ROA Strategic Pillars
1. Effective and Impact Driven Conservation through Strategic Partnerships
By 2020 the WWF conservation strategy and approach will reflect a shift from projects to programs lasting 3 - 5 years; programs that are scalable and that are responsive to people and national and regional development aspirations; and emphasis on policy influencing and strategic collaboration with partners.
In addition, based on the challenges faced in Africa, and what Africa could, in a unique way, offer to the Network, it is proposed to create three Centres of Excellence (CoEs) in the region on the following thematic areas:
Green Growth: Provide solutions that promote greener economic choices, covering areas such as environmental economics, trade and investments with China, India and other emerging economies, environmental mainstreaming in high impact sectors such as Extractive Industries, land use planning, business & industry engagement, influencing of financial flows. This CoE would directly contribute to the implementation of WWF’s Green Economy strategy and bring together the existing initiatives and projects working on natural capital, extractive industries, PSP, etc. to provide multi-disciplinary support.
Sustainable and Renewable Energy: provide solutions to the problem to the impacts of unsustainable fuel wood consumption and the growing energy needs related to the increasing urbanization and industrialization of parts of Africa.
These CoEs will serve stakeholders on the continent, the WWF Global Network and the broader international community.
2. Maximizing Africa’s Impact on Global Priorities
WWF will focus on building the vision for WWF in Africa by facilitating high level discussions on topics related to conservation and sustainable development, engaging with the youth and public, becoming more vocal and visible on policy issues relevant to your conservation work, and strengthening communications to external stakeholders.
By 2020 WWF aims to have increased its visibility and become an authoritative voice in the region with regard to conservation and sustainable development. Through the engagement of high-level decision makers and facilitation of critical policy discourses, WWF seeks to become an important partner and thought leader in the region. WWF will work to heighten conservation consciousness among the African populace and particularly among the youth through innovative initiatives, ICT and media.
3. Strong African Ownership and Leadership
By 2020, WWF will develop a leadership and talent management program, standardized performance management systems, and improved compensation and benefits. Further WWF will develop a governance model that enables the attraction of influential Africans to sit on Advisory Boards at country and Pan Africa level.
4. Strong Africa Offices
A Pan African Office set up by January 2014 will oversee transformation of at least two Country Offices to National Organisation (NO) status by 2020 and the strengthening of all country offices with regard to resources, capacity and financial stewardship.
5. Sustainable Financing
By 2020, programs in Africa will have increased funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, developed local fund raising capacity and negotiated flexible and longer term funding from National Organisations.
Priority Places in Africa
The Global Priority Places in Africa are: African Rift Lakes Region; Coastal East Africa; Congo Basin; Fynbos; Madagascar; Miombo Woodlands; Namib-Karoo-Kaokoveld and West Africa Marine ecoregion
Priority Species in Africa
The Priority species in Africa are: African Elephant; African Rhino; African Great Apes; Marine Turtles and Marine Cetaceans