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The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is a consultation and dialogue platform between China and Africa leaders and ministers. On June 19-20, 2018, the World Wildlife Fund and TRAFFIC, the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network, hosted a regional African FOCAC awareness workshop that discussed the need to ensure that projects supported by the FOCAC framework adhere to environmental safeguards so as to avoid compromising the natural coping strategy that comes from the continent's biodiverse richness. Participants developed recommendations that will be key to informing African countries' engagement at the upcoming FOCAC 2018 Ministerial Conference and Heads of States and government Summit.
WASHCOP meeting Nairobi May2018 photocredit KEWASNET

The Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Society Network in partnership with the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group, organized a community of practice meeting on May 15, 2018 that focused on sharing knowledge and experiences in building partnerships for water security. The meeting focused on the need for freshwater conservation and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene practitioners to understand how to build partnerships at the watershed level to tackle shared water risks and threats facing communities and businesses to ensure water is secured for social and economic development.
Workshop participants group photo Uganda May2018 photo credit WCS Uganda

The Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group supported a three day workshop in Hoima, Western Uganda that brought over 60 stakeholders from the petroleum, biodiversity, government, private sector, non-governmental organizations, international development agencies, as well as organizations from other sectors. The event offered an opportunity to discuss the way forward on developing a multi-sectoral process that creates a win-win scenario for development and nature in light of the oil discovery in the Albertine Rift of western Uganda and called on all actors to work together to ensure that development does not negatively impact the rich Albertine Rift region critical to sustaining both people and the planet.

Michelle Wieland is the Socio-Economic Advisor for the Wildlife Conservation Society's Africa Program based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Michelle is also part of the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) Land and Resources Tenure Rights Task Group working on the gazettement of the Kabobo National Reserve in DRC. In April, she gave an interview in which she talked to ABCG about her work and on protecting what is now the Kabobo Wildlife Reserve.
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wrireport scramble land rights

A new scramble for land is heating up across the developing world. Indigenous Peoples and rural communities are losing their land at alarming rates as companies rapidly expand operations across resource-rich Africa, Asia and Latin America. A new report from World Resources Institute finds that, in many countries, the process to formalize indigenous and community land rights is extremely complex, costly and slow, taking up to 30 years or more. 

Upcoming Events
ABCG in-person Nairobi Event
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August 14-16, 2018
Nairobi, Kenya
This workshop is being organized to present the ABCG Climate Change Impacts Task Group study based on three years of work focused on how human communities are being impacted by and responding to changes in climate, and how those responses impact biodiversity.  
Past Event Resources
Unable to join the event? View presentation slides and listen to the webinar recordings of past ABCG speaker series 
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ABCG is supported by USAID to advance understanding of critical biodiversity conservation challenges and their solutions in sub-Saharan Africa.