Conserving Africa's wildlife and wildlands through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond

Lindsey Peter, Allan James, Brehony Peadar, Dickman Amy, Robson Ashley, Begg Colleen, Bhammar Hasita, Blanken Lisa, Breuer Thomas, Fitzgerald Kathleen, Flyman Michael, Gandiwa Patience, Giva Nicia, Kaelo Dickson, Nampindo Simon, Nyambe Nyambe, Steiner Kurt, Parker Andrew, Roe Dilys, Thomson Paul, Trimble Morgan, Caron Alexandre, Tyrrell Peter. 2020. Conserving Africa's wildlife and wildlands through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 4 : pp. 1300-1310.

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Abstract : The SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 illness are driving a global crisis. Governments have responded by restricting human movement, which has reduced economic activity. These changes may benefit biodiversity conservation in some ways, but in Africa, we contend that the net conservation impacts of COVID-19 will be strongly negative. Here, we describe how the crisis creates a perfect storm of reduced funding, restrictions on the operations of conservation agencies, and elevated human threats to nature. We identify the immediate steps necessary to address these challenges and support ongoing conservation efforts. We then highlight systemic flaws in contemporary conservation and identify opportunities to restructure for greater resilience. Finally, we emphasize the critical importance of conserving habitat and regulating unsafe wildlife trade practices to reduce the risk of future pandemics.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Conservation de la nature, Conservation de la diversité biologique, Évaluation de l'impact, espèce en danger, COVID-19, relation homme-faune

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique

Mots-clés complémentaires : maladie à coronavirus 2019

Mots-clés libres : COVID-19, Wildlife conservation, Community conservation, Wildlife

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 1 (2019-) - Biodiversité

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Lindsey Peter, Mammal Research Institute (ZAF) - auteur correspondant
  • Allan James, University of Amsterdam (NLD)
  • Brehony Peadar, University of Cambridge (GBR)
  • Dickman Amy, University of Oxford (GBR)
  • Robson Ashley, UCT (ZAF)
  • Begg Colleen, TRT Conservation Foundation (ZAF)
  • Bhammar Hasita, World Bank (USA)
  • Blanken Lisa, GIZ (DEU)
  • Breuer Thomas, WWF (DEU)
  • Fitzgerald Kathleen, Conservation Capital (KEN)
  • Flyman Michael, Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Botswana) (BWA)
  • Gandiwa Patience, International Conservation Affairs Department (ZWE)
  • Giva Nicia, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (MOZ)
  • Kaelo Dickson, Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KEN)
  • Nampindo Simon, Wildlife Conservation Society (UGA)
  • Nyambe Nyambe, Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area Secretariat (BWA)
  • Steiner Kurt
  • Parker Andrew, Conserve Africa (ZAF)
  • Roe Dilys, IIED (GBR)
  • Thomson Paul, Wildlife Conservation Society (USA)
  • Trimble Morgan
  • Caron Alexandre, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR ASTRE (MOZ) ORCID: 0000-0002-5213-3273
  • Tyrrell Peter, South Rift Association of Landowners (KEN)

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