Council for the African Partnership (CAP)


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Theme: "Reaching out for the benefit of nature and people in Africa"
Date: Friday 9th - Wednesday 14th October 2015
Venue: Royal Senchi, Ghana

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The BirdLife Council for the Africa Partnership (CAP) meeting is the top governance organ for the BirdLife Africa Partnership, established to review and decide on regional policies and programmes of BirdLife in Africa. Biennially, CAP brings together Partner CEOs, Supporting Partners, organizations wishing to join the network and other institutional partners. 

CAP 2015 will take place at the Roayl Senchi Hotel, Akosombo, Ghana from Friday 9th - Thursday 15th October 2015.  Typically, CAP meetings are attended by about 80 participants from the Africa Partnership, Supporting Partners, BirdLife Global and Regional Secretariat.CAP will be hosted by the Ghana Wildlife Society, the BirdLife Partner in Ghana.

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Message from the CAP Chair

Mark Anderson, the CAP Chair and CEO of BirdLife South Africa 

In 2010 in the Japanese city of Nagoya, the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) admitted that the 2010 biodiversity target (to make a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth) was missed. A new 2020 target was set.  In response, BirdLife and other biodiversity conservation organisations started a journey to think differently and seek new solutions that will lead to a positive result that would be reported on when the Parties meet again to evaluate the 2020 target.  The global BirdLife Partnership endorsed a progressive strategy in 2013 and, in October 2015, the Partnership in Africa will meet at CAP 2015 to work out its unique contribution to the BirdLife Strategy 2020 and readiness to deliver it. 

At this meeting, the Partnership will be reaching out to non-traditional conservation stakeholders to galvanise action that integrates natural capital and engenders collaboration with the private sector. The CAP 2015 meeting therefore chose the theme “reaching out for the benefit of people and nature” to highlight the determination by the BirdLife Africa Partnership to engage positively and collaboratively with other stakeholders in Africa’s sustainable development. I warmly invite you to the meeting and look forward to meeting you all in Ghana


Message from the CEO of the host organization

Dr. Erasmus Owusu of the Ghana WildLife Society (GWS)

20 Years ago, in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, a group of CEOs and Presidents of seven newly recruited BirdLife Partners in Africa met to discuss the future of BirdLife in Africa and developed the framework of what was then an ambitious programme for the Partnership for the period 1998-2012. They also agreed a Council for the Africa Partnership that will govern the collective efforts of the Partner organisations to work towards achieving the BirdLife mission in Africa.

Many of these people had attended the historic meeting in the German City of Roizeinam in 1994 where the metamorphosis of BirdLife International from an aging conventional International Council for Bird Preservation was witnessed. BirdLife was set up as a new revolutionary model for international organizations, which sought to truly empower the grassroots organisations to achieve the conservation of birds and biodiversity more generally, as a contribution and means to achieve sustainability in the use of natural resources.

A handful of the veterans of the first Africa Partnership meeting are still engaged with BirdLife, including the host for both meetings, Prof. Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, President of the Ghana Wildlife Society. Now 20 years later, we are very proud to be hosting a larger, more mature and confident Council for the Africa Partnership.

I look forward to welcoming you to Ghana, and the legendary hospitality of her people!  Akwaaba.

CAP 2015 objectives are to:

  • Strengthen engagement of Partners and Secretariat with players in the extractive industry, agriculture and the energy sectors towards appreciation of natural capital and sustainable development in Africa.
  • Enhance cohesion of the Africa Partnership to work together to implement, monitor and report on their contributions to the BirdLife Strategy 2020 at national and regional levels.
  • Galvanise action around two initiatives to save Africa’s vultures and to link up migrants work across the Africa-Eurasia region.
  • Develop plans at national and regional level for Capacity Development to ensure that all partners meet the new BirdLife Criteria by 2017.

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