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EditPhoto Title:Sub-Saharan Africa
EditPhoto Description:Africa is growing with remarkable speed. Will its growth be sustainable?
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EditImage Description:Abdulai Galiou working in his father's garden in Chirfa, Niger.
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Pe​​ople need nature to thrive, and nowhere is that more evident than in Africa.

The last large source of arable land, minerals and fossil fuels, it is also one of the least-equipped to manage and protect its resources sustainably.

The continent’s population and economies are growing, but often at the cost of its “natural capital” — that is, the forests, fresh water, soil and wildlife that its people rely on.

Africa is at a tipping point.

Conservation International (CI) has worked in sub-Saharan Africa since 1990 and has protected 570,000 square kilometers (220,000 square miles). Across the region, CI is engaging African leaders, empowering local communities and helping to evaluate the true value of the region’s natural resources.

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EditText:Of the world’s 20 countries most vulnerable to agricultural production loss due to climate change, 16 are in Africa.

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EditText:The current population of nearly 1 billion people in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to double in the next 40 years.
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EditSection subtitle:Conservation International seeks to break the cycle of the erosion of Africa’s natural capital and its people’s well-being by contributing to a new development paradigm where growth embraces, not erodes, nature, and where nature is valued, protected and managed for the benefit of human wellbeing. This strategy is built on three objectives:
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EditItem Title:Protect Africa’s ‘natural capital’
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EditItem Text:CI is working with African countries to protect nature by identifying and protecting key natural habitats and wildlife critical for fresh water, food security, climate security, and economic and social prosperity; integrating the value of nature into decision making; and combating the illegal wildlife trade, which undermines economic growth and security.
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EditItem Title:Support sustainable production of food and energy
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EditItem Text:Africa is expected to grow by an estimated 300 million people over the next decade; meanwhile, 50 of the continent’s 54 economies will soon rely heavily on resource-extractive activities such as oil and mining. CI is working to help Africa grow by feeding its population, extracting resources, and producing energy in an economically viable and sustainable way.
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EditItem Title:Promote effective governance and investment by integrating nature into development plans
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EditItem Text:No conservation efforts in Africa will be sustainable unless the value of nature is taken into account in development decisions. CI seeks to ensure that public and private investments, policies, markets and infrastructural developments promote the protection of nature. This includes integrating nature into regional and global agreements such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.
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EditCall to Action Description:Help us bring communities and leaders together for conservation, in Africa and all over the world.
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    EditSection Title:Promoting a new development model in Africa
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    EditImage Description:Kojo Essel fertalizes a maize crop in Okwabena, Ghana.
    EditText:The Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa is an African-led initiative of countries committed to a new model of development that brings the value of natural resources to the center of all economic decision-making, and takes into account the vital role natural capital plays in promoting sustainable development.
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      EditSection Title:Promoting Sustainable Production and Value Chains
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        EditImage Description:A herder brings his cattle in for the night.
        EditText:In South Africa, our innovative business model, Meat Naturally Pty supported by the UCLA Anderson School of Business, uses ecological science, a government job creation program, and market interest in sustainable meat, to implement communal grazing systems that result in improved water and food availability. The business model is based on training herders and supporting market access in a way that improves livestock condition, croplands, and rangeland ecosystems, and, by working at scale, ensures formal private sector markets sustain it.The overall goal of the programme is to ensure that red meat production in South Africa supports biodiversity conservation and healthy ecosystems for long-term benefits of people and nature.
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          EditSection Title:Providing agricultural data to farmers through Vital Signs
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            EditImage Description:Siti Normah holds up a medicinal root collected in a nearby forest.
            EditText:CI co-developed and co-manages the development of a monitoring system called Vital Signs that helps farmers in Africa to be productive without depleting the natural world they depend on. Vital Signs provides diagnostic tools and near real-time data on factors such as precipitation and soil health to help farmers and governments adapt their practices to the changing climate. Vital Signs is creating a “gold standard” environmental monitoring system and a global public good that is open and accessible to all.
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              EditSection Title:Stopping wildlife trade and trafficking
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                EditImage Description:Herd of elephants walk into a dusty sunset in Tsavo National Park, Kenya.
                EditText:Wildlife trafficking threatens iconic species, economies and global security. Valued at billions of dollars a year, the illegal trade has a direct connection to organized crime and terrorism. CI works with communities, governments and partners at all levels to secure and protect habitat; support enforcement, regulation and policy efforts; and educate consumers.
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                  EditSection Title:Enabling informed policy on climate resilience
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                    EditImage Description:Cracked dried up soil, Ethiopia, Africa.
                    EditText:Climate change threatens to upend Africa’s food security and livelihoods. With the Resilience Atlas, policy makers in East Africa and the Sahel have a powerful new tool for understanding the extent and severity of climate-related stressors on economies and ecosystems, and how countries can build resilience to these impacts.
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                      EditSection Title:Community-based conservation in Liberia
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                        EditImage Description:Liberian woman holding up community engagement posters.
                        EditText:CI creates “conservation agreements” with communities in Liberia to provide jobs, skills training and livelihood development in exchange for communities’ commitment to conserve ecosystems. This model is providing much-needed development to communities and delivering better conservation results. By ensuring that nature is valued by rural communities, CI is slowing shifting cultivation, reducing hunting pressures, and increasing monitoring in and around key forest and mangrove areas.
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                          EditSection Title:Avoiding deforestation in Madagascar
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                            EditImage Description:Baobab trees in Madagscar
                            EditText:Madagascar has lost over 90% of its original forest — to devastating effect. CI has been working in the country, supporting local communities in sustainable management practices, namely in the Ankeniheny-Zahemena and Ambositra-Vondrozo Corridors, for 20 years. . Projects have included forest surveillance and monitoring, providing financing and technical support to members of the local community, and developing a carbon credit system validated by the Rainforest Alliance, as an alternative livelihood and sustainable financing mechanism development.
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                            EditCaption Title:To help African farmers, making big data fit in their pockets
                            EditCaption Description:As the use of mobile technology in Africa continues to skyrocket, it’s changing more than how people communicate — it’s also changing how they grow their food.
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                            EditCaption Title:The direct connection between nature, national security and you
                            EditCaption Description:None of us can survive without the services that nature provides for us: food, fresh water, fertile soil, pollinators, life-saving medicines. The simple fact is that nature doesn’t need people; people need nature.
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                            EditImage Alt Text:Park ranger in Rwanda
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                            EditCaption Description:Since 2003, more than 1,000 park rangers have been killed in the line of duty.
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                            EditCaption Description:Beatrice Lempaira is a Maasai woman living in a semi-nomadic community on a vast stretch of open land to the northwest of Mount Kenya. She was the first woman from her village to attend university. Now she’s one of CI’s newest indigenous fellows.
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                            EditImage Alt Text:Yasuní Camera trapping photos. This short ear dog is a rare species and very difficult to observe in the wild.
                            EditCaption Title:Protected areas DO save wildlife: Just ask these 5 species
                            EditCaption Description:New data collected by more than 1,000 camera traps across the tropics — and published today in the journal PLOS Biology — paints a more nuanced picture for the future of wildlife in these forests.
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