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ACB comments on the Draft White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of South Africa’s Biodiversity 2022

Please find here ACB’s submission to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment regarding the recently published Draft White Paper on Conservation and Sustainable Use of South Africa’s Biodiversity, 2022.  The current conservation model and practice are founded on historical colonial practices, entrenched in apartheid, of over-exploitation and exclusion of African people. Historical inequalities have remained […]

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Playing chess with the world’s biodiversity. The post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and Africa’s future

A blog by ACB’s Sabrina Masinjila, Linzi Lewis and Mariam Mayet The crafting of a new global biodiversity framework In 2018, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) embarked on multilateral intergovernmental talks toward crafting a new global deal to curb global biodiversity loss (the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).1 The CBD, adopted in […]

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The failure of multilateralism – and rise of corporate capture of the CBD

The current state of the planet, and in particular climate change, biodiversity loss, and land degradation, reflect on the legitimacy of environmental multilateralism such as the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD). The convergence of the multiple global ecological, climate, and economic crises is not been met with the requisite urgent response and action. Instead, over […]

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Who will fund biodiversity conservation, and its implications for Africa?

Where adequate funds will come from to reduce rampant biodiversity loss is crucial to ensuring the implementation of the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). African countries are demanding that developed countries pay for their ecological debt, and implementation of the GBF, in terms of Article 20 of the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD). But how will […]

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Where is agricultural biodiversity in the Post-2020 GBF?

While the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) attempts to deal with the indirect and direct drivers of biodiversity decline, as outlined by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Global Biodiversity Outlook Reports, it remains glaringly weak, with serious and severe gaps. We wonder, where does the Post-2020 GBF deal […]

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The violence of agrarian extractivism in Ethiopia

Locusts, state authoritarianism and webs of US imperialism We are pleased to share you with our latest discussion paper in our “Multiple shocks in Africa series”. We show how the locust swarms that hit the Horn of Africa over the course of 2020 were yet another in a series of shocks already battering smallholders in […]

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Multiple shocks, agribusiness feudalism and the monopolisation of peasant territories: a view from Ecuador on agrobiodiversity and the peasant web of life

Por favor, haga clic aquí para el español This is the fourth of six publications in the ACB’s multiple shocks in Africa series: ecological crisis, capitalist nature & decolonisation for human and ecological liberation. Given our internationalist commitment, Multiple shocks, agribusiness feudalism and the monopolisation of peasant territories: a view from Ecuador on agrobiodiversity and […]

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SHOCK AFTER SHOCK IN AFRICA: A TALE OF ECOLOGICAL IMBALANCE, THE FALL ARMYWORM INFESTATION AND FALSE SOLUTIONS

We are pleased to present the third discussion paper in our “Multiple Shocks in Africa Series”. Africa is being hit by multiple shocks: COVID-19, locust plagues sweeping across many African countries, droughts and cyclones, fall armyworms (FAW) marching their way through millions of hectares of maize fields, and the already felt impact of the climate […]

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Neo-colonial economies and ecologies, smallholder farmers and multiple shocks: The case of cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique and Zimbabwe

We are pleased to share with you the second discussion paper in our “Multiple Shocks in Africa Series”, Neo-colonial economies and ecologies, smallholder farmers and multiple shocks: The case of cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. (Por favor clique aqui para Português). The paper exposes how the two cyclones that battered Mozambique and […]

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Multiple shocks and the Ebola and COVID pandemics in West and Central Africa: extraction, profiteering and shattered food systems and livelihoods

Veuillez cliquer ici pour le français. We are pleased to present the first discussion paper in our “Multiple Shocks in Africa Series”. The tragic story of the Ebola pandemic in West Africa, and the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in particular, is not just one of disease emergence. It is fundamentally […]

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Introducing ACB’s multiple shocks in Africa series: ecological crisis, capitalist nature & decolonisation for human and ecological liberation

Veuillez cliquer ici pour le français Por favor clique aqui para Português Por favor, haga clic aquí para el español Tafadhali bonyeza hapa kwa Kiswahili The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent crises, as a result of lockdowns, have exposed the fractures of human societies’ relationship with nature. In a world dominated by capitalist globalisation, these crises […]

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Post Cyclone Idai: Farming practices for resilience to withstand extreme weather events

Ranked as one of the worst tropical storms to hit Africa, Cyclone Idai made landfall in central Mozambique on 15 March, before moving on to Malawi and Zimbabwe. The district of Chimanimani in Zimbabwe was one of the worst-hit areas. On a recent trip to Zimbabwe, ACB spoke to representatives of three organisations that work […]

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