ABCG Partners With Birdlife International to Promote Conservation in Africa

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Paul Kariuki, Regional Director, BirdLife International Africa and Rubina James, Director Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group at MoU Signing

Nairobi, 24th August 2023 – BirdLife International Africa, and the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance collaborative biodiversity conservation in Africa. The MoU will focus on developing and implementing conservation programmes and linkages including climate change, restoration in line with the Africa Union Agenda 2063, Africa’s vision and development agenda and the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework – the global plan to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030. 

This collaboration aims at moving the needle for conservation, biodiversity, and climate at a time when the need to address the triple planetary crises – climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution is most urgent, and requires new forms of cooperation to address the crises. It also comes at a time when Kenya will be hosting the Africa Climate Summit to build momentum for urgent climate action ahead of the Climate Conference (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

As part of this MoU, BirdLife and ABCG will collaborate closely in joint advocacy campaigns and actions that enhance biodiversity conservation; restoration and climate resilience building of local communities; resource mobilisation for conservation work; policy influencing and working with governments to push for implementation of global commitments on biodiversity and climate. 

BirdLife will share with ABCG and partners scientific and technical support tapping into its vast and growing network of partners in 26 countries in Africa and 116 countries globally, in addition to its cutting-edge science. 

ABCG will link BirdLife Africa to its other technical partners and potential funding agencies with the aim of supporting biodiversity conservation in Africa, provide BirdLife with resources, where available for capacity strengthening, and share information and facilitate engagement of BirdLife Africa scientists in policy dialogues, and learning and sharing events globally. 

“The Africa Biodiversity Collaboration Group (ABCG) is honoured to sign this MoU with BirdLife Africa and through it, will strive to advance the recognition and role of bird species and their habitats, as critical contributions to healthy ecosystem function and conservation”, said Rubina James, Director, ABCG. 

“This collaboration evidences the value of harnessing our collective resources and commitment to protect, conserve, and preserve biodiversity to ensure the well-being of our planet and the survival of all life in the air, on land and under water”, Rubina added. 

“At a time when Nature is in crisis, we are excited about this collaboration with ABCG, which is timely. This collaboration will leverage BirdLife’s extensive partnership across the continent, technical capacity, and innovative conservation solutions to tackle some of the most pressing biodiversity challenges on the continent”, said Dr Kariuki Ndang’ang’a Regional Director for Africa, BirdLife International.

From Left: Lewis Kihumba, BirdLife International Africa, Rubina James, Director ABCG, Paul Kariuki, Regional Director, BirdLife International Africa, Evelyn Namvua, ABCG and Ken Mwathe, BirdLife International Africa at the MoU signing.

Editor’s Note

About ABCG

The Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) is a multi-institutional organization that brings together cross-sectoral entities to achieve greater impact than any one organization by itself could have. ABCG founding members include: African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Conservation International (CI), the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), World Resources Institute (WRI), and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). ABCG creates innovative conservation solutions by fostering collaborative and adaptive learning opportunities that help practitioners improve, scale, and replicate, while generating valuable user-driven knowledge disseminated globally. 

 About BirdLife International

BirdLife is the world’s largest conservation partnership with over 10 million members and supporters, and growing network of 120 national partners in 116 countries worldwide – 26 in Africa.  The partnership strives to conserve birds, their habitats, and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. 


Media Contacts:

Evelyn Namvua 
Communications and Engagement Specialist, ABCG

Lewis Kihumba
Communications Manager, BirdLife Africa