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Freshwater, Climate and Energy, Food, Forests, Oceans and Wildlife as well as cross-cutting drivers of environmental destruction – Governance, Markets and Finance are central to the future security and viability of Africa’s natural environment, and its ability to support people and wildlife.

We do not work alone: Working with partners is essential to promote environmentally-responsible and socially-sound development policies. We put a strong emphasis on our work with indigenous and local communities, especially the building of leadership and participation and decision-making by community-based organisations, and the management of natural resources such as forests and fisheries by these communities.

The emerging role of Africa’s youth in conservation and sustainable development is critical, including our Africa Youth Awards programme to recognise and support young leaders, and partnerships being developed with the World Scout movement, UNESCO and YMCA. Finally, we have identified a limited number of high priority landscapes where the conservation of whole ecosystems including extensive habitats and their species can still be achieved, together with the vast human populations these ecosystems support.

We aim to achieve sustainable development of these landscapes which include the Congo basin forests (Tridom and Salonga), Greater Virunga, the major wildlife corridor linking southern Kenya with northern Tanzania, the Kavango-Zambezi conservation complex in southern Africa and the south west Indian Ocean seascape shared by Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya.

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