Briefing Paper

Developing Policies for Biodiversity Informatics in sub-Saharan Africa

“In Africa, biodiversity provides a fundamental role in economic livelihood and societal wellbeing. Africa boasts of a sizeable proportion of the world’s natural
resources and biodiversity, yet this fundamental natural asset upon which life
depends is under severe threat. With increasing natural resource extraction
for economic growth, land degradation, urbanization and weak institutional
arrangements, African countries are experiencing rapid rate of biodiversity
depletion. Even more worrying is the climate change phenomenon that presents
a new development threat to biodiversity and the future of majority of African
rural population whose livelihoods directly depend on biodiversity.”