Wildlife Economy Webinar #1

Show me the data: an interactive discussion on The State of the Wildlife Economy in Africa Report

When: 24th November 2020, 16h00-17h30 (GMT+2)
Natural resources play an important role in terms of their contribution to local, national, regional and global economies, through tourism, forestry, fisheries, ecosystem services and other wildlife economy activities, as well, to human health through the provision of air, water, and food. With growing human populations, increasing poverty and the need to grow economies, it is ever more important to account for, and to understand, the significant contributions that wildlife resources make to local and national economies, and the importance of their conservation, and investment in them, to ensure that this continues in the long-term. Natural resources and wildlife are traditionally seen as costs to the government and not as assets in a national economy. This approach has seen limited government resources invested in supporting wildlife resources and their conservation, or to developing the wildlife economy. If this is to change there is a need to demonstrate to governments and other stakeholders the current (and potential) contribution of wildlife resources to local, national and regional economies, as well as the linkages between a well-conceived wildlife economy and the health of critical ecosystems and wildlife populations.
The wildlife economy encompasses the businesses and economic activities that either directly depend on wildlife for their core business or that contribute to the conservation of wildlife through their activities, with wildlife here defined as all terrestrial and marine fauna and flora (adapted from the South African Biodiversity Economy definition).
In this report, wildlife is defined as:
“Wildlife includes indigenous, undomesticated terrestrial and marine animals, plants, and other life forms”
And the wildlife economy is defined as:
“The Wildlife Economy uses wildlife, plants and animals (marine and terrestrial), as an economic asset to create value that aligns with conservation objectives and delivers sustainable growth and economic development” The wildlife economy includes the sustainable utilisation of indigenous wildlife to support economic development, while still contributing to conservation. Activities within the wildlife economy may be consumptive, or non-consumptive.
Research conducted by the School of Wildlife Conservation at the African Leadership University has looked at the State of the Wildlife Economy in Africa, focusing on a number of case study countries. Key facts from the three case studies published in 2020, leading up to the publication of the full report in February 2021, will be presented on this webinar, including discussions with key stakeholders from these countries.
Main aim of the session
To discuss the three country case studies published in 2020 on Ghana, Kenya and South Africa and to open discussions on data collection, collation and analysis in relation to our State of the Wildlife Economy in Africa Report, focusing on measuring value and building sustainable wildlife economies in Africa.
• Discuss suggestions for indicators to measure the value of the wildlife economy going forward
• To highlight key facts/figures from the report, illustrating the importance of the wildlife economy in Africa
• Discuss lessons learned from the case study countries released to-date: Ghana, Kenya and South Africa
• Discuss the issues with data gaps and how do we overcome these

Structure of the webinar:

Bios of the three country panelists:

Mr Khorommbi Matibe, South Africa
Chief Director: Biodiversity Economy and Sustainable Use in
the Department of Environmental Affairs
Mr Khorommbi Matibe serves as the Chief Director: Biodiversity
Economy and Sustainable Use in the Department of Environmental Affairs in the Republic of South Africa, since May 2017. He had previously served in numerous portfolios including his role as Head of Department at Freedom Park heritage site, Director at Limpopo Tourism and Parks, Manager at Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Environment and Land Affairs. He also served as a Researcher at the Energy and Development Research Centre University of Cape Town.
Dr Ali Kaka, Kenya
Wildlife Sector Policy Advisor, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Kenya
Ali is a Kenyan citizen born in Mombasa. After his graduate work at the University of Colorado, USA in 1977, Ali joined the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) as a Research Assistant. During his 25-year tenure at KWS, he worked in several national parks as Assistant Warden and later Warden, including establishing the pioneer unit for marine Parks. To broaden his horizon and experience, Ali was recruited to join the East Africa Wildlife Society (EAWLS), one of the oldest indigenous membership-based conservation NGOs in the Eastern Africa region, as the Executive Director. In 2007, Ali was appointed the Regional Vice-Chair for IUCN’s World Commission of Protected Areas and a panel member of the World Heritage (natural) Sites chaired by IUCN In 2009. Ali joined IUCN as the Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa covering 24 countries including the Island States in the region. After a five-year stint in the Secretariat of IUCN, he decided to go into semi-retirement and focus on mentorship and advisory roles. To date, Ali remains on the Board of several national and international Boards and Panels working in the field of conservation, including as vice-President of IUCN and Regional Councillor for Eastern and Southern Africa. In 2018, he was asked to join the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife of the Republic of Kenya as the Wildlife Sector Policy Advisor to the Cabinet Secretary, a position he still holds.
Mr Andrew Murphy, Ghana
Co-Founder, Board member and Shareholder, Zaina Lodge, Ghana
Andrew Murphy led the development, opening, and initial operations of Zaina Lodge in Mole National Park in Ghana, the first safari lodge established in West Africa, and the highest rated property in Ghana on Trip Advisor. Mr. Murphy is currently a board member and shareholder in Zaina Lodge. He has served as a strategic advisor to multiple organizations, most recently the Philadelphia Zoo and the Baba Tree Basket Company, and has over 22 years of experience in Ghana, and deep experience in the links between conservation and business development. Mr. Murphy started his career as a change management consultant for Accenture, then served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Northern Ghana working on community-based ecotourism, and eventually led a global market transformation program at the World Wildlife Fund before founding his company in Ghana. Mr. Murphy graduated from Georgetown University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Facilitator for the webinar:
Dr Sue Snyman
Director of Research, School of Wildlife Conservation, African Leadership University
Opening remarks:
Mr Fred Swaniker
Founder African Leadership Group

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