On 18 December 2002, the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) and the Community Conservation Coalition held a meeting on ” Applying Lessons Learned about ‘Nature, Wealth, and Power” to Field-Level Conservation in Rural Africa”. The meeting, hosted at Conservation International and chaired by Harry van der Linde of African Wildlife Foundation, provided an opportunity to share lessons learned from the recently released discussion paper by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Africa Bureau and partners entitled: “Nature, Wealth, and Power: Emerging Best Practice for Revitalizing Rural Africa”. (See: focused on how to integrate environmental management, economic growth, and good governance to improve biodiversity conservation in rural Africa. As the conservation community uses larger more holistic landscape approaches to conservation, larger issues that impact conservation outside of protected areas must be explored. In this context, the relevance of the framework, principles and action recommendations identified in “Nature, Wealth and Power” were examined, and how it can be related to on-the-ground conservation activities in Africa was considered.Through presentations and discussion, the meeting explored: Best Bets for Resource Management; Best Bets for Economic Development; Best Bets for Good Governance; and Moving Forward With the Debate on Linking the Challenges of Resource Management, Economic Development, and Governance.

Value to the Community Describes the presentations and discussions on how the integration of environmental management, economic growth, and good governance can improve biodiversity conservation in rural Africa