Event Date: 15 to 17 Novermber 2019
Venue: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Prepared by: Malan Lindique from Resource Africa
The Resilient Waters Program financed the participation of eight representatives from community-based natural resource management programmes and organizations from Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe at the African Wildlife Consultative Forum (AWCF) meeting from 11-15 November 2019 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The funding was arranged through the Southern African Trust and Resource Africa consortium.
The AWCF is an initiative of and organized by Safari Club International Foundation , a subsidiary of Safari Club International. AWCF was the 17th annual meeting of the forum, always held in Africa. This is the only forum in Africa where governments, NGOs and communities share a platform equally and discussions focus on current trends and future strategies on wildlife management,sustainable utilization, and it all that it takes to enhance management and sustainability, as well as issues around making non-detriment and enhancement findings for off takes.
Participation by rural communities in international processes and decisions that affect their interests is a major theme of both the Southern African Trust and Resource Africa, as well as empowering and capacitating such communities to effectively participate in such processes by enabling them to know the actors, procedures, powers and the interests of other parties.
In the past months, the Southern Africa Trust, Resource Africa and NACSO have continuously collaborated with the Resilient Waters Program in mobilising and supporting representatives from community-based organisations in order for them to ensure their constant presence. Community representatives and NGOs became actively involved in national and international key events and thus in policy and decision-making processes.