food and income to transform his community by combining hunting, photographic tourism and conservation awareness and action. 

Watch ‘A Teacher’s Story’ Part 3 of the ‘Let Africans Decide’ series.

In the Media

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

Calendar 2021

Resource Africa World environment day

5 June WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.

World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5, to remind humans that they are not alone on

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this planet. There is a huge biological ecosystem that exists and humans survive because of that. The day is celebrated by millions of people and organizations across the globe to share their experiences, challenges, and solutions. The theme for this year will be ecosystem restoration, with a special focus on creating a good relationship with nature. This is our moment. We cannot turn back time. But we can grow trees, green our cities, rewild our gardens, change our diets and clean up rivers and coasts. We are the generation that can make peace with nature. Let’s get active, not anxious. Let’s be bold, not timid. Join #GenerationRestoration

World Oceans Day

8 June WORLD OCEANS DAY
The Ocean: Life & Livelihoods

The ocean covers over 70% of the planet. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance

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and that of every other organism on earth. The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen, it is home to most of earth’s biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world. estimated 40 million people being employed by ocean-based industries by 2030. With 90% of big fish populations depleted, and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished. To protect and preserve the ocean and all it sustains, we must create a new balance, rooted in true understanding of the ocean and how humanity relates to it. We must build a connection to the ocean that is inclusive, innovative, and informed by lessons from the past.

17 June WORLD DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION & DROUGHT Restoration. Land. Recovery.

The 2021 Desertification and Drought Day to be held on 17 June will focus on turning degraded land

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into healthy land. Restoring degraded land brings economic resilience, creates jobs, raises incomes and increases food security. It helps biodiversity to recover. It locks away the atmospheric carbon warming the Earth, slowing climate change. It can also lessen the impacts of climate change and underpin a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.Avoiding, slowing and reversing the loss of productive land and natural ecosystems now is both urgent and important for a swift recovery from the pandemic and for guaranteeing the long-term survival of people and the planet.

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