The Pan Africa Biodiversity Assessment, an EU funded project completed in March 2011 involving almost 200 scientists over a six year period, has assessed the status of freshwater biodiversity throughout Africa and demonstrated the application of these data in environment development planning at four demonstration sites. The Diversity of Life in African Freshwaters: Under Water, Under Threat is one of the main outputs of the project. More about the Pan Africa Biodiversity Assessment can be found HERE.
Following the six years of work required to complete this study, we recognise that the greatest challenge is to ensure the knowledge gained is transferred to the relevant decision makers and stakeholders, and that it is updated on a regular basis. This will enable freshwater ecosystems across the continent to be managed in a way that ensures their long-term sustainability and maintains their ability to adapt to changing conditions that they may face in the future.
We hope this analysis, based in large part on an assessment of species risk of extinction (IUCN Red List status), will provide new information and insights, which will motivate actions to help safeguard an essential and valued resource for millions of people – the diversity of life within Africa’s inland waters.