News Highlights 

ABCG launched its first Community of Practice (CoP) webinar, part of a series, to engage cross-sector participation on integrating freshwater conservation and WASH on July 6, 2017. ABCG member organizations presented their progress to date on piloting approaches to reduce watershed degradation and pollution, thereby improving the health of both communities and freshwater ecosystems. 
Developing Synergies at the Intersection of Human Health and Biodiversity Conservation
A synopsis of the presentation, Advancing an Integrated Vision that Incorporates Health Outcomes into Biodiversity Conservation, highlights key lessons and next
steps for activities in Southeastern Cameroon and Western Tanzania by ABCG's Global Health Linkages to Biodiversity Conservation working group.  
Upcoming Events  
ABCG in-person Nairobi Event
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October 31, 2017
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EAT
African Wildlife Foundation
Karen, Nairobi 
  ABCG is excited to host an in-person meeting for the Freshwater Conservation and WASH Community of Practice (CoP) members, and new prospects. The event will bring together practitioners to reaffirm the purpose, vision and action plan for the CoP moving forward and to collectively develop a calendar of activities to keep learning and exchange vibrant through webinars, and moderated discussions on the LinkedIn Group platform and actions. 
ABCG Seminars

October 24, 2017
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM EDT
ABCG's Land and Resource Tenure Rights working group will share interim results from studies aimed at strengthening rights and securing tenure, especially over community lands managed as common property. The findings and outcomes of these pilot studies will have important implications for other communities and conservationists working across the continent.

October 26, 2017
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
A major oversight of most climate change assessments to date is the inadequate consideration of indirect impacts on biodiversity. ABCG's  Global Change Impacts working group is documenting how human communities are being impacted by changes in weather and climate, how they are responding, and how their responses impact biodiversity.  This presentation will open a dialogue on how this data can inform adaptation strategies.
Partner Events

October 16, 2017
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT / 3 PM EAT East Africa Time  
Nolubabalo Kwayimani, will share Conservation International-South Africa's "One Health" framework which integrates WASH activities with freshwater conservation, improved livestock farming, and restoration efforts. By empowering local communities to manage and benefit from their natural resources, and supporting local governance structures that enable sustainable livelihoods, "One Health" aims secure water futures for all water users.
Past Event Resources
Unable to join the event? View presentation slides and listen to the webinar recordings of past ABCG speaker series.

In her October 11, 2017 presentation titled More Than a Decade On: Helping Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Deliver Conservation and Development Impacts in Kenya, Joanna Elliott, Fauna & Flora International, talked about the current land and wildlife management context and the challenges Ol Pejeta faces, including in helping local people and wildlife to weather extreme drought, and safeguarding its rhino population against a well-armed and organized poaching threat. 

In their Sept 14, 2017 presentation titled Conflict: the fourth "C" in Liberia's Forest Management?,  Vaneska Litz and Leif Kindberg, Tetra Tech, explored the viability of "the three Cs": conservation, community and commercial forestry conservation strategy in the face of competing pressure for communities to engage in commercial logging activities in some of the last remaining tracts of the Upper Guinean forest.

On August 16, 2017, ABCG's thematic working group on Global Health Linkages to Biodiversity Conservation: Population, Health and Environment (PHE) delivered an analysis of existing integrated PHE approaches through a comprehensive literature review, and their achievements and lessons learned thus far from pilot studies in Southeastern Cameroon and Western Tanzania. 

On July 27, Dr. Peter Apell from The Jane Goodall Institute provided an overview of their work on integrated Freshwater Conservation and WASH in northern Uganda. This program is one of the pilot sites currently applying the ABCG Freshwater Conservation-WASH Integration Guidelines in a context where population growth poses a threat to local watersheds and vulnerable mega fauna.

Rebecca Goodman | Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group | Email  |  Website

ABCG is supported by USAID to advance understanding of critical biodiversity conservation challenges and their solutions in sub-Saharan Africa.