In May 2023 the Community Leaders Network of Southern Africa (CLN) convened in Johannesburg, South Africa, to formulate their development strategy for the next six years. The workshop served as a platform for the CLN Board and key decision makers to collaboratively develop the framework of the strategy and a Theory of Change. Download the report here: (Africa Strategy Workshop Report.pdf)
The Community Leaders Network of Southern Africa (CLN) has participated in various national, regional and international fora during the year 2022, leaving significant impacts at every one of them. All these activities are in line with CLN’s mandate of ensuring that community members who actually live with wildlife on a daily basis are consulted in all decisions regarding management of wildlife and other natural resources. Community members participated at events such as CITES CoP19, CBD CoP15, APAC, UNEA 5 – amongst others.
Detailed report of activities can be accessed here: CLN Annual Report 2022
Open letter: Stop the hypocrisy – a call for the genuine inclusion of African communities in decisions about our wildlife
As representatives of millions of rural Africans who live alongside dangerous and charismatic wild
animals, we urgently call on international decision-makers to reject hypocritical laws and policies that
ignore African perspectives and trample our rights as custodians of our wildlife. It is time to stop talking
about African wildlife without Africans at the discussion table.
With a delegation of 7 participants from 6 Southern African Countries (Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi) CLN participated at the annual gathering that brings government officials and other appropriate wildlife management authorities together with the private hunting industry and community stakeholders. The forum aimed at collaboratively discussing sustainable use wildlife conservation across Africa. Read full report here: CLN@AWCF Report
The key objective of the CLN workshop, held in October 2021, was to formalise the Community Leaders Network, and thus create greater opportunities for creating partnerships, fundraising, sharing lessons