Improving Collaborative Conservation and Management of Transboundary Natural Resources

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The East Africa region is endowed with rich biodiversity and natural resources that include iconic wildlife species, watersheds, arable lands, and minerals among many others across the six countries in East Africa. Broadly defined as natural capital, these resources are an important source of revenue and critical to East Africa’s economic growth.  The region’s nature-based tourism industry, which is almost entirely dependent on wildlife and protected areas, contributes 7.5-10 percent of the GDP to the region and supports local communities who depend on natural capital for their livelihoods.  Wildlife contributes both economically and intrinsically to the region’s natural capital and is a critical asset for East Africa’s future growth and sustainable development. 

Biodiversity loss, habitat shrinkage, disruption of wildlife migratory corridors and illegal and unsustainable natural resources extraction, including wildlife poaching and trafficking, are among the major environmental and socio-economic threats in East Africa. The overall purpose of this three-year project is to strengthen EAC’s institutional and technical capacities to effectively deliver its regional mandate on transboundary conservation and management of environment and natural resources. More specifically, the project seeks to strengthen the EAC’s evidence-based decision-making, strategic and regulatory frameworks; enhance EAC’s technical coordination and capacity building; and increase public awareness and participation at the regional level. 

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 4:00am

Last updated: February 09, 2022