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The 13th General Assembly of the Consortium of African Funds for the Environment (CAFÉ) started yesterday in Gran Melia Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania. Organised by the Tanzania Forest Fund (TaFF) and the Eastern Arc Mountains Conservation Endowment Fund (EAMCEF), the event has brought together different players from across the globe to build capacity and share experiences in promotion of innovative financing mechanisms for biodiversity conservation.

There is a 3-day BRIDGE Project Oversight Committee meeting that is currently taking place at Hotel La Louisiane in Paris, France. The meeting started on 19 April and it will end today. BRIDGE is a 4-year joint project of CAFÉ and the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Environmental Funds (RedLAC) whose main purpose is for CTFs in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean to contribute towards the 2030 action targets through engaging the private sector in conservation finance.”

In recent years, Mozambique has benefitted from investments by various donors with the aim of promoting the conservation of biodiversity. These supported the strengthening of the legal framework of natural resources, the creation and establishment of Conservation Areas and their management and ranger activities, seeking to combat the illegal exploitation of natural resources, and ensure the sustainable use of resources.

The pilot is led by the University of Sherbrooke in partnership with the Foundation for the Environment and Development in Cameroon (FEDEC) and the Tropical Forest and Rural Development Association. It is financed by the Innovation and Transformation Fund (FIT) and aims to set up an integrated management system and transformation of value chains by empowering local actors.

Even with the predictions of the calamity of climate change, it is worth celebrating the month of March which commemorates some of the most significant environment days including Day of Action for Rivers, Solar Appreciation Day, International Day of Forests, World Planting Day, and World Water Day. The Uganda Water and Environment Week in March is also a significant intervention that gives room for pause to ponder the best actions to make a positive change for our planet. As forests and wetlands continue to get degraded, so does the quality of human life as the natural reservoirs and source of water get degenerated.

The West African Savannah Foundation (FSOA) is an International Organization under British Law dedicated to the sustainable financing of preservation of the W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP) transboundary ecosystem complex. Created in 2012 and operational since 2015, it supports the preservation of the National Parks of Benin with project funds from KfW, allowing its financial revenues to accumulate until 2022 before starting capital grants.