During its 8th General Assembly held in September 2018 in Kasane, Botswana, CAFÉ welcomed Community Conservation Fund of Namibia (CCFN) into the network.

This saw CAFÉ growing from 17 to 18 member funds from 13 countries across Africa. CCFN was represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Tapiwa Makiwa.

Knowing CCFN

“CCFN was registered as an Association under Section 21 of Namibia’s Company Law on July 14, 2017,” Makiwa said.

He added that the purpose of CCFN is to promote sustainable development of communal conservancies, community forests and similar natural resource management entities that contribute to:
a) Conservation, protection and improvement of the natural environment and biodiversity, including the sustainable use of natural resources; and
b) Relief of poverty and the improvement of livelihoods for the benefit of the members of communal conservancies and community forests

Membership application and the workshop

Traditionally, new membership applications into the network are presented before Members during the General Assembly and tabled for approval in keeping with the CAFÉ Charter.

Ken Andrasko of AltaVerde Consulting from the United States of America (USA) facilitated the 4-day General Assembly workshop under the theme: Fundraising and Climate Financing. The Assembly was officially opened by the Botswana Minister of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism, Honourable Tshekedi Khama.

The 8th CAFÉ General Assembly was successfully hosted by Forest Conservation Botswana (FBC). It brought together participants from Europe, North and South America, and Africa.

CAFÉ President, Karen Price (in red), welcomes CCFN’s Tapiwa Makiwa into the network