African NGOs Alliance for Environmental Sustainability launched

In an event held from 19th to 20th October 2023, the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS Network) and the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance came together to launch the African NGOs Alliance for Environmental Sustainability (ANAES), an extraordinary endeavor uniting 33 African Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), including NatureUganda, from 18 countries in their mission to protect the environment and ensure sustainable development. The launch took place in Kigali, Rwanda, where delegates gathered to develop a unified path towards preserving Africa’s natural heritage.

ANAES emerges as a united front, ready to address the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead. Together, Africa’s environmental champions are poised to create a brighter, more sustainable future for the continent and its people. By consolidating the efforts of member organizations, ANAES intends to amplify the impact of conservation projects, promote sustainable land` and resource management, and advocate for policies that prioritize nature conservation.

Through sharing knowledge, the alliance seeks to equip its members with the tools needed to address the pressing environmental and sustainability challenges faced by Africa today. Additionally, ANAES places great emphasis on empowering local communities, recognizing their role as vital stakeholders in preserving Africa’s natural heritage.

The ANAES launch served as a platform for delegates to discuss shared goals, strategies and action plans. The event  culminated in the adoption of the ANAES Charter, a historic document outlining the alliance’s vision and mission.

NatureUganda was selected by NGOs from East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Burundi) to represent them at the ANAES Coordination Committee (ACC) for the next two years.

As ANAES embarks on its journey towards a sustainable future, it is committed to building strong partnerships with governments, international organizations, and local communities, unlocking the potential for impact and transformative change.

Dr. Mathias Behangana (standing left) signed the Alliance Charter on behalf of NatureUganda

ANAES Representatives receiving Charter document of the initiative