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ABCG Launches its Freshwater-WASH Community of Practice Webinar Series

The Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) launched its first Community of Practice (CoP) webinar in a series to engage cross-sector participation on integrating freshwater conservation and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) on July 6, 2017. ABCG member organizations presented their progress to date on piloting approaches to reduce watershed degradation and pollution, thereby improving the health of both communities and freshwater ecosystems. More than 25 participants from Africa, Europe and the U.S. participated in the discussion.

Introduction

ABCG's mission is to advance understanding of critical biodiversity conservation challenges and their solutions in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the past five years, through its thematic working group, Global Health Linkages to Biodiversity Conservation, ABCG members have focused on understanding the linkages between global health and biodiversity, particularly the integration of freshwater conservation and WASH efforts in sub-Saharan Africa.

ABCG formed this CoP with the overall aim of establishing integrated learning between Freshwater-WASH practitioners. The CoP will:

Freshwater Conservation and WASH Integration

The Collaborative’s rationale for integrating freshwater and WASH is to:

ABCG members and partners in the development NGO community are helping to translate the vision for integration into tools and approaches, through:

Next Steps for the Freshwater-WASH CoP

Proposed activities for the 2017-2018 year include:

The most recent Freshwater-WASH CoP webinar titled, An Integrated Vision for Health in Uganda's Budongo-Bugoma Corridor, was hosted on July 27, 2017, and featured Dr. Peter Apell from The Jane Goodall Institute who shared results on applying the ABCG Freshwater Conservation-WASH Integration Guidelines in Uganda where population growth poses a threat to local watersheds and vulnerable megafauna. Click here for a webinar recording>

For more information, please contact Colleen Sorto, Conservation International at csorto@conservation.org