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Sustainable governance of land, water, oceans and wildlife resources requires agreed systems of management and inclusive decision-making that ensure equity and transparency in allocating such public resources, and which uphold rights of all stakeholders and ensure participation, accountability and legitimacy at all levels.

WWF has worked to take governance principles down to the community level across Africa

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As we aim to promote sustainable use and governance of resources to protect people and nature worldwide, WWF works at many levels of governance, including the United Nations, the World Bank, and regional institutions such as the Africa Development Bank; with international and regional agreements such as the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance and the Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as the Nairobi Convention on conservation of the western Indian Ocean; with governments, the private sector and civil society organisations.

Perhaps most importantly, together with many partners, WWF is working to ensure governance principles are strengthened at the community level across Africa – especially with indigenous peoples – and is helping create and enhance hundreds of community-based organisations to take responsibility for managing renewable resources such as forests, fisheries and freshwater. These independent organisations represent their communities, can hold governments and the private sector to account, and advocate for more equitable and responsible policies to govern the environment and resources on which they depend.

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