Eastern & Southern Africa Office

Geothermal energy generation in Kenya
© Robert Ddamulira

Renewable Energy Consortium to transform Eastern Africa

WWF-ESARPO and energy partners have come together to form a consortium dubbed the Sustainable Energy Access Forum (SEAF) that promotes use of renewable energy.

This SEAF currently includes World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Practical Action, Bare Foot Power, GVEP International (the Global Village Partnership), SNV Netherlands, Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA) and is expected to grow to include more civil society, private sector as well as government agencies involved in sustainable energy access initiatives across the region. 

This forum believes that once renewable energy solutions are provided with sufficient policy, technological and institutional support frameworks, East and Southern Africa can secure a sustainable pathway towards access to modern energy services for all. For this to happen, the region has to address some key barriers that include limited financing, lack of consumer awareness, poor technology and ineffective policies.

For more information on SEAF and its commitments in 2014 click here

40 years and forging ahead

WWF has been involved in active conservation work in eastern and southern Africa since 1962, beginning with the purchase of land in Nakuru (Kenya) to allow for the establishment of an enlarged park to help support the conservation of the flamingos of Lake Nakuru.

Eastern and Southern Africa contains some of the world’s most unique and spectacular bio-diversity. It is home to critical places (Coastal East Africa, Africa Rift Lakes, Miombo and the Namib-Karoo) and key flagship species (Great Apes, African Elephant, African Rhinos and Marine Turtles).

The challenges in this vast region are however daunting. Beyond the sheer geographical scale, these include huge population growth, poor governance/legislation, climate change (being one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change/variability, aggravated by low levels of adaptive capacity) and overexploitation of natural resources to feed ever-increasing foreign and national demands.

The office helps coordinate activities Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It also works closely with projects in Namibia and WWF's office in South Africa.

Consultancy Opening

Assessment of Financial Institutions and Financial Flows related to the Drivers of Land Use Change and Loss of Natural Capital in Coastal East Africa

A key underlying factor driving unsustainable human activity is investment and financial flows that underpin landuse and management decisions affecting the area’s natural capital base.

WWF's Coastal East Africa GI would like to commission a consultancy to better understand supply chains and the resulting financial flows and key related actors for important sectors that may be influenced by changes in these flow patterns and behavior of actors.

The ToRs for this consultancy can be downloaded below.

Assessment of Financial Institutions and Financial Flows ToRs


Phase 1 development of an Africa Ecological Futures Report

WWF in partnership with the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) seeks to develop an Africa Ecological Futures Report – a 50 year scenario-based futuristic view describing Africa’s potential development paths and the implications for Africa’s Ecological Future; and identifying potential points of intervention and influence.

As a first phase WWF seeks to engage the services of a lead consultant to help prepare 6 desktop research papers on key systems and sectors that are likely to have a significant impact on Africa’s development trajectory. These systems/sectors are likely to include (but not limited to):

1) Energy,
2) Food/agriculture,
3) Water,
4) Infrastructure,
5) Mining and extractives,
6) Trade & Investment.

The Terms of Reference can be downloaded below:

TOR: Phase 1 Development of an African Ecological Futures Report

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Our objectives...

Creating an enabling environment
- strengthening governance, institutions, laws and policies

Responding to market forces in high priority sectors
- establishing sustainable natural resource management/market mechanisms and responsible trade/investment in areas most impacting priority landscapes

Securing high value conservation areas
- developing robust and resilient ecological networks and ensuring species success in priority landscapes

Addressing broader climate change, energy and footprint issues
- determining optimum scope, strategy and WWF niche in complex areas

Illegal Wildlife Trade

US to destroy ivory stockpile

  •  / ©: WWF-Canon / Folke Wulf

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement to destroy US ivory stockpile

    Washington, D.C. (September 9, 2013) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement today that the it will destroy the U.S. stockpile of illegal ivory – 6 tons of it seized by U.S. authorities – is an important signal for the need to end trafficking in illegal elephant products. A recent surge in this illicit trade has resulted in the killing of 30,000 African elephants annually in recent years. 

    Despite the 1989 ban on commercial ivory trade in the U.S., recent seizures and busts in the country show that the United States remains a major destination for illegal ivory. Destroying the ivory stockpile sends a crucial message that ivory is not acceptable as art – nor jewelry, carvings or trinkets.

    Click here for more details.

WWF-US CEO named to Advisory Panel

  •  / ©: WWF / Michael Barrett
    WWF-US CEO Carter Roberts has been named to US President Barak Obama's Advisory Panel on Wildlife Trafficking. A statement is available here.

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