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Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group Upcoming Events October 2017

by Christin VanZant last modified Oct 03, 2017 07:20 PM
Contributors: Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group
Balancing Science & Traditional Knowledge: Community-driven Conservation in Tanzania & Technical Cooperation with the US Forest Service; Transhumant Pastoralism in Africa's Sudano-Sahel: Emerging Challenges for Human and Wildlife Security; More Than a Decade On: Helping Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Deliver Conservation and Development Impacts in Kenya, 45th Anniversary STPF Story Collider and Resource Fair; Conservation South Africa's One Health Initiative; Piloting New Approaches for Securing Tenure in Three Critical Ecosystems in Africa; Community Adaptation to Climate Change: the Indirect Impacts on Biodiversity Across Africa
Upcoming Events
Balancing Science & Traditional Knowledge: Community-driven Conservation in Tanzania & Technical Cooperation with the US Forest Service
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT
US Forest Service, International Programs
Suite 400
1 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC 20005
Visiting from Tanzania, African People & Wildlife (APW) CEO, Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld, will share her on-the-ground experiences conserving Tanzania's big cats in partnership with the Maasai people and, most recently, the US Forest Service. She will discuss the prevention of human-wildlife conflicts and the organic development of her team's internationally recognized, four-step model for community-driven conservation that is widely applicable in landscapes where people and wildlife interact, highlighting contributions of APW's evolving technical partnership with the US Forest Service toward these ends.
Transhumant Pastoralism in Africa's Sudano-Sahel: Emerging Challenges for Human and Wildlife Security
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
9:00am - 12:30 pm EDT
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Conference Center
5275 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, VA 22041
Transnational transhumance, the long-distance migration of pastoralists and their cattle across national boundaries in order to exploit seasonally available pastures and water, has by and large been ignored by the international community as a priority conservation and security concern in Africa's Sudano-Sahel.

Challenges regarding pastoralism are not new in this region; however, ongoing instability has amplified conflict dynamics pertaining to natural resource access across much of the landscape. This has fueled abrupt and abnormal herd movements, resulting in increased threats to the region's network of protected areas, their resident wildlife, and rural resource-dependent communities, including pastoralists.
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More Than a Decade On: Helping Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Deliver Conservation and Development Impacts in Kenya
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT
World Wildlife Fund
Room 2004A
1250 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) teamed with local partners and international funders to establish the 90,000-acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy in 2003. Located at the foot of Mount Kenya, Ol Pejeta plays a vital part in the Laikipia ecosystem in northern Kenya, protecting critical migration corridors and diverse wildlife, including black rhino and Grevy's zebra.
Joanna Elliott, FFI, will talk 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, safeguarding its rhino population against a well-armed and organized poaching threat, and building a commercial model that can respond to these challenges and enable the conservancy to expand its impact.
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Featured Speaker
Joanna Elliott

Senior Director, Conservation Partnerships, Flora & Fauna International
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45th Anniversary STPF Story Collider and Resource Fair
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 pm EDT
American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
For 45 years, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) has worked with federal agencies and sponsoring scientific societies to provide opportunities to accomplished scientists and engineers to contribute to evidence-based policymaking, here and abroad. AAAS has teamed up with The Story Collider to celebrate the unique experiences of STPF fellows.

Along with storytelling, the evening will feature a science policy open house and networking reception with representatives from AAAS programs, partner scientific societies, science policy agencies and other organizations.
Conservation South Africa's One Health Initiative
Monday, October 16, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT
Conservation International
Suite 500
2011 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
Nolubabalo Kwayimani, will be sharing Conservation International-South Africa's "One Health" framework that integrates water, sanitation and hygiene (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.
This project draws on the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group's implementation guidelines and monitoring and evaluation framework to measure the added value of integrated freshwater conservation and WASH programming.
If you would like to attend or inquire about remote participation, please contact Colleen Sorto (csorto@conservation.org).
Featured Speaker
Nolubabalo Kwayimani

WASH/One Health Program Manager, Conservation South Africa
Piloting New Approaches for Securing Tenure in Three Critical Ecosystems in Africa
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
9:00 - 10:00 am EDT
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Room: TBD
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
The Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group's Land and Resource Tenure Rights (LRTR) working group is developing and testing tools that place greater land and resource management authority in the hands of local resource users, thus creating incentives for them to exercise their authority in ways that are consistent with biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of renewable resources.  Members are piloting new approaches for securing tenure in three critical ecosystems: Greater Mahale Ecosystem, Tanzania; Kilombero Valley, Tanzania; and Kabobo Reserve, DRC.

The LRTR 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.
Featured Speakers
Peter Veit
Director, Land and Resource Rights Initiative
World Resources Institute
Joram Ponjoli
Program Director
The Nature Conservancy
Michelle Wieland
Central Africa Livelihoods Coordinator
Wildlife Conservation Society
Community Adaptation to Climate Change: the Indirect Impacts on Biodiversity Across Africa
Thursday, October 26, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Room: TBD
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
A major oversight of most climate change assessments to date is the inadequate consideration of indirect impacts on biodiversity. The 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.
Working across 21 sites in Africa, the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group members are interviewing rural communities to gather this data, analyze it, and develop solutions that help communities adapt to a changing climate while minimizing impacts to biodiversity. Members will present the preliminary findings from this study, as well as provide a brief overview of the next steps.
Featured Speakers
Nikhil Advani
Lead Specialist, Climate, Communities and Biodiversity
World Wildlife Fund
Camila Donatti
Director, Climate Change Adaptation
Conservation International
Chris Zganjar
Applied Scientist
The Nature Conservancy
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ABCG is supported by USAID to advance understanding of critical biodiversity conservation challenges and their solutions in sub-Saharan Africa.
 
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