Highlights and images for 18 November 2018



The second day of the Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP), organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Regional Office for Africa and partners involved in the Africa Ecological Futures (AEF) project, focused on the future of sustainability in Africa. It included the launch of the AEF initiative on the conservation of nature, biodiversity and Africa’s important natural assets, and mainstreaming AEF thinking into various sector policies like conservation, food, forest and infrastructure. Five panel discussion sessions took place throughout the day on the following themes:

  • Key findings from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Regional Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Africa, and the IPBES Thematic Assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration;
  • The role of Protected Areas to secure Africa’s rich biodiversity;
  • The potential of Forest Landscape Restoration in Africa;
  • Urban development – challenges and risks to nature;
  • The future of biodiversity, with a focus on youth perspectives.

The day closed with a reception co-organized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to celebrate the launch of The Pathfinder Award for innovation in nature conservation, which recognizes innovative solutions for ensuring investment in protected and conserved areas.

Photos by IISD/ENB | Mike Muzurakis

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Chair Yemi Katerere, WWF Africa
Fred Kumah, WWF Africa
From L-R: Chair Yemi Katerere, WWF, Regional Office Africa; Sara Bertin, African Development Bank (AfDB); Rose Mwebaza, AfDB; Saliem Fakir, WWF South Africa; Fred Kumah, WWF Africa; and Corli Pretorius, UN Environment
Sara Bertin, AfDB
Luthando Dziba, Co-Chair, IPBES Regional Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Africa
Corli Pretorius, UN Environment
Rose Mwebaza, AfDB
Jean François Timmers, WWF-Brazil
Laurent Some, WWF Africa
Julia Barske, WWF Germany
Matthias Krause, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Ulrike Tröger, WWF Germany
Adriana Vidal, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Heiko Warnken, BMZ
Laetitia Marie Busokeye, Rwanda Environment Management Authority
Charles Karangwa, African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR 100)
Issa Katwesige, Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda
Anja Gassner, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
Roseline Remans, Bioversity International
Kate Newman, WWF US
Bianca Notarbartolo, UNEP-WCMC
Roseline Remans, Bioversity International, and Fred Kumah, WWF Africa
Anja Gassner, ICRAF, and Heiko Warnken, BMZ
From L-R: Monique Ntumngia, Green Girls Organisation and 2017 WWF Africa Youth Champion; Iddi Hamisa Nyachenga,Green Power Tanzania; Maoga Unelker, Konservation; Alexandra Rasoamanana, Malagasy Youth Biodiversity Network; and Mohamed Raouf, Nature Conservation Egypt
Launch of the Pathfinder Award: In the evening, participants gathered to celebrate the winners of the 2018 Pathfinder Awards for innovation and excellence in protected area financing and resourcing. The event was co-organized by UNDP and IUCN.
View of the panel during the Launch of the Pathfinder Award
Around the Venue



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