Friday, 18 July 2008

Scenario Planning for Biodiversity Conservation in Africa

On 15 May 2008, the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) organized a meeting on “Scenario Planning for Biodiversity Conservation in Africa: Mapping Future Trends and Interventions in the Next Ten Years”. The day-long meeting in Washington, DC, was supported through the Biodiversity Analysis and Technical Support (BATS)1 for USAID/Africa program. More than 45 people participated.

The basic question to be answered by the scenario planning process was: “What are the priority interventions for biodiversity conservation in Africa over the next ten years?”

The meeting sought to:

  • review the USAID BATS report by Chemonics International that looked at 30 years of USAID support for biodiversity in Africa;
  • identify the drivers of past, present, and future change; and
  • map trends.

This DC Meeting will be followed by an African Validation Workshop (summer 2008) where African conservation leaders with review the USAID BATS report and products of this mapping meeting, validate them, and on the basis of these discussions articulate scenarios. Participants will apply their expertise to narrate alternative futures for biodiversity in Africa, including interventions for biodiversity conservation appropriate for USAID and other stakeholders over the next ten years.

The Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) is an initiative of eight U.S.-based international conservation non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with field programs in Africa. ABCG explores emerging conservation issues, shares lessons learned, and seeks opportunities for collaboration. Featured themes: