The African Biodiversity Network (ABN) is a regional network that aims to ignite and nurture a growing network of individuals and organizations across Africa. It envisages vibrant and resilient African communities rooted in their biological, cultural, and spiritual diversity, governing their lives, livelihoods, and living harmoniously with healthy ecosystems.
ABN offers an all-African approach to sustainability and community resilience, closely linked to and growing out of traditional practices. The premise is that cultural and ecological diversity are intricately bound together and that only through restoring people’s strong and deep sense of connectedness to nature and all that lies within it will people in Africa find ways to be resilient and sustain their land and other natural resources. A key part of this restoration is to give a substantial voice to elders’ indigenous knowledge.
Currently, ABN has more than 35 partners and allies ranging from small Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to large coalitions of CBOs and Non Government Organizations (NGOs), drawn from 14 African countries. ABN is also a founder and member of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA). Its partners are also members of other networks and coalitions.