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From 6 to 8 October 2020, the Consortium of African Funds for the Environment (CAFÉ) and the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Environmental Funds (RedLAC) successfully held their first joint virtual congress under the theme of Sustainable Finance for Conservation.

Trekking along the fringes of Budongo Forest in Masindi District, one cannot help but be awestruck by the beauty of nature all around, but beyond this lies a pervading darkness that threatens the security of this Central Forest Reserve - encroachment through human economic activity.

On March 3 2021, a financing agreement was signed between the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity (BIOFUND) for the project designated Organizing Nature-based Response and Solutions for Natural Disaster Risk Reduction (ECO-DRR).

The concept is bearing fruit: creating regular income-generating activities for the protection of flora and fauna by resorting to local human resources. An alternative that can be effective if the needs of the communities are well identified.

In Namibia and in most parts of Southern Africa, wildlife does not only serve an ecological purpose, but it also offers a crucial supplementary nutritional and economic gain to rural communities.