Africa’s wildlife park managers in Kigali to boost conservation

by | Jul 19, 2022 | World

Officials are meeting in Kigali in a congress to expand the protection of land and marine wildlife in the region.African officials are meeting as part of the continent’s first-ever Africa Protected Areas Congress in a bid to expand the preservation of land and marine wildlife, despite little funding and the low quality of many existing conservation areas in the region.
The forum is happening in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, this week.
Just 14 percent of Africa’s land and inland water ecosystems and 17 percent of coastal and marine areas are protected, according to United Nations estimates. The continent currently has 9,118 protected areas. More than 100 countries worldwide have ambitions to expand conservation efforts and protect wildlife from human-caused damages.
“Africa’s protected and conserved areas face serious issues that need to be addressed urgently,” said Ken Mwathe, policy coordinator for Birdlife International in Africa.
He said climate change, the decline in quality for protected areas due to underfunding and the growth of infrastructure development in protected areas are severely hampering biodiversity on the continent.
“The push for development in protected and other key biodiversity areas is one that governments and stakeholders should critically interrogate during the congress,” Mwathe said.
Those working on the front lines of conservation are already facing increasing challenges. On Kenya’s Wasini Island, where coral reefs and fish are protected by a community-managed marine park, …

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