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The visionary leadership of 10 African nations holds the promise of a sustainable future for the continent.

Africa's unparalleled natural resources are vital to the well-being of the continent's rapidly growing population. In 2012, Conservation International supported the Government of Botswana to bring together leaders from all sectors of society to draft and endorse the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) — a commitment to better understand, value and manage Africa’s natural wealth.

The signatories to the GDSA are taking action for Africa’s future:

  1. Countries must integrate the value of nature into their national policies and programs, recognizing that nature is needed for economic growth and sustainability.
  2. Countries must reduce poverty by transitioning agriculture, extractive industries, fisheries and other economic uses of nature to practices that promote sustainable employment, food security, sustainable energy and the protection of nature, including protected areas.
  3. Countries must build the knowledge, capacity and policy networks to promote leadership and a new model in the field of sustainable development to increase momentum for positive change.

Our role

In December 2014, CI was named Secretariat of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa, a key management role that allows us to focus on facilitating the creation of policy, networks and data that will propel Africa to the forefront of sustainable development by making the value of nature integral to economic and social development decisions.​

Our plan​

CI has worked closely with the Botswana Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism to support Botswana’s efforts to make the vision of the Gaborone Declaration a reality. We contributed to the framework for implementing and tracking progress on the Gaborone Declaration’s commitments, and we are leading fundraising efforts for regional or country programs to achieve the declaration’s aspirations.

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EditText:Visionary leaders from 10 African countries have committed to moving the value of nature to the center of their development strategies. The signatory countries are Botswana, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania. Membership is still open to other interested countries.
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    We are in the process of funding a study to determine where the signatories of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa stand with respect to the aspirations of the declaration. Having baseline information in these areas will help countries measure progress moving forward. The situational analysis will give a picture of where countries stand and what their priorities and needs are with regard to the following strategies:

    • Natural capital accounting
    • Natural resource assessment
    • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
    • Natural capital and poverty eradication
    • Public-private partnerships
    • Capacity building and education
    • Monitoring

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