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Forest Elephant Loango National Park, Gabon. © Roshni Lodhia

Stories in Africa

The Nature Conservancy at APAC

"Protected Is Just the Beginning"

The Nature Conservancy is proud to be a sponsor of the 2022 Africa Protected Areas Congress in Kigali, Rwanda, July 18-23. See below for what you can discover at The Nature Conservancy Pavilion at Booth 50 or virtually. All times are listen in Central Africa Time (UTC +2). 

TNC Pavilion: Event Schedule

  • Tuesday 19 July

    14:00-15:00

    Durable Financing for Conservation — A Project Financing for Permanence Approach

    Moderator

    Jack Marubu, Kenya Program Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy (Kenya)

    Panelists

    • Kathleen Fitzgerald, Senior Manager, Pew Charitable Trust (United States)
    • Maxi Luis, Director, Namibia Association of Community Based Natural Resource Management Support Organizations (Namibia)  
    • Daniel Sopia, Chief Executive Officer, Maasai Mara Conservancies Association (Kenya) 
    • Martha Talamondjila Naanda, CBNRM Governance and Responsible Stewardship Program Director, World Wildlife Fund (Namibia)
    • Edwin Wanyonyi, Director of Strategy and Change, Kenya Wildlife Service (Kenya)

    Description

    Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) depend on nature for livelihoods and are central to the long-term protection of African biodiversity. This session will illustrate how Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) projects are bringing diverse stakeholders together to develop large-scale deals for nature and for people. These deals are securing the resources needed to permanently conserve large and well-defined areas through a single closing agreement. We will discuss the opportunities and challenges faced in developing deals in Gabon, Kenya, and Namibia, which are being supported by a powerful new partnership known as Enduring Earth.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/95800633018


    15:30-16:30

    Rangelands Management

    Moderator

    Munira Bashir, Kenya Program Director, The Nature Conservancy (Kenya)

    Panelists

    • Tom Lalampaa, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Rangelands Trust (Kenya)
    • Peter Lalampaa, Field Director, Grevy's Zebra Trust (Kenya) 
    • Meshurie Melembuki, Manager, Randilen Wildlife Management Area (Tanzania) 
    • Daniel Sopia, CEO Masai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (Kenya)

    Description

    Representatives from Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia will discuss different models of rangelands management, tools used for livestock grazing and wildlife management, as well as challenges they face and how they are addressing them.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/95335861047

  • Wednesday 20 July

    8:30-9:30

    The Promise of Community-Led Inland Fish Reserves

    Moderator

    Sekgowa Motsumi, Okavango Basin Program Director, The Nature Conservancy (Botswana)

    Panelists

    • Lukindo Hiza, Tanzania Program Director, The Nature Conservancy (Tanzania)
    • Jean Churley Manfoumbi, Freshwater and Fisheries Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy (Gabon)
    • Noel Valentino, Technical Field Coordinator, Associação de Conservação do Ambiente e Desenvolvimento Integrado Rural (Angola)

    Description

    TNC is working with communities, NGOs, and governments to improve the status of inland fisheries in Africa. One tool is community-supported inland fish reserves, including in Gabon’s Bas Ogooué region, the Okavango Basin, and Lake Tanganyika. This session will include progress and lessons learned from these ecosystems and potential for scaling.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/92353719032


    11:30-12:30

    A Conversation on Human Rights in Community-Led Conservation

    Moderator

    Patricia Mupeta-Muyamwa, Africa Integrated Landscapes Strategy Lead, The Nature Conservancy (South Africa)

    Panelists

    • Dr. Ken Nyaundi, Institute for Research & Policy Alternatives
    • Dickson Kaeolo, Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association
    • Norman Kalima, Kasempa Community Foundation
    • Paine Makko, Ujamaa Community Resource Trust
    • Alais Morindat, Africa People & Wildlife

    Description

    Various studies indicate that community conservancies have generally delivered positive conservation and socioeconomic benefits. Because conservancies provide a group channel for the common benefit, they establish elements of social cohesion and togetherness which should translate to shared values and revenues. There is a desirable correlation between conservation and respect for human rights. To achieve conservation goals, the rights of people should be at the core of this conversation. As a global conservation organization, TNC is committed to ensuring this is respectfully aligned with our conservation goals.

    This session will include a moderated session with TNC partners and community leaders that are working on forest, land, and wildlife rights from Zambia, Tanzania, and Kenya. Please join us in this important conversation that brings collective wisdom on the importance of understanding human rights, risks, and how we can ensure they align with our conservation goals.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/97415605489


    13:00-14:00

    Kenya’s Conservancy Model: A Tool for Conservation and Local Economic Development

    Moderator

    Munira Bashir, Kenya Program Director, The Nature Conservancy (Kenya)

    Panelists

    • Susan Jepkemoi, Chief Executive Officer, Baringo County Conservancies Association (Kenya)
    • Dickson Kaelo, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (Kenya)
    • Tom Lalampaa, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Rangelands Trust (Kenya)
    • Alfred Mwanake, Chief Executive Officer, Taita Taveta Wildlife Conservancies Association (Kenya)
    • Jackson Mwato, Chief Executive Officer, Amboseli Ecosystem Trust (Kenya)
    • Daniel Sopia, Chief Executive Officer, Maasai Mara Conservancies Association (Kenya)

    Description

    This session will focus on shared experiences of achievements and gaps in managing community conservancies in Kenya. The discussions will showcase the diversity of the conservancy model in Kenya on issues around governance, land tenure, benefits and livelihoods, and gender inclusivity.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/99720627023


    14:30-15:30

    Exploring the Financial, Social, and Ecological Outcomes of Community-Based Natural Resource Management

    Speakers

    • Damian Bell, Executive Director, Honeyguide Foundation (Tanzania)
    • Alphonce Mallya, Northern Tanzania Rangelands Initiative Lead, The Nature Conservancy (Tanzania)
    • Meshurie Melembuki, Manager, Randilen Community Wildlife Management Area (Tanzania)

    Description

    Successful community conservation efforts require a participatory approach that ensures community representation and inputs to harness community insights on their social, financial, and ecological values to natural resources. These form vital pillars to the development and implementation of community conservation strategies that combine community social, cultural, ecological, and financial values towards sustainability. This session will take a deep dive into the financial, social, and ecological aspects as key requirements to sustain CBNRM.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/97324249259

  • Thursday 21 July

    8:30-9:30

    Best Practice in Delivering the 30x30 Target: Global Policy to Ground Implementation

    Moderator

    Melly Reuling, 30x30 Biodiversity Initiative Director, The Nature Conservancy (United States)

    Panelists

    • Nigel Dudley, Equilibrium Research (United Kingdom)
    • Dickson Kaelo, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (Kenya)
    • Jack Marubu, Kenya Program Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy (Kenya)
    • Carolina Hazin, External Affairs Advisor, The Nature Conservancy (United Kingdom)

    Description

    Implementation of the CBD Target 3, 30x30, is complex and ambitious. The newly produced Best Practice in Delivering the 30x30 Target, Protected Areas and OECM, is a work in progress that will provide “how to” guidance for countries and communities working to implement the draft 30x30 target. The guide addresses issues such as financing and securing the rights of IPLCs in creation and implementation of area-based tools.  A presentation of this high-level guidance will be paired with a case study from Kenya on how they are approaching their 30x30 biodiversity protection goal, as well as a presentation from the CEO of Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) on how 30x30 can support communities developing community-based conservation areas. 

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/95460012436


    10:00-11:00

    Pathways for Freshwater Protection and Conservation Areas Advancement in Africa

    Speakers

    • Jean Churley Manfoumbi, Freshwater and Fisheries Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy (Gabon)
    • Sekgowa Motsumi, Okavango Basin Program Director, The Nature Conservancy (Botswana)
    • Melly Reuling, 30x30 Biodiversity Initiative Director, The Nature Conservancy (United States)
    • Rachael Watson, Campaign for Nature (United States)

    Description

    Freshwater ecosystems are among the most threatened and least protected on Earth. Accounting for their unique needs in Protected and Conserved Areas (PCA) network planning, designation and management delivers exponential biodiversity and cost-benefits to conservation objectives. This session explores global and local efforts to advance the enormous potential for advancing freshwater ecosystem conservation through PCAs in Africa.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/98564649324


    11:15-12:00

    Carbon As a Financial Incentive for Community Conservation

    Moderator

    Kevin Juma, Africa Forest Carbon Catalyst Director, The Nature Conservancy (Kenya)

    Panelists

    • Paine Makko, Executive Director, Ujamaa Community Resource Team (Tanzania)
    • Supuk Olekao, Manager, Makame Wildlife Management Area (Tanzania)
    • Isack Bryson, Project Manager, Yaeda Valley Project, Carbon Tanzania (Tanzania)

    Description

    The panelists will share experience on how voluntary carbon markets delivers carbon finance to communities for protection of critical wildlife habitat and forest landscapes while delivering on climate, biodiversity, and livelihood outcomes. Panelists will also share with examples from their projects of how the carbon revenues are shared amongst the participating communities.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/91786133821

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    12:15-13:00

    Options for Scaling Community Forestry

    Moderator

    Kevin Juma, Africa Forest Carbon Catalyst Director, The Nature Conservancy (Kenya)

    Panelists

    • Annah Agasha, Coordinator, Eastern Africa, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) (Uganda)
    • Jean Bakouma, Director of Conservation, Congo Basin World Wildlife Fund (Cameroon)
    • Norman Kalima, Kasempa Community Foundation (Zambia)

