What are some of the biggest challenges in protecting biodiversity and local livelihoods in Africa?
Million Bellay from the African Biodiversity Network answers this question.
The African Biodiversity Network (ABN) focuses on indigenous knowledge, agriculture and biodiversity related rights, policy and legislation.
The network pioneers culturally-centred approaches to social and environmental problems in Africa through sharing experiences, co-developing methodologies and creating a united African voice on the continent on these issues.
The ABN was first conceived in 1996, in response to growing concern about threatened biodiversity and community livelihood in Africa — mainly due to the effects industrial commodification — and the need to develop strong African positions and legislation, to protect Africa’s heritage.
It has partners in 11 countries: Benin, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.