African Landscapes for People and Wildlife

Dismantling the false choice between conservation and development in Africa

TV Studio 3
Lab debate
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
15:10 to 15:55

In a world where conservation and development are seen as competing objectives current biodiversity investments can’t counter mounting threats. This is a false choice. The services that ecological systems provide underpin our existence, political stability and economic prosperity. Particularly in Africa. The world’s youngest population needs jobs, development and growth but African biodiversity funding gaps are enormous. Continuing to invest in Africa as if conservation and development are competing objectives will simply lead to the continued loss of species and habitat degradation. This session will debate the role Africa leaders play in shaping a more sustainable path by investing in wildlife economies that incentivise conservation and restoration while providing for people.

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