    Description

    This session will involve discussions on scaling community forestry work including access to carbon finance, getting ecosystem service claims to market, FSC’s Ecosystem Service Procedure to incentivize conservation, community access to benefits of forest certification, and Reduced-impact Logging for Climate (RIL-C) credits from community forests, among others.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/95208496614


    13:00-14:00

    The Lifecycle of the Strategic Plan

    Moderator

    Gathoni Mwai, Portfolio Manager, Maliasili (Kenya)

    Panelists

    • Julius Lekenit, Field Operations Manager, Grevy's Zebra Trust (Kenya)
    • Mohammed Kamuna, CEO Community Wildlife Management Area Consortium (Tanzania)
    • Sam Shaba, Programs Manager, Honeyguide (Tanzania)
    • Noel Valentino, Technical Field Coordinator, Associação de Conservação do Ambiente e Desenvolvimento Integrado Rural (Angola)

    Description

    The love and hate relationship with strategic planning. The strategic planning process requires substantial investments from any organization and without any past familiarity of the potential benefits. It is a risk that often places these organizations under stress. Hear from four panelists who are in various stages of the strategic planning lifecycle.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/95703061984


    14:30-15:30

    Human-Wildlife Coexistence Café —A Tanzanian Perspective

    Moderator

    Silvia Ceppi, Scientific Advisor, Oikos East Africa (Tanzania)

    Panelists

    • Claire Bracebridge, African Vulture Conservation, North Carolina Zoo (United States)
    • Trevor Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Tanzania Elephant Program (Tanzania)
    • Nick Mitchell, Eastern African Coordinator, African Rangewide Cheetah Conservation Initiative (Tanzania)
    • Olotu Munka, Programme Coordinator, Kope Lion (Tanzania)
    • Edwin Wanyonyi, Director Planning, Partnership and Enterprise, Kenya Wildlife Service (Kenya)
    • Guy Western, Conserving Coexistence South Rift Association of Landowners (Kenya)

    Description

    Welcome to the Coexistence Café, an open, lively discussion around collaborative approaches between conservation organisations and ways to catalyse knowledge-exchange around human-wildlife coexistence, and practitioners’ collaboration and coexistence. Starting from a Tanzanian-Kenyan centered experience, we will expand our discussion to be more inclusive for everyone willing to share their knowledge.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/99850560515


    16:00-17:00

    Innovations in Spatial Planning: Democratizing Marxan for the Next Decade of Conservation

    Speakers

    • Jen McGowen, Spatial Planning Technical Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy (United States)
    • Steve Peedell, Africa Portfolio Coordinator, European Commission JRC (Italy)
    • Sekgowa Motsumi, Okavango Basin Program Director, The Nature Conservancy (Botswana)

    Description

    This session will provide an overview of the new, free and open-source Marxan Planning Platform and project vision. We will focus on the future of decision-support tools to support spatial planning and conservation prioritization, hear from experts working across Africa, and showcase diverse Marxan applications.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/93372821574

  • Friday 22 July

    8:30-9:30

    Advancing Equitable Governance in Community Managed Conservation Areas

    Moderator

    Betty Maitoyo, Gender and Climate Change Activist 

    Speakers

    • Paine Makko, Executive Director, Ujamaa Community Resource Team (Tanzania)
    • Alfred Mwanake, Chief Executive Officer, Taita Taveta Wildlife Conservancies Association (Kenya)
    • Saadia Roba, Chairperson, Nasuulu Conservancy (Kenya)
    • Tjavarekua Tjijahura, female leader, Ehirovipuka Conservancy (Namibia) 

    Description

    Community decision-making and management is rooted in cultural values and norms and often based on landownership which remains a male domain in most communities living alongside wildlife. Women and youth are often underrepresented or entirely excluded from decision-making on resource use and from benefit-sharing. Participation of women and youth is a key pillar in the sustainability of conservation but culture, social, and gender norms entrench further discrimination. The panellists from Kenya and Tanzania will share examples of challenges that hinder women’s effective participation in conservancies and community conservation initiatives, offer examples of alternative approaches, and discuss the progress made thus far in institutional gender strengthening and in policy reforms.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/96025870349


    10:00-11:00

    Fire, Carbon, and the Future of Protected Areas

    Speakers

    • McRee Anderson, Fire Restoration Program Director, The Nature Conservancy (United States)
    • Irene Muthuka, GIS Coordinator and Analyst, The Nature Conservancy (Kenya)

    Description

    This session will focus on sustainable fire management and carbon sequestration in Zambia’s Kafue National Park through collaborative fire management. Speakers will be sharing best practices and replicable tools for PCAs in Africa.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/96349970283


