Event Features

The Business of Conservation Conference – September 2019

The Southern Africa Trust joined representatives of communities of four SADC counties and related NGOs at this year’s Business of Conservation Conference which was hosted in Rwanda from 7 to 9 September 2019, and organised by the African Leadership University.

The conference was a gathering of global players from the private sector, investors, government, academia, and civil society where they engaged in dialogue on ways in which to catalyse a new wave of economic development in Africa by collaborating purposefully around one of Africa’s unique competitive advantages – its biodiversity.

The community delegates shared their demand for a fair share of benefits both as the implementers and the guards of wildlife and nature in approaches of Community-based Nature Resource Management (CBNRM). As panelists, they highlighted the importance of communities being involved in decision-making and policy processes but also in investments and private sector activities such as tourism and hunting.

Biodiversity and Business Conference – September 2019

The community representatives and NGOs involved in CBNRM have been supported by the Southern Africa Trust and sponsored by the USAID-led Resilient Waters Program for a variety of events in order to assure that their voices are being heard by presidents, ministries, other governmental authorities, the private sector, investors and the media.

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