This news roundup is a compilation of the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) 2022 highlights. We feature ABCG’s engagement at the major fora that characterized 2022 such as the inaugural IUCN Africa Protected Area Congress (APAC), and the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15). We also feature our podcast series, BREATHE, that illuminates discussions around conservation by highlighting the work of individuals and organizations across Africa who are changing the planet for the better one day at a time.
2022 was a critical year for the environment as the global community convened in various major fora to address environmental degradation. Among the key events was the inaugural IUCN Africa Protected Area Congress (APAC) held in Kigali, Rwanda in July, providing an exceptional opportunity for Africa to have critical dialogues on the future of protected areas for the millions of Africans. The 27th session of the Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) resulted in breakthrough agreements to provide “loss and damage” funding for vulnerable countries devastated by climate disasters. Finally, in December the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) was held in Montreal Canada, culminating with the adoption of The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. Read more in our latest highlights and events roundup newsletter