    11:30-12:30

    Scaling Up Blue Bonds for Ocean Protection

    Speakers

    • Adnan Awad, Africa Oceans Strategy Director, The Nature Conservancy (South Africa)
    • Vladimir Russo, Holistics Consulting (Angola)
    • Angus Middleto, Namibia Nature Foundation (Namibia)
    • Maria Amunyela, GIZ, Benguela Current Marine Spatial Management and Governance 
    • Jen McGowan, Spatial Planning Tech Specialist, The Nature Conservancy (United States)

    Description

    This session will provide an overview of The Nature Conservancy's Blue Bonds for Ocean Protection model, as well as examples from where it has been applied. We will then explore the opportunity to leverage the sustainable financing approach to strengthen the integration of conservation and regional ocean governance at large marine ecosystem scale.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/96654869713


    13:00-14:00

    Mapping and Monitoring Peatlands in the Okavango Drainage System

    Speakers

    • Kai Collins, National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project (Botswana)
    • Sekgowa Motsumi, Okavango Basin Program Director, The Nature Conservancy (Botswana)

    Description

    Conserving and restoring carbon-rich wetlands, or peatlands, is critical to the overall health of the Okavango Basin and to preserving the livelihoods of the communities within the region, as well as playing a major role in hydrological functioning of the Zambezi, Okavango, and Cuando River Basins. That’s why The Nature Conservancy and National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project have teamed up to protect peatlands in the Okavango Basin which will have far-reaching implications for both people and nature.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/91516240677


    14:30-15:30

    30x30 - Connectivity Guidelines and Implementation: Tanzania Case Study

    Speakers

    • Fortunata Msoffe, Assistant Director Wildlife Division, Ministry of Natural Resource and Tourism (Tanzania)
    • Kristeen Penrod, Connectivity Specialist, Center for Large Landscape Conservation (United States)
    • Exper Pius, Deputy Chief of Party Technical, USAID Tuhifadhi Maliasili Project (Tanzania)
    • Melly Reuling, 30x30 Biodiversity Initiative Director, The Nature Conservancy (United States)

    Description

    This session will provide an overview of the Connectivity Guidelines from the IUCN Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group and the criticality of connectivity to 30x30, highlighting the development and implementation of the recently launched Tanzania Wildlife Corridor Assessment, Prioritization and Action Plan as a case study.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/95929832898

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    16:00-17:00

    Mainstreaming Gender into Coastal and Marine Conservation

    Moderators

    • George Maina, Africa Fisheries Strategy Manager, The Nature Conservancy (Kenya)
    • Joyce Mbataru, Communication and Development Officer, Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (Kenya)

    Speakers

    • Amina Ahmed, A fisher and community leader from Pate Marine Community Conservancy (Kenya)
    • Joan Kawaka, Project Manager-Community Based Conservation, Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean (Kenya)
    • Juma Mohamed, Mwambao Coastal Community Network (Tanzania)
    • Hassan Yussuf Hassan, Deputy Director, NRT-Coast (Kenya)

    Description

    Women face huge challenges in accessing, participating, and benefiting from fisheries and marine resources. This is mostly due to poor education and leadership capacity, high demands on time for domestic work, imbalanced policies, and norms and values within the local culture that do not favour women. This session will discuss how various organisations are working to mainstream gender into community-led conservation and development.

    Livestream Link
    https://tnc.zoom.us/j/93702225286

See Us Elsewhere at APAC

Tuesday, 19 July

14:00-15:30
Workshop: Case studies Are an Opportunity to Learn How TNC and Its Local Community, NGO & Government Partners Address Challenges (T2)
TNC Speakers: Patricia Mupeta-Muyamwa, Chantal Migongo-Bake-Peter, Moses Nyoni, Alphonce Mallya, and Lukindo Hiza

Wednesday, 20 July

12:00-14:00
Clinic: Fire management & C2 sequestration in Kafue National Park, Zambia  (Room AD11)
TNC Speakers: Irene Muthuka and McRee Anderson

Thursday, 21 July

14:00-15:30
Session: Community Fisheries in KAZA (SADC Pavilion)
TNC Speakers: Sekgowa Motsumi

14:00-15:30
Session: Fire Management & CO Sequestration (South Pole Pavilion) 
TNC Speakers: Irene Muthuka and McRee Anderson

16:00-17:30 
Session: Securing a Climate Resilient Future for Nature & People in & Around Protected & Conserved Areas in Africa (Room AD12)
TNC Speaker: TBD

TNC Invites You to Join the APAC Conversation TNC's Africa Regional Managing Director Ademola Ajagbe shares a few words on why TNC is a sponsor and exhibitor at the Africa Protected Areas Congress in Kigali, Rwanda. Stop by The Nature Conservancy Pavilion or join a Livestream session.