The African Biodiversity Network (ABN) is a regional network of individuals and organisations seeking African solutions to the ecological and socio-economic challenges that face the continent. The ABN was first conceived in 1996 in response to growing concern in the region over threats to Biodiversity in Africa and the need to develop strong African positions and legal instruments at the national, regional and international level. Currently The ABN has 36 partners drawn from twelve African countries: Benin, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The ABN’s Vision Vibrant and resilient African communities rooted in their own biological, cultural, and spiritual diversity, governing their own lives and livelihoods, in harmony with healthy ecosystems. The Purpose of ABN To ignite and nurture a growing African network of individuals and organisations working passionately from global to local level, with capacity to resist harmful developments and to influence and implement policies and practices that promote recognition and respect for people and nature. ABN Core Values and Principles ABN is a network that supports and builds relationships and links between groups and individuals that share a common vision and values. We derive our strength and orientation from nature, diverse African cultures and a strong sense of community. We stand for:
- Diversity and mutual respect for ethnic, cultural, spiritual and biological wellbeing in present and future generations.
- Transparency and accountability as underlying principles of how we work so as to enable equal, inclusive and full participation.
- Solidarity with those working for justice for people and nature.
- Commitment, courage and tenacity to promote ABN core values and to defend and implement its principles.
- Transformation of individuals and organisations as catalysts of change.