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.
Southern Africa meets resistance to proposals on communities and wildlife trade
Countries in the Southern African Development Council (SADC) are pushing
to incorporate rural communities and their livelihoods in decisions about the
international trade of wildlife.
While they have met resistance to their proposals from other countries, SADC
governments have showcased how working alongside their communities can
achieve conservation and sustainable development goals.
Community representatives from Southern Africa who attended CITES made
interventions in support of their governments’ position.
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